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Drop Shot (Myron Bolitar Book 2) by [Coben, Harlan]
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Harlan Coben specialises in rousing the snake that lurks in the perfectly cut grass of American suburbia ... Coben makes you care about them but never neglects a plot that is full of his trademark shocks (SUNDAY TELEGRAPH)

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 (EVENING TELEGRAPH)

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A young woman is murdered, and Myron Bolitar finds himself up against a killer - and the truth.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1185 KB
  • Print Length: 370 pages
  • Publisher: Orion (20 Aug. 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002U3CCN8
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 70 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #6,906 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Myron Bolitar is a sports agent, attorney, former FBI agent, basketball player and super sleuth, and this is his second adventure alongside a similarly larger-than-life supporting cast. Myron is at the finals of the US tennis open when a young player is murdered, and decides to investigate.

This is a romp - anyone looking for serious crime writing should go elsewhere. Bolitar and his sidekick Win are like grown up versions of the Hardy Boys - almost super human and with fingers in more pies than believable. As a romp though it does entertain. The writing is funny in a cheesy way and the mystery works despite the implausibility.

My only criticism of the story is that it was too easy. I had enough evidence a third of the way through to know who committed the crime, and the rest of the book was a tiny bit tedious as the characters tried to catch up.

As I say, a light read, perfectly suitable for a flight or other tedious wait, but nothing deeper than a bit of fun. I'll definitely be returning to Coben's works.
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Bought first one to see if I like the series as much as I have loved his other books. Liked it very well and am now on second book which is just as good and will carry on from here. Great thing with Kindle is you can finish a book and order and receive the next within minutes. I love it.
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The Book arrived in excellent condition - good as new. Great price & very speedy delivery. What more can you ask for ?!!
Another fantastic Harlan Coben novel, as per usual. I have read loads of them already - I'm a HUGE Fan !! (-:
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I've just discovered Harlan Coben and 'Myron Bolitar' - where have I been all my life?!
I love his style, his characters, his wit!
Makes a change from the dark thrillers I usually read. It's light and entertaining but he writes so well. Drop Shot is the second in the series and page by page it didn't disappoint - although the ending was a tad unbelievable.
I'm hooked and really excited to have found an excellent author of suspense.
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Myron Bolitar is an injured basketball player who tries his hand a being a sports agent.He also manages to combine this witha part time caeer as a PI! Drop Shot begins with a young tennis player who has desperately been trying to contact Myron, being shot dead at a tennis tournament. Myron feels guilty that she had been trying to ask or tell him something so begins to investigate and discovers a link to the murder of a senators son 6 years before. His friend Win (financial adviser and part time heavy)warns him that he may well be getting into more than he can handle but is there to help when needed. Keeps you guessing right to the shocking end. If you enjoy characters like Kinsey Millhone or Stephanie Plum this has a similar humour, with the rattling good story line.
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It may be because I haven't read too much crime fiction, or it may be because Coben is strongly influenced by Ian Rankin, but on reading 'Drop Shot' (my first venture into Coben's NJ/NYC-cenred world), I couldn't help but imagine John Rebus charging through the action.
In fact, the main character, Myron Bolitar shares a lot of traits with Rankin's leading man. A washed-up 50-something Edinburgh alcoholic can have more in common with a 6'4" former all-american sports star-turned fed-turned attorney-turned sports agent than you might think. Bolitar specialises in putting himself at needless risk. He itches for the truth, even when he knows that the truth can do no good, and he fights an internal battle between optimism and cynical despair. Like Rebus, he sees himself as a 'shining knight' whose heroics can endanger those he seeks to help. Like Rebus he relies upon a mean streak,a willingness to overstep the legal limit and dubious friends to get results, and like Rebus he had a promising future cut off at the outset.
Coben's writing is sassy and sharp. The style is ironic, without lapsing into parody and the plot twists hit you like a kick to the solar plexus. The only two failings with this novel are that Win (Bolitar's best friend) is such a larger-than-life presence that he verges at times on being a plot device rather than an actual character, and the fact that I managed to unravel some of the intrigue before our hero (although it took me a while to figure out whodunnit). I am usually hopeless at predicting outcomes in thrillers.
Otherwise, Drop Shot is as biting an indictment of the morals of a social set (The US Tennis fraternity) as anything Rankin has delivered in his dissection of Edinburgh's New Town doctors, lawyers and gangsters.
I'm off to buy another Coben now, if only to discover whether Frank Ache is as worthy a nemesis to Bolitar as Cafferty to Rebus.
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Another Myron Bolitar murder mystery....and I even got the killer in this one right, though for the wrong reasons. What I like about the MB series is that he doesn't take himself too seriously but still gets his 'man'.
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My First Harlan Coben book and I really enjoyed it. Coben writes with a really breezy style that constantly keeps the story flowing, always engaging the reader. In Drop Shot a young female tennis player is murdered in broad daylight, at Flushing Meadows in the middle of the US open. Ex Basketball player and now Sport Agent, Myron Bolitar, dons his sleuthing cap to investigate. Bolitar knew the girl and feels a duty to unmask her killer. The investigation takes him into a web of intrigue and danger as Bolitar quickly connects the girl's murder with another murder 6 years earlier - the son of a `connected' senator, who was the boyfriend of the murdered girl. Bolitar finds himself treading on the toes of the mob but at least has sidekick Win to protect his back. The central clue to the girl's murder is easy to spot, if not the murderer (my only gripe is I think Bolitar would have spotted the clue immediately rather than several chapters later). Now the good news for me is that there are many more Bolitar & Win books to enjoy.
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