Thursday, August 8, 2013

Book Review: Deal Breaker by Harlan Coben

Deal Breaker: The First Myron Bolitar Novel
Author: Harlan Coben
Publication: Dell (September 25, 2012)

Description: The debut of Myron Bolitar, a hotheaded, tenderhearted sports agent and one of the most fascinating and complex heroes in suspense fiction, Deal Breaker is a page-turning classic from Edgar Award–winner and master storyteller Harlan Coben.
“One of the most engaging heroes in mystery fiction.”—Dennis Lehane
Sports agent Myron Bolitar is poised on the edge of the big time. So is Christian Steele, a rookie quarterback and Myron’s prized client. But when Christian gets a phone call from a former girlfriend—a woman who everyone, including the police, believes is dead—the deal starts to go sour. Trying to unravel the truth about a family’s tragedy, a woman’s secret, and a man’s lies, Myron is up against the dark side of his business—where image and talent make you rich, but the truth can get you killed.
“What sets Harlan Coben above the crowd are wit and wicked nonchalance.”—Los Angeles Times

My Thoughts: I enjoyed this first Myron Bolitar mystery. Bolitar is the kind of competent, smart-mouthed character that I like as the hero of a mystery. I have rather more mixed feelings about his partner Win who seems to me a little amoral or sociopathic for my taste. 

Bolitar is a sports agent negotiating a contract for a talented quarterback when the story begins. He and the quarterback have a connection. The quarterback was the fiance of a young woman who disappeared under mysterious circumstances. The young woman was the sister of a woman Bolitar had a romance with and who he hasn't gotten over. 

Now the woman is back in town because her father was killed and she is sure that there must be some connection between her father's death and her sister's disappearance. Bolitar and Win begin investigating and are soon deep into the porn trade and the seedy side of negotiating contracts for pro athletes.

Bolitar is quick with a quip and dogged in his pursuit of the truth about what happened to Kathy Culver. I liked the twists and turns in the plot. The murderer came as a surprise to me but, looking back, I can see some hints that I overlooked as I was reading. 

I am eager to read more of the books in this series and will have to add them to my wishlist. It looks like I have nine more novels to read in order to catch up.

Favorite Quote:
"I don't have to listen to this bullshit," Danny Clark ranted. "Especially from a no-good, blood-sucking vampire. Get the hell out of my office. Now."

Myron said, "You want to catch a movie together sometime? Maybe a Broadway show?"


Myron left. Another day, another friend. Charm was the key.
I bought this one. You can buy your copy here.

1 comment:

  1. Another Harlan Coben fan! I have read all his stand alones, and one Myron Bolitar, but not the first one. I am a huge fan of his suspenseful books. Thanks for sharing this.


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