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Sports agent Myron Bolitar is poised on the edge of the big time. So is Christian Steele, a rookie quarterback and Myron's prized client. But when Christian gets a phone call from a former girlfriend, a woman who everyone, including the police, believes is dead, the deal starts to go sour. Trying to unravel the truth about a family's tragedy, a woman's secret, and a man's Sports agent Myron Bolitar is poised on the edge of the big time. So is Christian Steele, a rookie quarterback and Myron's prized client. But when Christian gets a phone call from a former girlfriend, a woman who everyone, including the police, believes is dead, the deal starts to go sour. Trying to unravel the truth about a family's tragedy, a woman's secret, and a man's lies, Myron is up against the dark side of his business where image and talent make you rich, but the truth can get you killed. In novels that crackle with wit and suspense, Edgar Award winner Harlan Coben has created one of the most fascinating and complex heroes in suspense fiction Myron Bolitar a hotheaded, tenderhearted sports agent who grows more and more engaging and unpredictable with each page-turning appearance.


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Sports agent Myron Bolitar is poised on the edge of the big time. So is Christian Steele, a rookie quarterback and Myron's prized client. But when Christian gets a phone call from a former girlfriend, a woman who everyone, including the police, believes is dead, the deal starts to go sour. Trying to unravel the truth about a family's tragedy, a woman's secret, and a man's Sports agent Myron Bolitar is poised on the edge of the big time. So is Christian Steele, a rookie quarterback and Myron's prized client. But when Christian gets a phone call from a former girlfriend, a woman who everyone, including the police, believes is dead, the deal starts to go sour. Trying to unravel the truth about a family's tragedy, a woman's secret, and a man's lies, Myron is up against the dark side of his business where image and talent make you rich, but the truth can get you killed. In novels that crackle with wit and suspense, Edgar Award winner Harlan Coben has created one of the most fascinating and complex heroes in suspense fiction Myron Bolitar a hotheaded, tenderhearted sports agent who grows more and more engaging and unpredictable with each page-turning appearance.

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  1. 5 out of 5

    Sandra

    Myron Bolitar (who is 31) is a sports agent. He has worked for the FBI in the past, and is an ex-jock (former basketball player) whose sports career ended after he suffered an injury. One of Myron's clients, Christian Steele (a good looking quarterback), calls Myron and asks if Myron can come to his dorm where he lives on campus at Reston University. Christian shows Myron a porn magazine he received and he believes that his missing girlfriend/fiancé (Kathy Culver) may still be alive because she Myron Bolitar (who is 31) is a sports agent. He has worked for the FBI in the past, and is an ex-jock (former basketball player) whose sports career ended after he suffered an injury. One of Myron's clients, Christian Steele (a good looking quarterback), calls Myron and asks if Myron can come to his dorm where he lives on campus at Reston University. Christian shows Myron a porn magazine he received and he believes that his missing girlfriend/fiancé (Kathy Culver) may still be alive because she is pictured in the recent issue of the magazine. Kathy mysteriously vanished eighteen months ago from the campus at Reston University and she hasn't been heard from since. People are thinking she is probably dead. Myron says he will check this out. Myron's ex-girlfriend Jessica Culver, who is the missing Kathy's sister, also asks for Myron's help. Her father (Adam Culver, County Medical Examiner) was murdered three night's earlier in what people are calling a botched robbery attempt. Jessica doesn't believe this. She thinks her father's murder is somehow connected with Kathy's disappearance. Myron agrees to look into this for his ex-girlfriend, whom he still cares for. This is the second book I've read by this author and I really like his writing style. I always find myself laughing at his main character's thoughts, quips. Myron was a very likable guy (and funny at times). He was tall, handsome, built, and currently living with his parents in their basement... There was a big cast of characters/suspects. I liked his ex-girlfriend Jessica and his buddy Win. A fun, fast-paced and absorbing read. I look forward to reading more books in this series!

  2. 5 out of 5

    Brenda - Traveling Sister

    I listened to the audio version of Deal Breaker. Myron with his witty sense of humor and sarcasm had me laughing and cringing at the same time. It is an easy, fun and entertaining book. Just what I needed.

