Drop Shot (Myron Bolitar Series #2)

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Valerie Simpson is a young female tennis star with a troubled past who's now on the verge of a comeback and wants Myron as her agent. Myron, who's also got the hottest young male tennis star, Duane Richwood, primed to take his first grand slam tournament, couldn't be happier. That is, until Valerie is murdered in broad daylight at the U.S. Open and Myron's number one client becomes the number one suspect.

Clearing Duane's name should be easy ...
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Overview

Valerie Simpson is a young female tennis star with a troubled past who's now on the verge of a comeback and wants Myron as her agent. Myron, who's also got the hottest young male tennis star, Duane Richwood, primed to take his first grand slam tournament, couldn't be happier. That is, until Valerie is murdered in broad daylight at the U.S. Open and Myron's number one client becomes the number one suspect.

Clearing Duane's name should be easy enough. Duane was playing in a match at the time of Valerie's death. But why is his phone number in Valerie's black book when he claims only to have known her in passing? Why was she calling him from a phone booth on the street? The police stop caring once they pin the murder on a man known for having stalked Valerie and seen talking to her moments before the murder. But Myron isn't satisfied. It seems too clean for him.

Myron pries a bit and finds himself prying open the past where six years before, Valerie's fiancee, the son of a senator, was brutally murdered by a juvenile delinquent and a straight-A student was subsequently gunned down on the street in retaliation, his death squandered in bureaucratic files. And everyone from the Senator to the mob want Myron to stop digging.

The truth beneath the truth is not only dangerous, it's deadly. And Myron may be the next victim.

In novels that crackle with wit and suspense, Edgar Award winner Harlan Coben has created one of the most fascinating and complex heroes in suspense fiction—Myron Bolitar—a hotheaded, tenderhearted sports agent who grows more and more engaging and unpredictable with each page-turning appearance.

Tennis has been very good to agent Myron Bolitar. He represents two of the hottest young stars in the game. But when his female player is murdered in broad daylight at the U.S. Open and his male player becomes the prime suspect, Myron's got a whole new match to win. His investigation leads to an old murder, the mob, and someone who's determined to shut down his search for good. Original.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Quirky, sarcastic sports agent Myron Bolitar makes his second appearance (after Deal Breaker), pursuing the killer of a 24-year-old has-been tennis star on the verge of making her comeback. When someone shoots Valerie Simpson near the Food Court during the U.S. Open, Myron learns she was urgently trying to contact him. Rapid-fire dialogue reminiscent of Gregory McDonald's Fletch books keeps the pace whirring as Myron, sometimes aided by his elegantly lethal pal Win Lockwood, prowls New York, Philadelphia and New Jersey. Dry humor and a self-deprecating attitude make Myron an appealing hero, and minor characters are delineated with attitude and verve. The exception, Myron's girlfriend, Jessica, is so flawlessly beautiful, brilliantly accomplished and oversexed (rescued from an attempted gang rape, she immediately wants to make love), that she seems more a fantasy than a character. (Mar.)
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"A fast-paced plot, witty dialogue, more than a few surprises, and a you'll-never-guess-whodunit denouement."—Armchair Detective

"Superb writing...Harlan Coben serves up an ace with Drop Shot."—John Lutz, author of Death by Jury

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780385342100
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 8/28/2007
  • Series: Myron Bolitar Series , #2
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 6.45 (w) x 9.50 (h) x 1.11 (d)

Meet the Author

Harlan Coben
Harlan Coben
In his mysteries -- many of which star sports agent Myron Bolitar -- Harlan Coben leavens the intrigue with a surprise ingredient: humor. The result: books as fun to read as they are to solve, with distinct and colorful characters the reader is always happy to visit with, again and again.

Biography

Harlan Coben may be the only mystery writer to have inspired the dubious endorsement, "Raymond Chandler meets Bridget Jones" (as the Chicago Tribune wrote about Darkest Fear). But it's not hard to see what the critic means: Coben knows how to create a good chase, but he is also adept at generating laughs along the way. His books often start with a few pieces of bad news and end with the closet door flung open to reveal a few skeletons.

