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  • Hardcover: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Dutton Adult; American First edition (March 22 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0525952063
  • ISBN-13: 978-0525952060
  • Product Dimensions: 23.3 x 16.3 x 3.7 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 680 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #170,501 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By L. J. Roberts TOP 100 REVIEWER on May 4 2011
Format: Hardcover
First Sentence: The ugliest truth, a friend once told Myron, is still better than the prettiest of lies.

Sports and celebrity representative Myron Bolitar's life has undergone changes. His business, MB Reps, now handles more than sports figures. A very pregnant ex-tennis-star client asks Myron to find her musician husband who left her after he sees a Facebook post saying 'Not His.' The search leads Myron and his team into a search for missing members of Myron's family and into the world of drugs and murder.

It has been awhile since the last Myron Bolitar book and I'd forgotten how enjoyable is Coben's dry humor and the wonderfully colorful characters of Myron, his parents, former wrestler partners Big Cindy and Esparanza, and yes, even Win, a psychopath-with-a-code. What is also nice is that Coben doesn't assume readers have been following the series. Perhaps because most of the secondary characters are less then empathic, they seem flat and stereotypical by comparison. At the same time, even for those characters which are unpleasant, Coben creates a sense of sympathy for most of them. While that sounds contradictory, it works.

Coben knows how to write; there are wonderful sentences and passages that made me stop and consider. Myron's father's observation about parenting was one such passage. There are layers to the story and observations about perception, truth, lies and families. There are stories behind stories that are remarkably impactful in spite of the book's violence, yet even the scenes of violence are written with precision.

'Live Wire' is brutal, tragic and filled with twists that are very well executed. At the same time, it effectively touches one's emotions as it deals with Myron's family and past as well as its future.
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By Samantha TOP 500 REVIEWER on Nov. 22 2013
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Harlan Coben is one of my go-to writers for enjoyable, entertaining mysteries. I've read quite a few of his novels (stand alones and Myron Bolitar series) and almost always find them delightful, but I was leery of this one because I knew he was launching a new character/series with it (Mickey Bolitar for teens/young adults) and thought it would be contrived. I couldn't have been more wrong. It was just intricate enough to keep me guessing. Well-plotted, well-written and surprising, full of interesting characters and situations, making this my favourite of the author's repertoire. Pure entertainment. For its genre, it deserves 5 full bright stars.
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By Brett H #1 REVIEWER#1 HALL OF FAME on June 13 2013
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Live Wire does give the impression towards the end that this may be the last appearance for Myron and his eccentric companions. I will personally be very sorry if this is the case as I have read just about all of this series and have enjoyed them all. I have read stories by leading authors of late, and David Baldacci and Patricia Cornwell spring to mind, where I have been left disappointed as their writing seemed to lack its previous sparkle. However, Harlan Coben is very reliable in that he seems able to write at a consistent standard and I never been disappointed with any of his books.

This particular tale is reasonably complex, and possibly not entirely believable. However, it is quite coherent, gathers pace as it progresses and can be considered a page turner, particularly towards the climax. Win, Big Cyndi and Esperanza have developed during this series and I think that anyone reading Live Wire as their first Myron Bolitar tale may well consider them so bizarre as to stretch credibility. However long term readers will probably feel, like me, that they are almost like old friends.

So, not the best Bolitar tale and not the worst but a good read. I understand that Mickey, Myron's nephew is starring in subsequent books which are described as a young adult stories so I really hope that this series will not be taking over from Myron and Co.
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By Booklover on Jan. 14 2013
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Always like reading books by this author as they are always fast-paced and interesting, and even amusing sometimes! Glad to have bought it.
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120 of 130 people found the following review helpful
Myron's Nephew Will Be Taking Over Series March 24 2011
By carol irvin - Published on
Format: Hardcover
This story involves a rock and roll duo, one of whom is Myron's client and the other of whom is a recluse who hides out at his permanent offshore Massachusetts' island estate. Something is going on with this duo and Myron needs to find out what as his brother's family is caught up in it plus his tennis star client Suzze is married to one of the duo. Things started going wrong for this duo sixteen years ago when a high schooler killed herself by jumping out of a window after having sex with the lead singer. The duo still release records but they are all recorded at the island retreat. They stopped touring at the time of the suicide. The lead singer never appears in public. All they do is release records--enormously popular records. Naturally Myron and Win want to meet this recluse so as to find out why people involved with this duo are dying and/or are under fire.

There is a major introduction of a new character in this book and that is Myron's high schooler nephew Mickey. We are told at the end of the book that when we next pick up on Myron's story, Mickey will be a major character and the books will be aimed at garnering a more youthful market. Mickey is very talented at basketball, as talented as his uncle, so expect that aspect of the story to reignite as well. I am willing to give the next story a try knowing that this is where we will be going with the story. Mickey and Myron will be living together.

I read this in a day. It was very enjoyable as are all of the Myron and Win books. I recommend it.

I will once again say that I don't know why readers here are taking down the stars on their reviews because they don't like the price of putting it on their kindles. This throws the rest of us off when we see three stars next to the book as its overall rating and then discover all the one and two star reviews relate to the price of the book for the Kindle. Readers here are reading this book in a variety of formats and want to know how we consumer reviewers liked the reading matter itself. If we don't own a Kindle (and many of us do not), that is not germane to our decision.

