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Back Spin
Back Spin
Author: Harlan Coben
ISBN-13: 9780752849164
ISBN-10: 0752849166
Publication Date: 5/2/2002
  • Currently 3.6/5 Stars.

3.6 stars, based on 8 ratings
Publisher: Orion Pub Co
Book Type: Paperback
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Great plot twists, keeps the reader hooked
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Fun caper involving golf and murder
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Myron Bolitar, sports agent, solves another mystery. This one involves the kidnapping of the son of clients-woman golfer Linda Coldren. Fast paced, easy read.
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One of his best. Very good, I didn't figure it out until the very end.
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Good fun and suspenseful
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Classic Coben. Many twists. Kept me guessing.
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I found Harlan Coben just last year and have read every single book he has on the market. I love his writing and the way he builds his characters. It is an absolute pleasure to read his books in order and see their progression.

originally I thought the sports aspect would be a turn-off for me, but it has so little to do with the story that it didn't bother me at all.

If you're looking for a quick, good, fun read, this is the book for you.
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Average Myron Bolitar tale set at the US Open. Good dialogue, fine story, plenty of fun at golfers' expense.

3 stars out of 5
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Another great book in the Myron Bolitar series! Read it in two days.
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Any of the Myron Bolitar series are my favorite. Must read.
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All of his Myron Bolitar books are great.
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Awesome series. Read them all.
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I hate letting go of my beloved early Harlan Coben's but if someone out there will enjoy them just as much....Myron Bolitar is quite a character.
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This is #4 of the Myron Bolitar series. Myron is in Pennsylvania for the US Open Golf Tournament.
Golf + revenge + sex + murder = another thrilling story. I loved the book.
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I found this one to be on the slow side and skimmed a lot of it, it had too many pages of just descriptions that could've been left out.
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I like Harlan Coben and this was a typical book for him.
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This is not the large print version; regular hardback. SO SORRY! Tried to repost, but was unable to since it went right onto someone's Wish List. Please accept my apologies.

Still a GREAT book!
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Great book, fast read. I love this character.
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This is the second Myron Bolitar book I've read. I enjoyed it but it was a little heavy on the sports (golf in this one). A professional golf family (both mother and father are pros) and the sixteen year old son is also an excellent golfer. The son gets kidnapped at the start of the US Open and Myron is hired to find him. Of course, Myron gets in over his head and all hell breaks loose.

Harlan Coben has a great use of cliches which are laugh out loud funny. Myron is comically sarcastic and Win has serious pyschopatic undertones. There are several twists and surprises. A great mystery that you think you have figured out and then whammo another twist. Keeps you guessing right up to the last page.

They even mention my old high school towards the end. How cool is that?
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Sports agent Myron Bolitar unravels the mystery of the golf star's missing son.
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A little short and could have used a little more suspense.
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love this author, love this series!
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Another great Myron Bolitar mystery from Coben. Being a sports fan, the sports themes - first football, then tennis and basketball, now golf - really make the Bolitar books stand out for me. Coben's style is wickedly satyrical and just plain fun to read. My biggest concern is that Coben will run out of sports for Myron to get involved in. But heck, I'd read about a mystery at a ping-pong tournament if Coben wrote it.
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The boy was born and raise don the Main Line. But he bvanished on Philadelphia's mean streets. last seen in a dowtown cheater's hotel. for sports agent Myron Bolitar, his client, golf fuperstar Linda coldren, comes first, and that m,eans unraveling the m,ystery of her son's kidnapping. Skeletons coming out of the closet. and golf becomes a deadly game.
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Another good book by Harlan Coben. His books keep your interest.
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Great! Very entertaining!
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When golf superstar Linda Coldren approaches sports agent Myron Bolitar, she has a deal for him. Her son, Chad, has been kidnapped and will be killed if she goes to the police. If Myron helps find him, she and her golf-pro husband will sign with Myron's agency. As Myron searches for the missing boy, he finds lots of suspects, all of whom seem to have a secret they will kill to keep.

The fourth Myron Bolitar mystery has so many plot twists and turns. I had no idea who was behind the kidnapping and was very surprised by the secrets that were uncovered. Along with the mystery, we also get more information about Win's past. My rating: 4.5 Stars.
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Easy reading, fun recommend
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The fourth book in the series about Myron Bolitar. This time, the sport is golf. Very entertaining and Myron and Win are always so funny.
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Another good book in the series. I like the style of Harlan Coben's writing and always enjoy his books.
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Book Review
Kidnappers have snatched the teenage son of super-star golfer Linda Coldren and her husband, Jack, an aging pro, at the height of the U.S. Open. To help get the boy back, sports agent Myron Bolitar goes charging after clues and suspects from the Main Line mansions to a downtown cheaters' motel--and back in time to a U.S. Open twenty-three years ago, when Jack Coldren should have won, but didn't. Suddenly Myron finds him self surrounded by blue bloods, criminals, and liars. And as one family's darkest secrets explode into murder, Myron finds out just how rough this game can get.

My Review
This was a great golf mystery with quirky characters and a plot with lots of twists and turns. I enjoyed learning more about Win and his background. This is also story of violence and betrayal; particularly the pain that family members can inflict upon one another. A must read for anyone who likes mysteries with depth and has a sense of humor. I look forward to reading the next Myron Bolitar mystery very shortly.
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I like the narrator for this book and found it very enjoyable to listen to. I would listen to it again in the future.
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A bit more complicated than the others but did give good insight into some of the characters. Seemed to wrap up very quickly at the end.
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Another winner by Harlen Coben
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Myron looks for the missing son of a golf superstar, and in the process uncovers skeleton's in the client's and in Win's closet. Trademark twists and turns (maybe a little to twisty) with some nice clarification of the elusive Win's background.
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Another great Coben.
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If you like wisecracking, eccentric,detectives with a sports background, you'll love Myron Bolitar.
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Very good.
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The boy was born and raised on the Main Line, but he vanished on Philadelphia's mean streets - last seen in a downtown cheater's hotel. The boy's mother, Linda Coldren, is a golf superstar...and Myron Bolitar's client. When he goes after the missing boy, presumed kidnapped, he crashes through a crowd of lowlifes, blue bloods, and liars on both sides of the social divide. Meanwhile, Linda's husband is trying to stage a comeback at the U.S. Open, only to be found dead in a sand trap. Suddenly the family's skeletons are coming out of the closet and Myron is about to find out how deadly golf can get.
"Another winner...pungent observations, indelibly drawn characters and a twisting, surprise-laden plot