Darkest Fear (Myron Bolitar Series #7)

Darkest Fear (Myron Bolitar Series #7)

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Darkest Fear (Myron Bolitar Series #7) by Harlan Coben, Jonathan Marosz

Edgar Award-winner Harlan Coben is at his electrifying best in his latest novel—a dazzling tale of seething mystery and dark family secrets.  In Darkest Fear, Myron Bolitar faces the most emotionally shattering case of his career.  And it all begins when Myron's ex-girlfriend tells him he is a father—of a dying thirteen-year-old boy....

Myron's sports agency is struggling.  Now more than ever Myron needs to keep his eye on the ball, sign up some big-name clients, and turn away from the amateur detective work that is taking precious time away from the agency.  But life is not going according to plan.  Myron's father, recently recovered from a heart attack, is facing his own mortality—and forcing Myron to face it too.  Then comes another surprise.

Emily Downing, Myron's college sweetheart, reappears in his life with devastating news:  Her thirteen-year-old son Jeremy is gravely ill and can be saved only by a bone-marrow transplant—from a donor who has vanished without a trace.  And before Myron can absorb this revelation, Emily hits him with an even bigger shocker:  Jeremy is Myron's son, conceived the night before Emily's wedding to another man.

Staggered by the news, Myron plunges into a search for the missing donor.  But for Myron, finding the only person in the world who can save a boy's life means cracking open a mystery as dark as it is heartbreaking—a mystery that involves a broken family, a brutal kidnapping spree, and a cat-and-mouse game between an ambitious reporter and the FBI.

Somewhere in the sordid mess is the man who once signed his name to a bone-marrow donor's registry, then disappeared.  And as doubts emerge about Jeremy's true paternity, a child vanishes, igniting a chain reaction of truth and revelation that will change everyone's life forever.

At once a riveting mystery and a spellbinding journey into the secrets that haunt families, lovers, and friends, Darkest Fear proves once again that Harlan Coben is a master storyteller like no other—and one of the most original talents in suspense fiction today.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780739341193
Publisher: Penguin Random House Audio Publishing Group
Publication date: 01/08/2008
Series: Myron Bolitar Series , #7
Edition description: Unabridged, 7 CDs, 8 hrs. 30 min.
Product dimensions: 5.07(w) x 5.94(h) x 1.08(d)

About the Author

Harlan Coben is the author of six previous novels:  The Final Detail, One False Move, Back Spin, the Edgar Award and Shamus Award-winning Fade Away, Drop Shot, and Deal Breaker, which won an Anthony Award and received an Edgar Award nomination.  He lives in New Jersey with his wife, daughter, and two sons.  His e-mail address is bolitar@aol.com.  Visit his website at www.harlancoben.com.

Hometown:

Ridgewood, New Jersey

Date of Birth:

January 4, 1962

Place of Birth:

Newark, New Jersey

Education:

B.A. in political science, Amherst College, 1984

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CLWarren More than 1 year ago
I have read just about every Harlan Coben novel, my favorites being his Myron Bolitar series. This is one of that series and probably the best one so far. Myron's character is so likeable, so humourous and so engaging that someone out there should really make a movie about him. Other characters in the series have distinct personalities: Win, the over-the-top violence-prone protector of Myron; Esperanza, the former sex-kitten with the heart of gold; Big Cindi, a female wrestler friend of Esperanza whose vulnerability is buried underneath extra tonnage, and even Myron's parents, each uniquely flawed but caring and wise. This time around, Myron discovers that he has a son he didn't know about- who is desperately in need of a bone marrow transplant from a donor whose identity remains elusive. Myron must face the agony of paternal worry for the first time and figure out the connection between the donor and a serial killer. This is a real page turner that you surely will enjoy!
Guest More than 1 year ago
DARKEST FEAR by Harlan Coben is not only the newest ¿Myron Bolitar¿ novel, but also the first in the series that I¿ve read. I got hooked on Mr. Coben¿s writing when I read his newest hardcover, TELL NO ONE, which knocked me right out of my little white bobby socks. It was so good that I decided to go back and read his previous novels, all of which center around ex-basketball player, now sports agent and sometimes private detective, Myron Bolitar. Since I tend to start backwards when beginning a new series, I naturally picked DARKEST FEAR to read first. So, go figure. Anyway, in this novel Myron discovers that he¿s a father. It seems that on the night before his ex-girlfriend, Emily Browning, was to marry his college basketball rival, he and she did the two-bear mambo (uh, sorry, Joe!), and the son she produced was a product of his genes, rather than that of her new husband¿s. Though a little shocked and surprised, Myron finds that he can deal with it. The problem, however, is that Emily¿s son, Jeremy, is slowly dying from a disease called Fanconi anemia and desperately needs a bone marrow transplant to live. A donor, who was a perfect match for the transplant was found, but then suddenly disappeared. Emily wants Myron to track down the missing donor. Enlisting the aid of his closest buddy, Windsor Horne Lockwood (¿Win¿ for short), plus long-time friends Esperanza Diaz, Big Cyndi, and Zorra, Myron begins the hunt for the man who could save his son¿s life. What should be a relative breeze in the park for this gang of amateur sleuths turns into something deadly serious when the ¿Sow the Seeds¿ serial killer comes out of hiding to warn Myron off. Exactly what a serial killer has to do with a bone marrow donor is a question Myron intends on answering. If that isn¿t enough, he¿s also being stonewalled by the Lex family (billionaires who guard their privacy with extreme measures) and warned to desist in his attempt to locate a missing family member. Myron certainly has his work cut out for him, but with Jeremy¿s life hanging in the balance, he¿s not about to let anybody get in his way or prevent him from finding the donor. He¿ll do whatever it takes to save his son. I have to admit that DARKEST FEAR really surprised me. I wasn¿t the least bit sure that I¿d enjoy it. Instead, I found myself hooked in the first chapter or two, curious as to where the story was leading, enjoying the character of Myron Bolitar, along with his wild bunch of cohorts. Mr. Coben kept me guessing right up till the end with his meandering twists and turns¿first going in one direction, then switching gears and heading in an entirely different direction. I have to say that the character of Win came pretty close to stealing the show. He¿s definitely someone I want to find out more about. Maybe it has to do with his martial arts ability, or possibly his inability to take anything seriously. Whatever it is, I¿m drawn to this rather unusual character. I¿m also happy to say that sports has very little to do with the story. If your lack of interest in sports has been the only thing holding you back from reading a ¿Myron Bolitar¿ novel, then forget about it and pick up this book or one of the others in the series. The writing is excellent, the plot holds you in its vice-like grip till the last page, and the characters are some of the most unusual ones that I¿ve ever encountered in the ¿mystery¿ genre. I¿m already trying to decide whether to read THE FINAL DETAIL or ONE FALSE MOVE next.
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Ngaio More than 1 year ago
Read this book for our book club. We found a lot to talk about ranging from character motivation, to parent/child obligations.
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I push you again.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I always look forward to Harlan coben's latest book. The story line in darkest fear is good and kept me reading, but I found some of the childish banter from our main character, Myron Bolitar, to be a bit excessive this time. Out there characters can be endearing and fun, but too much sophomoric banter can be distracting.
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Lpierson61 More than 1 year ago
Another in the Bolitar series that I enjoyed. The twists and turns he throws into his novels are fantastic!
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pumba More than 1 year ago
Really good read. Full of twists and humor too. Really good mystery with a surprise ending that I didn't expect. Was great.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is one of the few Harlan Coben I had not read. Glad to have found it on Nook Books.
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I can not put down this series!