He’s NJ’s own Bard of the bloody ‘burbs; a master of mayhem whose mean streets are named for songbirds and flora, and where the skeletons inhabit some pretty roomy walk-in closets. Harlan Coben (right) belongs to that select group of authors whose books regularly debut at the top of the best-seller list, whether it’s one of his long-running series starring the sleuthing sports agent Myron Bolitar (such as 2009’s Long Lost), or a stand-alone sensation like the all-new Caught. And we’ve caught him, if just for a few minutes, in today’s edition of Red Bank oRBit.

On Thursday, Coben comes to Monmouth University for an afternoon program that finds him engaging in an audience Q&A, signing paperbacks of Long Lost, raffling off advance copies of Caught, and screening the 2006 French-language film version of Tell No One. It’s a veritable CobenCon, free of charge — and we’ve got a few Qs and As in advance with him, ONLY in Red Bank oRBit!