Back Spin by Harlan Coben
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Jacket blurb: Kidnappers have snatched
the teenage son of super-star golfer Linda Coldren and her husband,
Jack, an aging pro, at the height of the U.S. Open. To help get the boy
back, sports agent Myron Bolitar goes charging after clues and suspects
from the Main Line mansions to a downtown cheaters' motel--and back in
time to a U.S. Open twenty-three years ago, when Jack Coldren should
have won, but didn't. Suddenly Myron finds him self surrounded by blue
bloods, criminals, and liars. And as one family's darkest secrets
explode into murder, Myron finds out just how rough this game can get.
"Read" as an audiobook. In fact, I "read" the first CD twice, it was that enjoyable.
Myron has become entangled in the world of golf. Jack Coltrane is on the cusp of winning the tournament he choked on 22 years earlier. His wife is the LPGA top player. His son has been kidnapped. Win refuses to help for personal reasons. Esperanza will help, but she wants to become a partner in MB Sportreps when she graduates law school. It's up to Myron to untangle this tangled bag of golf clubs and he does it with wit, humility, and dogged determination.
I simply enjoyed this book. The narrator is absolutely perfect for the voices, conveying the haughtiness of the upper crust in Win's character and Myron's more humble roots. You can really see Esperanza rolling her eyes at Myron as she snarks back at him. The writing really pulls the reader along, alternating between laugh out loud and baited breath anticipation.
My commute mantra became "please let me hit a red light, I need a red light!" Wish I could get these consistently on audiobook from the library, but the system seems to be hit or miss.
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