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Fade Away (Myron Bolitar) Mass Market Paperback – November 2, 1996
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From Publishers Weekly
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc.
"Fast action, snappy dialogue...[An] enjoyable read."—Toronto Star
Top Customer Reviews
Myron Bolitar is a 32 year old lawyer who runs his own sports agency. At one time, he was one of the top college players in the country. But after being drafted by the Celtics, he blows his knee out in a preseason scrimmage and his potential career is history. Now, the owner and general manager of the New Jersey Dragons want him to find one of their stars, Greg Downing, who has gone missing right before tournaments are to begin. In order not to raise suspicions, they place Bolitar on the team so that he can better investigate what has happened. Downing and Bolitar have been in competition since they were in high school, and it wasn't always about basketball. Bolitar finds many reasons for the possible disappearance of Downing that range from compulsive gambling to possible murder.
When I first started reading Coben, I thought the characters were a little too much like Robert Parker's Spenser and Hawk. But I've come to appreciate them on a new level. As a person who has played and coached basketball, Coben is right on in his observations about the game and the players. In describing Bolitar's complicated relationship with Downing, he says "there is a special bond between competitors. Kinda like Magic Johnson and Larry Bird. You become defined by one another. It was like that with Greg and me. It was unspoken, but we both knew the bond was there." TC, the other Dragon star tells Bolitar about the price of being a star. " The real price is you ain't a person anymore.Read more ›
But Myron does get to play some basketball with the pros, and I found his reactions to being on the court again quite fascinating – the pre-play nerves, the joy of playing well and scoring, the humiliation of playing badly. If you've read the earlier books you know that Myron was a major talent who dropped out of basketball after a devastating injury. This book is as much about Myron getting over the loss of his future as a pro as it is about solving a mystery.
The mystery is tremendously complex and involves mobsters, hired thugs, blackmailers, fugitives from justice, feuding spouses, and spoiled superstars. Murder enters the picture too, and the cops are in a constant state of annoyance with Myron, whose investigation keeps overlapping with theirs.
Whenever Myron gets nervous, and there's a lot to make him nervous in this book, his mouth goes into overdrive – and out come the quips in a steady stream. His compulsive joking is generally pretty funny. Also amusing is the dialog between Myron and his Jewish mother.
So this book is an interesting mix of wacky humor and heavy emotional stuff. I really enjoyed Fade Away, and I'm hooked on the series.
This time, the sport is basketball, which was Myron Bolitar's game before his knee was injured in a terrible smash-up with another player. That injury changed the course of his life and he went to law school and became a sports agent instead of a professional basketball player
Now, several years later, he is established in his profession and he has a promising romantic liaison. Everything seems to be coming up Myron.
Then he receives a blast from the past when the man who was responsible for drafting him with the Celtics all those years before contacts him and offers him a job. He wants him to make a comeback with the team that he presently owns, but he has an ulterior motive. It seems that one of the stars of the team, Greg Downing, has disappeared and the owner wants Myron on the team so he can pick up any clues as to where Greg might be. His real job will be to find Greg.
This is complicated because in his basketball-playing days, Myron and Greg were rivals. Not only on the basketball court but for the affections of a certain woman as well. Greg ultimately married the woman, but at some point, she was unfaithful to him. With Myron.
So Myron has all this guilt in regard to Greg and he accepts the commission, both to play on the team and to try to find the missing player.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
My husband bought me this book which I hated! I do not like basketball and that's what this book was all about. No surprises in this one . Read morePublished 1 day ago by Raymond Venezia
All of the Bolitar stories are a fun read. Myron can't help but irritate his friends and foes alike!Published 2 days ago by Bob Horner
If you are not reading Coben and especially the Myroon Bolitair series, you need to do yourself a favor and start.Published 3 days ago by JG
I keep downloading one after another of this recurring character series. I have enjoyed every book's twists and turns.Published 18 days ago by LHack
I am a 74 year old retired psychologist and an avid reader with a passion for Myron Bolitar the hero of a series written by Harlan Coben. Read morePublished 20 days ago by HELEN MOED
I really enjoyed it. I like Myron, his dry humor and sarcasm, but yet he seems gentle and tough at the same time.Published 1 month ago by barbara shandor