  3. 4 out of 5

    PattyMacDotComma

    3.5>4★ “‘I laugh in the face of death,’ Myron replied. ‘Well, maybe not laugh. More like a snicker. A quiet snicker.’ ‘Jesus, you’re a lunatic.’ ‘And I wouldn’t do it directly in death’s face. So it’s more like a quiet snicker behind his back.’” He’s not a lunatic, but his pal Win might be. Myron Bolitar, (who has never forgiven his parents for his name, he says), is a sports agent on a quest to get his star football player signed up with the best contract possible. Myron was a star basketball pl 3.5>4★ “‘I laugh in the face of death,’ Myron replied. ‘Well, maybe not laugh. More like a snicker. A quiet snicker.’ ‘Jesus, you’re a lunatic.’ ‘And I wouldn’t do it directly in death’s face. So it’s more like a quiet snicker behind his back.’” He’s not a lunatic, but his pal Win might be. Myron Bolitar, (who has never forgiven his parents for his name, he says), is a sports agent on a quest to get his star football player signed up with the best contract possible. Myron was a star basketball player himself with a promising professional future until an injury put him in a wheelchair long enough to kill his career. His college roommate, Windsor Horne Lockwood III, is a well-connected, wealthy WASP from an old family, and the two have stayed friends. Myron rents an office in one of Win’s buildings, and he now shares his current dilemmas with Win. First is the contract issue: is the rookie, Christian, already committed to some shady characters who signed him illegally when he was a minor? Second is that Christian’s ex-girlfriend, Kathy, disappeared more than a year ago, presumed dead (murdered?), and Christian has just received some strange information in the mail that indicates maybe Kathy’s alive. Just another thing to upset the talented rookie. Third, Myron’s own ex-girlfriend, Jessica, has reappeared after 4 years, and she’s as irresistible as ever, but oh yes, she presents another couple of problems. She is Kathy’s sister (!) and now their father has just been murdered. She’s convinced it was not a robbery but is connected to Kathy’s disappearance. There’s enough to keep Myron and Win and assorted other characters busy for the rest of the book. Myron is a likeable guy, Win’s a scary off-sider (a little psychotic?), and the story takes them into questionable places with even more questionable people. No, not questionable, because there’s no question that they are scary dudes. The opening conversation above, about snickering in the face of death, was prefaced with this. “‘They want to kill you. They’re putting a contract out on your head.’” So it’s all pretty serious, this negotiating sports contracts, even for a guy who stands 6’4” and is a third-degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do. Incidentally, Win is a sixth-degree black belt and has studied it since he was seven. In college, when he was once attacked for his wimpish, blonde, pretty-boy looks by five big football players, he went into full martial arts mode. “Simply put, the football team had a poor season that year. Too many guys on the injured list.” I read this because it’s Coben’s first book, and I figured I’d start at the beginning because he’s so popular. I thought I should let him introduce his people to me instead of relying on other readers do it. There is some nice catchy dialogue, and for a first effort, it’s an entertaining read with a complicated enough plot to be satisfying. I’m sure I’ll read another to see where he takes Myron. I don’t know if I need to read them in order or not and would appreciate any advice!

  4. 4 out of 5

    Matthew

    Very entertaining. Glad I started this series and I will definitely be reading more. I was fun trying to figure out the mystery along with the characters. And, the fact that it was hilarious helped a lot, too!

  5. 4 out of 5

    Julie

    Deal breaker by Harlan Coben is a 2006 Delacorte Press publication. I recently discovered a new Myron Bolitar book is on its way, (in September 2016), which has me feeling stoked, since I always like this series. But, it got me thinking about how long it’s been since I read a book in this series, since I have been sticking with Coben’s stand alone novels for the most part. I was pretty sure I had read the first few books in the series, but I see I didn’t get this first one reviewed, and frankly m Deal breaker by Harlan Coben is a 2006 Delacorte Press publication. I recently discovered a new Myron Bolitar book is on its way, (in September 2016), which has me feeling stoked, since I always like this series. But, it got me thinking about how long it’s been since I read a book in this series, since I have been sticking with Coben’s stand alone novels for the most part. I was pretty sure I had read the first few books in the series, but I see I didn’t get this first one reviewed, and frankly my memory needed a refresher course. So, I checked this one out of the library, and took the time to do one of my very rare re-reads. Originally published back in 1995, this story introduces us to sports agent Myron Bolitar, a former basketball star whose career came to an abrupt halt, due to injury. He is now representing a superstar football player who is about to burst out onto the professional field. But, there are a few hitches, one of which is that his client has a cloud of suspicion hanging over his head, due to the disappearance of his fiancé, with foul play suspected. Not only that, the fiancé in question is the sister of Myron's former girlfriend, Jessica, a woman he still carries a torch for. To put the cherry on the cake, new information has begun to circulate suggesting the missing girl might be alive. It’s in Myron’s best interest to clear his client’s name and try to bring peace to Jessica’s family. But, he never anticipated the Pandora’s box he was about to open…. I love Myron’s comical quips, which is the reason I found this series so appealing and because of the colorful cast of characters that keep things lively. I don’t know if this was one of Coben’s very first efforts, or not, but it is a little rough around the edges, especially towards the end, because everything got slapped together in a pretty sloppy way. But, overall, this is still a solid crime story, plus it was fun going back to the very beginning of the series and seeing how everything has changed. It is a little dated, with references to VCR tapes and answering machines, for example, but that only gives the story a nostalgic feel. If you start this series thinking it is something along the lines of ‘Tell No One’, be warned, this series doesn't have that level of intensity, nor does it have some of the darker tones of his other stand alone novels. However, these stories do delve into the underbelly of humanity, but is offset by the humor and emotional connections between the characters. The series does improve over time as Coben’s writing tightened up and developed, although the first couple of installments were a bit rocky. I’ve skipped around in the series over the years, picking the books I had access to or was able to find in the library or used book store, and while it’s not one of those series I have tripped all over myself trying to keep up with, it is actually a little addictive. Now that I’ve got my appetite whetted, I think I’ll try to work some of the titles I missed into my reading schedule before the new installment is released. Should be fun! I do recommend this series, as it developed into a very solid and entertaining crime series. 3.5 stars

  6. 5 out of 5

    Paul O'Neill

    Fantastic, my favourite Coben book yet! Myron Bolitar is a great character. The writing has its own unique feel due to the tone of Bolitars constant sarcasm and wit. His back and forth with Win are also very well done. I loved the pace of this, it was non stop and the chapter size really help you to fly through this. I might look back and change my rating to five stars, it's a close one. I'll definitely be continuing the series!

