Deal Breaker Review/The Ninetoes Book of the Week 01/09-15/2020

Deal Breaker: The First Myron Bolitar Novel by [Harlan Coben]

TITLE: Deal Breaker: The First Myron Bolitar Novel

AUTHOR: Harlan Coben

GENRE: Mystery

PAGES: 402

FORMAT: E-book

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!!!

The Ninetoes Book of the Week 01/03-09/2022

The Maltese Falcon

Okay, I realize that my author of the month is Raymond Chandler, and you probably went into this week thinking I was going to make another one of his books my book of the week, but dear reader, when have I ever done what is expected? Ask my wife, she will tell you I keep her on her toes!

I will say I am still in a “noir” mood. I am still hearing Bogey’s voice in my head, and I wanted to put another one out there for your consideration, so I decided on making another giant in the noir field my book of the week. So I present to you…..


A treasure worth killing for. Sam Spade, a slightly shopworn private eye with his own solitary code of ethics. A perfumed grafter named Joel Cairo, a fat man name Gutman, and Brigid O’Shaughnessy, a beautiful and treacherous woman whose loyalties shift at the drop of a dime. These are the ingredients of Dashiell Hammett’s iconic, influential, and beloved The Maltese Falcon.

This is the stuff that dreams are made of!

The Maltese Falcon can be found at most book retailers: $15.00 paperback and $11.99 e-book.

The Ninetoes Author of the Month: January 2022

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My choice for Author of the Month is Raymond Chandler.

Raymond Chandler became a mystery novelist after losing his job as an oil company executive, during the great depression. His writing career started with the publication of his first short story “Blackmailers Don’t Shoot” in Black Mask Magazine. His first novel, The Big Sleep was published in 1939.

During the course of his career, he would write seven novels with an eighth novel partially completed (it would go on to be completed by mystery novelist Robert B. Parker.), and of his seven novels, only Playback would not be made into a motion picture. In 1958, a year before he died, Raymond Chandler was elected as president of the Mystery Writers of America.

The list of his seven novels are (in order of publiction):

The Big Sleep (1939)

The Big Sleep: A Novel (Philip Marlowe series Book 1) by [Raymond Chandler, Richard Amsel Movie Tie-In Cover]
Farewell, My Lovely (1940)
book cover of Farewell, My Lovely

The High Window (1942)

book cover of The High Window

The Lady in the Lake (1943)

book cover of The Lady in the Lake

The Little Sister (1949)

book cover of The Little Sister

The Long Goodbye (1953)

book cover of The Long Goodbye

Playback (1958)

Playback: A Novel (Philip Marlowe series Book 7) by [Raymond Chandler]

Trouble Is My Business is a collection of short stories. (It was written in 1939)

Trouble Is My Business: A Novel (Philip Marlowe series Book 8) by [Raymond Chandler]

The Simple Art of Murder is a collection of essays and short stories. (it was written in 1950)

The Simple Art of Murder by [Raymond Chandler]

The Big Sleep Review/ The Ninetoes Book of the Month January 2022

The Big Sleep: A Novel (Philip Marlowe series Book 1) by [Raymond Chandler, Richard Amsel Movie Tie-In Cover]

TITLE: The Big Sleep (Philip Marlowe series Book #1)

AUTHOR: Raymond Chandler

GENRE: Mystery

PAGES: 200

FORMAT: E-book

PRICE: $11.99 e-book

When I was a kid, I would watch the old black and white movies on the television with my grandfather. He loved mysteries. He loved Humphrey Bogart. He also loved to read. On one particular Sunday, we watched THE BIG SLEEP Starring Bogey and Bacall. After watching the movie, he said the same thing he always said when we watched a movie based on a book: “The movie was good, the book is better.” These words followed me all of my life and for the most part, they are 99% correct. This is not one of those times.

Private Eye Philip is hired by a millionaire to handle the blackmailer of one of his two troublesome daughters. The daughters are wild to say the very least. Along the way, he gets mixed up in a missing person’s case, murder, and a pornography ring. He is also upsetting people in high-up places and making friends in low places. All the while dodging bullets and the two daughters’ sexual advances. All for twenty-five dollars a day plus expenses.

I dove into The Big Sleep three days ago. I was immediately sucked into Los Angeles in the 1940s. Chandler’s words flowed off the page and created the movie in my mind perfectly. I walked alongside Marlowe and if I had a trench coat and fedora, I probably would have worn them while reading this book. As I read this book, I heard strains of 1940’s jazz music playing in my mind.

In this case, the book was equal with the Bogart and Bacall movie.

I give it 5 out of 5 bookmarks!