Harlan Coben (born January 4, 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. Among his novels are two series, each involving the same protagonist set in and around New York and New Jersey; some characters appear in both.
Early life and education
Coben was born into a Jewish family in Newark, New Jersey, and was raised in Livingston, where he graduated from Livingston High School, with his childhood friend, future politician Chris Christie. While studying political science at Amherst College, he joined Psi Upsilon fraternity, along with the writer Dan Brown.
After Amherst, Coben worked in the travel industry, in a company owned by his grandfather.