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  • Hardcover: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Orion; First Edition edition (10 May 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1409112527
  • ISBN-13: 978-1409112525
  • Product Dimensions: 16 x 3.4 x 24 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (118 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 295,381 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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It was only matter of time before Facebook and other electronic social media found their way into thrillers – as they do with Live Wire. For some years, Harlan Coben has been situated firmly at the top of the tree in the crime and thriller stakes, and each new outing consolidates his already enviable reputation. So far, there have been no missteps (not something every bestselling crime writer can claim), and Live Wire is another example of his command writing. Coben’s engaging protagonist Myron Bolivar is back in the thick of things again in this one. But the author has something special up his sleeve here for his beleaguered hero.

A Facebook posting sets out destructive claims about who the father of a child yet to be born. On the receiving end of the questionable revelations are ex-tennis champion Suzze T and her retired rock star partner Lex. Lex deserts his pregnant lover, and the distressed Suzze calls on private eye-cum-sports agent Myron Bolitar, hoping he can retrieve her relationship. More is, in fact, at stake – including, it seems, the life of the errant Lex. And Myron’s private life is in its customary jumbled state. He runs into his sister-in-law Kitty (married to a brother who has broken off contact with Myron) and the couple’s teenage son Micky. The boy rages at Myron, who he considers responsible for his parents’ estrangement. So Myron has multiple problems: sorting out the chaos caused by the unpleasant Facebook posting, saving the life of Lex and curing his own headaches over his warring relatives. From this busy premise, Live Wire goes off at a surprising tangent, with Myron even confronting an existential question: his own shifting identity.

Coben’s dialogue here fizzles like the best vintage crime fiction, and Myron remains one of the strongest characters in the genre. As always, the sense of place is crucial with the author: the settings here have a pungency that leaps off the page. But it’s the plotting that really grabs the interest – along with what we learn about Myron, which changes the face of this entertaining sequence of books decisively – and permanently. --Barry Forshaw


LIVE WIRE... shows Coben to be a master of intricate plot-weaving. Twists come thick and fast, and there's an immediate re-readability as you attempt to unravel the tangled web of events. (SHORTLIST)

Classic Coben: witty and twisty.***** (Boyd Hilton HEAT)

Compelling, hard-edged and wryly funny (SUNDAY SPORT)

'Coben's dialogue is as punchy and readable as ever... another novel that will manage both to raise the heart rate and serve as a relaxing treat.' (INDEPENDENT ON SUNDAY - Novels for Summer)

Cunningly plotted and dependably entertaining (EVENING STANDARD)

The twists and turns of the clever plot will keep you guessing until the final showdown. (BELLA)

Bestselling writer Harlan Coben dazzles us yet again with a pacy thriller that's hard to put down. ***** (STAR MAGAZINE)

Coben's 10th Myron Bolitar novel is a perfect 10: providing readers with new information about the past of the former athlete turned agent and owner of MB Reps; a satisfyingly complex mystery (PUBLISHERS' WEEKLY)

Newcomers to Coben will find "Live Wire" a great starting point, and fans will be awe-struck with this latest novel, wondering how Coben maintains such a high level of excellence. (LINCOLN JOURNAL STAR)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By freesia on 19 Nov. 2012
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This is about my 14 or 15th harlan coben book i have read. Some of them i have loved but as you read through the myron bolitar series, the story gets obscured by unnecessary and boring descriptions of surroundings and how to hit, or not hit someone. Memories of childhood are repeated from other books and that seems so lazy to me and used as a page filler. I love the relationship and the storyline of myron and win but instead of upping the ante with the duo, it seems to me that coben cant be bothered and fills the pages with stuff previously written and fills and pads his books out now with stuff thats neither interesting or necessary. Disppointing and i wont be reading anymore for a long time.
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26 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Call Me York, That's What Everyone Calls Me on 16 May 2011
Format: Kindle Edition
I've just finished this book today and wow! It sure is exciting! I've been reading these books for the past 7 or 8 years and loved each one (and have re-read several on numerous occasions), so when I read a new addition to the series it is like revisiting old friends. Although this touches on some very serious matters with regards to the Bolitar family and it's past (which is all revealed in this one) the sharp, witty dialogue is still there, the action is very fast paced (and thankfully isn't as over the top and unbelievable as Long Lost, which I felt made Myron out to be some kind of superhero) and the story is full of mystery and twists around every corner.

