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  • Mass Market Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Dell (Feb. 5 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0440220459
  • ISBN-13: 978-0440220459
  • Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 2.5 x 17.1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 181 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #263,470 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 12 2004
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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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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By Gail Cooke TOP 50 REVIEWER on July 27 2006
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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Format: Mass Market Paperback
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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