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  • Hardcover: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Dutton Adult (March 22 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0525952063
  • ISBN-13: 978-0525952060
  • Product Dimensions: 15.9 x 3.5 x 23.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 612 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #289,610 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“A master storyteller.”—New York Times Bestselling Author Luanne Rice

“Quite simply, Harlan Coben is one of my favorite authors. His books have it all: nail-biting suspense, roller-coaster plots, relevant social issues, and pitch-perfect characters.”—New York Times Bestselling Author Kristin Hannah

“Rich and compelling.”—The Associated Press

“Mr. Coben spares his reader no emotional extreme...a fast-moving action tale.”—Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Live Wire is a stunning achievement in all respects—everything a thriller, and a novel, is supposed to be.”—The Providence Journal

“Delivers a deceptively complex plot and illustrates why Myron is such an intriguing character…Coben…deftly shows that he has more stories to tell about his long-running character.”—South Florida Sun-Sentinel

“One of Coben’s most exciting and multidimensional tales yet…Gripping.”—The Columbus Dispatch

  --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

About the Author

International bestselling author Harlan Coben' last seven novels, The Woods, Promise Me, The Innocent, Just One Look, No Second Chance, Gone for Good, and Tell No One have appeared at the top of all the major bestseller lists, including The New York Times, Book Sense, The Times (London), Le Monde, Publishers Weekly, USA Today, and The Wall Street Journal, as well as many others throughout the United States and the world. His most recent book The Woods (2007) was a bestseller on lists across the country including USA Today, Publishers Weekly, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, Chicago Tribune, Nielsen Bookscan and Entertainment Weekly. Promise Me and The Woods were both named one of the best thrillers of the year by Library Journal. Coben' books are published in 38 languages and have 40 million copies in print world wide. His new novel, Hold Tight, will be published in the U.S. on April 15, 2008.

In his first books, Coben immersed himself in the exploits of sports agent Myron Bolitar. Critics loved the series, saying, “You race to turn pages…both suspenseful and often surprisingly funny” (People). After seven whodunit books Coben moved away from Myron Bolitar. “I came up with a great idea that simply would not work for Myron,” says Coben. The result was the critically acclaimed New York Times bestseller Tell No One, which has been credited by many as reinventing the thriller and which became the most decorated thriller of 2001 – nominated for an Edgar, an Anthony, a Macavity, a Nero, and a Barry; winner of the Audie award for Best Audio Mystery/Suspense Book; and a #1 hardcover book on the Book Sense 76 list. Coben followed the success of Tell No One with the blockbuster New York Times bestsellers Gone For Good (2002), No Second Chance (2003), Just One Look (2004), The Innocent (2005), Promise Me (2006) and The Woods (2007).

Coben' unique take on the American dream has struck an international chord. Bookspan, recognizing his broad appeal, named No Second Chance its first ever International Book of the Month in 2003.

Since 1995, Harlan Coben has won the Mystery Writers of America' Edgar Award, the Private Eye Writers of America' Shamus Award, and the Anthony Award – the first writer to win all three. In 2004 he was shortlisted for the Author of the Year Award for the British Book Awards, dubbed “The Oscars of the Book Trade.” He was the first American to make the list.

Tell No One, Coben's first stand alone novel, was released as a film in France in 2006. A runaway smash, Tell No One has grossed over $32 million in France and Variety called the film, "a sharp, efficient package." Tell No One was directed by Guillaume Canet (Mon Idole), and features an all-star cast including Kristin Scott Thomas (Gosford Park), Nathalie Baye (Catch Me If You Can), and Marie-Josée Croze (Munich). The movie will be released in theaters in the US in the summer of 2008. FOX TV has purchased the rights to Coben' popular Myron Bolitar series for a pilot by Bones creator-executive producer Hart Hanson.

A graduate of Amherst College, Harlan Coben was born and raised in New Jersey, where he still lives with his wife, Anne Armstrong-Coben. Harlan and Anne have four young children and two dogs.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By L. J. Roberts TOP 500 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 Brett H HALL OF FAMETOP 10 REVIEWER on June 13 2013
Format: 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 Samantha TOP 500 REVIEWER on Nov. 22 2013
Format: 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 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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By Vicki Rigsby on Nov. 23 2014
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great book, he is a wonderful author and everyone should read him and he is a prolific writer
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