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Long Lost (Myron Bolitar Book 9) by [Coben, Harlan]
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From Publishers Weekly

Crime-stopper extraordinaire Myron Bolitar returns in this rousing thriller by bestseller Coben. This time around, Bolitar heads to Paris to heed the distress call from his former lover, Terese Collins, whom he hasn't seen in more than 10 years. She has since lived out her dream of marrying and starting a family, but her perfect life has been shattered, and Bolitar must pick up the pieces. Steven Weber gives an inspired, well-crafted reading that elevates Bolitar from flat, one-dimensionality to a flawed and fully believable character. Weber's other characterizations are equally original; he is interested and invested in the story from the get-go. A Dutton hardcover (Reviews, Feb. 2). (May)
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Mutli-award-winning author Coben returns to the series that kick-started his red-hot career in his latest novel starring Harvard-educated sports agent/private eye Myron Bolitar (after Promise Me, 2006). Myron hasn’t had contact with Teresa Collins in seven years, so he is taken aback by her early-morning phone call from Paris. Her ex-husband, who begged her to meet him there, is missing, and she needs Myron’s help. Before they can launch a search, however, they are taken into custody by the French police; it seems Teresa’s husband has been murdered, and she is the prime suspect. One other unexpected complication: DNA found at the scene of the crime appears to belong to the couple’s daughter, except their daughter has been dead for years. Just when Myron starts making progress on putting the pieces together, he is kidnapped by a covert organization and subjected to intense torture. Myron wakes up in a hospital back in the U.S. in bad mental and physical shape but is immediately sheltered by his loyal staff, including Win, his blueblooded business partner, and Esperanza, a former wrestling star turned lawyer. Their easygoing, humorous camaraderie as well as Coben’s chilling incorporation of modern medical technology and modern interrogation techniques make this novel hard to put down. Coben puts a wicked topical spin on Children of the Corn in an action-packed thriller with a horrific yet credible premise. --Joanne Wilkinson

Product Details

  • File Size: 685 KB
  • Print Length: 388 pages
  • Publisher: Dutton; 1st edition (February 21, 2009)
  • Publication Date: March 31, 2009
  • Sold by: Penguin Group (USA) LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B001TMCF0G
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By J. J. Carter on August 2, 2009
Format: Hardcover
I'm only a recent Myron Bolitar fan, having discovered the series a few months ago and devoured them all since. This is, by far, the weakest of the books. The premise was ridiculous, the scope of the plot literally unbelievable, and the ending just pathetic.

Mr. Coben? Tangentially: why on Earth have you created an obviously only-child protagonist, only to slip in throwaway references to a brother and, now, sister? It's simply a stupid choice, especially since you provide no background, no mention of either sibling at all aside from two sentences in the fourth or fifith book and two more in this one.

If you write any more Bolitar books, please return to the actual character we fell in love with--the agent whose criminal entanglements follow believably from his work, his friendships, his life. Not this reasonably well-written but credibility-devoid schlock.
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Myron Bolitar has been a favorite character of mine, so I was delighted to see a new book featuring him. Alas. Somewhere between the last one I read and "Long Lost" Myron has acquired a son (as has Esperanza!) and gone from sports agent to any-old-kind of agent. Did Coben run out of sports??? Further, he has taken up with the needy Therese Collins, who apparently was designed to launch him into a new career as 007, fighting terrorists and going global. Sorry. That's not my Myron, and I find this jump just a little too big to take. Gone are his clients (what happened to Myron, the agent who puts his clients first?) Gone is Esperanza, who plays such a minor role she might as well be missing in action. Even Win pops up only when needed, like a reliable Kleenex. Is Coben looking for (and writing for) a blockbuster, shoot-em-up, blow-'em-up movie contract? I prefer Myron Bolitar as Jerry Maguire, not Bruce Willis. Give this one a miss.

(Oh..I listened to this on the Unabridged CD version--bring back the original reader. Stephen Weber just doesn't cut it.)
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Format: Hardcover
Aside from being one of his most disappointing "Myron/Win" books in the series, I was very surprised and annoyed to see that Cobin has espoused the Robert Parker "How To Make Less Look Like More" philosophy -- i.e. using thick pages and large print to make a 150 page book into over 300 pages. I read it in less than a day - not because it was so riveting, but because, in actuality, it was so short! If you can get it at the library at no cost, then you might enjoy it - simply because of the characters. However, in my opinion, you should not waste your money buying it!
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Format: Hardcover
Pretty disappointed with this Myron Bolitar adventure which really barely resembles the wise cracking sports agent going to extreme lengths for his misunderstood clients adventures this series was originally about. I mean Myron just drops everything to do with his clients and their needs for the duration of this one. Not to sure what Myron and Win are supposed to be here but James Bond knockoffs is what it reads like complete with the farfetched why don't the bad guys just shoot him dead instead of coming up with elaborate plots scenes. Esperanza has nothing but a cameo appearance and Big Cindy well Myron pretty much just describes what she looks like and her history in women's wrestling with Esperanza and that's it. It's not like we had too many words and had to do some severe editing out of these characters either, I mean I have a normal sized print book but I can't see how large print would result in anything more than ten extra pages as it's pretty much the same size. Plus the farfetched unrealistic scenes reach ridiculous heights too such as being shot in the stomach and shortly after being able to operate normally such as run across a school campus. I mean I know there is a lot of pressure from fans for more Byron books and likewise the publishers but I'd rather see no more than wreck the high quality of a series overall!

So anyway the basic plot of this one is Myron conveniently breaks up with his girlfriend and the attached fathering responsibilities shortly after overreacting to a comment of a dim-witted coach of the opposition kids basketball team. So he's free to drop everything and fly to Paris where a former fling (Terese Collins) has summoned him.
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It's been ten years since Myron Bolitar has heard from his old flame, Terese Collins. She has become a suspect in her ex-husband's murder in Paris and pleads for Myron's help. After arriving in Paris, Myron finds out troubling information about Terese's past and the death of her daughter. Myron begins digging around for answers and discovers evidence that might prove Terese's daughter is still alive. With the help of the ever faithful Win, Myron embarks on an international search for answers to the mystery behind Terese's past. What they discover is more frightening then anything they could have imagined.

In Long Lost Harlan Coben sets out to satisfy the masses with his first Myron Bolitar novel in three years. Not only does he satisfy, but he gives his faithful fans what may be his most enticing thriller to date. What makes the Bolitar novels so addicting is the strong and quirky characters and of course they are all back in wondrous fashion. Myron himself is as endearing as ever with his unyielding desire to help those he loves. Coben would be shunned by his rabid fans if he didn't give us a healthy dose of Windsor Lockwood III. Never fear. Win is back and just as psychotic and engaging as ever. Esperanza is as sassy as always bringing some welcome moments of humor and tenderness throughout.

Coben has long established himself as a master of the first person narrative and I don't think anyone writing in the genre today compares. I love how Coben takes these characters that are so familiar and raises the stakes by placing them in a horrific conflict with global implications. This is a far cry from Myron's mystery solving sports agent days, yet despite the raised stakes we still find the same old Myron and Win we fell in love with years ago.
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