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Drop Shot: A Myron Bolitar Novel [Mass Market Paperback]

Harlan Coben
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Feb. 5 1996 Myron Bolitar Mysteries
Valerie Simpson is a young female tennis star with a troubled past who's now on the verge of a comeback and wants Myron as her agent. Myron, who's also got the hottest young male tennis star, Duane Richwood, primed to take his first grand slam tournament, couldn't be happier. That is, until Valerie is murdered in broad daylight at the U.S. Open and Myron's number one client becomes the number one suspect.

Clearing Duane's name should be easy enough. Duane was playing in a match at the time of Valerie's death. But why is his phone number in Valerie's black book when he claims only to have known her in passing? Why was she calling him from a phone booth on the street? The police stop caring once they pin the murder on a man known for having stalked Valerie and seen talking to her moments before the murder. But Myron isn't satisfied. It seems too clean for him.

Myron pries a bit and finds himself prying open the past where six years before, Valerie's fiancee, the son of a senator, was brutally murdered by a juvenile delinquent and a straight-A student was subsequently gunned down on the street in retaliation, his death squandered in bureaucratic files. And everyone from the Senator to the mob want Myron to stop digging.

The truth beneath the truth is not only dangerous, it's deadly. And Myron may be the next victim.

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 fast-paced plot, witty dialogue, more than a few surprises, and a you'll-never-guess-whodunit denouement."—Armchair Detective

"Superb writing...Harlan Coben serves up an ace with Drop Shot."—John Lutz, author of Death by Jury

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"A fast-paced plot, witty dialogue, more than a few surprises, and a you'll-never-guess-whodunit denouement."
--The Armchair Detective

"Superb writing...Harlan Coben serves up an ace with Dropshot."
--John Lutz, author of Death by Jury

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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book May 12 2004
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Format:Mass Market Paperback
Harlan Coben's books are always good. They keep you guessing till the very end. Myron Bolitar is a sports agent who will do anything to help his client even if it is not in their contract. In this book Myron helps his Tennis star Duanne Richardson. Duanne is a suspect in the murder of Valerie Simpson. Myron goes and investigates the murder of Valerie and what he finds he does not like. This book has humour, suspense, mystery and everything in it to make a great book. I liked this book even though I am 12. I would not recommend it for children though it has things that could be considered questionable.
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5.0 out of 5 stars COMPELLING MIXTURE OF MIRTH AND MAYHEM July 27 2006
By Gail Cooke TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:Audio Cassette
Do believe that Jonathan Marosz has narrated all of Harlan Coben's novels featuring Myron Bolitar - lucky for us! Just as Coben's hero is quick with repartee Marosz is quick to capture the personality Coben has created. This voice performer manages to mix mirth with mayhem and render a highly listenable story. His reading is smooth, precise, very easy on the ears.

As many will recall Bolitar is a man of much experience - a former attorney, basketball star, and now a sports agent. The setting for Drop Shot is the U.S. Open, and the score is most definitely not love.

Valerie Simpson, once a promising tennis player is ready to return to the courts, and she wants Bolitar to represent her. He already has one client, Duane Richwood, a young man who looks like he may come away with a grand slam. That is until Valerie is found murdered and Duane is high on the suspect list.

Of course, Bolitar begins to investigate Valerie's death in order to clear his client - not too tough as Duane was on the court when she was killed. Soon, a man who was seen with her shortly before her death is arrested. But, you know Bolitar, he can't stop probing, and the surprises are in what he finds.

