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Why Myron Bolitar Isn’t In Harlan Coben’s Shelter TV Series


Mickey Bolitar’s much more famous uncle has been replaced in the Prime Video thriller by a made-for-TV aunt.

Jaden Michael as Mickey Bolitar in Harlan Coben Shelter
Photo: Prime Video

Swapping a book character from male to female for a screen adaptation is nothing new. It’s usually done to even out the gender balance or modernise an older story. Not though, in the case of Harlan Coben’s Shelter, an eight-part thriller now streaming weekly after its first three episodes arrived on Prime Video on August 18. 

In the book Shelter, by aforementioned hit-machine Harlan Coben, the lead character Mickey Bolitar is the nephew of Coben’s most famous character – Myron Bolitar. A talented high school basketball player who became a sports agent to the rich and powerful, Myron is the lead in an 11-novel series, which spawned a three-book Young Adult spin-off about his nephew Mickey (comprising ShelterSeconds Away, and Found). 

Because every streamer wants a bite of the profitable Harlan Coben cherry, the author has multiple adaptation deals. His main contract is currently with Netflix, which has already adapted several of his (mostly) standalone novels into TV series in English (Stay Close, The Stranger, soon Fool Me Once) Spanish (The Innocent), French (Gone For Good) and Polish (The WoodsHold Tight), and is planning to adapt more. 

Coben’s Netflix deal has been so successful that in late 2022, it was expanded (cha-ching) to include the adaptation rights to his Myron Bolitar books. The only spanner in the works is that the rights to the Mickey Bolitar spin-off Young Adult books had already been snapped up by Prime Video.

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