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Harlan Coben
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Feb. 8 2000 Myron Bolitar
His heart is broken. His partner is in jail. And someone is trying to kill him.

Then Myron Bolitar gets some really bad news....

For sports agent Myron Bolitar, it seemed like the perfect vacation. A tropical beach. A warm breeze. A little uncomplicated passion with a woman he barely knows. Myron is almost in heaven when his friend Win shows up with a message that blasts him back to reality: Esperanza is in trouble. It's time to come home.

Now Myron is back in New York, determined to help Esperanza, his best friend and partner, who's been accused of killing one of their clients. But Esperanza isn't talking. Neither is her lawyer. And to prove his friend's innocence, Myron must trace the rise and fall of the victim, a pitcher who had been making a comeback with the Yankees. Suddenly the investigation is leading Myron to places he'd rather not go: into a family's agony, through the city's sexual underground, and to a moment buried on the dark side of a brilliant sports career.... Twelve years ago a young agent named Bolitar tried to help an up-and-coming athlete. It was a fatal mistake—and now Myron will have to pay the price....

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Myron Bolitar is a fascinating character--a guy in his 30s who just moved into his own New York apartment, and who still looks forward to dinner with his parents in New Jersey. A former pro-basketball star and Harvard Law School grad, he now runs his own sports agency, and also dabbles in the private investigation business. He is helped (and sometimes hindered) by his rich, blond, preppy friend Windsor Horne Lockwood III. Win has some awesome lethal powers hidden under his Brooks Brothers suits!

In The Final Detail Win and Myron are looking into the murder of a client--a troubled New York Yankees baseball player called Clu Haid. Clu was apparently shot to death by Esperanza Diaz, who just happens to be Myron's best friend and partner in the sport's agency. Esperanza is hiding something, but Myron isn't sure if it has to do with her job, or with her private life. His search for the truth takes him back to a shabby incident from his own past, and to times he would rather forget. Author Harlan Coben casually drops in dozens of poignant moments of humanity that keep us--and Myron--firmly grounded in reality.

Other books in this excellent series include Backspin, Deal Breaker, Drop Shot, and One False Move. --Dick Adler --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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You know things are getting tough for Myron Bolitar when the crime-solving sports agent finds that his favorite tippleAthe chocolate drink Yoo-HooAhas lost its kick. At a particularly harrowing point in his latest Bolitar book (after One False Move), Coben reveals that his hero actually "craved a venti-size skim iced latte with a splash of vanilla." Despite being a former pro basketball star and Harvard Law School grad, Myron remains a touching everyman, a guy who still looks forward to dinner with his parents and can even cry in the bathroom after his father admits to some recent chest pains. In this case, Myron probes the murder of one of his clients, a troubled baseball player named Clu Haid, who was apparently shot by Myron's sports-agency partner, Esperanza Diaz. Esperanza is hiding something, but Myron isn't sure if it has to do with business or with her bisexuality. His search for the truth takes him to a bar called Take a Guess ("It's About Ambiguity, Not Androgyny"), where he falls for a Julie Newmar/Catwoman look-alike who may or may not be female, and to the front offices at Yankee Stadium. Ultimately, the trail leads him to revisit a 12-year-old mystery about a missing girl as well as a shabby incident in his own past. Along the way, Coben works in poignant scenes, such as an interview with a mother who wallpapers her house with family photographs. Myron relies less on the lethal powers of his rich, blond, preppy friend Win (Windsor Horne Lockwood III) than in previous adventures. The change makes for the strongest entry yet in a series that deftly balances realism with excitement, while refusing to fall back on genre clich?s. Major ad/promo; author tour.
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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Myron lay sprawled next to a knee-knockingly gorgeous brunette clad only in a Class-B-felony bikini, a tropical drink sans umbrella in one hand, the aqua clear Caribbean water lapping at his feet, the sand a dazzling white powder, the sky a pure blue that could only be God's blank canvas, the sun as soothing and rich as a Swedish masseur with a snifter of cognac, and he was intensely miserable. Read the first page
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Modern Hammett April 22 2004
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The Final Detail is not just the first Myron Bolitar mystery I've read, but also the first Coben book. I haven't been this absorbed in a mystery since reading The Maltese Falcon as a kid. Coben has created unforgettable, quirky characters who engage us even more than the story does.
Some other reviewers have suggested that The Final Detail was a bit stale. But, since it was my introduction to the series, it seemed fresh and new to me. The novel did stand pretty well on its own, but there were a few out-of-the-blue references to characters like Brenda Slaughter, who appeared in earlier stories, that were not put into context. On the other hand, these tantalizing unexplained references increased my desire to read the rest of the series. This time, I'll do it in sequence of publication.
There are some electrifying characters in this series, particularly Win, the semi-psychotic playboy/money manager/intellectual. And Big Cyndi is both a hilarious and edgy creation.
I would have given the book 5 stars had it not been for a couple of points. I thought the character of Thrill (Nancy) was completely unecessary, unless she's simply being introduced as a central character for a future installment. I felt that there too many women throwing themselves at Bolitar and that Bolitar's affection toward his parents got mawkish at times. I also felt that Esperanza is a convenient conglomeration of political correctness (Lesbian, Latina, professional woman, brainy beauty, assertive, etc. etc.) rather than a real flesh-and-blood character, at least in this installment.
Overall, I feel this was a terrific mystery and that Coben is right up there with the greats of the genre.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not as action packed as previous Myron novels Jan. 30 2004
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This is not the usual can't put down, forget what's on TV, call in sick so you can finish it Myron Bolitar adventure. Most Myron adventures are full of action and although there is a small amount in this novel this book is a more of a get to know a bit more about the lives and past of supporting characters which haven't been explored in great detail in previous novels such as Myron's dad, Esperanza, Big Cyndi and even Myron. Although Win is in this novel, he is really mostly a conversationalist in this one seeing very little action at all. Myron even decides Yoo-Hoo is no longer his favourite drink in this book. It is almost as if fans have demanded another Myron Sequel and Coben has run out of ideas so has just decided to release more information on the other characters with a basic plot to tie it together. Don't get me wrong, I'm a huge fan of the Bolitar series and have immensely enjoyed them all but I don't think this one is up there in quality, suspense or the other aspects that made those great.
Whilst during the third quarter of the book you do experience the don't want to stop, can't put the book down experience, that does unfortunately die out and it certainly never was there before that part of the book. I hate to say it but in some parts there is so much uninteresting talking amongst characters that you are willing them to hurry up and get on to the next scene. I think Coben should concentrate on the independent masterpieces he is writing for the moment until he can come up with better adventures for Myron. It is a great series and like Patterson's Alex Cross series you don't want to read novels forced out to appease impatient fans and publishers which lessen the overall quality of the collection.
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Myron Bolitar, sports agent, sleuth, lawyer, and ex-jock, in this continuation of the series, knew that something was seriously amiss when his long-time friend, associate, and protector extraordinaire Win found him on a desolate Caribbean island, where Myron had disappeared to recuperate from an especially distressful period in his life (see Coben's Fadeaway). Further rejuvenation would have to wait as Win and Myron raced back to New York; the arraignment of Myron's friend and new partner in MB SportsReps, Esperanza, an exotic Latino ex-pro wrestler and now a lawyer, on charges of murder was imminent. The victim was Clu Haid, a newly acquired New York Yankee's pitcher, who was turning around a career in the doldrums, and a client of MB SportsReps.
But Esperanza would not talk to Myron and lots of evidence pointed her way. And Myron had gotten a bizarre computer disk in the mail that showed an image of a teen-age girl's face that slowly disintegrated before his eyes and then the disk was wiped clean. As is often the case in the Bolitar series, Myron finds himself entangled in the seedy world of the alternative bar scene and organized crime. In addition, Myron gets a strong feeling that he may be more a part of this entire situation than he can realize.
Some have complained that the Bolitar series has gotten stale. But despite perhaps a bit of a slow start, this book is typical Coben in its fast pace and unexpected turns of events. There is a certain amount of repetitious background information given in each book as they are meant to be standalone, but it is not excessive. Reading the books in order does add to the enjoyment of the Bolitar series, though. Coben adds dimensions to his characters with each book.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Fun and Fast
As usual, a Myron Bolitar mystery is as you expect it: rapid (no unnecessary description), full of humour and suspens... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Jocelyne Rochon
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it!
Love Harlan Corben's books, and particularly those featuring Myron Bolitar and his friends and enemies. Great read! Highly recommend it.
Published 4 months ago by Kathryn Philipps
5.0 out of 5 stars Myron Bolitar at his best
Harlan Coben has penned another 'Myron Bolitar' winner with THE FINAL DETAIL. Myron has slipped away from his world on a secluded vacation but Win, who's powers sometimes border on... Read more
Published on Oct. 13 2003 by Beverly J. Scott
4.0 out of 5 stars Good stuff, good stuff (4.5 stars)
This is the first book by Harlan Coben I've read (it was the only one of his on the library shelf). All in all, most enjoyable! Read more
Published on July 2 2002 by Diana Poskrop
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Read!
The Final Detail is the 6th book in a growing series. This is a wonderful book. It is a fast moving, funny but serious novel. Read more
Published on Jan. 12 2002 by Nikki Garcia
5.0 out of 5 stars The Final Detail
The final detail was a wonderful, fast moving book. This story really proved two friendships. The friendships of Win, Myron and Esperanza. Esperanza is in jail... Read more
Published on Jan. 12 2002 by Nikki Garcia
5.0 out of 5 stars The Final Detail
The final detail was a wonderful, fast moving book. This story really proved two friendships. The friendships of Win, Myron and Esperanza. Esperanza is in jail... Read more
Published on Jan. 12 2002 by Nikki Garcia
4.0 out of 5 stars Good, but not the best.
Myron Bolitar has messed up and run away to the Caribbean to try and escape his guilt. He told no one where he was going but three weeks later Win has tracked him down and Myron... Read more
Published on Nov. 25 2001 by "rebecca_n"
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Mystery Writer Around...Case Closed
Harlan Coben is the most gifted mystery writer to enter the literary world in quite some time. In this sixth book of the Myron Bolitar series, Coben is, again, nothing less than... Read more
Published on June 11 2001 by Chad Spivak
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful!
I absolutely adore this series. I feel as if I know all the characters. Rarely has there been an author so able to bring their books "to life".
Published on March 28 2001
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