- Hardcover: 384 pages
- Publisher: Orion; First Edition edition (10 May 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1409112527
- ISBN-13: 978-1409112525
- Product Dimensions: 16 x 3.4 x 24 cm
- Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars See all reviews (77 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 427,253 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Live Wire Hardcover – 10 May 2011
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It was only matter of time before Facebook and other electronic social media found their way into thrillers – as they do with Live Wire. For some years, Harlan Coben has been situated firmly at the top of the tree in the crime and thriller stakes, and each new outing consolidates his already enviable reputation. So far, there have been no missteps (not something every bestselling crime writer can claim), and Live Wire is another example of his command writing. Coben’s engaging protagonist Myron Bolivar is back in the thick of things again in this one. But the author has something special up his sleeve here for his beleaguered hero.
A Facebook posting sets out destructive claims about who the father of a child yet to be born. On the receiving end of the questionable revelations are ex-tennis champion Suzze T and her retired rock star partner Lex. Lex deserts his pregnant lover, and the distressed Suzze calls on private eye-cum-sports agent Myron Bolitar, hoping he can retrieve her relationship. More is, in fact, at stake – including, it seems, the life of the errant Lex. And Myron’s private life is in its customary jumbled state. He runs into his sister-in-law Kitty (married to a brother who has broken off contact with Myron) and the couple’s teenage son Micky. The boy rages at Myron, who he considers responsible for his parents’ estrangement. So Myron has multiple problems: sorting out the chaos caused by the unpleasant Facebook posting, saving the life of Lex and curing his own headaches over his warring relatives. From this busy premise, Live Wire goes off at a surprising tangent, with Myron even confronting an existential question: his own shifting identity.
Coben’s dialogue here fizzles like the best vintage crime fiction, and Myron remains one of the strongest characters in the genre. As always, the sense of place is crucial with the author: the settings here have a pungency that leaps off the page. But it’s the plotting that really grabs the interest – along with what we learn about Myron, which changes the face of this entertaining sequence of books decisively – and permanently. --Barry Forshaw
LIVE WIRE... shows Coben to be a master of intricate plot-weaving. Twists come thick and fast, and there's an immediate re-readability as you attempt to unravel the tangled web of events. (SHORTLIST)
Classic Coben: witty and twisty.***** (Boyd Hilton HEAT)
Compelling, hard-edged and wryly funny (SUNDAY SPORT)
'Coben's dialogue is as punchy and readable as ever... another novel that will manage both to raise the heart rate and serve as a relaxing treat.' (INDEPENDENT ON SUNDAY - Novels for Summer)
Cunningly plotted and dependably entertaining (EVENING STANDARD)
The twists and turns of the clever plot will keep you guessing until the final showdown. (BELLA)
Bestselling writer Harlan Coben dazzles us yet again with a pacy thriller that's hard to put down. ***** (STAR MAGAZINE)
Coben's 10th Myron Bolitar novel is a perfect 10: providing readers with new information about the past of the former athlete turned agent and owner of MB Reps; a satisfyingly complex mystery (PUBLISHERS' WEEKLY)
Newcomers to Coben will find "Live Wire" a great starting point, and fans will be awe-struck with this latest novel, wondering how Coben maintains such a high level of excellence. (LINCOLN JOURNAL STAR)
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Top Customer Reviews
Without giving too much away, Live Wire follows Myron doing what he does best, namely, playing the hero. It does contrast however as we get to see a deeper glimpse into his family, especially his estranged brother and his nephew. The writing is as witty as ever, and it's interesting to see how the ageing Win and Myron deal with the modern world. I was disappointed with how the book ended. If this is going to be the last of the series it would have been nice to not have so many loose ends left loose.
One thing you will notice, which has been apparent with the last few books, is that the characters are getting old. Win and Myron aren't the 30-something-year-olds we first met in Deal Breaker as Coben will repeatedly point out. Once you finish this book you will even question whether there will be another Myron Bolitar novel, at least one where Myron, Win and Esperanza take centre stage. It does seem apparent that Harlan Coben intends to shift the focus of the series to Myron's nephew, Mickey (the first of these books, titled 'Shelter', will be released in 2012).
The plot of Long Wire is a good one and somewhat more complex than many of the other Bolitar books. When former tennis star Suzze T and her rock star husband receive an anonymous Facebook post challenging the paternity of their unborn child, the husband runs off and Suzze asks Myron to save her marriage. But, when he finds the husband, he also finds someone he wasn't looking for -- his sister-in-law who, along with Myron's brother, abandoned the Bolitar family long ago. As Myron seeks to locate his missing brother while their father clings to life, he must face the lies that led to the estrangement -- including the one told by Myron himself. If you thought you knew Myron Bolitar from the previous books you've read, Coben shows you didn't really know him all that well.
I highly recommend Coben's Live Wire.
Let me explain a bit more. Myron Bolitar is following, then chasing, and finally stalking Kitty Bolitar from a night club and wherever else she turns up. Why he is, is only explained in dribs and drabs. There’s Suzze, pregnant to the less famous rock star, Lex Ryder, of the duo called HorsePower. The charismatic star of HorsePower, Gabriel Wire, went missing 15-16 years ago. Brad Bolitar, Myron’s brother, is missing. Then Lex goes missing. Why are they all missing? Is it all linked to the same thing?
Brad and Myron had bad blood, which means that they’ve lost touch for the past 16 years. Is that linked too? Everything happened about 16 years ago. Or is Gabriel’s disappearance merely a conspiracy theory to generate more record sales?
Then someone is found dead more than halfway through the book.
There are some very nasty gangsters. By the end of the novel, I did get it. I had to reread who did what to whom, to grasp at all the connections, and what had happened to all the missing people.
Plus, did I mention Windsor Lockwood, aka Win, who gets the best action scenes, makes the smartest moves, and then decides to go missing. No. Really?
There are a few too many colloquialisms, e.g. “uh” and “waaay” during some of the narrative, which would date the novel, I think, and causes a sense of authorial intrusion. So, I wasn’t engrossed in the book, and at the end, I found some of the suspense felt a bit gratuitous.
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Having really enjoyed one of Harlan's novels some months ago, I was looking forward to another. On this occasion however the plot was slow paced and unexciting, the characters... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Andy R
Myron Bolitar is my favourite fictional character. The Live Wire is one of my favourite of his storiesPublished 6 months ago by marma
I’ve read the entire Myron Bolitar series in sequence over the past eighteen months and unfortunately I thought this was a weak end to the series. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Damo Green
Most of this author's books are great and this one doesn't disappoint. Great if you like this genre :)Published 14 months ago by ds