Live Wire (Myron Bolitar, #10)
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Live Wire (Myron Bolitar #10)

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The inimitable Myron Bolitar is back, and he's about to find out that the ugliest truth is better than the prettiest of lies as a secret from his family's past suddenly emerges. Myron's mysterious, estranged younger brother Brad disapears, only to leave Myron with his son - a teenaged boy that Myron didn't even know existed.
Paperback, 385 pages
Published November 1st 2011 by Orion (first published 2011)
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Deb
Harlan Coben is one of my favorite authors. I like his prose, I like his characters and the way he brings them to life and he always says something I like to think about and save. This is one of his Myron Bolitar books. I think they should make a movie and cast Alexander Skarsgard as Winn. The plot keeps you guessing to the end. A couple of things he said that I want to save:

Myron is thinking about his brother and says, ""Their estrangement worked a bit like grief. We are often told during time...more
James Thane
Myron Bolitar returns here in his tenth outing. Formerly a struggling sports agent, Myron has blossomed over a period of seventeen years into a super agent who represents not only sports figures but a wide variety of entertainment stars as well. As is usually the case in a Harlan Coben novel, families take a major role, and in this case Myron's family is center stage--both his regular family and his extended family which consists of his best friend Win and Esperanza and Big Cyndi, the two women...more
Evangeline Jennings
After six or seven books in the Myron Bolitar series, Harlan Coben either ran out of ideas or got some new ideas beyond his station. Either way, his subsequent standalone thrillers have been largely disappointing. Compare and contrast with Dennis Lehane. Also Robert Crais.

So it was no big surprise that after three of them, he returned to Myron Bolitar and his more interesting friend Windsor Horne Lockwood III. AKA Win. Coben has alternated between the two styles of late but this, the most recent...more
Alex
LIVE WIRE was my fifth Harlan Coben read and my favorite so far.

Myron Bolitar really comes alive as a character as he struggles to find answers to what happened to his 15-yrs-gone brother, and inadvertanently stumbles across the answer to what happened to the elusive rockstar, Gabriel Wire. When one of his former client's is murdered, he quickly learns the answers he's seeking have become dynamite to everyone in his life, including himself.

What I liked best about the book is what most people li...more
Giovanni Gelati
I believe it was around this time last year I wrote about another Harlan Coben novel and it turned out that it was one of my top picks of the year. This, I think is going to be no different. Live Wire is just that, from the first paragraph to the very end. I am not going to go on and on about this novel; it would just sound like me smooching the man’s Gluteus Maximus way too much. Needless to say he makes the mundane amazing, the funny funnier and the viewpoint and characters are just too spot o...more
Jeffrey
May 21, 2011 Jeffrey rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of the Myron Bolitar novels
Shelves: mystery, read-in-2011
From Howard Hughes to JD Salinger to Harper Lee to Greta Garbo, the story of a celebrity hiding out as a recluse intrigues us. Why has she disappeared? Can we see him? Harlan Coben's new Myron Bolitar novel takes the familiar famous recluse story, adds a little family mystery and angst and mixes it together to pen the 10th addition to his Bolitar canon. Its a diverting tale.

Myron Bolitar is the half owner of MB Reps, a sports and entertainment agency that caters to the stars. Bolitar is a former...more
LJ
First Sentence: The ugliest truth, a friend once told Myron, is still better than the prettiest of lies.

Sports and celebrity representative Myron Bolitar’s life has undergone changes. His business, MB Reps, now handles more than sports figures. A very pregnant ex-tennis-star client asks Myron to find her musician husband who left her after he sees a Facebook post saying “Not His.” The search leads Myron and his team into a search for missing members of Myron’s family and into the world of drugs...more
Harry
Beginning to exhaust my hunt for the loner, the hunter as a singular and main hero...a new trend seems to be emerging, the disassociation of the hunter and conscientious hero into two separate characters: the main character and his loner side-kick. Several authors embrace this genre motif: Robert Crais's Elvis Cole and his side-kick Joe Pike and of course Harlan Coben's Mylor Bolitar and his elitist side-kick Win.