Debuting in 1995, the series that cemented Coben's reputation revolves around Myron Bolitar, a wisecracking sports agent who always finds himself getting into trouble, via his clients or his own past. What's endearing about these books is Coben's willingness to have fun as he spins a story. He might poke fun the yuppie wardrobe of Bolitar's partner, Win, or his gal Friday (and sometime female wrestler), Big Cyndi's, tendency to wear "more makeup than the cast of Cats." There's a slight boys' club air to the series, but it's more frat house than locker room -- or more appropriately, rec room, since Bolitar finds himself still living at his parents' in his early 30s.

Sports-averse readers should not avoid the Bolitar books; in the end, sports play only a peripheral role in the story, which is primarily about the mystery. Given this, it's not surprising that Coben has called William Goldman's Marathon Man one of his favorite thrillers and has cited Philip Roth and Alfred Hitchcock as influences.

And yes, there's certainly life beyond Bolitar! Coben has crafted a number of superb stand-alone thrillers filled with tortuous twists and turns and peopled with characters you can't help but root for. In a 2001 interview, the author stated, "I love a book that sneaks up behind you at the end and slaps you in the back of the head." Ultimately, that describes everything in Harlan Coben's oeuvre.

Good To Know

Coben has four children with wife Anne, his sweetheart since age 20.

Coben advises aspiring writers thusly: "Write. Don't take classes. Don't join workshops. Don't listen to me," he told the Charlotte Austin Review. "Just write. Oh, and cut. Cut a lot. You're probably not editing yourself enough. Then rewrite. Then rewrite again. Repeat. Like with shampooing."

Coben says his mother was his best literary inspiration in an interview with the Page One literary newsletter. "We'd go to the old Barnes & Noble in Manhattan (back then, if you can believe this, I think there was only one) and spend the entire day. We didn't have much money back then and we almost never bought toys -- but we were always allowed to get whatever books we wanted."

In our interview, Coben shared more fun facts:

"I once worked as a tour guide in the Costa del Sol of Spain."

"I pretty much only wear Lilly Pulitzer ties because my best friend owns the company."

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    1. Hometown:
      Ridgewood, New Jersey
    1. Date of Birth:
      January 4, 1962
    2. Place of Birth:
      Newark, New Jersey
    1. Education:
      B.A. in political science, Amherst College, 1984
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  • Posted October 20, 2011

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    Solid shot!

    This second installment in the Myron Bolitar series is another solid entry, though not as riveting as the first book. Myron's dry wit makes the story more interesting and continues to be the draw for me.

    I didn't think Win could get scarier but he pulls out the stops in this story. There are some tense moments but for the most part, this was more of a puzzler than suspense. There were several subplots that converged at the end, which kept my interest level high. I was able to figure out most of the main plot but admit I was caught off guard with one of the other diversions.

    I'm hooked on Myron and this series and will be continuing. My rating for this story is 3.5 stars.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 15, 2011

    Another fantastic book in Coben's Myron Bolitar series!

    The novel Drop Shot, by Harlan Coben was an action-packed page-turner. Coben's sense of humor was present throughout the story as he portrayed protaganist Myron Bolitar, who, with best friend and partner in crime Windsor Horne Lockwood III, attempts to solve another mystery. In this story, Bolitar leads the reader through an adventurous search for the murderer of former female tennis star Valerie Simpson. Through many twists and turns, the reader is lead back to a six-year old murder case involving a senator's son, which connects to the recent catastrophe. Will Bolitar find the answer to the mystery, or will he fall victim to the intimidation of the mob, who play an important role in the murder case? Drop Shot keeps the readers eyes glued to the page, as mine were this summer. Highly recommended.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 30, 2012

    Very good

    Highly recommend

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 23, 2010

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    Good Development of Fun Character

    The second in the Bolitar series continues with the development of the lead character, as well as his cohorts Win and Esperanza. Good story telling by Coben, well-crafted intrigue and twists and turns, and participants who jump off the pages. I'm not new to Coben, but am new to the Bolitar series - will definitely keep reading them!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 26, 2013

    Nightmare Rarity chapter 2

    Rarity close her eyes and thought hard." Its true. They have been ignoring me lately." She admitted. The voices laughed."See, Rarity? We are right, as always. Take our advice, or you will regret it." A voice from the Fog. Rarity had a feeling she should listen closely." Whats your advice?" She said, looking into one of the eerie glowing eyes." Show them your best. Show them you have POWER!" The voice crowed. A strange feeling crept through Rarity." Yes, i'll show them. I'll show them all!" She called, her voice echoing through the Everfree Forest. The voices muttered their approvement." Yes yes, very good, my dear Rarity. Show them!" Suddenly the feeling inside Rarity became stronger. It was the same feeling she had gotten when Discord hypnotized her.....

