TITLE: Deal Breaker: The First Myron Bolitar Novel
AUTHOR: Harlan Coben
PRICE: $7.99 e-book
Sure I am late to the Harlan Coben party, but I have arrived. My wife is a long-time fan, but my tbr pile can reach the moon at this point, but who is counting. In any event, here I am!
Sports agent Myron Bolitar has a problem. His number one star has been accused of murder in the disappearance of his girlfriend, and as a reaction, his football team is locking him out of his practice and trying to cut the amount of money he will make by 2/3. This is the kind of thing Myron does not take lying down, even though in the process of proving his client’s innocence will mean locking horns with the mob, the local police, a porn ring, a college dean, and drug dealers. He does not go at it alone. At his side is one of his best friends, Windsor Horne Lockwood III, a man who looks like he stepped out of the pages of GQ, but has no conscience and really really likes to hurt people.
The first thing to catch my attention in this book is that Myron Bolitar is not a traditional private eye. The use of sports agent is a refreshing change from your traditional private eye/police detective/new reporter character. Add a dash of wise-ass and hooker with a heart of gold and you are looking at close to mystery perfection.
The pace of the book was steady. It was not sudden bursts of action followed by pages and pages of words for the sake of words. The story unfolded in its own time, and I was happy to go for the ride. Details were revealed that only ramped up the “who-dunnit” atmosphere, and before I knew it I was even pointing fingers at myself for having killed the victim. This book could easily be used in a Master Class to teach writing mysteries.
I give this book 5 very enthusiastic bookmarks out of 5!!!