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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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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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4.0 out of 5 stars Keeps your interest; a page turner May 30 2003
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Harlan Coben introduces sports agent, lawyer, sleuth, and thirty-something, ex-jock Myron Bolitar in this fast-moving mystery. His supporting cast primarily consists of his office manager, a Latino female ex-pro wrestler, and Win, an upper-crust blue-blood whose blond, wholesome looks hides a lethal mean streak.
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Time To Romp With Myron And Gang! May 17 2002
By C Jones
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Deal Breaker is the mystery that introduces us to the down-to-earth sports agent Myron Bolitar. This thirtysomething New Jersey born former college basketball star is about to establish his rank as an athletic agent when he lands a contract managing Christian Steele, the most sought-after up-and-coming quarterback in the NFL.
But not everything is rosy. Christian's squeaky clean life is thrown into the spotlight when his fiancee, Kathy, mysteriously disappears and the evidence points to murder. Soon Christian starts coming across clues that Kathy may still be alive and wherever she is, she may carry with her secrets with devastating implications. Subsequently, Christian decides to call his agent and friend, Myron Bolitar for help. A former FBI man, Myron still wears his sleuthing hat and so he puts his skills to work as he tries to uncover the truth. The alleged killer, however, is not finished with his spree. Other people acquainted with Kathy turn up dead and soon Myron realizes he is wrapped up in a dangerous case that is no random act.
I wasn't sure if I'd like a book with sports as its sub-theme. Sports movies, for instance, have never done anything to wet my whistle. I'm glad, however, that I didn't let my prejudice side pass this book over. Why? Plain and simple the book was a blast! Besides having a cleverly written plot that has you guessing who did it and why, the humor never ceases. Yes, murder may be grim but Harlan Coben keeps the air light with witty and absurd characters that entertain and amuse. You'll be flipping the pages at a breakneck speed to reach the unpredictable conclusion. And when it's all done I'll bet, like me, you'll be heading to the library or book store to pick up your next Myron Bolitar mystery.
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5.0 out of 5 stars great series hard to put book down
Great series hard to put book down read the other books in te series and they are all just as good
Published 8 months ago by Binti
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Read
Enjoy the characters - Mr. Coben's descriptions bring them to life. Also enjoy the humor in his writing. Will be reading the entire series
Published 12 months ago by Patricia A Penney
3.0 out of 5 stars Myron Bolitar, Crimebustin' Sports Agent
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. Read more
Published on Aug. 12 2008 by Craobh Rua
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding - I love Myron Bolitar
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
Published on July 13 2004 by Trouble
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing read!
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 more
Published on May 20 2004 by Denny Gibbons
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Beginning
DEAL BREAKER, Coben's first Myron Bolitar novel is a fabulous must-read mystery. I did not read this Boliter novel first. Read more
Published on April 8 2004 by Beverly J. Scott
5.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining!!
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 more
Published on Sept. 19 2003
4.0 out of 5 stars Wit and Suspense in one Package
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 more
Published on May 2 2003 by David A. Riley
4.0 out of 5 stars Good beginning to a fun series
Myron Bolitar, sports agent and former pro basketball player, keeps straying into well constructed mysteries. Read more
Published on Jan. 21 2003 by P. Skanes
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic
Anything that Harlan Coben writes, goes superb. Try any book from him. you'll be delighted
Published on Dec 19 2002 by Carlos Canziani H.
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