I read this book on an iPad using the iBooks app (adobe's epub format) and it was a great reading experience using that app on the iPad, as usual.
68 of 75 people found the following review helpful
Not his best - so unfortunate. March 29 2011
By book lover in Honolulu - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I am a huge Harlan Coben fan - I've read all of his books and have for the most part LOVED them. They can catch you right from the first page and you're off and running, turning each page until all hours of the night just to find out what happens. They're addictive. And I have greatly loved the Myron Bolitar books. But this was one left me a bit disappointed. I wanted to love it, but couldn't. It had some witty humor and the writing was fine, but I can't say that I cared much for the ending - or maybe it was more the epilogue that I didn't like. I don't want to spoil it for you, but it's not clear to me if Coben will continue the Myron books or not. It felt like he got to the end of the book, ran out of time/ideas and wrapped everything up in a couple of sentences. I felt a little cheated perhaps. But, having said that, I must also admit I would be sad to see the series end.
28 of 29 people found the following review helpful
This Time It's Personal March 24 2011
By William Skipper - Published on
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I stumbled across CAUGHT last Summer and spent the rest of the season reading all of Coben's books in order. Readers of the series can understand what a joy it is to curl up on the couch with old friends: Win, Esperanza, Big Cyndi, the Ache Brothers, and Myron's parents El-Al.

Some of Bolitar's early clients reappear, as well: teen tennis stars Suzze T and Kitty (also Myron's sister-in-law). Suzze needs Myron to locate her missing husband Lex, second fiddle of the rock duo Horsepower. Myron's almost pitiable need to make things right leads him on an odyssey to find his estranged brother. Along the way, buried truths are exposed putting all the characters into mortal danger.

Myron fans will find LIVE WIRE irresistible at any price. Could this be the last in the series?
20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
Love Myron & Win!! This book is all about Myron, his sense of self and the complexity of his relationships with his friends! March 24 2011
By S. Wettach - Published on
Format: Hardcover
I'm not writing this to give the story away... it's a very good mystery/suspense novel and Coben once again proves that he is in fact the best mystery/suspense author out there. If you are a fan of his stand alone books you will like this novel. If you've read every Myron Bolitar book out there, you will love it. I did.

While it's a suspenseful novel (and a good one at that), it truly explores the personal relationships that affect Myron's life. His relationship with Win is so heartfelt and the characters are so rich and complex. They may be best friends, but they are brothers in spirit. Esperanza and Big Cyndi play a much bigger part in this novel also and the dynamic between Myron, Win, Esperanza and Big Cyndi make this book impossible to put down. Myron's parents play an integral part and his description of his father and their relationship is amazing. The way in which Myron ties the plot together and the twists and turns that ensue until the end keep you glued.

And then you get to the end...and the end of the book changes everything - Myron's personal life and every single personal relationship that Myron has, is forever changed. And because of that, I was moved so deeply that I cried (and cried, soo hard!) - because I feel like I know these characters intimately and the changes in their lives impact everything. I am now somewhat scared, yet hopefully optimistic, as to what the future holds for these incredible characters and am eagerly awaiting the next chapter of Myron and Win's life!!
14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
tenth book in Myron Bolitar series May 19 2011
By Beth - Published on
Format: Hardcover
LIVE WIRE by Harlan Coben is the tenth book in his Myron Bolitar series.

A few years ago I went to a Harlan Coben event in St. Joseph, Michigan. At that time he mentioned that he was considering ending this series. I spoke out from the audience to say, please don't. He's written two Myron Bolitar (with his indispensable friend Win) novels since then, so I guess he was listening.

But is this the last in the series?

As a former basketball great and now co-owner of an agency that represents sports and entertainment personalities, Myron is visited by a client, Suzze, former tennis star. She wants Myron to find her husband, Lex, rock star and also Myron's client. Lex ran out on Suzze, pregnant and all, when he saw an anonymous post on Suzze's Facebook page: "NOT HIS."

Right off the bat this book disappoints. Who would take seriously an anonymous post on the Internet? Everyone knows that anyone can say anything on the Internet.

But if you just go with it and not think about that, LIVE WIRE does have Coben's typical plot and subplot, twists and turns, and Win. So Myron Bolitar fans can count on that even if the book doesn't quite measure up to Coben's others.

Myron, who can't help but become involved in his clients' lives, finds Lex in a nightclub and, coincidentally, also finds his long-lost sister-in-law, Kitty. Or is it a coincidence?

Kitty, another former tennis star, is now a mess. She's a heroin junkie so far gone she'll do anything, I mean ANYTHING, to get a fix. And she's at this nightclub without Myron's (also long-lost) brother, Brad. Where is he?

Myron's father wants him to find out. One thing we love about Myron Bolitar is that he loves his parents. So Myron, in spite of great danger, finds out. After all, he has Win.

While Myron looks for Brad, Myron finds his 15-year-old nephew, Mickey. And, wouldn't you know it, Mickey is tall like Myron and a basketball player.

Does this introduction to Mickey signal the end of the Myron series? Is Myron now retiring? Clues seem to indicate that.

I love Myron, and I love that he's getting older just like me. But could his age be reason to retire him?

Lots of readers have loved this series, and I think they should read this. It's not Coben's best, but they'll want to know what happening with Myron. I think they, like me, will not be happy that Myron might be banished to the sidelines in favor of a teenager.

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