Live Wire is the tenth Myron Bolitar mystery and, in some ways, the novel that reveals him best. At first, it seems that our favorite sports agent/culprit hunter is typically pursuing good deeds for a walk-in client; but before long, it becomes clear that Myron and, indeed, his whole family are integrally involved with the proceedings. As always, Harlan Coben was calibrated a plot that manifests Rube Goldberg-like ingenuity and surprises. A revelatory peek into the life history of one of mystery's most fascinating protagonists.
It's no surprise that Steven Weber, a familiar TV presence (Wings, Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip) who specializes in glib, wisecracking characters, would be a perfect fit for both Coben's protagonist, witty sports superagent, Myron Bolitar, and his droll partner, the suave sociopath Windsor Horne Lockwood III. The investigation into the drug overdose death of a tennis star client takes a painfully personal turn for Myron. Along with the jokes, puns, and banter, the author puts his hero through the most grueling emotional roller-coaster of his 11-book story arc, with his estranged brother missing, his sister-in-law on heroin, his teenage offspring despising him, and his father suffering a possibly fatal heart attack. Weber handles Myron's mood swings and meditations effortlessly, matches Win's smugness and odd moments of friendship, and effectively creates a full cast of characters, including series regulars Esperanza, Big Cyndi, and the elder Bolitars, with vocal versatility. A Dutton hardcover. (Apr.)
Praise for Live Wire
“Harlan Coben is one of the best thriller writers in the business...fans will be awe-struck with this latest novel, wondering how Coben maintains such a high level of excellence.”—Associated Press
“Mr. Coben spares his reader no emotional extreme...a fast-moving action tale.”—Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
“Live Wire is a stunning achievement in all respects—everything a thriller, and a novel, is supposed to be.”—The Providence Journal
“Delivers a deceptively complex plot and illustrates why Myron is such an intriguing character…Coben...deftly shows that he has more stories to tell about his long-running character.”—South Florida Sun-Sentinel
“One of Coben’s most exciting and multidimensional tales yet...a gripping tale.”—The Columbus Dispatch
“Coben reveals the introspective side of his slick character...Fans will enjoy the change of focus and wonder how Coben will re-create his hero in his next adventure.”—Library Journal
Myron Bolitar, Coben's wisecracking sports agent and private eye, helps a former female tennis pro who is eight months pregnant defend the paternity of her unborn child. With his sidekick, Win, Myron has unexpected encounters with his estranged sister-in-law, who's entangled with rock stars, scandals, and drugs. Adding momentum to Myron's search, his dad suffers a life-threatening heart attack and asks to speak with Brad, his long-lost son. Along the way, Myron confronts his own buried secrets and recognizes that his abandoned sister-in-law and nephew interpret his big-heartedness as unwanted interference. A career-changing cliff-hanger ends his search. VERDICT In this tenth Bolitar mystery (after Long Lost), Coben reveals the introspective side of his slick character, as Myron tackles a different sort of hidden mysteries—those deeply embedded within himself and other family members. Fans will enjoy the change of focus and wonder how Coben will re-create his hero in his next adventure. [See Prepub Alert, LJ 10/1/10.]—Jerry P. Miller, Cambridge, MA
A client's case of online harassment brings the chickens home to roost for agent Myron Bolitar and his whole family.
Retired tennis star Suzze T (née Trevantino) is so happy about her pregnancy that she can't understand why one of her virtual friends would post "NOT HIS" on her Facebook page. She swears that the father really is her husband Lex Ryder, the Australian-born rocker who's been the public face of the band HorsePower ever since a lurid scandal involving 16-year-old Alista Snow sent HorsePower front man Gabriel Wire into seclusion over a decade ago. Now Suzze wants Myron to unmask the false friend who questioned Lex's paternity and bring her runaway husband, who didn't take the rumor well at all, back home. It isn't long before Myron, frequently bailed out by his bionic preppy sidekick Win Lockwood, has identified the rogue poster. Instead of resolving Suzze's domestic problems, however, the revelation just drags Myron's own family—his estranged brother Brad, Brad's wife Kitty and their son Mickey—into them, along with another notable family, the mobbed-up Ache brothers. How deep can Myron dig without running afoul of fearsome Herman Ache? And how deep does he want to dig when the results threaten his own parents' peace of mind and his possible détente with the brother he hasn't seen for 15 years?
Despite the promise of dark family secrets, this is the most conventional of Myron's recent cases (Long Lost,2009, etc.), heavy with cheesy cliffhangers and eye-popping coincidences. Fans will be rewarded by the nonstop plot twists Coben must have patented.