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One False Move: A Myron Bolitar Novel [Kindle Edition]

Harlan Coben
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Book Description

She's smart, beautiful, and she doesn't need a man to look after her. But sports agent Myron Bolitar has come into her life—big time. Now Myron's next move may be his last—

Brenda Slaughter is no damsel in distress. Myron Bolitar is no bodyguard. But Myron has agreed to protect the bright, strong, beautiful basketball star. And he's about to find out if he's man enough to unravel the tragic riddle of her life.

Twenty years before, Brenda's mother deserted her. And just as Brenda is making it to the top of the women's pro basketball world, her father disappears too. A big-time New York sports agent with a foundering love life, Myron has a professional interest in Brenda. Then a personal one. But between them isn't just the difference in their backgrounds or the color of their skin. Between them is a chasm of corruption and lies, a vicious young mafioso on the make, and one secret that some people are dying to keep—and others are killing to protect....

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Editorial Reviews Review

As readers who have enjoyed his appearances in original paperbacks already know, Harlan Coben's former professional basketball star Myron Bolitar is not your everyday testosterone-enriched jock. Myron is a mild-mannered guy who drinks chocolate soda and until very recently lived at home with his parents in suburban New Jersey. In his hardcover debut, we find Myron sharing a New York apartment with his longtime lady friend, writer Jessica Culver, and still running MB SportsReps, where he ostensibly manages the careers of other athletes, but really spends most of his time playing private eye. The arrival in Myron's life of rising pro basketball star Brenda Slaughter seriously tests his commitment to Jessica, who is in Hollywood working on a movie. It seems that Brenda's father Horace--Myron's old coach--has disappeared, and Brenda is receiving death threats that might involve a gangster family's plans for a new female professional basketball league. Or the threats might have something to do with Brenda's mother's connection to a wealthy New Jersey political family. Myron and his banker friend Win, a preppy with a penchant for violence, are more than enough to double-team the bad guys. Previous Myron Bolitar games in paperback include Backspin, Deal Breaker, Drop Shot, and Fade Away.

From Library Journal

Series sports agent Myron Bolitar handles everything with panache: his relationships, his clients, and this search for two missing people. When a sports store mogul asks him to "watch over" basketball star Brenda Slaughter, Myron winds up looking for her father, who disappeared a week ago, and her mother, who deserted the family some 20 years earlier. Myron not only discovers mob interest in female basketball but also a connected suspicious death in a high-profile political family. Standard plotting, then, but authentic conversation, colorful characters, and exciting New York and New Jersey surrounds more than compensate. Strongly recommended.
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc.

Product Details

  • File Size: 1255 KB
  • Print Length: 402 pages
  • Publisher: Dell (December 10, 2008)
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
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47 of 49 people found the following review helpful
Format:Mass Market Paperback|Verified Purchase
This is the fifth book in the Myron Bolitar series. While having read only three of the other six to this point, it is not possible to say with certainty that this one is the best of all seven. But "One False Move" has more in-depth personal interactions than the others that I have read, drawing the reader a little closer to Myron than is sometimes the case. For those unfamiliar with Bolitar, he runs MB SportsRep. But his circuitous journey to this point, after his budding basketball career was abruptly ended due to a serious on-court injury, gives Myron a dimension far beyond the typical sports agent.
The book is, as usual with Coben, fast-paced with Myron and Win, his quirky, lethal, and blue-blood partner, encountering all manner of sleaze-balls and people with something to hide. Brenda Slaughter, the girl that the new WPBA basketball league is featuring, should be on top of the world. But her father has gone missing after she filed assault charges against him, not to mention the fact that her long-lost mother of twenty years has been on her mind all of that time. Enter Myron; the league needs its investment protected. But the assignment gets more complicated and riskier by the day.
Some reviewers find the Coben books humorous. And they are. But the dialogue is more edgy than funny. Of course, the new office worker Cyndi, the spikey ex-pro female wrestler, is captivating and hilarious.
There are some good twists in this book. I missed the one at the end - well actually I missed all of them. See if you can get it (them). Meanwhile I'm starting another Myron Bolitar book.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
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I had not read a Harlan Coben novel before, and when I was told it included a lot of American Basketball references, I was sceptical. I was, however, pleasantly surprised. This novel appeals to a wide audience, not just sports fans, and I enjoyed it thoroughly. It showed great wit, especially in the repartees between Myron and his partner Win, and I found myself laughing out loud, (which was highly embarassing). The storyline was fast moving and thrilling, and the ending was satisfying and well done. I found myself really connecting with the main characters and feeling for them. I definitly plan to read more of Coben's books, especially the Bolitar series. I definitly recommend it, particularly if you like a bit of humour in your thrillers.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars POWERFUL MOVE! November 11, 2006
By Carol
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Started reading Mr Coben's books from the first one. This one was so intense, the ending took my breath away.