  7. 5 out of 5

    Kemper

    I’ve been aware of Harlan Coben’s series of crime/mystery novels starring a sports agent named Myron Bolitar for some time but never read one because I thought it’d be something like Jerry Maguire crossed with Murder She Wrote. I figured Myron would always be tripping over dead baseball players killed by pitching machines or discovering the bodies of basketball players hanging from rims. What I should have realized sooner is that modern sports can offer a great backdrop for a gritty mystery. You I’ve been aware of Harlan Coben’s series of crime/mystery novels starring a sports agent named Myron Bolitar for some time but never read one because I thought it’d be something like Jerry Maguire crossed with Murder She Wrote. I figured Myron would always be tripping over dead baseball players killed by pitching machines or discovering the bodies of basketball players hanging from rims. What I should have realized sooner is that modern sports can offer a great backdrop for a gritty mystery. You’ve got an industry with huge amounts of money involved with famous personalities always getting caught up in gambling scandals, dog fighting, rape accusations, domestic violence, drug abuse, manslaughter and the occasional player shooting someone else or themselves so sports is the perfect environment to set a crime novel. Myron was once a college basketball star with Duke (Boo Duke!) before a knee injury ruined his chances for a pro career. Myron went on to get a law degree from Harvard, worked as some kind of secret undercover agent for the FBI, and now has taken up being a sports agent. One assumes that he’ll also be a cowboy and an astronaut someday, too. Christian Steele is Myron’s biggest client. A talented, clean cut quarterback who looks to be the next Aaron Rodgers, Steele is every agent’s dream. Myron is in the midst of negotiations with a tough and unscrupulous NFL owner over Christian’s first contract when the player gets a shocking piece of mail. Christian’s girlfriend, Kathy, had disappeared a year ago from their college campus and everyone assumes the worst. Christian receives a pornographic magazine with a nude photo of Kathy in a phone sex ad. Fearing scandal or some kind of set up that will ruin Christian’s NFL chances, Myron begins checking into the ad and what happened to Kathy. Things are complicated because Myron’s ex-girlfriend, Jessica, was Kathy’s sister, and their father was recently murdered. If that isn’t enough, Myron has to deal with another sleazy agent and his gangster pal who are trying to strong arm one of his clients into leaving Myron for them. Fortunately, like most heroes of a crime series, Myron has a bad ass friend he can count on for help. Windsor ‘Win’ Horne Lockwood III seems like the kind of preppy who would make Niles Crane look tough, but Win is Myron’s former FBI partner and a ruthless killer when need be. Plus, he uses his financial business to advise Myron’s clients so he can get your portfolio squared away in between ass kickings. The whole premise for this is obviously far fetched, but Corben gets it grounded enough to make the story enjoyable. Myron is a likeable smart-ass with a wry sense of humor, and Win is hilarious. I also liked how Corben built up the idea that Myron’s skills as a lawyer and former detective are also valuable as a sports agent and vice versa. In one scene, Myron deals with a brutal negotiation with the NFL owner and in another he’s working out a deal with a vicious gangster. There’s precious little difference between the two. This book also has a big time warp element since it was written in 1995. Like Michael Connelly’s The Poet, I found some of the things like car phones and print pornography to be almost quaint now. But the biggest laugh is that Corben named the team that Christian is going to play pro football for the Titans. I assumed this meant the Tennessee Titans, but then the story describes their facilities at the Meadowlands in New Jersey. It was only then that I realized that the Tennessee Titans were still the Houston Oilers in 1995, and that Corben had invented a fictional team at the time but later that name would be used for real. It was a tad confusing for a minute. There’s a few too many coincidence for my taste, and I could have lived without the backstory between Myron and Jessica, but overall I still enjoyed this one. The sports stuff gives it a fresh angle, but you don’t have to be a big sports fan to enjoy it. Plus, I thought Win was a great addition to the ranks of bad ass friends in crime fiction like Hawk, Mick Ballou, Bubba Rogowski, Mouse, Joe Pike, etc. I’ll be revisiting Myron’s series again sometime soon.

  8. 4 out of 5

    James Thane

    Myron Bolitar was once a very promising NBA rookie out of Duke, where his team won two NCAA national championships. But a freak accident early in his rookie year abruptly ended his basketball career and changed the course of his life. He went to law school, then did a brief stint with the F.B.I., and has just embarked on a new career as a sports agent. Thus far, Myron has a small and fairly insignificant client list. But his prospects are brightened considerably when he signs quarterback Christia Myron Bolitar was once a very promising NBA rookie out of Duke, where his team won two NCAA national championships. But a freak accident early in his rookie year abruptly ended his basketball career and changed the course of his life. He went to law school, then did a brief stint with the F.B.I., and has just embarked on a new career as a sports agent. Thus far, Myron has a small and fairly insignificant client list. But his prospects are brightened considerably when he signs quarterback Christian Steele, the number one NFL draft pick. Christian is not only a star athlete but also a good kid who has overcome a lot of obstacles to reach this point in his life. Among the tragedies in his young life was the disappearance of his college sweetheart, Kathy Culver, who has been missing and presumed dead for a year and a half. Kathy was the younger sister of Myron's former girlfriend, Jessica Culver, hence the connection between Myron and Christian. Myron is in the process of negotiating Christian's first NFL contact, and the process is proving difficult. Then Myron gets a panicked call from Christian. Someone has sent him a pornographic magazine, and in the magazine is a picture of Kathy Culver, suggesting strongly that she may still be alive. The photo raises any number of questions: Is Kathy still alive; if so, why hasn't she contacted Christian or her family? Why would her picture appear in this disgusting magazine, and why has some anonymous person sent the magazine to the young quarterback? Myron attempts to answer these questions and quickly finds himself ensnared in a very complex mystery with a lot of unreliable and dangerous characters lurking about. Fortunately, Myron is assisted by his secretary, the gorgeous Esperanza, who used to wrestle under the name "Little Pocahontas." Myron's main sidekick is his best friend and former college roommate, Windsor Horne Lockwood III, or "Win." Win is super-rich, super attractive, super-smart, and super-dangerous--all in all, a good man to have at your back. The resulting story is an engrossing tale with snappy dialogue and humorous moments that do not seem out of place in a book where a lot of truly nasty things are happening. Coben has a deft touch in this regard, unlike some authors who are totally unable to pull off the mix of humor and gritty violence. The story requires some suspension of disbelief, especially with regard to the character of Win who is a bit over the top as the super-sidekick who is able to magically bail Myron out of any confrontation. But he's fun to watch, and the relationship between Myron and Win is one of the better such relationships in contemporary crime fiction. I have a slight quibble with the book in that the climax seemed more than a bit implausible, as if the author had painted himself into a corner and couldn't quite figure out how to end the book. But this is a minor complaint, and Deal Breaker is a very good first entry in what has become a fairly long-running series.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Vanessa