As well as a bit of a Bolitar history lesson we also get to meet Myron's nephew Mickey. I'm not going to give anything away but how many parts of storyline in this book finishes makes me wonder if this is the end for the Myron series, particularly as the next Harlan Coben book is a young adult novel starring Mickey Bolitar called Shelter (due out late 2011). So maybe the baton has been passed over to his nephew for the spotlight from now on? Time will tell.

I really enjoyed this book. It wasn't the best in the series and definitely isn't the worst but it is a thoroughly good read and if this does happen to be the last on in the series then so be it. I will definitely miss Win, Esparenza, El-Al, Big Cyndi and of course Myron but the way this book finishes is great and I would be happy with this ending if that was it. No doubt if Mickey Bolitar is the lead guy in Coben's books from now on then Myron will pop up from time to time and I can't wait to see how it all goes from here.
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By Jonathan Clark on 8 Feb. 2012
Format: Hardcover
Having read all HC's output, other than his recently released first two books, which were given poor reviews this looks like it could the end of the line for me.
This wasn't a bad book but was not one of his best and the story seemed to chronicle the end of Bolitar, Win et al.
HC created a terrific set of characters who integrated well so it will be a shame if this is the last we hear of Myron and his colleagues.
But maybe my assessment of their demise is a mistaken assumption.
The low key Chandler-like one-liners are always good value and in this book HC was on form.
However like it's the economy stupid saying if the story isn't strong enough you're always going to struggle to engage the reader.
This was just not a strong enough story and tried to mesh together too many extraneous threads which ended up in writing cul-de-sacs.
HC also spent a lot of time dwelling on family related challenges which, up to a point, chimed with the narrative but became somewhat self indulgent.
It also seemed to want to sweep up and finalise the Bolitar Series, Ache Brothers and all.
However he did allow Mickey Bolitar to emerge as a potential character who is now the central player in his latest book - Shelter.
To be honest Mickey seemed like a bit of a pain and reviews I've read bear this out.
However and in summary Live Wire us a good read with an interesting story.
The problem is HC has written much better books in this series so anything short if the mark is bound to disappoint.
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By The Outsider on 5 Nov. 2011
Format: Hardcover
Another Myron Bolitar epic of twists and turns, it is incredible how Coben keeps this franchise going. That said, the author tells you he stole the core of the plot twist from a trite mid-1980's film and the characters and relationships between the lead and supporting players are so familiar, you feel you already know what's going to happen - almost. Coben is so good at what he does, he hooks you as usual and keeps you turning the pages until you are totally exhausted. He keeps at least three steps ahead of me, and I've read a million of these types of thrillers.

Coben writes so easily, and spins his plots with so little effort, you've got to wonder why he doesn't try to break the mold and try something genuinely new. Not that these 'all you can read' confections aren't great - so much better than the Connelly books I've just consumed - you wish after nearly 20 years of churning them out, he might experiment a little.

In brief, the plot is about how Myron discovers the fate of his long lost brother (who knew?) and his family. Myron represents a retired female tennis star, married to a famous pop star, and when she comes to him for help, the tale takes off at the usual 100 miles an hour. Cans of worms open with blinding speed. The story eventually introduces Mickey, Myron's nephew - a character he takes forward into a teen thriller next time out. Mickey is a young Myron, so don't expect much change there. The entire Bolitar series seems tired to me, and my preference is now for his better stand alone stories like Caught, Tell No One, etc.

But rest assured, Coben is still one of the best thriller genre writers alive.
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