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  • Audio CD: 7 pages
  • Publisher: Random House Audio Publishing Group; Unabridged edition (25 July 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0739340948
  • ISBN-13: 978-0739340943
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 2.8 x 14.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (85 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 818,300 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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" A mystery thriller with all the right stuff, intrigue, suspense, romance and humor...Coben keeps you in suspense from beginning to end." -- "The Newark Tribune" " Like fellow wise-cracking P.I.'s Spenser and Elvis Cole, Myron Bolitar is great fun in the best hard-boiled tradition." -- "Houston Chronicle" "From the Paperback edition." --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. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Julia Flyte TOP 50 REVIEWER on 7 April 2009
Format: Paperback
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jim J-R on 25 Jan. 2012
Format: Paperback
Harlan Coben's first Myron Bollitar novel is a mixed bag. When american footballer Christian Steele gets a message from his girlfriend - who disappeared 18 months earlier - he recruits his sports agent to try to track her down. This summary is the basis of my initial scepticism about the book - the character just didn't seem to fit the plot, and that element remains to be satisfactorily explained.

The beginning of the book is weak, which put me off - after each of the first few chapters I was seriously doubting whether I could bring myself to continue reading. The characters were ill-defined, cocky, and the narrative informally, almost colloquially phrased. But it did get better, mostly through the application of the plot, because the above criticisms remained throughout.

The story, although dubious in places, is what drove me to keep reading, and possibly just because I wanted to find out what was going on. Unlike a classic crime novel, there's very little by way of clues - indeed the first half felt more like a treasure hunt, going from one contact to another, picking up the next name, and carrying on, without feeling as if much was being learnt. Eventually though some clues start to come to light, and the reader is just about able to figure things out in time.

The writing style is awkward though - it's too casual, with the narrator making observations that seem better suited to put with a character. There were also places where two pages got stuck together and it was surprising how far I could read on before realising that it was a completely different scene I had jumped into the middle of.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Best Crime Books TOP 500 REVIEWER on 29 Jun. 2011
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I have read one of Harlan Coben's stand alone novels, albeit some time ago, and wanted to start at the beginning of his very popular series of books featuring Myron Bolitar. When I started this book, it didn't take me more than a few chapters to fall head over heels for the character Myron. One of the reasons for this is the element of his character that is witty and sarcastic, always a winning combination for me.

In addition to Myron we meet his friend and sidekick Win Lockwood and his work colleague Esperenza. All of them seem to make an extraordinary yet very believable group of friends. Their relationships throughout the book had me smirking at some of the more sarcastic comments they make to each other.

With the added benefit of really gelling with the characters we see the story start to unfold with Myron's star client Christian Steel. The story itself is quite complex and there are a lot of plot threads that we pick up along the way. What I loved was the endless possibilities this story threw up and that I was actually none the wiser towards the second half of the book.

The one element that I didn't like and I don't know why, was the one involving Myron's ex Jessica. Maybe it was because I just didn't like the character but I was irritated by how flawless and beautiful she was meant to be. Overall and by the end of the book I had warmed a little to her, although in all honesty not that much! I was pleased with the ending and thought it was all wrapped up nicely with enough intrigue for me to wonder what is next for Myron and Win. Will look forward to reading the next instalment! The fact that this book was first published in 1995 and there are now another 9 books to be read doesn't put me off; it makes me wish I could read faster!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A long term FM fan on 22 Sept. 2012
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Because I believe in second chances, this was not the first Myron Bolitar novel I'd attempted to read: but it will be the last. I was unable to finish it, just as I was with the other one that I bought (I can't even remember what it was called now).

Bolitar is arrogant, judgemental, totally un-funny and impossible to empathise with. Combine this with some of the most confusing plots and sub-plots imaginable (I won't go into detail because many other reviewers have already done so) and you have this awful book.

I understand from reading other reviews that it is intended to be light-hearted, at least in parts. If that is what you are looking for, then my recommendation would be to go for something by Carl Hiassen, Charles Willeford, Robert Crais or, best of all, the magnificent Robert B Parker - whose Spenser character is everything that Bolitar tries but fails so spectacularly to be.

These comments shouldn't be interpreted as me hating Harlan Coben or all of his work: I've read some of his stand alone books and thoroughly enjoyed them. They seem to be far better written, with tighter & less confusing plots, and much more rounded & likeable characters. Indeed, after throwing this book into the first charity bag to fall through the letter box, my over-riding thought was "How can someone capable of writing a novel as good as Tell No-one be responsible for this dross?"
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