    I used to read a lot of mystery thrillers way back before goodreads days so I'd forgotten how much fun they can be. But I don't ever remember them having as much cheeky humour in them. I liked Myron (despite the tragic name). He added a lot of witty sarcasm and kept this from being a humdrum story. It left me definitely wanting more!

  10. 5 out of 5

    Barbara

    I've read many books in the Myron Bolitar series but never read this first one until now. Myron Bolitar was a basketball phenomenon in high school and college and an early draft pick for the NBA. Unfortunately he was severely injured in his first exhibition game and had to quit basketball. Instead Myron got a law degree and became a sports representative. Now in his early thirties Myron represents a small stable of players, including football player Christian Steele - a star college quarterback I've read many books in the Myron Bolitar series but never read this first one until now. Myron Bolitar was a basketball phenomenon in high school and college and an early draft pick for the NBA. Unfortunately he was severely injured in his first exhibition game and had to quit basketball. Instead Myron got a law degree and became a sports representative. Now in his early thirties Myron represents a small stable of players, including football player Christian Steele - a star college quarterback who's just been drafted by the Titans. Myron is a master of wisecracks and sarcastic remarks and is endlessly amusing to himself (and probably many readers). He reminds me of Robert B. Parker's 'Spenser' and Rex Stout's 'Archie' in the Nero Wolfe books. In any case, Myron is having trouble negotiating Christian's contract because the thuggish owner of the Titans, wanting to knock down the pay package, says Christian has a public relations problem. His beautiful girlfriend Kathy Culver disappeared 18 months ago and Christian was suspected of being involved. And Kathy (or her body) has never been found. Just before training camp begins Christian, in a highly agitated state, calls Myron. Someone has sent him the latest edition of 'Nips' Magazine, a soft-porn rag that contains ads for phone sex. Shockingly, one of the ads features a nude picture of Kathy. Moreover Christian received a phone call from someone who sounds like his missing girlfriend. At about the same time Myron's drop-dead gorgeous ex-girlfriend Jessica Culver (Kathy's older sister) shows up. Dr. Culver, her pathologist father, was just killed by a mugger and Jessica thinks this might be connected to Kathy's vanishing. Since Myron has known investigative skills, Jessica asks him to look into it. So Myron investigates, with the help of his old college roommate Windsor Horne Lockwood III. Win is a rich, blonde, handsome, American aristocrat - but his dapper, dandyish appearance is misleading. Win is a sixth degree black belt in Tae Kwan Do, handy with guns, and perfectly happy to maim and kill his (or Myron's) enemies if necessary. In fact, Win is a sociopath (but a lovable one if he's on your side). As Myron does the dual jobs of working out Christian's contract and looking into the 'Nips' and Kathy situation he comes across various thugs and shady characters as well as a college dean, a seductive married woman, a detective, Dr. Culver's best friend, a porn magazine publisher, a porn photographer, Kathy's mother, former college football players, and more. Most of the male characters are flat and blur together, so I had a problem remembering who was who. We do get to meet a regular in the series, Myron's assistant Esperanza - a Latin fireball who used to wrestle under the moniker 'Little Pocahontas'. Esperanza is always an entertaining senorita. The first two-thirds or so of the book moves along pretty smoothly. Then, when Myron starts to figure out the truth about Kathy's disapperance, the story gets convoluted, confusing, and (frankly) not believable. Another irritant in the book is Myron's constant gushing about how beautiful his ex-girlfriend Jessica is. He mentions this on about every third or fourth page. At one point Jessica walks past an elegant society party and the jaws of ALL the men in the room drop as they turn to stare at her. (Come on!!! Really???) It feels like, in this first book, Harlen Coben hasn't found his 'Myron Bolitar' legs yet. The book reminds me of the pilot episode of a TV series that starts out shaky but gets better later on. Overall I'd mildly recommend this book to mystery fans - not for the story but for a first meeting with characters that might just become favorites over time. You can follow my reviews at https://reviewsbybarbsaffer.blogspot....

  11. 5 out of 5

    Suzanne

    A comment on one of my progress reviews from one of my friends sums up this book nicely "I love Myron!". An easy to like protagonist who is a sportsagent, a good guy with a background of working with the FBI and with a legal background. He had ethics! I didn't enjoy this one as much as Six Hours, but still an enjoyable read. I like this authors style of writing, bits of serious stuff, but never losing the 'cool', or maybe this was just Myron?! I found it funny reading about the young and talented A comment on one of my progress reviews from one of my friends sums up this book nicely "I love Myron!". An easy to like protagonist who is a sportsagent, a good guy with a background of working with the FBI and with a legal background. He had ethics! I didn't enjoy this one as much as Six Hours, but still an enjoyable read. I like this authors style of writing, bits of serious stuff, but never losing the 'cool', or maybe this was just Myron?! I found it funny reading about the young and talented sports stars here, as I unexpectedly ended up seeing first grade Sydney baseball teams playing for an afternoon during my reading of this book. Made it seem a bit more real, it was good for my reading experience. It had a touch of romance, but not too much, it was a good mix. This is a book to read if you're on the prowl for a mystery with a clever and honest good guy who is the king of one liners. You always feel like you're in safe hands somehow. I'm on the lookout for more of Harlan Corben's books.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Phrynne

