Fade Away by Harlan Coben
Jacket Blurb: The home was top-notch
New Jersey suburban. The living room was Martha Stewart. The basement
was Legos and blood. For sports agent Myron Bolitar, the disappearance
of a man he'd once competed against was bringing back memories of the
sport he and Greg Downing had both played and the woman they both loved.
Now, among the stars, the wanna-bes, the gamblers and groupies, Myron
is unraveling the strange, violent life of a sports hero gone wrong, and
coming face-to-face with a past he can't relive, and a present he may
not survive. In novels that crackle with wit and suspense, Edgar Award
winner Harlan Coben has created one of the most fascinating and complex
heroes in suspense fiction Myron Bolitar a hotheaded, tenderhearted
sports agent who grows more and more engaging and unpredictable with
each page-turning appearance.
Let me tell you just how much I am enjoying this series...IMMENSELY doesn't begin to describe it! I started/finished this on 12 hours of travel from Brownsville, TX to Minneapolis, MN.
Jacket blurb is actually pretty good so I'm not going to rehash the plot summary.
I continue to thoroughly enjoy the sports setting - it's so refreshing from the run-of-the-mill depressed alcoholic cop syndrome, so refreshing from the run-of-the-mill police procedural! So far, these mysteries are solved through a group effort, ideas being bounced of a variety of people rather than held "close to the chest" ala Lone Cop/Cowboy Cop trope. Everyone does his or her bit of research to reach the Grand Finale.
I love the cast characters: Myron is young, conflicted by his past actions, has a big heart that he wears on his sleeve and is devoted to his friends. His right hand, front desk gal Esperanza, is a nice counterpoint to Myron in her dry sense of humor and no-nonsense personality; the mysterious Win continues to be creepy, witty, drool, and delightfully mysterious; lastly, Myron's girlfriend is a solid grounding character to the rest of the cast and especially for Myron. The sub-characters in each book round out the story perfectly.
Highly recommended if you like sports and mysteries with a wicked sense of humor.
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