Fade Away Mass Market Paperback – Nov 2 1996
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From Publishers Weekly
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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I found the premise of the story weak, the characters are poorly developed and not terribly interesting. It is not for people who love intricate plots with lots of twists and turns as this story unravels quite linearly.
If you would like a quick read with some cheesy humour and a hint of action you could enjoy this book. It just wasn't up my alley.
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.
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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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 morePublished 23 months ago by Amazon Customer
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 morePublished on July 15 2004 by David A. Riley
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 morePublished on May 13 2004 by nutcracker
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 morePublished on March 27 2004 by joan fawler
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 morePublished on Jan. 17 2004 by James N Simpson
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 morePublished on June 6 2003 by J. Grattan
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 morePublished on Oct. 24 2002 by Untouchable
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
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 morePublished on Nov. 20 2001