In this sixth novel in the award-winning Myron Bolitar series, Harlan Coben delivers a riveting powerhouse thriller—a twisting mystery of betrayal, family secrets, and murder.
Myron Bolitar’s colleague at MB SportsReps, Esperanza, has been arrested for the murder of a client, a fallen baseball star attempting a comeback. Myron is determined to prove Esperanza’s innocence—even if she won’t speak to him on the advice of her lawyer, who warns Myron to keep away from both the case and his client. But Myron is already too close, too involved, and has too much at stake. And the closer Myron gets to the truth, the more the evidence points to the only viable suspect besides Esperanza: Myron himself.
You know things are getting tough for Myron Bolitar when the crime-solving sports agent finds that his favorite tipple--the chocolate drink Yoo-Hoo--has lost its kick. At a particularly harrowing point in his latest Bolitar book (after One False Move), Coben reveals that his hero actually "craved a venti-size skim iced latte with a splash of vanilla." Despite being a former pro basketball star and Harvard Law School grad, Myron remains a touching everyman, a guy who still looks forward to dinner with his parents and can even cry in the bathroom after his father admits to some recent chest pains. In this case, Myron probes the murder of one of his clients, a troubled baseball player named Clu Haid, who was apparently shot by Myron's sports-agency partner, Esperanza Diaz. Esperanza is hiding something, but Myron isn't sure if it has to do with business or with her bisexuality. His search for the truth takes him to a bar called Take a Guess ("It's About Ambiguity, Not Androgyny"), where he falls for a Julie Newmar/Catwoman look-alike who may or may not be female, and to the front offices at Yankee Stadium. Ultimately, the trail leads him to revisit a 12-year-old mystery about a missing girl as well as a shabby incident in his own past. Along the way, Coben works in poignant scenes, such as an interview with a mother who wallpapers her house with family photographs. Myron relies less on the lethal powers of his rich, blond, preppy friend Win (Windsor Horne Lockwood III) than in previous adventures. The change makes for the strongest entry yet in a series that deftly balances realism with excitement, while refusing to fall back on genre clich s. Major ad/promo; author tour.
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Loved this book,as I have loved almost everyone of your Myron Bolitar series.Almost as much as I've loved each of the other books you have written.
Please don't stop now! I will be waiting for the
next book.Hoping to find a favorite among so many greats!
I remain hopeful.
Just another fan
This is the worst book I ever read. Will not be reading anymore of this series. He can and has done so much better
Ok, but not Coben's best
After having read the author's first five Myron Bolitar novels, I was expecting still another good read.
However, in this novel the author seems to get bogged down in writing paragraph after paragraph after paragraph in attempting to describe a clubhouse, a town, or a street when just a few sentences would do. It was almost like he was attempting to add words to the novel to extend the number of pages to the book. Sometimes the descriptions went on for pages. I would just scan the pages hoping to get on with the story.
And, it would seem that the star of the novel, Myron Bolitar, is becoming a little to overly emotional regarding his relationships with parents, best friends, and girl friends. For a 30 something year old man to run sobbing and weeping to a men's restroom after your dad has told you he had some chest pains is a little too much for my tastes. Oh well, different strokes for different folks.
I'll read one more Bolitar novel and if it's like this one, no more Myron Bolitar for me.