    I only recently read my first Harlan Coben book and liked it so I decided to go back and start at the beginning. This is #1 in the Myron Bolitar series and despite his odd name Myron is a very likeable character. I really enjoyed his cynical banter with his off sider Win. And Win himself is a fascinating character, always calm,, cool and collected even when doing what he does best which is beating up the bad guys! The story was fast and intriguing and I absolutely did not suspect the eventual ki I only recently read my first Harlan Coben book and liked it so I decided to go back and start at the beginning. This is #1 in the Myron Bolitar series and despite his odd name Myron is a very likeable character. I really enjoyed his cynical banter with his off sider Win. And Win himself is a fascinating character, always calm,, cool and collected even when doing what he does best which is beating up the bad guys! The story was fast and intriguing and I absolutely did not suspect the eventual killer at all! All in all an excellent book and it will not be long before I pick up the next in the series.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Jane

    I haven’t exactly resisted reading Harlan Coben before, but I somehow didn’t think a mystery series about a sports agent could be that riveting. I mean, I like teams of sweaty men in skimpy uniforms as much as the next girl, but a sports agent just sounded smarmy and, well, kind of dull. Man, was I wrong. Myron Bolitar is smart and funny and tough and big-hearted, and who doesn’t like those qualities in a man? He’s a former FBI agent, too. Coban writes pretty good women, although, of course, the I haven’t exactly resisted reading Harlan Coben before, but I somehow didn’t think a mystery series about a sports agent could be that riveting. I mean, I like teams of sweaty men in skimpy uniforms as much as the next girl, but a sports agent just sounded smarmy and, well, kind of dull. Man, was I wrong. Myron Bolitar is smart and funny and tough and big-hearted, and who doesn’t like those qualities in a man? He’s a former FBI agent, too. Coban writes pretty good women, although, of course, they’re all gorgeous and sexy and you get the idea. Myron’s pro-wrestler-turned-night-school-law-student secretary Esperanza is particularly memorable. I listened to DEAL BREAKER in snippets walking around the lake each morning, and it’s absorbing even read with the ear. Rookie quarterback Christian Steele is about to launch Myron’s career into the big time. But a photo of Steele’s girlfriend Cathy, who disappeared two years before, shows up in a porn magazine. Is Cathy still alive? Who placed the ad and what are they after? And what will her sudden reappearance do to Steele’s career—and Myron’s? Coben is the master of the bon mot, the wizard of the wisecrack. I laughed out loud in DEAL BREAKER so many times that I lost count. His descriptions are dead on—a jock’s dorm room floor is “carpeted in underwear.” And he does a hell of a job of interweaving story lines and revealing just enough of the mystery and backstory when necessary to keep you turning the pages. Of course, there is a lot of pretty ripe cussing from drug dealers and other lowlifes, so if that offends you, be prepared. Maybe you can skip those parts and still enjoy the ride. I think it’s worth it.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Ellen

    We all classify and judge; every review written here is a form of classification. Binaries are bit more emphatic. You're in or you're out; you're good or you're bad. I enjoy David's binaries, though some were not included in the chart to keep the peace :). David's binaries came to mind when I thought of the 15 BOOKS I read by Harlan Coben during my book wallow. And by the way, this review provides considerable bang for the buck, as it treats 15 books in one review. The six stand-alone books can We all classify and judge; every review written here is a form of classification. Binaries are bit more emphatic. You're in or you're out; you're good or you're bad. I enjoy David's binaries, though some were not included in the chart to keep the peace :). David's binaries came to mind when I thought of the 15 BOOKS I read by Harlan Coben during my book wallow. And by the way, this review provides considerable bang for the buck, as it treats 15 books in one review. The six stand-alone books can summarized pretty easily: someone is missing. These are the six I read: 1. Caught 2. Darkest Fear 3. Hold Tight 4. The Innocent 5. No Second Chance 6. The Woods However, the 9 books that comprise the Myron Bolitar series prompted a binary of my own: Mysteries solved by deduction vs. Mysteries solved or "settled" by characters possessing unbelievable physical or intellectual powers. In the tradition of binaries, the qualities on the left are superior. Thus, mysteries solved by hard work/sound deduction tend to be considerably more interesting. The Sherlock Holmes mysteries would fall in this category. Just why mysteries solved by sound deduction would be superior seems evident. Extraordinary powers are a bit of cop out. Stieg Larsson's Lisbeth Salander, a mathematical/computer genius with a photographic memory and the ability to annihilate anyone in her path easily qualifies as a character possessing unbelievable intellectual and physical powers. In the Myron Bolitar series, Winston Home Lockwood III, otherwise known as "Win," does the heavy lifting. I've never been able to picture this character - given the contrast of his ostensibly weak appearance and his supposed chick magnet good looks. Though bullied as a boy, Win used his vast wealth to study various martial arts since the age of seven, and is now a sixth-degree black belt. He's described as the "quintessential WASP" whose appearance reeks of "arrogance, elitism, Town and Country Parties Page, debutantes", etc. Like Lisbeth Salander, Win's appearance belies his lethal powers and quickness. Due to his wealth and connections, Win can also acquire information in seconds and manages, at any hint of danger, to be at Myron's side almost instantaneously. Having help like Win around does seem to stack the deck. Chronologically, the 9 books in Myron Bolitar series are as follows: 1. Deal Breaker 2. Drop Shot 3. Fade Away 4. Backspin 5. One False Move 6. The Final Detail 7. The Darkest Fear 8. Promise Me 9. Long Lost With the exception of one book, where things do go awry, there's not much suspense in this series, because we know Myron - enhanced by Win and a couple more superpowers in his office - is going to succeed. Coben maintains what interest is maintained in this series by his quirky characters. There's Win who, in addition to being handsome, wealthy, and physically unbeatable, tends to go out nocturnal trips to exterminate (literally) some bad guys when things get too tedious at the office. Myron Bolitar, who had been drafted in the Celtics' first round, only to blow out a knee in a preseason game, has a medley of quirks. He lived with his parents (in a basement room) until his early thirties, not because he had to, but because he liked their company. After losing his chance to play pro basketball, Myron went to Harvard Law, worked as an FBI agent for a while and used his degree to become a sports agent. He drinks Yoo-Hoo's and has the bad habit of boinking more than one of the female leads at a time. His two office assistants are former women wrestlers, and well, you get the idea. There is a stock of likable characters, each with a shtick, who get trotted out in each book. Coben's books are mild entertainment. Though Stieg Larsson's trilogy is considerably better, too often problems are solved and bad guys are neutered by sensational means. Centuries earlier, Aristotle, in describing the essentials of a good plot, explained how an audience can be surprised but, in looking back will see that the events emerged logically. "Super" characters function a bit like the Deus ex machina device used incorrectly. They mete out justice artificially. The plot gets wrapped up, rather than unfolding - intelligently and logically.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Bianca

