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Live Wire [Hardcover]

Harlan Coben
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March 22 2011 Myron Bolitar
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#1 New York Times bestselling author Harlan Coben proves once again that "nobody writes them better" in a thriller that asks a provocative question: Is a pretty lie better than the ugly truth?

Harlan Coben published his first Myron Bolitar thriller, Deal Breaker, in 1995, introducing a hero that would captivate millions. Over the years we have watched Myron walk a tight rope between sports agent, friend, problem solver and private eye, his big heart quick to defend his client's interests so fiercely that he can't help but jump in to save them, no matter the cost.

When former tennis star Suzze T and her rock star husband, Lex, encounter an anonymous Facebook post questioning the paternity of their unborn child, Lex runs off, and Suzze - at eight months pregnant - asks Myron to save her marriage, and perhaps her husband's life. But when he finds Lex, he also finds someone he wasn't looking for: his sister-in-law, Kitty, who along with Myron's brother abandoned the Bolitar family long ago.

As Myron races to locate his missing brother while their father clings to life, he must face the lies that led to the estrangement - including the ones told by Myron himself. If we thought we knew Myron Bolitar, Coben now proves we didn't. An electric, stay-up-all night thriller that unfolds at a breakneck pace, Live Wire proves that Harlan Coben still has the ability to shock us anew.

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LIVE WIRE... shows Coben to be a master of intricate plot-weaving. Twists come thick and fast, and there's an immediate re-readability as you attempt to unravel the tangled web of events. SHORTLIST Classic Coben: witty and twisty.***** -- Boyd Hilton HEAT Compelling, hard-edged and wryly funny SUNDAY SPORT 'Coben's dialogue is as punchy and readable as ever... another novel that will manage both to raise the heart rate and serve as a relaxing treat.' INDEPENDENT ON SUNDAY - Novels for Summer Cunningly plotted and dependably entertaining EVENING STANDARD The twists and turns of the clever plot will keep you guessing until the final showdown. BELLA Bestselling writer Harlan Coben dazzles us yet again with a pacy thriller that's hard to put down. ***** STAR MAGAZINE Coben's 10th Myron Bolitar novel is a perfect 10: providing readers with new information about the past of the former athlete turned agent and owner of MB Reps; a satisfyingly complex mystery PUBLISHERS' WEEKLY Newcomers to Coben will find "Live Wire" a great starting point, and fans will be awe-struck with this latest novel, wondering how Coben maintains such a high level of excellence. LINCOLN JOURNAL STAR --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover 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 100 REVIEWER
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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5.0 out of 5 stars My favourite Harlan Coben novel so far Nov. 22 2013
By Samantha TOP 500 REVIEWER
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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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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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5.0 out of 5 stars good read 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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4.0 out of 5 stars Myron's Nephew Will Be Taking Over Series March 24 2011
By carol irvin - Published on
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.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not his best - so unfortunate. March 29 2011
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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.
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4.0 out of 5 stars 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?
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5.0 out of 5 stars 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
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
4.0 out of 5 stars tenth book in Myron Bolitar series May 19 2011
By Beth - Published on
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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