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Fade Away [Mass Market Paperback]

Harlan Coben
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Nov. 2 1996 Myron Bolitar Mysteries
The home was top-notch New Jersey suburban. The living room was Martha Stewart. The basement was Legos—and blood. For sports agent Myron Bolitar, the disappearance of a man he'd once competed against was bringing back memories—of the sport he and Greg Downing had both played and the woman they both loved. Now, among the stars, the wanna-bes, the gamblers and groupies, Myron is unraveling the strange, violent life of a sports hero gone wrong, and coming face-to-face with a past he can't relive, and a present he may not survive.

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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Wisecracking sports agent Myron Bolitar returns with style in his third mystery (after Deal Breaker and Dropshot). This time, Myron is given a chance to return to professional basketball after being sidelined by a heartbreaking injury 10 years ago. No, the owner of the New Jersey Dragons doesn't want Myron to play. He wants him to use his skills as a onetime FBI undercover agent ("the worst kept secret in the continental United States") to find a missing player and former rival. The hunt for the absent player turns up an ugly web of complications that include a dead body, blackmail, a nasty custody suit, out-of-control gambling and thugs intent on revenge. Myron finds himself dragged in deeper than expected as the case stirs unresolved issues from his own past. With the help of his lethally loyal pal Win, he untangles the mess with bravado and not a little personal pain. Coben writes a fast-moving narrative in a style witty enough to keep pace without straining too hard.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc.


"Brilliant! Perfect for fans of Sue Grafton, Robert B. Parker, and everyone else!"—Nancy Pickard, author of I.O.U.

