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Thursday, May 15, 2014

One False Move by Harlan Coben

One False Move (Myron Bolitar, #5)One False Move by Harlan Coben

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Jacket blurb:  She's smart, beautiful, and she doesn't need a man to look after her. But sports agent Myron Bolitar has come into her life -- big time. Now Myron's next move may be his last.

Brenda Slaughter is no damsel in distress. Myron Bolitar is no bodyguard. But Myron has agreed to protect the bright, strong, beautiful basketball star. And he's about to find out if he's man enough to unravel the tragic riddle of her life.

Twenty years before, Brenda's mother deserted her. And just as Brenda is making it to the top of the women's pro basketball world, her father disappears too. A big-time New York sports agent with a foundering love life, Myron has a professional interest in Brenda. Then a personal one. But between them isn't just the difference in their backgrounds or the color of their skin. Between them is a chasm of corruption and lies, a vicious young mafioso on the make, and one secret that some people are dying to keep -- and others are killing to protect....

To say I enjoyed this book would be an understatement.  I was left slightly stunned and in awe at the end from the emotional punch Coben incorporated into a simple yet gripping mystery.

My brief overview - Myron is persuaded into helping up and coming women's basketball star Brenda Slaughter, daughter of his former mentor - whom he hasn't talked to in 10 years.   What Myron doesn't expect is to be drawn into family intrigue and secrets that will change everything where he learns the best intentions can have the worst results.

This was just so well written I'm disinclined to say to much about the plot directly.  You can find spoilers elsewhere on the web.   A lot of the mystery is character development, which was nicely integrated into the story, and almost seamless blending of plot and character development.  I did read this as and audiobook and I think the narrator has the voices pegged.  He has great intonation and can convey the mood wonderfully.

My one complaint with the series to date is Myron's doesn't seem to fare well with his future prospects for MB Sportsreps. Puzzling, that.

Highly recommend this series. I don't give five stars lightly but this book earned it.

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