From the Civil War–era south to 1950s New York to the present day's gritty cities and seemingly innocuous suburbs, the eighteen stories in this anthology edited by the award-winning mystery writer Harlan Coben chart the complications—always surprising, sometimes deadly—that arise between lovers, dear friends, and even complete strangers coming together for a single, shocking encounter. In Lee Child's "Safe Enough," a blue-collar city boy takes up with a wealthy suburban wife, with dire consequences. In Harlan Coben's "Entrapped," a woman's husband disappears and is replaced by a handsome impostor. In Laura Lippman's "One True Love," a high-end prostitute seeks a radical solution to a public relations problem. And in P. J. Parrish's "One Shot," a man returns to his childhood home to learn the truth about a long-ago tragedy. Other contributors of original stories include Ridley Pearson, R. L. Stine, Jim Fusilli, Jeff Abbott, Charles Todd, and Tom Savage.
Author Harlan Coben, was born into a New Jersey Jewish family in 1962, where he eventually graduated from Livingston High School with his childhood friend, Chris Christie, who of course became a prominent politician and the Governor of New Jersey. Coben then went on to study political science at Amherst College where he had a fraternity brother, Dan Brown, who also became a well-known author. It was in his senior year at Amherst that he decided that writing might be the course that he wanted to follow in his career path.
Coben became an American author of mysteries and thrillers. His novels revolved around central characters, and involved a reviewing of unsolved or misinterpreted actions such as fatal accidents, and murders with many twists and turns. His most famous character was Myron Bolitar. He has had several books on several best seller lists around the world. He has also received a like number of awards in several different countries. His books of note include: The Stranger, Missing You, Six Years, Stay Close, Live Wire, Caught, Long Lost, Hold Tight, and his latest book that was released on March 22, 2016, Fool Me Once.