Six Degrees of Harlan Coben

Harlancoben3 The top 6 regularly bestselling serial thriller writers on Amazon.com are James Patterson, David Baldacci, Michael Connelly, Lee Child, John Grisham, and Harlan Coben, and you don’t have to work very hard to connect all of them to each other. For instance, let’s take a look at how Harlan Coben, whose new Myron Bolitar book, Live Wire comes out on March 22, links up to his peers within a few easy steps.

(Note: This is by no means an exhaustive list.)

1. While a student at Amherst College, Coben was a member of Psi Upsilon fraternity with Dan Brown.

2. Amherst also boasts another alum who thriller fans might recognize: Scott Turow. Coben interviewed him.

3. Laura Lippman interviewed Coben.

4. When best-selling mystery writer Robert B. Parker passed away in January 2010, the New York Times quoted Coben (using a line from Coben's 2007 interview with The Atlantic Monthly): “I read Parker’s Spenser series in college. When it comes to detective novels, 90 percent of us admit he’s an influence, and the rest of us lie about it.” Besides being one of Coben's influences, Parker also links to Sue Grafton with this Amazon-exclusive author one-on-one.


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