What a powerful read! A page turner from the very beginning. Myron agrees to look after an upcoming woman basketball player. Of course, he gets in depths beyond his swimming capacity but still will not give in or give up. Thank heaven, he has Win who sometimes is his voice of reason. I too would like to see more intense punishment for the bad guys. Myron holds Win on a tight leash, yet depends on Win's saving his butt at the cruicial moment. Again, the characters are vivid. Myron was a pushover for his client, Brenda the gorgeous Amazon. Myron and Esperanza reach a crossroad. Win is so wonderful; the man is a psycho dream!!! Thank heaven, he sees Myron as a true friend. He is Myron's guardian angel!

Mr. Coben's books are wonderful reads. This one was not as witty and funny but the sarcasm was still there. The ending is breathtaking! On to the next.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I love Myron!! September 10, 2005
Format:Mass Market Paperback|Verified Purchase
The Myron Bolitar series by Harlan Coben has been a joy and a thril to read. Until now I haven't found a writer who could keep me guessing until the very end, turning pages late into the night, yet also making me laugh out loud at Myron's wonderful jokes and self-deprecating humor. Myron is such a unique character -- you can't help but love him. He wears his heart on his sleeve, he makes no apologies for loving his parents and acutally enjoying spending time with them, and he has the most eccentric and loyal two best friends ever created in fiction. This combined with the suspense and humor makes for a must read!
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "Yoo-Hoo," Yeah, You. This Is One Great Series June 18, 2001
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Harlan Coben is the best mystery writer in the business. Enough said. This fifth book, as well as the other incredible novels, in the Myron Bolitar series is simply sensational.
Myron Bolitar, the college basketball stud-turned fed-turned sports' agent (not to mention the latest star in the upcomming Yoo-Hoo commercial), is back again for another wild adventure. ONE FALSE MOVE is Myron's "darkest" tale to date. On the brink of starting a Women's Professional Basketball League, Brenda Slaughter, the hottest star has been getting threatening phone calls. In being called in to provide protection, Myron becomes her agent, but the adventure is just beginning. Her mother has been missing for twenty years, and her father turns up dead, only to have her as the prime suspect. Throw in the mafia Ache brothers, crooked politicians, and a new leader of Myron's biggest competition, and you have yourself one amazing novel.
All of the standard characters are back, including the ever-popular psycho-yuppie Win, the sizzling Esperanza Diaz, who is slowly but surely gaining her voice in the series, the sensational girlfriend Jessica Culver, Myron's parents, "El-Al" Bolitar, and "Big Chief Mama" herself, Big Cyndi. Let's never forget to use the "Big!"
As in all of Coben's books, the witty dialogue makes the novel that is already so cohesively complete with an excellent storyline and a wonderfully detailed, yet unique writing style, that much better. There are always a multitude of plot twists, and the suspense of the whodunnit mystery is apparent to the very last chapter of the book. ONE FALSE MOVE keeps you guessing throughout, making for one entertaining and exciting read. This book is a winner. Case closed!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars not for me
Hated it but still love Connelly
Published 3 days ago by Susan
5.0 out of 5 stars I love all of the Myron Bolitar series
I love all of the Myron Bolitar series. This is just one more book with this character that I cannot put down. I find Myron to be quirky and sweet. A hero with faults and virtues. Read more
Published 19 days ago by Lori F. Harrington
5.0 out of 5 stars Harlan Coben creates another great read
Great read, suspenseful and fast paced. I love Win and Myron they are such interesting characters.
Published 27 days ago by Vicky Hall
5.0 out of 5 stars Harlan Coben hits it out of the park again with "One False Move"
Another excellent, suspenseful novel by Harlan Coben. I have become a big fan of Myron Bolitar
Published 1 month ago by manuel
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Very good
Published 1 month ago by Sue Ann Weger
4.0 out of 5 stars The Move that Killed
it was interesting to read a novel where the mystery was solved, but in the end the main character was killed.
Published 1 month ago by Gerry Pafford
5.0 out of 5 stars Another great Myron Bolitar book
This book kept me reading almost non-stop. I can't wait to start the next in the series to see what happens next..
Published 1 month ago by Melinda N Brewer
2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars
A bit too similar to previous books in this series
Published 1 month ago by laura mcgown
5.0 out of 5 stars MB rocks!
Love Myron Bolitar!
Tackling Harlan Coben's fab character series in order.
Riveting stories, written by the so-talented HC.
Can't wait for the new HC novel too. :)
Published 2 months ago by KPM
5.0 out of 5 stars Myron is in for some heartache
This is an intricate mystery, revolving around missing persons, and involving evil rich people, mobsters, corrupt cops, blood-chilling enforcers, and a talented black basketball... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Patto
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Harlan Coben is the bestselling author of sixteen previous novels, including the #1 New York Times bestsellers "Long Lost" and "Hold Tight." Winner of the Edgar Award, the Shamus Award, and the Anthony Award, Coben lives in New Jersey with his family.

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