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After a six-year hiatus, it's good to herald the return of Myron Bolitar, the former Boston Celtics basketball star who became a sports agent and crime solver in Coben's sprightly, exciting series. Even better, it's great fun to hear Coben himself performing this excellent audio version. As a reader, Coben has a quality best summed up by the Yiddish word hamishe (homelike, in its weaker translation). He may not be Laurence Olivier, but he sure knows how to make believers of his listeners. When Bolitar talks about going back to live with his parents in New Jersey, Coben catches the basic boyishness of his aging hero and the impact such a move has on Myron's love life. Of course, the world has gotten a lot more complicated: Bolitar's ladyfriend lost her husband on September 11. When he offers to help her teenage daughter, he quickly finds himself involved in some very dangerous adventures. With fading sports stars behaving badly in real life, it's a great pleasure to see that Bolitar has found ways to survive honorably.
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*Starred Review* Coben, the reigning master of clockwork suspense, and winner of the trifecta of mystery-writing honors--the Edgar, the Agatha, and the Shamus--produces a fascinating hybrid thriller here. Coben began his career writing detective novels starring Myron Bolitar, an ex-Celtics basketball player turned entertainment agent. For the past six years, he has concentrated on stand-alone thrillers. Coben's novels are noted for their use of technology, both as weapons used against the innocent and as ways for victims to escape their tormentors, usually with a clock ticking ominously in the background. In Promise Me, Coben skillfully grafts this deadline suspense onto the career of his series hero, Bolitar. As in his stand-alones, the novel starts with a purely domestic situation--at a party in his home, attended by friends and their offspring, Bolitar overhears two teen girls talking about driving home drunk from parties. Stung by his own memory of a high-school friend who died in a car crash, Bolitar makes the girls promise to contact him if they ever need a lift or are in trouble. The call does come a few nights later. Myron drives the caller to a friend's house, but she ends up disappearing, and guilt-ridden Myron must use all his resources to try to find what happened. Coben's resurrection of Bolitar works superbly: the melding of high suspense and high technology with a somewhat battered, very canny, questing hero is sure to produce another major hit for the way-hot Coben. Connie Fletcher
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Product Details

  • Series: Myron Bolitar
  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: NAL (January 3, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780451235572
  • ISBN-13: 978-0451235572
  • ASIN: 0451235576
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1 x 8.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (293 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,169,709 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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48 of 55 people found the following review helpful By L. Quido VINE VOICE on May 30, 2006
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If you do, you'll miss the subtleties as skillful author Harlan Coben pays another visit to see his first protagonist, the wisecracking sports agent, Myron Bolitar. If you read this alone, you might like it, but to appreciate what Coben's trying to do, you need to let the fact that he's letting everyone in the series grow up (except for Win, Myron's sidekick)to the tune of six years passing since Myron's last adventure.

There's much to appreciate - Myron gets caught up in childrearing drama when he gets the teenage daughter of friends and the daughter of his girlfriend to promise that they'll call him if they are ever in a situation where they have no ride home that isn't drunk or drugged out. The reader is squirming a little at how suburban Myron has become, including new love Ali (not a winning combination), and being drawn, mouth-agape into the complex and risky world of teenagers in today's culture.

Coben probably brings back a character or two that are not necessary, in an effort to please his old fans. The subplot of visiting his folks in Florida would be ludicrous, if the context of the dialogue between El Al (his parents, Ellie and Al) wasn't so darn funny. Big Cyndi, however, a character I swear he shares with Janet Evanovich, did not bear revisiting.

The final twist in the book is just a little over the top, and I, for one, hope that Bolitar goes back to repping sports figures and not celebrities, but all in all, Coben's given us a great continuing chapter in a series that thrives on wisecracks, while blending the over the top humor and violence with some of today's real tragedies (college entrance pressure, dysfunctional families, domestic abuse. Coben attempts a lesson, and succeeds, but "Promise Me" falls short of some of the earlier and more cartoonish Bolitar fare.

