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A rare Coben disappointment
on 19 March 2010
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.