No One in the World: A Novel

E. Lynn Harris and RM Johnson— two powerful voices of a generation—unite with an insightful and emotional project that tackles themes of family, loyalty and identity.

The untimely passing of the beloved New York Times bestselling author E. Lynn Harris has left fans pining for more. With this collaboration, fans are given the book they’ve been clamoring to read—and the book that Harris and Essence bestselling author RM Johnson long wanted to write.

Cobi Winslow, a handsome, well-educated district attorney, 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. The task becomes more convoluted when Cobi’s sister proposes to pay Austen Greer, a once-successful and wealthy businesswoman who lost everything in the recession, to be Cobi’s wife.

Eric discovers Cobi is gay and promises to keep it a secret. Instead, he entrusts the information to his former prison cellmate, Blac, who endears himself to Cobi in hopes of securing a $150,000 loan from him to pay back a debt racked up by cocaine sales. As the clock runs down both on Blac’s efforts to pay his deadly creditor and on Cobi’s attempts to save the family company, rash moves are executed, family and friendship bonds are tested, and life-altering sacrifices are made.

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By Toni (Atlanta, GA) · ★★★☆☆ · May 24, 2011
Cobi Winslow is a district attorney and one of the heirs to the successful Winslow Products hair care empire. His decision not to go into the family business coupled with his sexuality has always been a sore spot in the relationship with his father. Right before his parents are killed in a car cr... ...more
By Anna (Augusta, ME) · ★☆☆☆☆ · March 11, 2012
Cobi is really really rich and adopted and learns just before his parents die that he had a twin brother who was not adopted. His (adopted) sister Sissy runs a black hair products company and will lose it if she can't get Cobi to inherit his shares. In order to inherit his shares, Cobi must get m... ...more
By Jessica (Douglasville, GA) · ★★★☆☆ · July 15, 2012
It was a few months ago when I first started reading this book, and just a few minutes ago when I finished it. After I read the part in the beginning about what happened to the man and his son on the street, I seriously considered putting it down and leaving it there. While I (sadly) know things... ...more
By Tracy (Dallas, TX) · ★★★★★ · September 25, 2011
This book was exactly what I was expecting and hoping for. E. Lynn Harris was an amazing writer and I am extremely thrilled to have had this opportunity to read what may have been his very last work. RM Johnson is also a very talented writer and thanks to his endearing friendship with E. Lynn Har... ...more
By Janette (Grosse Pointe, MI) · ★★★★★ · October 09, 2014
I was very hesitant about reading this book. First I have a thing about reading collaborations. I feel sometimes a famous author will lend their name to a book to bring out another author which is cool, but the effort is not there. The second issue is that I have a problem with work of a artist b... ...more
By Tammy (Fort Lauderdale, FL) · ★★★★☆ · July 18, 2011
This book was a very well written page turner by both E. Lynn Harris and RM Johnson. I very much enjoyed the plot and the characters were well developed. Reading this book made me sad because I know that E. Lynn Harris is no longer alive, and we will no longer be able to enjoy his works. I am gra... ...more
By Wanda (Radcliff, KY) · ★★★☆☆ · May 16, 2012
This was an entertaining read, but not as thrilling or edge-of-your-seat as a true E. Lynn Harris novel. The ending was hurried along, and the book would have definitely benefited from a prolouge. I really want to know how Teresa and Blac's sister and nephew handled things and whether a certain c... ...more
By Tonie (Indianapolis, IN) · ★★★☆☆ · March 18, 2013
First I need to say the book left me hanging. No good book should leave a reader with so many questions. The story built up but then ended left me wondering about the company and all the characters. A epilogue would have helped wrap things up and probably answered those questions. ...more
By Amanda (Albany, GA) · ★★★★☆ · October 01, 2014
Let me first start off by saying I completely love and adore E. Lynn Harris & hopes he rest in peace! Unfortunately, I did not start really reading his books until after his death but he has definitely left his mark as an accomplished author! With that being said, as usual, I LOVED THIS BOOK!... ...more
By Johnnayea (Syracuse, NY) · ★★☆☆☆ · December 21, 2014
This book seemed pretty unrealistic to me. The decisions made by the brothers were reckless and life changing. Although I believe people can and do choose paths that may alter their lives in a negative fashion to protect or help another loved one, I find it hard to believe that the brothers, whom... ...more