Nevertheless, not to be missed if you're a Coben fan!
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Timothy J. Kindler VINE VOICE on March 13, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Needing some plane reading, I recently grabbed Coben's Promise Me as I ran out the door to the airport. I started reading as I waited at the gate to board the plane to depart and only stopped for the few minutes required to get on board. Thankfully I was able to finish prior to landing at my destination because this book was impossible to put down. Coben effectively provides a wide range of characters, strong character development, and numerous plot twists and surprises. Having read one of the early books featuring Myron Bolitar, however, I was looking forward to the return of Bolitar and friends. Coben presents a compelling, fast paced thriller that keeps the reader guessing throughout. He effectively captures the human turmoil associated with every parents' nightmare - a missing child. Clearly, this is better if you have some familiarity with the characters from previous novels, but even if you haven't, you should find Promise Me to be a great read. I promise.
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44 of 55 people found the following review helpful By Pam from Texas VINE VOICE on June 6, 2006
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Several years ago I emailed Harlan Coben and told him Myron Bolitar should have been the blueprint God used to create all men. I still feel the same way. I have missed Myron and Win and all the zany characters that make up Myron's world. Once again Coben has written a story with twists and turns that kept me guessing and surprised at the ending. I read the book in two days because I could not put it down and thought about it when I was away from the house. I just hope we see a lot more of these characters.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Cardinal47 on July 30, 2006
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I first became acquainted with Harlan Coben's writing in an encounter with one of his gripping stand-alone novels. The couple of novels I had read were excellent. This is my first encounter with Myron Bolitar. It will not be the last. This is a well-constructed novel with amazing plot twists and turns. It is virtually impossible to guess the "villain" so cleverly written is the novel. You almost feel that the final twist is simply not believable but on reflection you can see that the seeds are there but there lots of red herrings along the way. I'll be picking up the earlier Myron novels as soon as I can get my hands on them.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By S. Stephenson on May 23, 2010
Format: Audio CD
Loved the first 7 Myron Bolitar books on CD. The readings of Jonathan Marosz were Wonderful. Then I got to book 8 - read by the author. PLEASE Harlan - stick to what you do best. You do the writing, let Jonathan do the reading. This reading by the author was a big snore - after the first CD unabridged, I opted for an abridged version just to get to the end sooner.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By KDMask VINE VOICE on December 5, 2007
Format: Paperback
This Coben book is a bit different than some I've read. It doesn't jump into the action on page 2; there's a bit more lead up to the storyline. I love the characters of Win and Myron, and was glad to see them back. Coben uses the usual in new technology and pop culture references throughout his book. The "bad guys" are a pair of chewing twins, which fit perfectly in the stable of HC baddies. I only gave this book 4 stars because I felt the ending was too contrived and left me going "huh"? (which I usually don't do at the finale of one of his books!). It is highly recommended for the HC fan out there and all thriller-lovers.
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Diane B. Wilkes VINE VOICE on April 30, 2006
Format: Hardcover
I've been a fan of Coben's since his third Myron Bolitar novel...I met him at a mystery writer's conference and liked his humor enough to buy his book, which led to immediate fandom.

I have since read every in-print book by him and eagerly awaited Promise Me, since I've missed Myron even though I've enjoyed the standalones too.

Like every other of Coben's books, this is a page turner. And it was almost weird how happy I was to "see" Esperanza, Hester, the Bolitar parental units, and especially Win. (What can I say--I have a thing for psychos.)

The premise is simple--because Myron lost a high school friend to a drunk-driving incident, he asks two young women to promise him to contact him if they're in an at-risk situation--he won't ask any questions. This promise puts him at risk, but Myron, who hasn't played the good-doing Caped Crusader in seven years, finds that it still comes naturally.

And by the end of the book, he indicates to Win and Esperanza that he'll be doing it again--which I celebrate.

Maybe I should give this five stars, but it wasn't as epic and cohesive as some of Coben's better novels (Gone for Good, One False Move). A new love interest isn't well-defined, but serves only to mirror the Myron-Batman weakness for playing the role of savior.

However, if you're looking for something that will demand your attention and occasionally make you laugh out loud, you can't do better than Promise Me.
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