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  • 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)

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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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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.

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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.

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Format: Hardcover
As a huge fan of the writing of Harlan Coben, I bought this believing that it was his latest novel. As I waded through the turgid prose and unbelievable plot, I realised something was wrong. I now find that it was written four yeara before his first Myron Bolitar story. I don't know what happened during those years, but he certainly became a different, more mature writer. I would suggest that you buy this for curiosity's sake, but be warned, it is 20 years old and clearly the product of a young writer taking his first step. If you are new to his work, either start with the first of the Bolitar series or one of his other novels such as "No Second Chance."
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I should prefix this review by saying I am a Harlan Coben fan and have read all his books, and that this review is based on the unabridged audio version. The fact that I bought it as an audio book download meant that I didn't see that it was an old book being republished before I bought it. This was the second book he wrote after Play Dead. If I had known I may have avoided it. I read and reviewed Play Dead and said it is for completists only. Well the same is true here. This one is really awful. Since I bought it, (from Amazon's sister company Audible), it has disappeared from their catalogue and from Amazon's list of other formats available. I would like to think it was on grounds of taste, but more likely a timing error in releasing the unabridged audio before the hardback publication has led to it being withdrawn temporarily.

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.

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Format: Paperback
This was the first Harlan Coben I have picked up. I understand he has an excellent reputation as a thriller writer. However, I think I made the wrong choice of book. Coben has himself written a short foreward note in which he advises the reader not to read this as a first novel choice. He tells us that 'Miracle Cure' was a very early work, written in 1991 or so, that hadn't been published in the UK before, and described it as a 'bit preachy in parts' and 'flawed', and if this was the first of his novels one had picked up, to stop, put it down and come back to it later. Wow, candid stuff! Reading between the lines he might just of said more economically 'this book is not very good'. Well, I wouldn't disagree with him too much, although it was by no means terribly bad either. The plotting involves a search for a cure for HIV, and conspiracies around a research clinical that may have found such a cure. The book looks at attitudes to HIV infected individuals and homosexuals, and is where the book looks a little dated. Actually, attitudes have moved on so much that looking back it's difficvult to recall that some of the views expressed by characters in the book were still prevailing even in the early 1990's. However, the real weaknesses of the book are that it is all a bit sensationalist and incredible. Many of the characters are two dimensional or very cliched, and the book is rather corny in places. Coben clearly didn't understand the difference between a drug and a vaccine. The two lead female characters were particularly unbelievable, although I'm still considering whether the delightful Sara or the darker vampish Cassandra were the more ridiculous of the two. Anyway, the book did make me want to read on, despite the fact I couldn't suspend disbelief. I would probably have enjoyed this much more twenty years ago but I would certainly pick up another of his books.
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By Blue in Washington TOP 500 REVIEWERTOP 1000 REVIEWER on 13 Oct. 2011
Format: Paperback
Author Harlan Coben has inserted a signed note in the front of this new printing of "Miracle Cure" that urges readers who haven't read any of his other books to put this book down immediately. He goes on to critique the story and explain that it's one of his first novels. I respect his honesty and wish that I had taken his advice about trying another book.

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.
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