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Last seen in bestseller Coben's Darkest Fear (2000), Myron Bolitar, former basketball star (Boston Celtics) turned sports and entertainment agent and occasional knight in shining armor, is back in fighting form in his action-packed eighth thriller. For the past six years Myron has been leading a quiet life, much of it at his parents' old house in Livingston, N.J. A new girlfriend, Ali Wilder, a 9/11 widow, is helping to bring him out of his shell. Concerned that Ali's teenage daughter, Erin, and Erin's friend, Aimee Biel, might fall in with the wrong crowd, Myron gives them his contact information in case either of them feels she needs help. Aimee later calls him in the middle of the night for a lift to a friend's house, on condition that her request remain a secret. When Aimee turns up missing in circumstances mirroring those surrounding another vanished girl, Bolitar himself becomes a suspect in her disappearance and must use his wits and martial arts skills to uncover the truth. Coben fans will find much to enjoy in this well-crafted suspense novel, which has a startling final twist. (Apr. 25)
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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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Myron Bolitar has stopped being a hero... for six years he has lived his life and has saved no one but since he has stopped seeking trouble it has come to him. It started out innocently enough as he had two teenagers (one was the daughter of his current girlfriend and the other a daughter of a friend he went to high school with) make him a promise that they would never get into a car with anyone that had been drinking. A few night later one of them calls and he takes her to a friends house and at that point she vanishes. Now not only is he determined to find out what happen, he is actually on law enforcements radar himself as the last known person to see the girl. For fans of the Coben's standalone novels one of the investigaters will be familar to you. Loren Muse is on the case. Myron Bolitar meets Loren Muse might be enough for a Coben fan to pick up this book. As the investigation untangles Coben has some twists and turns that you come to expect and will love.
I like to read when I can and then pick up the story on audio in my car, so I try to buy the Kindle version and the audio. However, Mr. Coben read too fast and didn't articulate the way a pro voice-over fellow does. There was no way at the end of the recording to give this feedback, so I knocked off a star and put my thoughts here.
I also bought the Kindle and audio of Hold Tight, another good detective novel by Mr. Coben, and the audio was professionally done, so I was happy.
The bit that didn't work for me in this book was the romance of the lead character with his current love interest, his past love and his "what if" with a character who died. Why Myron had to tell this current paramour he loved her when it seemed he really wasn't there yet was beyond me. Is this a character who is likely to jump in with both feet? Oh, yes, but the lady in question seems much more pragmatic. Would she buy Myron professing his love right around the time sex finally happens and when his gorgeous, successful, and talented ex just happens to announce her engagement in the New York Times? I don't buy that. I also don't really buy into the concept of Jessica begging Myron for one more night together. Myron hanging out at Brenda's grave after all the years that have passed is just weird.
One thing that bugged me to no end throughout this story: Why were characters referring to ATMs as ATM machines? Doesn't the "M" stand for machine, as in Automated Teller Machine?!?