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.
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Ridgewood, New Jersey
Date of Birth:
January 4, 1962
Place of Birth:
Newark, New Jersey
B.A. in political science, Amherst College, 1984
Edgar Award for Fade Away; Shamus Award for Drop Shot; Anthony Award for Deal Breaker
Harlan Coben's official web site
|In our interview with Coben, we asked him how he spends his time when he's not writing. "Frankly I'm fairly boring or fairly busy," he admits. "Between writing and family, I have little time for anything else. I'm thinking of taking up golf, but the idea of spending time with golfers frightens me. Any suggestions?"|
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With Deal Breaker, Coben launched the career of Myron Bolitar, a quick-witted sports agent whose clients have a knack for complicated, and sometimes deadly, personal problems. The combination of the colorful and sometimes scandalous backstage world of pro sports with the suspense Coben injects into Bolitar's escapades has won him admirers among both critics and readers.
Robert B. Parker
In our interview, Coben cites Robert B. Parker's Mortal Stakes as an all-time favorite book. "Ninety percent of writers who do P.I. admit Parker was a major influence," he explains. "The other ten percent lie." Read our interview with Coben to read all about his favorite writers and reads, including: