- Paperback: 528 pages
- Publisher: Signet Book (27 Sept. 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 045123491X
- ISBN-13: 978-0451234919
- Product Dimensions: 10.5 x 2.7 x 19 cm
- Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars See all reviews (73 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 374,277 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Miracle Cure Paperback – 27 Sep 2011
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He currently lives in New Jersey with his wife and four children.
Here are the Myron Bolitar novels in series order:
One False Move
The Final Detail
Harlan Coben is the modern master of the hook-and-twist - luring you in on the first page, only to shock you on the last (Dan Brown)
His thrillers come with the guarantee of a great read and a twist in the tale, and again he delivers the goods (EVENING TELEGRAPH)
In the hands of Harlan Coben you are kept guessing - and intrigued - until the last line (GUARDIAN) --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
They were looking for a miracle cure, but they instead they found a killer . . . Abridged edition. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Product Description
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Top Customer Reviews
In Coben's later works and particularly the Myron Bolitar series you know the characters are ridiculous but they are fun nonetheless. They really are caricatures. (You doubt me? Run through the C.V.s of Myron, Win, or the female ex tag team wrestlers who work for him. 'Nuff Said?) Despite this you get the impression the author is treating it as light hearted and enjoying the joke WITH the readers. In this book and in Play Dead he comes across as laughing AT his audience.
The author Jasper Fforde in his parody of cop/private eye genre, The Big Over Easy, said that the crime writers' guild got together and outlawed a number of plot devices, e.g. the long lost twin, as no longer permissible for a thinking audience. If only Mr. Coben had signed up to the resolution he might have avoided the equally outdated and overdone theme he forces on the reader here.
POSSIBLE SPOILER AHEAD SKIP NEXT PARAGRAPH TO AVOID.Read more ›
The book has a lot of problems. The storyline, which revolves around the HIV/AIDS crisis and the search for a cure, is badly dated. It includes a debate about the morality of AIDS sufferers where more than one person posits that they contract the disease because of they are gay or drug users and totally omits any reference to the millions of non-drug using heterosexual victims of the disease worldwide. This was a known problem even in 1991 when this novel was written.
"Miracle Cure" includes a serial killer and a high-level conspiracy to torpedo research being done to develop a vaccine to stop AIDS. Those elements are the book's greatest strengths although the conspiracy angle is never fully resolved at book's end. The novel's characters--a pro basketball player, a popular TV journalist, politicians, scientists and assorted family members--had interesting possibilities, but they are not really fully developed. The one exception is the serial killer who is described in careful detail, but ultimately becomes nothing more than a device to further the storyline.
Author Corben in his opening warning about the book states that for all of the book's flaws, he still admires it for its energy and risk-taking. I don't share that view. This just isn't very good writing. So why reprint it now? The publisher must have seen a way of squeezing some extra bucks out of the author's present reputation as one of the most successful writers of popular fiction. It's a shame that Coben didn't at least insist on revising some of the weakest parts of the book.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A story that has you guessing till the very end , thoroughly enjoyable a definite page Turner will be checking out more of the authors titlesPublished 6 months ago by freddy
An easy read but you can tell it was an early attempt at writing, but he just gets better and better. Enjoyable read though.Published 6 months ago by Linda Williams
did not like the graphic details, plot very good and definitely gets your heart rate going !Published 9 months ago by Amazon Customer