Thursday, July 09, 2009

Mystery Author Harlan Coben Developing TV Crime Drama

Long Lost, a Myron Bolitar Mystery, by Harlan Coben

The Hollywood Reporter is reporting that mystery author Harlan Coben and producer Greg Malins (How I Met Your Mother) are developing an hour-long television series for 20th Century Fox TV. The project, as yet untitled, is about a larger-than-life former private investigator who teaches a criminology class at an UCLA-type college in Los Angeles and is described as a "drama with humor".

According to the article, not long before he took the teaching job, the show's private eye suffered a bullet wound to the head that made him lose his inhibitions. That "makes him a psychopath," Coben said. "It (also) makes him a better cop and teacher because he doesn't have a sympathetic outlook."

Thus the tagline for the show: "They want to learn about the mind of a psychopath. Well, they are about to learn from the best."

Coben's most recent novel, Long Lost, a Myron Bolitar mystery, was published in March 2009 by Dutton. We called it "one of Coben's most entertaining efforts." Read our full review here: Long Lost by Harlan Coben.

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