- Gail Cooke
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The second book in the Myron Bolitar series Drop Shot might not be the greatest adventure for Myron in his sensational series but it is still a very good read. Myron is the sports manager for ex street kid Duane Richwood who is playing in the US Open and is expected to be the next biggest thing in male tennis. Valerie Simpson, the ex women's champion who had a breakdown is rumoured to be on the verge of a comeback. She makes an appointment with Myron but is gunned down at the US Open just before they are supposed to meet.
Police suspect Duane has something to do with her murder and Myron feels a responsibility to solve her murder to both clear him and because Valerie would have been his client. When he discovers Valerie's ex boyfriend Alexander Cross (is Coben starting a friendly rivalry with James Patterson by killing of someone with a very similar name to Patterson's most popular crime solving character?) was also murdered he knows he has stumbled onto something big. Alexander Cross was the son of a US senator and the mafia also doesn't want Myron poking around into their business but we all know Myron, he can't resist.
The Bolitar series are fast paced can't put down until the last page reads. Start with the original masterpiece Deal Breaker though as plots of former novels are given away in later ones if you read them out of order. Once you have read one you will have to read them all. Coben's independent novels Tell No One, Gone For Good and No Second Chance are also masterpieces. Buy them too.
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4.0 out of 5 stars High Quality High Camp Jan. 2 2004
Format:Mass Market Paperback
A thoughtful, literary friend recommended Harlan Coben to me recently--I had never heard of him. But my friend said his main character, Myron Bolitar, was a lot of fun--neurotic, still living with his nudgie Jewish parents, wise-cracking--and the stories sizzled.
Well, I read Drop Shot, and I gotta say, the book feels like it rolled off of the modern detective assembly line. Another friend once decided to become a mystery writer, and after studying the reigning deities (and attending courses on writing mysteries) he told me the secret recipe: the character has to be situated in a city; you have to refer to great restaurants and places to go in that city like you were a tour guide; and the detective has to be a lone wolf with all sorts of quirky personality traits.
If this is true, then Bolitar comes straight out of central casting. I live in Northern Jersey and work in New York, and believe me, Coben hits all the hidden hot spots as if he were a native. Bolitar has the obligatory quirks--encyclopedic memory of classic movie and television dialogue, wise guy reparte to the point of overkill--and the requisite sense of righteous indignation at the bad guys. The dialogue often sounds like nothing real people would ever say outside of a bad take off on Damon Runyon (filtered through Chandler and McBain). And the main characters (including the bad guys) are more like cartoon superheroes than real people. Worst, I saw the "plot twists" coming from miles away, despite the fact that Coben tries to play the ending like a real stunning who-dunnit.
Yet, for all this, I could not put the book down. And then I read Deal Breaker and the same thing happened. And I plan to read all the rest of his books, one after the other, soon. Because Coben is FUN.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Drop Shot: A Myron Bolitar Novel
I have just discovered Harlan Coben as an author and really enjoyed the way the book was written and the plot have since read all the Myron Bolitar Novels and one other Coben... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Judy Grissom
4.0 out of 5 stars Not as good as Deal Breaker, but still great!
I read this book in one day, and it was great. But at this point I expect as much from Harlan Coben. Read more
Published on July 19 2004 by Trouble
5.0 out of 5 stars A Classic Bolitar...
Drop Shot is the second in the Myron Bolitar sports agent/detective series and just like the first, is amazing. Read more
Published on June 12 2003 by Daniel M.
4.0 out of 5 stars The deadly world of tennis
A still-young, ex-phenom, female tennis player frantically tries to contact sports agent Myron Bolitar but is mysteriously shot in the food court at the U.S. Read more
Published on June 3 2003 by J. Grattan
5.0 out of 5 stars Read a Harlan Coben - any one
Some months back, I went to a bookshop in New Delhi & found one copy of each of the Myron Bolitair series. I bought two titles as they seemed interesting. Read more
Published on March 8 2003 by Vikram Seth
4.0 out of 5 stars Not His Best But Still Very Good
Drop Shot was a bit of a drop off from Deal Breaker, but still very entertaining. The plot had the same twists and turns and the same main and entertaining characters. Read more
Published on April 8 2002 by Richard A. Mitchell
5.0 out of 5 stars An Overhand Smash of a Novel
Harlan Coben is a genius in the mystery literary world. This book reads faster than a Pete Sampras serve. Read more
Published on Sept. 18 2001 by Dani
5.0 out of 5 stars Coben Serves Up Another Ace
This is yet another solid effort by Harlan Coben. DROP SHOT is the second book in the "overhand smash"-ing Myron Bolitar series. Read more
Published on May 28 2001 by Chad Spivak
4.0 out of 5 stars Not his best but still an entertaining read
In many ways, this is a solid effort. Myron is still a funny guy from New Jersey and the sports angle is still a refreshing change from the typical cast of characters in... Read more
Published on Jan. 5 2001 by Carol Peterson Hennekens
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