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Harlan Coben
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25 Jun 2009

Investigator and 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.

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  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Orion (25 Jun 2009)
  • Language: Unknown
  • ISBN-10: 1409116964
  • ISBN-13: 978-1409116967
  • Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (70 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 271,047 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Harlan Coben was the first ever author to win all three major crime awards in the US. He is now global bestseller with his mix of powerful stand-alone thrillers and Myron Bolitar crime novels. He has appeared in the bestseller lists of The Times, the New York Times, Le Monde, Wall Street Journal and the Los Angeles Times.

He currently lives in New Jersey with his wife and four children.

Here are the Myron Bolitar novels in series order:

Deal Breaker
Drop Shot
Fade Away
Back Spin
One False Move
The Final Detail
Darkest Fear
Promise Me
Long Lost

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'The world needs to discover Harlan Coben. He's smart, he's funny, and he has something to say,' (Michael Connolly )

'It's an easy, fast read, and a cut above the rest. An excellent thriller with well-maintained suspense.' (The Bookseller )

'Poignant and insightful... Myron is gallant, likeable and delightfully original.' (Los Angeles Times )

'One False Move marks the maturing of an extraordinary talent in crime fiction. In this rich and poignant novel, Myron Bolitar becomes a complex and memorable character, and Harlan Coben reaches a new level of excellence' (Sharyn McCrumb ) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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A phone call from a 'dead' woman - Myron Bolitar soon discovers that the truth can get you killed... A stunning thriller from the SUNDAY TIMES bestselling author of CAUGHT and PLAY DEAD.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Harlan Coben Lite 7 April 2009
By Julia Flyte TOP 50 REVIEWER
I have read all of Harlan Coben's standalone novels but this is the first that I have read in the Myron Bolitar series. Deal Breaker takes a familiar Harlan Coben plot (cue a long missing, presumed dead sister who appears to be sending messages from the grave) but employs a lighter, almost Elmore Leonard/Carl Hiassen style tone. It's a disconcerting blend which obviously works for most, but which left me lukewarm.

Myron Bolitar is a likeable protagonist: a former basketball player who worked briefly (in an undefined capacity) for the FBI before becoming a sports agent. His assistant Esperanza is an ex-pro wrestler and his best friend and sidekick Win (short for Windsor Horne Lockwood III) is a "full fledged whitebread". The missing girl is his client's girlfriend, but he also has a personal connection in that he dated her sister for four years. The book has a large cast of one-dimensional characters and moves quickly, which I found somewhat confusing. The convoluted mystery is also downplayed: there is neglible suspense and it unravels for Myron with minimal difficulty.

Ultimately I prefer Coben's tighter and more suspenseful standalone books to this more lightweight style, but it would make for ideal mindless holiday reading. If I was rating the book on how much I enjoyed it, it would probably only score 2 stars, but I've tried to put my own prejudices aside and to rate it on its own merits.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
This book is structured in the way of murder mysteries written 50 years agp. There is a murder and a detective - everyone that the detective interviews has a motive. Throughout the book various clues are dropped and are then pulled together at the end by the detective.
I found it a bit difficult to believe how easiy most people confessed to crimes to the hero of the book, Myron, but it allowed the plot to be rolled out fairly quickly.
Myron is a likeable character with a reasonable sense of humour which kept me reading the book at a fair pace.
A good mystery thriller and I would recommend it as such and, whilst this book will not change the world, I will look for others by this author to help pass the time of day.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The first in a GREAT series of books.... 14 Nov 2000
By A Customer
Harlan Coben introduces the enigmatic and humourous central character, Myron Bolitar, a sports agent who doubles as a private investigator when the need arises. 3 dimensional characters, plenty of witty retorts and a great storyline makes this book a must buy for all thriller and mystery readers. Read this book I guarentee you wil be coming back for more!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not perfect, but who cares? 16 April 2006
This is the classic definition of a page turner. Yes, it had a few imperfections, but with everything going on in the book, you are often too busy keeping up to even notice.

