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Live Wire Hardcover – 10 May 2011

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  • 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)

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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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This is about my 14 or 15th harlan coben book i have read. Some of them i have loved but as you read through the myron bolitar series, the story gets obscured by unnecessary and boring descriptions of surroundings and how to hit, or not hit someone. Memories of childhood are repeated from other books and that seems so lazy to me and used as a page filler. I love the relationship and the storyline of myron and win but instead of upping the ante with the duo, it seems to me that coben cant be bothered and fills the pages with stuff previously written and fills and pads his books out now with stuff thats neither interesting or necessary. Disppointing and i wont be reading anymore for a long time.
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I have loved the Myron Bolitar series for many years now, and it must be said, it is one of the most criminally underrated series in printed history. If, like me, you've followed the adventures of Myron, Win and Esperanza book to book, then I urge you to pick this one up. I was a little disappointed with Coben's previous effort Long Lost, but Live Wire really brings the series back to form. Even if it's not as great as the early stories it is still definitely well worth the read.

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).
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While some reviewers in the U.S. have been upset by the apparent future direction of this series, in my opinion Live Wire -- the 10th book in the Myron Bolitar series -- is Coben's best yet. Why? Simple. In typical Coben fashion, it is a non-stop page turner, filled with many of the characters that have made them long-time fan favorites (including new information about/insights into Myron, his parents and Win), introduces/re-introduces several new, interesting and well-developed characters, and it is loaded with twists and turns and surprises (some of which may anger/upset you, particularly in regards to what the future holds for this series). It is also much more introspective than the other Bolitar books. Some reviewers consider it to be too self-indulgent and have penalized the book in their rating of it. I very much disagree. While it is introspective, it added considerably to my appreciation and understanding of how a more mature Myron has evolved.

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.
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I didn’t really get what the mystery was for the first third of this crime/ suspense novel. This is saying something about a suspense book when the author is as prolific and published as Harlan Coben. Even after that I was only mildly engaged and had only a vague idea what the mystery was all about.

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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