"Fast action, snappy dialogue...[An] enjoyable read."—Toronto Star

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series. Harlan Coben is at his best in this thriller that will leave you guessing until the very end. The internal conflicts of the characters are so evident and well desribed you feel as though they are real people. I love this series, and this would have to be my favorite one yet. And in no other book is Cobens humor more evident than this one. I have recommended this book to all my friends. So read it, already!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Coben "Articulates" Quite Well In This Book May 21 2001
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Yes, even Win would have to agree with my title. Once again, Harlan Coben takes us on a remarkable journey with former fed turned sports' agent, Myron Bolitar.
Anyone who ever had a dream of playing professional sports, but fell short, would truly appreciate this book. Bolitar, injured in his first professional basketball pre-season game, gets his chance once again several years later. He is signed on to play in the NBA in hopes of finding his old college rivalry, Greg Downing, who has recently disappeared.
The plot twists and shocking discoveries are a plenty, as several times, my eyes seemed to have popped out of their sockets to join my jaw on the floor. This story is well-developed, and the characters are so nicely defined, the book just flows one smooth page after another.
The best part of this book, as well as all other Coben books, is the witty and often hilarious dialogue. I can easily see this appearing on the "silver screen," but for the purposes of the book, it is perfect. It makes for very entertaining reading.
Coben does a masterful job of tying all of his characters together, and the ending is so surprising, you can't help but enjoy the book. FADE AWAY is a can't miss.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Witty dialogue, but there's some story problems Aug. 30 1999
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Ok. Don't get me wrong. I'm a MB fan and I thoroughly enjoy the freshness of Coben's writing. Fade Away does a very good job of bringing out the details of the series back story, especially with HC's deft use of dialogue. But, I thought there were some serious holes in the story. First, Greg was supposed to have this job driving taxis. It was an unnecessary storypoint--one that was summarily ignored during any of the investigations.
I guess I should read the MB series as thrillers rather than mysteries. HC doesn't create a puzzle for you to solve. No clever clues to point you to the killer.
As I progress through the series, I'm finding Win to be more and more of a superfiscial prop to the story--nothing more than a utility "black ops" mercenary. I think it's rather sad to have a crutch like the Win character to rely on for nearly anything having to do with lock picking, number tracing, or blowing off a bad guy's head.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Best of a not quite first-rate series July 23 2001
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This Bolitar novel, #3 is pretty clearly just a little deeper than the others, while still maintaining all the peripheral features that make the series so fun. Typical characteristics include lots of characters, very intricate plotting, a few startling revelations, a great deal of generally dry humor, and ongoing relationships which Coben is careful to add to and change a little within each installment. That's all here, and the basketball angle which dredges up Bolitar's past is more compelling than the personal angle of the other books in the series - with the exception of the most recent, where it's pretty heavy. My two quibbles with the series are (1) that Win, the sidekick, extends the Hawk/Meyer tradition even further out into the realm of total implausibility, and (2) one gets the impression that Coben uses substantially the same diagram for the plots of all his books, particularly the later ones. Still, much fun.
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5.0 out of 5 stars HARLAN HAS DONE IT AGAIN! June 14 2000
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First and foremost, I do NOT consider myself a reader of mysteries, UNLESS of course, they are written by Harlan Coben. "Fade Away" is a wonderful example of what a writer can do with character development in a book series. With each book, we learn a little more about Myron Bolitar and what makes him tick - and we always like what we learn. This is the third of Coben's "Myron Bolitar" mysteries that I have read and each one just gets better. By now, I have learned to not try to figure out whodunnit before Myron does, because I will fail misrably. Coben tosses you red herrings like you were a performing seal at SeaWorld. And you will gobble each one up, with enthusiasm! Honestly, I resist the urge to read all of the Bolitar novels at once (even tho' I own them all). Coben's books are like Godiva Chocolates. You love them so much you just hate to gulp them down all at once.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Coben is one of the best out there. Aug. 18 2000
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This was the first Harlan Coben book I read, but it was not the last. I am writing this review several months after reading this, but I feel it was so good that it deserves further kudos. The story is extremely good, there are many twists and turns, and the characters are witty and likeable no matter how cold they can be at times. I would recommend both Robert Crais and Robert Parker to those of you who like Harlan Coben. I have read several Robert Crais books, try "the Monkey's Raincoat" or "Stalking the Angel" and "Playmates" by Parker. The stories twists are not on par with Coben (but few are), but the stories themselves and characters run alongside Myron and Winn. For anyone wondering about "Fade Away" if the other reviews haven't given you enough of an idea, read it now or you'll be sorry. It won the Edgar Award with good reason.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Missing 6 pages
For some reason I am missing the last 6 pages from chapter 3. Downloaded the book onto my tablet. Early enough in the book not to make a big difference overall but I am... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Amazon Customer
2.0 out of 5 stars I struggled to finish.
The least enjoyable book I've read in years. I find Coben's writing style to be juvenile and overly simplistic. This is the first of his novels. Read more
Published on June 14 2011 by J Reader
4.0 out of 5 stars Fast paced witty and intriguing
Marvin Bolitar current sports agent, ex FBI agent and ex basketball would be superstar (until injury robbed him of his big chance)is once again drawn into a murder mystery. Read more
Published on July 15 2004 by David A. Riley
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant... his best in the Myron Bolitar series
Wow... that sums up this novel. I've read 3 other Myron books and 3 of his stand alones, and "Fade Away" is as good as my previous favorite of Coben, "Gone For... Read more
Published on May 13 2004 by nutcracker
5.0 out of 5 stars Whitty Dialogue!
Being a fan of this writer for quite sometime needless to say I have enjoyed all of the 'COBEN' books-- that being said, I'd like to add that quite possibly, FADE AWAY might very... Read more
Published on March 27 2004 by joan fawler
4.0 out of 5 stars Buy now, before advice to read Coben books memory fades away
Note - Read this novel before Coben's novel titled Darkest Fear, otherwise a lot of this book's plot is given away in that novel. Read more
Published on Jan. 17 2004 by James N Simpson
4.0 out of 5 stars The basketball demons are finally exorcised
Myron Bolitar, now sports agent and lawyer and ex-FBI sleuth, was on the verge of NBA superstardom when his knee was crushed in a vicious hit in his first pre-season game ten years... Read more
Published on June 6 2003 by J. Grattan
4.0 out of 5 stars Just Plain Enjoyable
In this 3rd Myron Bolitar mystery, Myron finally realises his dream of playing NBA basketball, although the circumstances aren't exactly how he would have expected to gain the... Read more
Published on Oct. 24 2002 by Untouchable
5.0 out of 5 stars Fade Away never fades
One of the most addicting audiobooks I have ever listened to. The reading is top notch and it has you wondering who dunnit the whole book. A total surprise ending with heart.
Published on Dec 4 2001 by Lauri Sloper
5.0 out of 5 stars Another great mystery featuring Myron Bolitar
When Myron Bolitar, a sports rep and one time first round draft to the NBA, is signed on by the New Jersey Dragons it isn't so that he can make a comeback. Read more
Published on Nov. 20 2001 by "rebecca_n"
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