The world lost an incredibly gifted author when E. Lynn Harris transitioned in 2009, but fortunately for his fans, Harris left behind a trove of finished and unfinished work to delight his audience for years to come. No One In The World, his most recent novel is a collaboration with Harris protege' RM Johnson, a respected and gifted writer in his own right. Johnson accepted the task of completing "World" after a draft was found on Harris' computer after his death. This collaboration turns out one of the most dramatic and captivating page turners in recent memory from the E. Lynn Harris collection.
No One In The World centers around the life of Cobi Winslow, a handsome, well educated district attorney, who knows nothing about the life of his estranged twin brother Eric Reed, a career criminal raised in the foster care system. Following their parents death, Cobi searches for and finds his brother, hoping to regain lost years. Meanwhile, Cobi navigates the pressures of society as he lives life in the closet. The stress comes to a head when he learns that in order to inherit the wealth of his father's estate and save the struggling family business,he must marry a woman before he turns thirty-five.
And that's where the drama begins.
Harris & Johnson have skillfully created complex leading and supporting characters with their own individual stories that pull the reader in from the first page. It's next to impossible not to become emotionally invested in the journeys of Cobi Winslow and his don't ask, don't tell love affair with a conservative state Senator, or his abrasive and powerful sister Sissy, who is hellbent on saving the family business, or the parental drama between twin brother Eric Reed and his baby's mother. And if that isn't enough drama to keep you interested (although it is) throw in sex (both homo and hetero), greed, extortion, and murder.
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There is a lot going on in No One In The World and I loved every page of it! It's one of those books that you'll have a hard time putting down once you start. Harris and Johnson nailed this one! And there's a sequel in the works. I can't wait.
Have you read No One In The World? Tell me about it. If you haven't then pick it up at bookstores everywhere or online here.