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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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By The Baking Bookworm TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Kindle Edition
My Review: By my quick calculation this is the sixth Harlan Coben book that I've read over the years. His Myron Bolitar series is by far my favourite from this highly touted author of suspense and what makes this series stand out are the characters, specifically Myron and his cohort, Win and Esperanza, his unique office manager.

Myron is a former professional basketball player whose career was cut short by an injury. He now runs his own agency representing sports stars and seems to have a penchant for solving crimes too. If you are not a self-proclaimed sports aficionado (like myself) don't fear, the sports settings and jargon aren't overused.

Admittedly I've read a few books in this series out of order (which I typically don't do) and the one thing that I've noticed is that in Drop Shot Win isn't quite as funny or as dangerous as he is portrayed in future books nor is Esperanza used as much as I would have hoped. It's these relationships that make this series for me. The connection between Win and Myron is very unique. I love the psychopathic personality of Win juxtaposed against 'Moral Myron' who can't bring himself to do the things that he uses Win for. It's a good (if sometimes creepy) mix that I haven't seen in suspense reads before.

So far I've read Deal Breaker as well as Promise Me from this series and Promise Me has been my favourite. By the eighth book (or possibly sooner since I haven't read books 2-7) Coben has his characters more fleshed out and the sardonic humour is at an all-time high which I really enjoyed. So at least I know that there is character development in the future of the series.

Drop Shot was a solid, slightly predictable, mystery with a decent twist at the end but while this was a quick read I can't help but feel that this wasn't my favourite Coben book in this series

My Rating: 3/5 stars
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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 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 3 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
4.0 out of 5 stars High Quality High Camp
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,... Read more
Published on Jan. 2 2004 by Mark A. Furman
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 Rick 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
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