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 17, 2013

    Good Story; Foul Language

    My first encounter with Coben's writing was his most recent book, Six Years. It was excelleent prompting me to follow up with Drop Shot. The story line in the latter is also well developed and written. But the abundance of foul language is disturbing. So much so that I will not read another book by this author. Other readers may not be disturbed by vulgarity, but as a Christian I am offended by it.

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 29, 2013

    The second book in the Myron Bolitar series, "Drop Shot&quo

    The second book in the Myron Bolitar series, "Drop Shot" tops the first book with excellent built-up and a satisfying twist.  At this point, author Harlan Coben's writing skills were clearly reaching a point of excellence, though, like the first in the series, "Deal Breaker", some of the dialogue is a little too cheesy for me.  However, he also improved in this area, with the beginning of Chapter 42 in a part between Bolitar and girlfriend, Jessica ("I work fast", and her "And yet I never complain" retort) is brief, shows the chemistry between the two, and avoids feeling gratuitous.  A great read, and I'm glad I re-read this one.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 29, 2013

    Hb

    I dont know about this Harlin Cobin. His stories are childish and boring. You do want to get to the end, to know who the killer is, but if thats the only reason to try and finish a book, it must be a pretty sad book. Btw It was mom.

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 26, 2013

    Great read!

    Really enjoyed the second book of the series. Lots of plot twists and turns that keeps the pages turning. Actually glad that I had "ran out of books" from the usual authors that I had been reading. It gave me an opportunity to try out another author and I am so glad that I have found Harlan Coben!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 5, 2013

    Good read

    The second book in the series is great! Its awesome to continue to see the characters grow. I definitely will continue the series!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 20, 2012

    Scent marker

    Barclan territory

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 22, 2012

    Scent marker

    Barkclan territory~orangestar

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 5, 2012

    Interesting

    Good Murder, Mystery book. Light reading, but keeps you wanting to read more.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 19, 2012

    A solid whodunit

    If you're a Myron Bolitar fan, you'll love this book.

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  • Posted September 8, 2011

    :D

    Currently reading this book and I love the series. Recommended.

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  • Posted June 17, 2010

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    I love this series

    This series is great. It does tend to get darker as they go along but the writing is good. The characters are well developed and the plot is not to predictable.

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  • Posted May 10, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    Harlan Coben Rules!

    Having caught up with all my favorite authors' latest, I decided to take on a new author, Harlan Coben. WOW! Following the Myron Bolitar series takes action and suspense to a new level. Just when you think you have figured out "who dunnit", Mr. Coben throws in a new twist. Easy and fast read. I recommend starting with the first in the Bolitar series. The writing is a bit rough early on, but improves with each in the series. A mystery reader must!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 11, 2009

    Good relaxing read

    Good story and characters with great interaction between the characters and great dialogue

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  • Posted August 23, 2009

    Great airplane book

    This series is my favorite for reading on airplanes and in airports. It's a book that you can carry around and get distracted from then easily pick up where you left off. The main characters, Myron and his weird friends, are funny and entertaining. The only complaint I have is that the author makes things a bit too convoluted late in the book. I sometimes get bored and have to scan the last couple of chapters. A fast fun read always.

    This particular book was not as good as the other Myron books - the whole idea of it strained my ability to suspend disbelief. The premise was a top seed tennis player is really a boy involved in a murder a number of years before. But I still finished it and enjoyed it.

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  • Posted July 5, 2009

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    Timely!

    Myron Bolitar wins again! This time in the world of tennis...but there's a surprise character ending in this novel.

    As always...Harlan Coben has another winner, as well.

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