Harlan Coben

Live Wire

"This is mainstream crime fiction as its best. "


Myron Bolitar has always dreamed about the voluptuous femme fatale walking into his office and asking for help. The woman standing in his office has the curves all right; she's eight months pregnant, which pegs back the fantasy somewhat...

She's former tennis protégé Suzze T and she and her rock star husband, Lex are both clients. The problem is that as the weeks draw close to the birth Lex has disappeared.

To complicate matters a Facebook message is questioning the paternity of the child and Suzze fears this may have driven Lex away.

Thoughts of fatherhood hit close to home for Myron as his father lies dangerously ill in hospital, and the brother who disappeared from their lives years before resurfaces – with danger close behind. Myron is soon forced to confront deep secrets in Suzze's past, his family's mortality – and his own.

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If you haven't read any of Coben's Myron Bolitar series here's a quick summary: Myron is a sports agent who goes the extra mile for his clients. Becoming friend, confidante, problem solver and P.I. whenever required. He is ably assisted by Win (a sociopathic blue-blood) and former tag team wrestlers Esperanza and Big Cyndi. As you might imagine, from a cast of characters like that Coben produces an entertaining read and he does so consistently, time after time. This is mainstream crime fiction as its best. What Harlan Coben has in spades is the readability factor. You pick up one of his books, you tuck your legs under you on the sofa and before you know it you've been there for hours (and you can no longer feel your feet). Live Wire is chock full of the quality we fans have come to expect from the man's work. Myron is still the go-to good guy and Win gleefully takes on the more unpleasant violent tasks. The book is a “live-wire” combo of charm and wit, a strong sense of family, a very real sense of danger and the plot will effortlessly whirl you off into the wee hours.

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