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From Barnes & NobleBolitar Speechless? Shocking, but True
He's smart-mouthed. He's shrewd. And try as he may, he just can't seem to live a simple life as a sports agent. Myron Bolitar is back, and he's about to find himself speechless, in Edgar Award-winning Harlan Coben's latest, Darkest Fear.
Things are not looking good at MB Sportsreps. Business is floundering, their client wall is looking like a patchwork of has-beens, and even Myron's receptionist, Big Cyndi, is throwing in the towel. Myron's personal life is in a shambles as well -- he's crashing at Win's Central Park West apartment, his parents are selling the house he grew up in, and his father is not in good health. It looks like things can't get any worse, until his ex-girlfriend from college, Emily, calls him with news that will change his life forever.
Emily, who married Myron's on-court archrival from days as a college basketball player, Greg Downing (who, incidentally, ended Myron's career with a knee injury), has troubles of her own. Her son, Jeremy, is dying of leukemia, and only a bone-marrow transplant can save his life. In a twist of fate that could turn fatal, they've found a match in the marrow registry -- but the mysterious donor is nowhere to be found. And then Emily hits him with the really big news: Jeremy is Myron's son, conceived the night before Emily married Greg. Floored by sudden fatherhood and the fear that it will all be taken from him before he has the chance to understand what this revelation might mean, Myron will stop at nothing to find the mysterious donor.
But even with the expert assistance of Esperanza and Win, his manhunt proves to be the challenge of a lifetime, and he's going to need all the help he can get -- even going so far as to grudgingly team up with his former rival, Greg. Spying the donor's name out of the registry's confidential files, Myron and Greg follow a lead to rural Connecticut. And while what they find appears to be a deadend, it raises more questions than answers, and they soon realize they've opened the door to a nightmare of inestimable proportions.
The name of the donor, Davis Taylor, appears to be the new identity of Dennis Lex, a long-missing son of a wealthy and infamously private novelist, Raymond Lex. But why would Dennis Lex change his name, and why would he vanish without a trace? But that's just the beginning. It seems Dennis Lex, or Davis Taylor, is in some way affiliated with an unemployed journalist with a dark past, Stan Gibbs, who was fired for publishing a plagiarized interview with a serial kidnapper. It seems the "Sow the Seeds" kidnapper, a vicious sociopath who thrived on the darkest fears of his victims' families, was a fictional character stolen straight out of a horror novel. And no one believes he is real -- until he resurfaces and strikes again.
Darkest Fear is more than a mystery; it is also a story about fatherhood, about homecoming, and about the basest of human instincts. But while this is a case that hits home for Myron, don't worry -- he's not getting completely sappy on you. He's every bit the cocky smart-ass you expect him to be, and more. With the stakes raised, Myron roars through this novel with a mouth that cracks like a whip, with his fearsome sidekick Win who likes to crack skulls. As they get closer and closer to the missing donor and possibly the kidnapper, this novel positively sizzles with some of the hottest detective work you've ever seen and twists and turns that would make even the most savvy sleuth trip on his laces.
Harlan Coben throws out the playbook in this new novel, which is a full-court press with suspense and full of surprises in the final quarter. Myron Bolitar fans: This one is a slam dunk.
Elise Vogel is a freelance writer who lives in New York City.