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Deal Breaker: The First Myron Bolitar Novel [Mass Market Paperback]

Harlan Coben
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May 1 1995 Myron Bolitar Mysteries
Sports agent Myron Bolitar is poised on the edge of the big time. So is Christian Steele, a rookie quarterback and Myron's prized client. But when Christian gets a phone call from a former girlfriend, a woman who everyone, including the police, believes is dead, the deal starts to go sour. Trying to unravel the truth about a family's tragedy, a woman's secret, and a man's lies, Myron is up against the dark side of his business—where image and talent make you rich, but the truth can get you killed.

In novels that crackle with wit and suspense, Edgar Award winner Harlan Coben has created one of the most fascinating and complex heroes in suspense fiction—Myron Bolitar—a hotheaded, tenderhearted sports agent who grows more and more engaging and unpredictable with each page-turning appearance.

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"A mystery thriller with all the right stuff, intrigue, suspense, romance and humor...Coben keeps you in suspense from beginning to end."—The Newark Tribune

"Like fellow wise-cracking P.I.'s Spenser and Elvis Cole, Myron Bolitar is great fun in the best hard-boiled tradition."—Houston Chronicle

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"A mystery thriller with all the right stuff, intrigue, suspense, romance and humor...Coben keeps you in suspense from beginning to end."
--The Newark Tribune

"Like fellow wise-cracking P.I.'s Spenser and Elvis Cole, Myron Bolitar is great fun in the best hard-boiled tradition."
--Houston Chronicle

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5.0 out of 5 stars great series hard to put book down Jan. 1 2014
By Binti
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Great series hard to put book down read the other books in te series and they are all just as good
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good Read Sept. 6 2013
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Enjoy the characters - Mr. Coben's descriptions bring them to life. Also enjoy the humor in his writing. Will be reading the entire series
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3.0 out of 5 stars Myron Bolitar, Crimebustin' Sports Agent Aug. 12 2008
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Coben saw his first book published in 1990. "Deal Breaker" is his third and was first published in 1995. However, it is his first to feature Myron Bolitar.

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 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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding - I love Myron Bolitar July 13 2004
By Trouble
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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. (It also has a little bit of sports in it - and I love sports, but you don't have to be a sports fan to enjoy this book throughly.)
If you like mysterys/thrillers, you MUST read this story. Stop reading this review and buy this book and start reading,RIGHT NOW! :)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing read! May 20 2004
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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!
This is the first in a series of seven books about sports agent Myron Bolitar, who, because of his investigative background in the FBI, is frequently called upon by his clients to solve crimes that are too risky or unfounded to take to the police. Myron, accompanied by his partner Win, a blue-blooded yuppie with a devastatingly brutal side, sets out to investigate when one of his clients receives a disturbing phone call from his girlfriend who had been murdered years before. The result is an action-packed explosion of intriguing characters, great plot developments, and hilarious dialogue.
All in all, a great book and well worth your time if you're a mystery fan.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Beginning April 8 2004
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DEAL BREAKER, Coben's first Myron Bolitar novel is a fabulous must-read mystery. I did not read this Boliter novel first. I have read several and found each to be impressive but reading DEAL BREAKER gave me insight into Bolitar's character. If you like fast-paced action-packed thrillers add Harlan Coben to your list of authors. He will not disappoint.
Beverly J Scott author of RIGHTEOUS REVENGE and RUTH FEVER
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not a huge amount of reality, but lots of fun!! Feb. 2 2004
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Sports rep Myron Bolitar is ready to watch his big client, football player Christian Steele, sign the biggest-ever contract for a rookie and shoot both of them into the big-times. But then Christian is contacted by a former girlfriend that everyone thinks is dead, and Myron goes on the hunt to find the truth about what happened to her.
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.
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I have read most of the Myron Bolitar novels and would have to say that although all are sensational, that this is by far the best and is in the same masterpiece category as the independent novels Tell No One and Gone for Good (I have not read No 2nd Chance yet). I would say those two novels are slightly better than Deal Breaker, only because this is part of a series so you know (especially if you are not reading them in order) the main key characters are obviously going to survive for the sequels. If this was a stand alone novel I would say it was equally as good as Tell No One and Gone for Good but even though it is in a series, Deal Breaker is still a masterpiece.
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.
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