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.
Witty, sarcastic, and fun. Combine a mystery, a sports theme, a likeable amateur detective and his eccentric enfocer and you get an easy, enjoyable read. Don't expect to be blown away by the plot which isn't particularly clever or put together, but the characters and dialogue are great.
It is no wonder that Harlan Coben has won so many awards. Deal Breaker is the first of the series featuring Myron Bolitar, the sports agent who hates his first name with a passion. Few are the mystery novels with witty lines such as this series has. Try it; you will enjoy it.
This is the first book in Coben's Myron Bolitar series and I think the first book that Coben wrote. Myron Bolitar is a former college basketball star and former first round pick of the Boston Celtics. After a freak injury Bolitar makes the transition from athlete to agent. The story begins with Bolitar signing highly touted football draft pick Christian Steele. New client in tow Bolitar is destined for the big time. Unfortunately, for Bolitar things do not always go as planned. A mystery ensues and Bolitar will get into his trademark high jinx. Coben to me falls short in this one compared to his other work. I love his stand alone novels. However, the hook and suspense are there but Coben's trust in the reader is not. The ending seemed to be more fitting for a Scooby Doo episode and not a Coben thriller. His characters are endearing for the most part and the humor/dialogue is fitting. I will continue with the Bolitar series and give it more of a chance because of Coben's other work that I have enjoyed so much.
At first, I was tempted to stop reading this book. It was boring.
I decided to keep reading for a few more pages. As I was finishing it, it occured to me that Coben has a very nice style. I intend to read more of him.
Yes just got around to starting to read this series. In the beginning you need to pay attention to all the characters IMO. I did enjoy the fact that Myron is a sports agent w/a sense of humor. There was alittle to much talk about porn and bad language for my liking. Not that I'm a prude or anything. But otherwise the ending had good explanations for what happened.
Harlan Coben is one of my new favorite mystery authors.
I've read his current books but never his Myron Bolitar series,until now, and I wasn't disappointed. Although quite graphic explanations, did not stop me from enjoying this mystery and I am anxious to read the second book in the series. Paperback Swap is a great source for having book in a series in stock, and I am taking full advantage of that while reading the Bolitar Books. Get your copy today and enjoy a mystery series written by a super mystery writer.
I enjoyed this book a lot.... Until I read a second book in the Myron Bolitar series. I would have given it 4 stars until I got 50 pages into the other book and it read like a recipe out of a Betty Crocker cookbook. I don't mind recipes for food, but in my books I need a little more spontaneity and a little less recipe.
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If you have enjoyed Robert Parker's Spencer books, you may well like this series also. I found the hero both likable, smart and goofy. Witty repartee abounds and many of the characters are classics (Think Little Pocahontas & Big Cindi). Start with this one, if possible, but enjoy them all.
Personally I have only just discovered this older series (this is the first one) after devouring everything else Coben has written in the past 5-10 years ... I LOVE the humor, sarcasm, plots, characters - everything about this series! Highly recommend. I think guys will especially like these (but don't worry ladies, I don't think you'll be turned off!).
Good mystery that kept me guessing. Myron is a bit annoying with his Spenser-esque joking at every opportunity, especially in the face of danger. And his "love that never dies" for the drop dead gorgeous woman who dumped him. Co-hort Win a little too convenient, and improbable. But I want to return to this series.
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 businesswhere 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 fictionMyron Bolitara hotheaded, tenderhearted sports agent who grows more and more engaging and unpredictable with each page-turning appearance.
Beautiful gift book, 2007 edition reprinted from 1995.
Myron Bolitar is an up-and-coming sports agent. One of his collegeate quarterbacks is about to turn pro, and Myron is negotiating his contract and a slew of endorsement deals. Unfortunately, things are not going as well in his personal life: he is recently dumped and still lives with his Mom.
When an old flame asks for his help in investigating a connection between the disappearance of her sister and the death of her father, Myron agrees to help because he just might get lucky with her and the sister also happens to be the ex-flame of his gravy train quarterback, who is fast becoming the cops' top suspect. Sound confusing? Fans of Harlan Coben's standalone thrillers know that his plots have many twists and turns, and the characters often have surprising hidden connections. That holds true for this first book in the Myron Bolitar series. Though still violent, this book has a lighter tone than the standalones. The first person narrator of Myron has a sarcastic sense of humor, which makes this a humorous as well as well-plotted mystery.
Sports agent Myron Bolitar is poised on the edge of the big-time. So is Christian Stele, 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. Suddenly Myron is plunged into a baffling mystery of sex and blackmail.
This got more interesting towards the end and it was interesting enough throughout to keep me reading, but it wasn't all that hard to put down. However, I think part of that is because I'm not a sports fan. The suspense was good and the ending was a surprise.
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. Suddenly, Myron is plunged into a baffling mystery of sex and blackmail. 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.
A very fast suspenseful read!
At the beginning of this novel, I kept asking myself what the big deal was about this series. I did like it by the time I finished, but it was a bit of a long road to make it there. It got off to a slow start, and it took me until about a third of the way through before I really started to like it.
I think my biggest issue when it came to getting into the story was that I didnt find Myron to be terribly likeable. I really have a hard time when I dont relate to or like the main character, but I really forced myself to persevere since so many people seem to like this series...
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