Harlan Coben

1962 - Today

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Harlan Coben (born c. 1962) is an American writer of mystery novels and thrillers. The plots of his novels often involve the resurfacing of unresolved or misinterpreted events in the past, murders, or fatal accidents and have multiple twists. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Harlan Coben has received more than 5,026,876 page views. His biography is available in 32 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 31 in 2019). Harlan Coben is the 2,249th most popular writer (down from 1,982nd in 2019), the 2,826th most popular biography from United States (down from 2,598th in 2019) and the 246th most popular American Writer.

Memorability Metrics

  • 5.0M

    Page Views (PV)

  • 55.32

    Historical Popularity Index (HPI)

  • 32

    Languages Editions (L)

  • 3.64

    Effective Languages (L*)

  • 3.78

    Coefficient of Variation (CV)

Notable Works

One False Move
Mystery, Fiction, Women basketball players
5th Myron Bolitar Novel She’s smart, beautiful, and she doesn’t need a man to look after. But sports agent Myron Bolitar has come into her life big-time. Now Myron’s next move may be his last…
Deal Breaker
Sports agents, Quarterbacks (Football), Fiction
1st Myron Bolitar Novel EDGAR AWARD NOMINEE and ANTHONY AWARD WINNER! Sports agent Myron Bolitar lands Christian Steele, the client of a lifetime. There’s just one little problem…
Promise Me (Myron Bolitar)
The Woods
Fiction, Detective and mystery stories, Suspense fiction
Twenty years ago, four teenagers at summer camp walked into the woods at night. Two were found murdered, and the others were never seen again. Four families had their lives changed forever. Now, two decades later, they are about to change again.For Paul Copeland, the county prosecutor of Essex, New Jersey, mourning the loss of his sister has only recently begun to subside. Cope, as he is known, is now dealing with raising his six- year-old daughter as a single father after his wife has died of cancer. Balancing family life and a rapidly ascending career as a prosecutor distracts him from his past traumas, but only for so long. When a homicide victim is found with evidence linking him to Cope, the well-buried secrets of the prosecutor's family are threatened.Is this homicide victim one of the campers who disappeared with his sister? Could his sister be alive? Cope has to confront so much he left behind that summer twenty years ago: his first love, Lucy; his mother, who abandoned the family; and the secrets that his Russian parents might have been hiding even from their own children. Cope must decide what is better left hidden in the dark and what truths can be brought to the light.
Hold Tight
Teenagers, Fiction, Parent and child
“A page-turner. Don’t start reading it if you’ve got important business the next morning becauseHold Tight will keep you up all night.” — San Francisco Chronicle “A fast and exhilarating roller-coaster ride that you don’t want to end, but hold on tight. Then take the time to hug your kids.” —Library Journal (Starred Review) “COMPULSIVE PAGE-TURNER… “How do you weigh a child’s privacy against a parent’s right to know?… “How do you differentiate normal teenage rebelliousness from out-of-control behavior?… “When and how do you intervene if suicidal signs appear?… “Coben plucks each of these strings like a virtuoso as Mike and Tia Baye try to deal with the increasing withdrawal of their 16-year-old son, Adam, after a friend’s suicide. A pair of brutal, seemingly senseless killings, punctuate the unfolding domestic troubles that ratchet up the tension and engulf the Baye family, their friends and neighbors in a web of increasing tragedy. “The ‘this could be me’ factor lends poignancy to the thrills and chills.” —Publishers Weekly (Starred Review)
Darkest fear
Detective and mystery stories, Sports agents, Fiction
7th Myron Bolitar Novel Myron faces the most emotionally shattering case of his career. And it all begins when Myron’s ex-girlfriend tells him he is a father-of a dying 13-year-old boy.

Page views of Harlan Cobens by language

Over the past year Harlan Coben has had the most page views in the with 1,571,101 views, followed by French (220,615), and German (123,532). In terms of yearly growth of page views the top 3 wikpedia editions are Korean (340.16%), English (273.10%), and Italian (159.56%)


Among writers, Harlan Coben ranks 2,249 out of 7,302Before him are Johan Bojer, Andreas Capellanus, Charlotte Perkins Gilman, Silva Kaputikyan, Emmanuel Carrère, and Jean d'Ormesson. After him are Pjetër Bogdani, Mukaghali Makatayev, Eric Knight, Francesc Eiximenis, Georges Ohnet, and Simon Dach.

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Among people born in 1962, Harlan Coben ranks 85Before him are Stefan Hell, James Kottak, Stefan Kuntz, Sebastian Koch, Choi Min-sik, and Manuel Valls. After him are Andre Braugher, Marie Trintignant, Marty Friedman, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Tommy Lee, and Jordan Peterson.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, Harlan Coben ranks 2,826 out of 20,380Before him are William A. Wellman (1896), Leonard Susskind (1940), Jason Miller (1939), Vic Morrow (1929), Edith Roosevelt (1861), and Robert H. Jackson (1892). After him are Frances E. Allen (1932), Don Rickles (1926), Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio (1958), Andrew Wyeth (1917), William P. Rogers (1913), and Nick Castle (1947).

Among WRITERS In United States

Among writers born in United States, Harlan Coben ranks 246Before him are Alfred Bester (1913), Erich Segal (1937), Audre Lorde (1934), Joseph Heller (1923), Wayne Dyer (1940), and Charlotte Perkins Gilman (1860). After him are Edward Bunker (1933), Fritz Leiber (1910), John W. Campbell (1910), Robert Ressler (1937), Harold Bloom (1930), and William Steig (1907).