    I first heard of Harlan Coben three years ago. A very young work colleague was reading one of his books. I don't know about you, but when I see people reading a book, I must find out what book they're reading. Anyway, long story short, this young dude said that the only books he's read and will ever read are Harlan Coben's novels. I asked, what happens if the author dies? He said he'd stop reading. I kid you not! So, since I didn't think very highly of that dude, I thought Harlan Coben must be a I first heard of Harlan Coben three years ago. A very young work colleague was reading one of his books. I don't know about you, but when I see people reading a book, I must find out what book they're reading. Anyway, long story short, this young dude said that the only books he's read and will ever read are Harlan Coben's novels. I asked, what happens if the author dies? He said he'd stop reading. I kid you not! So, since I didn't think very highly of that dude, I thought Harlan Coben must be a crap writer. Yep, I'm judgemental like that. Mea culpa. Anyway, a lovely GR friend, (Hi Suzanne!) was raving about this author, so I thought I'd give it a try, hoping for a page-turner, that wasn't gory (I can't take extreme violence and/or gore). And I'll confess that I quite enjoyed this first novel in the Myron Bolitar series. Myron, despite his silly name, which, by the way, he hates himself, is drool worthy: handsome, tall, smart, educated, funny as hell and kind - perfect, as far as I'm concerned. The things I liked the most were his self-deprecating comments and his one liners. His sidekick, Win, is strange but intriguing. He's kind of violent and enjoys causing bodily harm. The suspense/thriller bits were well done and I couldn't find any obvious plot holes. The only thing that somewhat detracted from complete enjoyment was the fact that it felt a bit dated, but that's because I'm reading this 20 years too late. ;-) Anyway, now that the Harlan Coben cherry was popped, I'll be back for more. :-) Besides, I've got the whole series to finish. BTW, I couldn't help but think that this book/series would make for a great TV series. Does anyone know if it's been adapted into a TV series, or maybe a movie? I guess I should google it.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Doug Bradshaw

    Much like Mitch Rapp story telling with handsome men and beautiful women getting into trouble, having flings, bad things happening, lots of snappy repartee, a few creepy mobsters, our main character a handsome Harvard Law graduate sports-agent competing with the hundreds of other agents, apparently an unsavory competitive business. It's a fun, easy, quick read. Not a lot of brain power needed. The book satisfies the need for revenge, appeals a little bit to those of us who like to peak into the Much like Mitch Rapp story telling with handsome men and beautiful women getting into trouble, having flings, bad things happening, lots of snappy repartee, a few creepy mobsters, our main character a handsome Harvard Law graduate sports-agent competing with the hundreds of other agents, apparently an unsavory competitive business. It's a fun, easy, quick read. Not a lot of brain power needed. The book satisfies the need for revenge, appeals a little bit to those of us who like to peak into the seedy side of life and a fairly interesting mystery is solved.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Todd Huish

    This book is everything I want in a good book. It was a fun easy read but not total cotton candy trash. It's the first book in the series but feels like I've picked one up in the middle only because the characters feel so developed. Harlan hints at all this backstory which I think (I hope) will be revealed in future novels but he doesn't muddy up the water with a lot of exposition. A sentence here or there and then he just moves on. I -love- it when an author doesn't feel like they have to expla This book is everything I want in a good book. It was a fun easy read but not total cotton candy trash. It's the first book in the series but feels like I've picked one up in the middle only because the characters feel so developed. Harlan hints at all this backstory which I think (I hope) will be revealed in future novels but he doesn't muddy up the water with a lot of exposition. A sentence here or there and then he just moves on. I -love- it when an author doesn't feel like they have to explain every single thing to you. I picked it up yesterday morning and didn't do anything until I finished reading it a few hours later. I'm going to have to be careful about not even buying these books until I have time to read them. There's not way I can be productive and have one of these, unread, in my house.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Jonetta

