Drop Shot: A Myron Bolitar Novel Mass Market Paperback – Feb 5 1996
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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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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
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
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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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 morePublished 20 months ago by Judy Grissom
I read this book in one day, and it was great. But at this point I expect as much from Harlan Coben. Read morePublished on July 19 2004 by Trouble
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 morePublished on Jan. 2 2004 by Mark A. Furman
Drop Shot is the second in the Myron Bolitar sports agent/detective series and just like the first, is amazing. Read morePublished on June 12 2003 by Daniel M.
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 morePublished on June 3 2003 by J. Grattan
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 morePublished on March 8 2003 by Vikram Seth
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 morePublished on April 8 2002 by Rick Mitchell