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No Second Chance    by Harlan Coben order for
No Second Chance
by Harlan Coben
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Signet, 2004 (2003)
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* * *   Reviewed by Mary Ann Smyth

Coben has done it again. Whew! I just finished Harlan Coben's latest. Feel like I ran a relay race. And what a race. No Second Chance is a fast-paced, hard hitting, no holds barred, can't put down mystery. It's got intrigue, suspense by the bushels, loyal friendship, a look at what feelings of marriage and parenthood engender, the utter despair of the disappearance of a child, and wonderful characterizations of damaged people who still manage to function. The author, I feel, has delved into his own psyche to present us with some intriguing precepts about our own selves and lives.

Marc Seidman awakens in the hospital in an ICU with no memory of being shot, the murder of his wife, and the abduction of his baby girl. Apart from the minor problem of the police focusing on him as a prime suspect in the crime, Marc has to fight his way back to life and an acceptance that he may never see his daughter again. The last is too hard to do. Determined to find his daughter, Marc stumbles into a major illegal crime ring and again falls victim to a gun. While the hero seems to recover too quickly from his bullet wounds and a cracked rib, I can forgive that little oversight for the meat of the story. And it's a great story. Don't miss it.

Coben seems to improve even more with each new book. Each time, I think that it can't get better than this. But each time, he manages to surpass his last one.

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