    Myron Bolitar is new at being a sports agent but had the good fortune to sign the number one NFL quarterback draft choice, Christian Steele. Christian's been drafted by the Titans whose owner, Otto Burke, is playing underhanded during the contract negotiations. Nude pictures of Christian's missing girlfriend have surfaced and Otto is threatening to release them publicly unless Myron has his client agree to a pretty lousy deal. Christian's girlfriend, Kathy Culver, is also the sister of Myron's e Myron Bolitar is new at being a sports agent but had the good fortune to sign the number one NFL quarterback draft choice, Christian Steele. Christian's been drafted by the Titans whose owner, Otto Burke, is playing underhanded during the contract negotiations. Nude pictures of Christian's missing girlfriend have surfaced and Otto is threatening to release them publicly unless Myron has his client agree to a pretty lousy deal. Christian's girlfriend, Kathy Culver, is also the sister of Myron's ex-girlfriend Jessica, who asks him to investigate. Kathy's been missing for two years now. Could it get any more convoluted? Myron is a potentially great character for this first book in the series. He has an interesting but mysterious background and lifestyle. His partner, Win, is a blue blood scary guy and his assistant, Esperanza, is a former wrestling star. His list of clients is equally colorful. The investigation takes many twists and turns with a few revelations along the way. The investigation moved at the right pace and kept you guessing at each turn. It wasn't easy to figure out the case but the clues were all there for the reader to deduce the ending. I figured it out near the end but still wasn't sure. I plan to continue the series but not on audiobooks unless the narrator changes. I listened to the book on a road trip and he almost lulled me to sleep. I'm rating the book 3.5 stars....It might have been higher if the narration was better. This is a definite read. Update 3/26/18: I ended up loving the narrator with the next book! My lethargy had nothing to do with him...it was the rural route that put me to sleep as evidenced later with the same thing happening with other great narrators.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Rob

    This is Harlan Coben debut novel and I had no idea what to expect when starting out on this book. Now I'll have high expectations of the next book I read. By any standards this is a highly entertaining read. The plot turns and twists enough to keep you guessing. Just when you think you've got a hold of it, it turns again. I loved the dry humour of the lead character, Myron Bolitar, who with his sidekick, Will, could get jobs as stand up comedians no problem. Myron is a sports agent and Will is an This is Harlan Coben debut novel and I had no idea what to expect when starting out on this book. Now I'll have high expectations of the next book I read. By any standards this is a highly entertaining read. The plot turns and twists enough to keep you guessing. Just when you think you've got a hold of it, it turns again. I loved the dry humour of the lead character, Myron Bolitar, who with his sidekick, Will, could get jobs as stand up comedians no problem. Myron is a sports agent and Will is an economist and together they are, as unlikely as is sounds, remarkably proficient sleuths. The book does elude to FBI connections for Myron but when and in what capacity your are left to wonder. So, if you like your books to be, fast paced, to keep you guessing and with a modicum of violence you wont go wrong with Deal Breaker This was good read and I have no trouble recommending it. A well deserved 4 stars

  20. 4 out of 5

    Britany

    My first Harlan Coben book! I can't even belive it myself. This was a quick read paced with drama, black belt jujitsu, and sarcastic wit. Myron Bolitar is admirable as our ex-pro basketball player turned investigator. He now is a sports agent representing the hottest quarterback around. He gets involvted in a missing persons case that directly impacts the star player and his career. This was a great introduction to Coben and I enjoyed being twisted and turned around while reading this one. Looki My first Harlan Coben book! I can't even belive it myself. This was a quick read paced with drama, black belt jujitsu, and sarcastic wit. Myron Bolitar is admirable as our ex-pro basketball player turned investigator. He now is a sports agent representing the hottest quarterback around. He gets involvted in a missing persons case that directly impacts the star player and his career. This was a great introduction to Coben and I enjoyed being twisted and turned around while reading this one. Looking forward to reading more of Coben's works.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Mike French

    I have read the other nine Myron Bolitar by Harlan Coben, but somehow I never read this one. DEAL BREAKER gave me insight into things I didn't know about Myron. Very enjoyable first book in the series. However, I like Harlan Coben's later stand alone better.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Veronica

    This is my first Harlan Coben book but it won't be my last. Myron Bolitar is a great character. He was once a college basketball star on a championship team but a serious injury puts an end to his promising NBA career. He then does a stint in the FBI but when we first meet him in the book he's turned his attentions into being a sports agent. We're not told what prompted the odd shift in careers but I'm curious so I hope it gets explained at some point in the series. This was a fast moving story This is my first Harlan Coben book but it won't be my last. Myron Bolitar is a great character. He was once a college basketball star on a championship team but a serious injury puts an end to his promising NBA career. He then does a stint in the FBI but when we first meet him in the book he's turned his attentions into being a sports agent. We're not told what prompted the odd shift in careers but I'm curious so I hope it gets explained at some point in the series. This was a fast moving story and the use of humor was great. The story shows its age via several pop culture references but, even so, the somewhat dated feel doesn't detract from the overall plot. The mystery had several red herrings and twists and the final reveal took me by surprise.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Jgoldlbc

    If you're like me, you fall in love with characters. If I find a good character, I can read a dozen books in a series. With Myron Bolitar and Windsor Lockwood III, you have two such characters. Myron is a quick witted, often hilarious sports agent with a deep backstory. He is a two time NCAA champion basketballer whose metioric rise was halted by an injury years before its apex. He then went to Harvard Law and then did work of questionable morality with the Feds. His past as an athlete informs h If you're like me, you fall in love with characters. If I find a good character, I can read a dozen books in a series. With Myron Bolitar and Windsor Lockwood III, you have two such characters. Myron is a quick witted, often hilarious sports agent with a deep backstory. He is a two time NCAA champion basketballer whose metioric rise was halted by an injury years before its apex. He then went to Harvard Law and then did work of questionable morality with the Feds. His past as an athlete informs his ability as an agent while he is drawn into somewhat vigilante investigations by his law enforcement background. His partner Win is kind of a nut. A scary nut. He's a master of martial arts and clandestine activities. He's also a filthy rich investments advisor with the ultimate in prep style. In their first novel, the two white collar crime fighters try to help their client negotiate an unprecedented rookie contract while trying to uncover the mystery of what happened to his co ed girlfriend. Definitely worth a read.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Tim

