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Deal Breaker (Myron Bolitar Book 1) by [Coben, Harlan]
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Deal Breaker (Myron Bolitar Book 1) Kindle Edition

4.2 out of 5 stars 116 customer reviews
Book 1 of 10 in Myron Bolitar (10 Book Series)
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Coben is one of the best thriller writers in the business, and he delivers another amazing novel that will resonate with readers long after the final page is turned. The narrative is immersive, and the well-drawn characters and twisting plotting are stellar. With such a cool hook and a surprising and satisfying payoff, don't wait six years to read what might be Coben's best since Tell No One (LIBRARY JOURNAL on SIX YEARS)

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)

Intelligent and gripping, this is a real white-knickle read of a thriller (DAILY MAIL praise for Harlan Coben)

A thriller that recalls VERTIGO (TELEGRAPH praise for Harlan Coben)

Cements his reputation as a top-class mystery writer (INDEPENDENT ON SUNDAY praise for Harlan Coben)

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A phone call from a 'dead' woman - and Myron Bolitar soon discovers that the truth can get you killed¿

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1440 KB
  • Print Length: 402 pages
  • Publisher: Orion (20 Aug. 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1409116964
  • ISBN-13: 978-1409116967
  • ASIN: B002U3CCTW
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars 116 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #3,636 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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By Julia Flyte TOP 500 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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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).

I find Bolitar to be 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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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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Coben's Triple act of Myron, Win and Esperanza start their adventures in this book, that explodes with action from start to finish. Coben manages to get more twists and turns into a book that most manage in a career and always manages to write books that make you just want to read one more chapter before you turn out the lights - no matter how heavy your eyelids are!
Although the characters are first introduced in this book, it often doesn't seem like an introduction to a series, little of how Win, Myron and Esperanza meet and how they set up the sports rep firm is explained. This doesn't really distract from a romping good read and shows promise that is fullfilled in some of his later books.
Highly recommended.
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