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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Orion (11 Jun. 2009)
  • Language: Unknown
  • ISBN-10: 1409117103
  • ISBN-13: 978-1409117100
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 2.2 x 19.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 129,604 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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Brenda Slaughter, the star player of the Women's Professional Basketball Association, is getting threatening phone calls. Norm Zuckerman, owner of the league, convinces sports agent Myron Bolitar to protect Brenda by promising to deliver her as Myron's next big client. Brenda, who claims she doesn't need protection, enlists Myron to find her missing father--the assumed source of the phone calls and Myron's childhood mentor. It looks like a simple family dispute--overprotective father goes off the deep end when daughter decides to go her own way--until Horace Slaughter shows up dead and the police name Brenda as the primary suspect. What unfolds is a 20-year-old scandal, a series of disturbing family secrets, and an unexpected, if not entirely believable, ending. One False Move leads the reader through the dirty underbelly of the sports world. It has a little bit of everything: all-star athletes, dirty cops, corrupt politicians, and hired killers. It's a whirlwind of a story that Coben pulls off seamlessly with quirky but realistic characters and pages full of great one-liners. One False Move is a compelling thriller that no mystery fan should miss. --Mara Friedman --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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'One False Move is another example of [Coben's] powerfully wrought writing.' Barry Forshaw, Publishing News "Coben lifts his thriller into classier company by chewing over some serious race and gender issues... A+ entertainment" DAILY MIRROR, 12/12/03 "Gripping, high-octane thiller" WOMAN AND HOME 'Coben invests his realistic portrayals of major league sports with entertaining displays of mayhem and feisty New Jersey stylings. In Bolitar, Coben has a charismatic fast-talker who can deal the punches just as efficiently as the wisecracks. Entertaining.' INK MAGAZINE, January 04 'Coben's dialogue races along, while the American settings have a pungency that leaps off the page. Focused, plausible and detailed.' GOOD BOOK GUIDE, 01/01/04 'Coben has a unique kind of genius that's rare, in the thriller genre. He laces his narrative and dialogue with killer irony and sarcastic black humour, without detracting from the teeth-clenching suspense that kicks off right from page one. If you like your books edgy and with a sardonic twist, whatever you do, don't miss this one.' DAILY RECORD, 10/01/04 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By J. Chippindale TOP 500 REVIEWER on 26 Jun. 2007
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Harlan Coben continues to prove that he is one of the best thriller writers around at the moment. A page turner is a much used phrase but in this case it is really appropriate. The author's books are always so well structured and his character's well rounded. He is obviously comfortable with his style and ability and this transmits itself to the reader making the reading of his books sheer pleasure from start to finish. Coben has now got a string of best selling crime novels behind him and all I can say is that I hope he continues to write for many years to come. The author lives in New Jersey with his wife and four children.

It's been a while since an accident ended Myron Bolitar's sporting career, but he is now making quite a success of being a sports agent.. He has plenty of contacts and it keeps him around many of the sports stars he competed against. Life is good and he is doing just fine, that is until he meets Brenda Slaughter, one of the hottest female sports stars around. She is one hell of a looker, funny and single and as luck would have it seems to have mislaid her agent.

But when her father disappears and Mob start to lean on her, it soon becomes apparent that potent forces are at work and Myron is soon plunged into a world of deceit and death. Hopefully it won't be his own.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jonathan Clark on 19 Mar. 2010
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I have now read all Coben's books and await Caught out in UK in April 2010.
I am a big fan of Myron Bolitar and the gang i.e. Win, Esperanza, Big Cindy et al.
This book centres on the world of professional Women's basketball and the central character is Brenda Slaughter (odd choice of name!) who is a black basketball phenomenon.
She and Myron get all gooey eyed, but nice gooey eyed.
However her father's recently gone missing and she still wonders about her long lost Mother.
Alot goes on. THe Aches make a brief return. A local and hugely wealthy and influential politician and his family spread their powers in a variety of different directions and when Bolitar pokes his nose in their business he enlists his little and large henchmen to make sure Bolitar gets the message to keep his nose out of it.
Jessica is around and about but only fleetingly.
You also learn more about his parents and their Jewish roots and there's a very touching scene between Myron and his father.
There's alot social comment underneath the story which is interesting but didn't need to be spelled out.
However the story wasn't rich enough for me. The characters were too transparent and whilst it took me a while to work out what happened in the end somehow I didn't really care.
Most Coben books really engage you and Bolitar can carry a weak story by his own character.
This time it didn't hit the spot for me and I crawled over the finishing line with a sense of ennui and disappointment.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J. Chippindale TOP 500 REVIEWER on 26 Jun. 2007
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Harlan Coben continues to prove that he is one of the best thriller writers around at the moment. A page turner is a much used phrase but in this case it is really appropriate. The author's books are always so well structured and his character's well rounded. He is obviously comfortable with his style and ability and this transmits itself to the reader making the reading of his books sheer pleasure from start to finish. Coben has now got a string of best selling crime novels behind him and all I can say is that I hope he continues to write for many years to come. The author lives in New Jersey with his wife and four children.

It's been a while since an accident ended Myron Bolitar's sporting career, but he is now making quite a success of being a sports agent.. He has plenty of contacts and it keeps him around many of the sports stars he competed against. Life is good and he is doing just fine, that is until he meets Brenda Slaughter, one of the hottest female sports stars around. She is one hell of a looker, funny and single and as luck would have it seems to have mislaid her agent.

But when her father disappears and Mob start to lean on her, it soon becomes apparent that potent forces are at work and Myron is soon plunged into a world of deceit and death. Hopefully it won't be his own.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 14 Mar. 2011
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Being a massive Coben fan, I never thought possible giving up reading one of his books. However, there's a first time for everything and this book hasn't worked for me at all. I had to stop reading it after 90 pages as I was finding the plot and characters totally uninteresting and boring. This is not a page turner like all his other books so I presume this was his very first novel. I am not a big fan of Bolitar but somehow the other books about him have been rather interesting so I can't put my finger on what really fails on this one.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 2 Aug. 2004
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Well, what can i say? He's done it again. Harlan has written a fantastic novel, full of surprise and witty dialogue. It picks up where number 4 in the series left off. This time he has to look after a women - Brenda Slaughter but then her father disappears.
Well i cant go into much detail as i will disturb the plot. But wow - Coben has done it again.
A typical Myron Bolitar novel - with more twists, turns than a rollercoaster - looking for a crime - thriller then this is the book for you. This is book 5 in the series - so if you havent brought any of the first four Myron Bolitar novels then i would suggest you buy those first and then come on to this - 10 outta 10.
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