    25 years ago, I thought I may have liked Myron Bolitar, but I really didn't. Win is cooler. 4 of 10 stars

  25. 5 out of 5

    Tracy

    I was surprised that this is the first in the Myron Bolitar series (I've been reading them out of order). There was not an undue amount of exposition to 'set up' the characters as I would have expected when introducing a new cast of characters. Loved the book and the dry humor of many of the characters. There is a fairly large 'supporting cast' in this story, and for the brief time that you spend with some of them you still get to know enough of the character so that they don't seem flat or just I was surprised that this is the first in the Myron Bolitar series (I've been reading them out of order). There was not an undue amount of exposition to 'set up' the characters as I would have expected when introducing a new cast of characters. Loved the book and the dry humor of many of the characters. There is a fairly large 'supporting cast' in this story, and for the brief time that you spend with some of them you still get to know enough of the character so that they don't seem flat or just an afterthought. I think that by reading later novels in the series first, I had a different perspective about some of the recurring characters (which, I realize, you don't know about unless you've read the books out of order, too!).

  26. 4 out of 5

    Sam

    This is the first of Coben's, Myron Bolitar series. I enjoyed this one, because of the plots twists and the fantastic development of both Bolitar and his best friend Win. I did not enjoy that fact that the language was at times much worse than the other novels I have read by him. I did enjoy it and like all of what I have read by him so far...it is a quick read, because you don't want to put it down.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Kim Kaso

    This is the first in the series, it was enjoyable enough, but Myron’s sense of humor is wise-ass at its best & juvenile almost always, which I suspect will please my spouse more than it did me. I liked the book well enough to try the next one in the series, especially as I already own it, then I shall see. I’ve read some of Coben’s stand-alone books and thoroughly enjoyed them, I also like sports, so that aspect is interesting to me. Win I find disturbing, a sociopathic sidekick can be usefu This is the first in the series, it was enjoyable enough, but Myron’s sense of humor is wise-ass at its best & juvenile almost always, which I suspect will please my spouse more than it did me. I liked the book well enough to try the next one in the series, especially as I already own it, then I shall see. I’ve read some of Coben’s stand-alone books and thoroughly enjoyed them, I also like sports, so that aspect is interesting to me. Win I find disturbing, a sociopathic sidekick can be useful, but he is, except for his relationship with Myron, barely human. (Echoes of Spenser and Hawk Elvis Cole and Joe Pike and other “buddy books”). Win is successful financially, which seems to fit. Coben’s portrayal of women also needs some work, it “clangs” in the era post-Weinstein. (Note: every woman just loves being regarded as arm-candy that makes other guys jealous, we live for it. Really not the way to our hearts.) Am also observing Myron’s extra-curricular investigating does seem helpful to his career as a sports agent). Very much first in a series, am willing to see how the series develops and am curious to see if Myron evolves at all.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Ashley Montulli

    I am a big Harlan Coben fan and had heard great things about his Myron Bolitar series. So, I went straight to the first book and gave it a go. So glad that I did! Myron Bolitar is an incredible character. He is a sports agent (and ex NBA player) with a big heart and equal wit. His partner Win, a complete sociopath, is his perfect counterpart. The two together are magic. The story is dark and twisty. I was completely thrown off by the ending and wasn't entirely sold, but still loved the book! Look I am a big Harlan Coben fan and had heard great things about his Myron Bolitar series. So, I went straight to the first book and gave it a go. So glad that I did! Myron Bolitar is an incredible character. He is a sports agent (and ex NBA player) with a big heart and equal wit. His partner Win, a complete sociopath, is his perfect counterpart. The two together are magic. The story is dark and twisty. I was completely thrown off by the ending and wasn't entirely sold, but still loved the book! Look forward to reading this whole series.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Terry

    Myron Bolitar and his psycho sidekick Win are two of the more interesting characters developed by Harlen Coben along with a entertaining but bizarre supporting cast that maintains the often hilarious dialogue with great plotting and Coben's comfortable style. I'm always guaranteed a plethora of laughs, guffaws and tear-inducing hilarity from a master of the crime thriller. I recommend this series with a big Thumbs UP!

  30. 5 out of 5

    Colin Mitchell

    The debut novel in the Myron Bolitar, sports agent and investigator, series. Myron is representing a number of second rate athletes when he gains a contract with an outstanding young quarter back who is in line for place in the NFL. In the background is his missing girlfriend and sister of Myron's ex girl Jessica. On Myron's side is his psychotic friend and business partner Win Lockwood. Lots of violence, intrigue and men with dubious backgrounds, mixed with a little sarcastic humour. The start o The debut novel in the Myron Bolitar, sports agent and investigator, series. Myron is representing a number of second rate athletes when he gains a contract with an outstanding young quarter back who is in line for place in the NFL. In the background is his missing girlfriend and sister of Myron's ex girl Jessica. On Myron's side is his psychotic friend and business partner Win Lockwood. Lots of violence, intrigue and men with dubious backgrounds, mixed with a little sarcastic humour. The start of what seems like an excellent series from the king of crime/thriller writing.

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