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One False Move [Mass Market Paperback]

Harlan Coben
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May 11 1999 Myron Bolitar Mysteries
She's smart, beautiful, and she doesn't need a man to look after her. But sports agent Myron Bolitar has come into her life—big time. Now Myron's next move may be his last—

Brenda Slaughter is no damsel in distress. Myron Bolitar is no bodyguard. But Myron has agreed to protect the bright, strong, beautiful basketball star. And he's about to find out if he's man enough to unravel the tragic riddle of her life.

Twenty years before, Brenda's mother deserted her. And just as Brenda is making it to the top of the women's pro basketball world, her father disappears too. A big-time New York sports agent with a foundering love life, Myron has a professional interest in Brenda. Then a personal one. But between them isn't just the difference in their backgrounds or the color of their skin. Between them is a chasm of corruption and lies, a vicious young mafioso on the make, and one secret that some people are dying to keep—and others are killing to protect....

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As readers who have enjoyed his appearances in original paperbacks already know, Harlan Coben's former professional basketball star Myron Bolitar is not your everyday testosterone-enriched jock. Myron is a mild-mannered guy who drinks chocolate soda and until very recently lived at home with his parents in suburban New Jersey. In his hardcover debut, we find Myron sharing a New York apartment with his longtime lady friend, writer Jessica Culver, and still running MB SportsReps, where he ostensibly manages the careers of other athletes, but really spends most of his time playing private eye. The arrival in Myron's life of rising pro basketball star Brenda Slaughter seriously tests his commitment to Jessica, who is in Hollywood working on a movie. It seems that Brenda's father Horace--Myron's old coach--has disappeared, and Brenda is receiving death threats that might involve a gangster family's plans for a new female professional basketball league. Or the threats might have something to do with Brenda's mother's connection to a wealthy New Jersey political family. Myron and his banker friend Win, a preppy with a penchant for violence, are more than enough to double-team the bad guys. Previous Myron Bolitar games in paperback include Backspin, Deal Breaker, Drop Shot, and Fade Away. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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Series sports agent Myron Bolitar handles everything with panache: his relationships, his clients, and this search for two missing people. When a sports store mogul asks him to "watch over" basketball star Brenda Slaughter, Myron winds up looking for her father, who disappeared a week ago, and her mother, who deserted the family some 20 years earlier. Myron not only discovers mob interest in female basketball but also a connected suspicious death in a high-profile political family. Standard plotting, then, but authentic conversation, colorful characters, and exciting New York and New Jersey surrounds more than compensate. Strongly recommended.
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Love Myron Boliar! June 2 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I love the humanity of the characters, and the relationships of the main protagonists. The story line is interesting and surprising.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not the best one from Harlan Coben March 15 2013
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One of my favorite autor, but there's a lack of suspens in this book. Hope the next one will be better.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining Dec 20 2001
Format:Hardcover
I think Harlan Coben is an entertaining and witty author. In One False Move, Myron Bolitar is asked to protect basketball star Brenda Slaughter, whose father and coach (Horace Slaughter) has disappeared. Brenda also asks Myron to find her mother, who disappeared 20 years ago and hasn't been heard from since. Myron is threatened by mobsters who claim that Brenda's father signed a contract with them. By his side is his friend, Win, with his playboy looks and underlying lethal tendencies. Win always manages to turn up when Myron needs him most. Coben combines a humorous dialogue with sensational characters that make this series fun to read.
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4.0 out of 5 stars One False Move Aug. 13 2009
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Format:Mass Market Paperback
This was my first book by Harlan Coben and I was hook, talk about keeping you at the edge of your seat. I have not picked up a book of his since and been disappointed. I think I only have 3 of his books left to read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Bolitar Scores Again! April 14 2004
Format:Hardcover
Once again, Harlan Coben and Myron Bolitar are true to form. The witty Bolitar finds himself invloved in a mystery involving murder, a disappearance from twenty years ago and political intrigue. Along with his sidekick Win, he cracks the case, while giving the reader a jolly good time. Hard to put down!
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4.0 out of 5 stars A false move would be not to read a Coben book Jan. 2 2004
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This is my second Coben book, and whilst I would say his novel Tell No One is better than this book, One False Move also keeps you interested until the final page.
Myron is a sports agent who is quick with the comebacks, can beat just about anyone in hand to hand combat and generally a pretty nice guy. His new client is Brenda Slaughter, the greatest female basketball player in the USA, she's also hot. Myron is quite happy 'babysitting' her but quickly finds out her life is rather complicated. Her mother left her twenty years ago when she was five leaving her with an overprotective father. He has also just gone missing. Brenda asks Myron to find her mother and once Myron starts poking around into the past he discovers Brenda is also in a lot of danger and her mum disappeared for a reason.
This book is a little bit unrealistic in the fact that Myron and his tycoon friend Win (I wasn't aware this was the fifth book they've appeared in until I starting reading reviews on this page as it is isn't metnioned anywhere on or in the actual book)seem to have the ability to beat anyone or groups of people in a fight but it is a work of fiction after all. It is an extremely interesting and enjoyable read. Doesn't grip you as fast as Tell No One does (which does not have Myron and Win in it) but once you get into it you can't put it down. Definitely also buy Tell No One as it is a masterpiece.
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This is the fifth book in the Myron Bolitar series. While having read only three of the other six to this point, it is not possible to say with certainty that this one is the best of all seven. But "One False Move" has more in-depth personal interactions than the others that I have read, drawing the reader a little closer to Myron than is sometimes the case. For those unfamiliar with Bolitar, he runs MB SportsRep. But his circuitous journey to this point, after his budding basketball career was abruptly ended due to a serious on-court injury, gives Myron a dimension far beyond the typical sports agent.
The book is, as usual with Coben, fast-paced with Myron and Win, his quirky, lethal, and blue-blood partner, encountering all manner of sleaze-balls and people with something to hide. Brenda Slaughter, the girl that the new WPBA basketball league is featuring, should be on top of the world. But her father has gone missing after she filed assault charges against him, not to mention the fact that her long-lost mother of twenty years has been on her mind all of that time. Enter Myron; the league needs its investment protected. But the assignment gets more complicated and riskier by the day.
Some reviewers find the Coben books humorous. And they are. But the dialogue is more edgy than funny. Of course, the new office worker Cyndi, the spikey ex-pro female wrestler, is captivating and hilarious.
There are some good twists in this book. I missed the one at the end - well actually I missed all of them. See if you can get it (them). Meanwhile I'm starting another Myron Bolitar book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars one fast read May 11 2003
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This book was my first harlan coben, but it will not be the last.
This book made me laugh. Don't let the sport's agent twist turn you away, read this book .
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