This is the first Myron Bolitar novel, and I would recommend anyone wanting to read more of Harlan Coben definitely start with this one. The story centres around Myron (a sports agent) heroically solving the mystery of one of his client's missing girlfriends, while somehow juggling the contract negotions, mafia hits and even plumbing problems of his clients - all while getting it on with his estranged girlfriend and slipping in the odd meditation session.

The one thing I liked about this book is that it was a true detective story ... everything you needed to spot the villian was right there in front of you - none of this last minute action which filled in all the missing pieces. Of course this did result in a final unveiling which was straight from an episode of Scooby-Doo (minus the tearing off of a mask) but it struck a nice balance between being able to work out the mystery and having clues shoved in your face.

And the imperfections? This is the first in the MB series, but there are still a lot of hazy references to everyone's deep and mysterious past and although this includes some teases about a history in the FBI, I am still not convinced about the sports agent come detective angle. And yes, some of the characters are a bit shallow - but then again, you would never buy this kind of book expecting a Pulitzer Prize winner!

What you should expect though is a fast-moving story, some very amusing one liners and an absolute page turner that you won't want to put down.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars ... but not a mould breaker 28 April 2013
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
It's not so much that this book is bad, exactly; it's just that it's not really very good. It fits perfectly well into that collection of pulp fiction that Amazon routinely gives away at 0.99p or less. Think Capote, Kerouac and the distinction between writing and typing. At full price for this, and after hearing the author feted all over the BBC airwaves a week or two ago, I expected much, much better.

Myron Bolitar is a PR for athletes and sports stars, or 'sports agent' in the jargon. He also, for no very good reason, doubles as an amateur sleuth. He and his friends all live in Made-for-TV Movieland, just a couple of blocks over from Columbo, Starsky, Hutch, Angela Lansbury, Dick van Dyke, T.J. Hoooker, Mr T., etc. etc. So no need for any actual writing to set the scene, then.

Plot: involves blackmail via dubious-but-legal soft porn magazine titles. Staking out a PO Box. Cars. Beautiful women. Americans. Dry wit, some of it witty.

Characterisation? Well, people say and do stuff, but only the same stuff all the same people say and do in all the same stuff that's going down just a couple of blocks over in Made-for-TV Movieland. Nobody thinks. Nobody feels. Nobody learns.

Nobody cares.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars
I was disappointed with this book.
Published 14 days ago by S. Miller
4.0 out of 5 stars New author to me.
First time I have read a novel by this author, and I do like his writing style. Also found the plot absorbing. Will try another of his books soonest
Published 16 days ago by malcolm hayes
4.0 out of 5 stars A good read, but very American
A good read, but very American, if you don't understand basketball it could be difficult to understand sometimes but the gist of it is gripping.
Published 17 days ago by Ian Thwaite
5.0 out of 5 stars Deal breaker
Who done it, you'll have to read it to find out, I had no idea.
Can't wait to read the next Harlan Coburn.
Published 24 days ago by SMD
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it
New author for me
Published 1 month ago by karen2b
4.0 out of 5 stars Very enjoyable
Harlan kept us guessing until the very end. Kept me up late to finish it. It romped along to a surprising conclusion.
Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent start to series
This is an excellent start to the Myron Bolitar series. The plot is interesting with all the various strands tying together in a relatively convincing way. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Damo Green
4.0 out of 5 stars A likeable hero
I particularly like this HC series although I must admit a fondness for Win rather than the gentleness of MB. Read more
Published 4 months ago by suzanne ruthven
5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant read
Another great book by harlan. Funny and engaging. Cant wait to read next one. Myron a legend. Im completely hooked
Published 6 months ago by karen olivier
4.0 out of 5 stars a good bookxx
a really good book and good buy for any harlen coben fans.not as good as some of the others but still worth buying thanks janexxx
Published 6 months ago by Jane Lloyd
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