Deal Breaker: The First Myron Bolitar Novel Mass Market Paperback – Sep 25 2012
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“Coben is the modern master of the hook-and-twist.”—Dan Brown
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Myron Bolitar has been a sports agent for lny two years and has only a few clients to his name. Among them are Ricky Lane, a running back for the Jets, and Christian Steele - a footballer fresh out of college and the hottest prospect in years. There is, unfortunately, a touch of tragedy in Steele's background : eighteen months before the book opens Steele's fiancee - Kathy Culver - disappeared without a trace from the grounds of Reston University. The story was big news and not just because of Christian's status as an up-and-coming footballer : Kathy's sister, Jessica, is also a very famous author. The only clue to the mystery came when Kathy's underwear was found in a dumpster, apparently covered in blood and semen. However, Kathy is still missing and no-one even knows if she is living or dead...in fact no-body has evem been charged with her disappearance. There had been a certain amount of insinuation that Steele had been involved, but that's just not a situation Bolitar can take even remotely seriously. The tragedy hasn't ended there for the Culver family, though. Three nights before the book's opening, Kathy and Jessica's father had also been killed - in what the police believe to have been a botched robbery. As if Myron wasn't involved enough, via his client, it turns out that Jessica is an ex-girlfriend. Things had apparently ended on a sour note, though. As a result, Esperanza Diaz - formerly Little Pocahontas of the Fabulous Ladies of Wrestling circuit and currently Bolitar's PA - positively despises her.Read more ›
I love Coben's humour, and when I can put aside questions about how unrealistic some of the stuff in the book is (31 years old and his resume reads pro ball player, high-ranking FBI specialty agent, practising attorney, tae kwan do black belt and sports agent who still lives with his parents), I really enjoy myself! Myron and his sidekick Win are a barrel of laughs.
My only complaint about this book was the ending - a bit too "Murder, She Wrote" for my taste (having read the second in the series, "Drop Shot," I can say that it's got a better ending). I'm also tired of every woman in a book being the most gorgeous being ever created. Ah well. At least in this one, the guys are hunky, too.
In this adventure Myron's star client Christian, who is set to take Myron to the big time of the sports agent world has received a nudie magazine called Nips in the mail, with his ex girlfriend in a 900 numbers advertisement who went missing years ago and that a lot of people suspect was murdered. The girl in the picture named Kathy Culver was also the sister of Myron's ex girlfriend Jessie, who he is still in love with.
The mafia also believe another of Myron's stars had signed an although illegal, still binding in their eyes contract when he was a kid and demand Myron give his representation back to them, which of course Myron refuses. Myron is now in more danger than he has ever been and he also has to find out who sent the magazine and what sinister games they want to play now that it is out. His best friend/guardian Win is of course along for the ride as well.
This is the best Myron Bolitar adventure by far. It is also the original first novel where it all began.Read more ›
The book starts simply enough: Myron is negotiating a first contract with a pro football team for a prized college quarterback. But a call to the quarterback supposedly from an old girlfriend who disappeared under mysterious circumstances a couple of years earlier starts a rapid-fire series of events that leads into the crime world, pornography, and academia.
The book's strength is the rapid pace of events that keeps the reader just enough off balance to maintain interest. One could not say that the book is from the school of realism. The characters are quickly drawn with exaggerated features, be they beauty, acumen, meanness, etc. Broader culture insights are minimally drawn. But that is not what this book is about.
The book is a good start in a series of Myron Bolitar mysteries. For entertaining, quick reads I will look to the next books in the series.
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Great series hard to put book down read the other books in te series and they are all just as goodPublished on Jan. 1 2014 by Binti
Enjoy the characters - Mr. Coben's descriptions bring them to life. Also enjoy the humor in his writing. Will be reading the entire seriesPublished on Sept. 6 2013 by Patricia A Penney
I only have one thing to say - DO NOT MISS THIS BOOK !
It's sharp, clever, suspenseful, funny, and a whole other slew of adjectives. Read more
If you enjoy mystery, great plot twists, witty dialogue, and incredibly memorable and likeable characters, read this novel and every novel in the Myron Bolitar series! Read morePublished on May 20 2004 by Denny Gibbons
DEAL BREAKER, Coben's first Myron Bolitar novel is a fabulous must-read mystery. I did not read this Boliter novel first. Read morePublished on April 8 2004 by Beverly J. Scott
This is the first book in the series. It's fast-paced and exciting. The characters are well-developed and the plot twists and turns. Read morePublished on Sept. 19 2003
The golden age of mystery of the Christie era has been hard to match in recent times. The Deal Breaker might just change all that, it is a mystery set in modern times that for... Read morePublished on May 2 2003 by David A. Riley