Of this genre, Coben is probably the most adept at creating complex and winning cha...more
LeAnn
Live Wire is the tenth book in the Myron Bolitar series. Familiar characters are back: Myron (former professional basketball player injured in his first pro-game and owner of MB Reps—an agency representing “stars”), Windsor Horne Lockwood III (“Win”-rich and very dangerous), Esperanza Diaz (Myron’s business partner, lawyer, new mom, and retired professional wrestler known as Little Pocahontas) and “Big Cindi” (Esperanza’s retired tag team wrestling partner and “receptionist extraordinaire” at MP...more
Seth
If I were an author, I don't think I would be a fan of having a recurring character. I'm sure the publishers push hard for them since they sell books, but they don't make for very interesting reading after a while. After several episodes, a certain amount of disbelief sets in that such noteworthy events could keep happening to a single individual. Such is the case with Myron Bolitar. I enjoy Myron and the other characters in his world, but they're starting to wear a little thin, and it just does...more
Lukasz Pruski
For once, I am happy that I occasionally suffer from insomnia. If I had to read Harlan Coben's "Live Wire" during my waking hours, it would be a waste of time. The novel suffers from the "n-th book in a series syndrome". It is a Myron Bolitar novel, featuring the usual "colorful" characters like Esperanza, Big Cyndi, and Win. If one does not know the previous books in the series, these characters make little sense. What's worse, if one does know the previous books, there is no point in reading t...more
Marleen
“All families have secrets. Some will kill you” - That’s what it says on the cover of LIVE WIRE; and I find it very true and very sad in this case. It just feels like Myron can’t get a break when it comes to his beloved family members. It must have escaped my attention reading all the previous Myron Bolitar books that Myron had a brother (Brad) he hadn’t seen or spoken to in fifteen years. It’s hard to summarize the plotline here; there’s Suzze T, long-time client, a tennis-player who asks for M...more
Gail Mchugh
I have loved every one of Mr. Coben's, Myron Bolitar, novels, up to this one. Live Wire was really good until he introduced the nephew Mickey. I find Mickey an obnoxious character. I do not care if he is only fifteen or whatever age he is. I do not care about his background. He is spoiled and obnoxious. I would not even care to start the new novel with him in it. I will be so sorry if this has to be the last of my favourite characters. i have read all the Myron Bolitar books in the past month an...more
Don Sparrow
This is #10 in the "Myron Bolitar" series of books and I've read them all as well as all of Coben's other novels. He is absolutely one of my favorite authors and this effort did not disappoint with the usual suspense, action and ass-kicking in abundance."Bolitar" the former basketball jock turned sport's agent/private eye along with his best friend "Windsor Horne Lockwood III" better known to those who fear him as "Win"; along with Esperanza and Big Cyndi return in this latest adventure.Coben ch...more
Jennifer
Mar 31, 2011 Jennifer rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of Myron and Win
Recommended to Jennifer by: Win
Shelves: read-2011
Myron Bolitar is back but this time in third person, which kind of threw me. One of the things I enjoy most about Coben's series is Myron's wise cracking "voice." That still comes through here but in a slightly muted way. The story, like all good mystery stories, brings up issues from the past--Myron's past. It turns out that Myron has a younger brother, Brad, whom he lost touch with after a bitter fight 15 years ago. Myron tried to keep his brother from making a mistake with a woman but it turn...more
Stephan
This is the 10th and final book in the series. I had read the first 8 books and then this one out of order - which I hate to do. If you have not read any of the series, they center around Myron Bolitar who had a very short NBA career with the Boston Celtics. His career ended after a severe knee injury during his first pro game. Now he owns "MB Reps" and he is an agent for primarily athletes, but also represents actors and other artists. In each book, one of his clients or someone he knows seem t...more
J. Cruz
Bolitar is a sports lawyer who is asked to find out who posted a comment on a client's facebook page. It leads to secrets that involve his own family. The storyline was a tad awkward and coincidental. Not Coben's best work but a decent read.
Catherine  Mustread
Final and tenth book in the Myron Bolitar series (supposedly) as Coben moves on to a spin-off teen series starring Myron's nephew, Mickey Bolitar, who plays a small part in Live Wire. I'm still a bit peeved that Myron's sibling(s) were not even mentioned until Book #9, Long Lost.

During the course of the series (published 1995-2011) Myron does age and develop as a character. His relationship with his parents and his outlook on life depict strong family values. I liked the sports connections in t...more
Paul Pessolano
In "Live Wire", Harlan Coben brings back two of his most famous and interesting characters, Myron Bolitar and Windsor Horne Lockwood III, or as most of us know him as "Win".

Myron is asked by one of his famous clients for help. It seems that former tennis star, Suzze Travantino and her husband, former rock star, Lex Ryder, are on the "outs". Suzze is pregnant supposedly by Lex, except that someone has entered a comment on Facebook, "Not His". Lex has seen the commnet and has disappeared, Suzze wa...more
karen otto
I love Myron. Always have, from the first page of Deal Breaker. In 1995, I was living in Greenwich Village and a frequent visitor to Partners & Crime, the world's best independent mystery bookstore. The owners were/are incredibly knowledgeable, personable READERS, with an uncanny ability to suggest books. They never got it wrong (for me), not ever. I first found Jan Burke's Irene Kelly series here, when someone said - read the first line and I dare you not to buy it. The first line - "He lov...more
Shaun Ryan
If you're a Haraln Coben fan, read this book. If you're not, read this book; you will be.

Coben's Myron Bolitar novels are my favorites, and Live Wire is my favorite Bolitar novel to date.

In addition to Coben's witty and gritty prose and well-drawn, memorable (often zany) characters, Live Wire delves deep into themes like family, friendship, past mistakes, and the necessity of weighing what's right against what's legal. In typical Coben style the narrative unfolds fast and effortlessly, sometimes...more
Jerry
We've read Coben's entire booklist, about half of which are standalone thrillers, which we prefer; the other half (like “Wire”) a 10-book series featuring sports agent and side-detective Myron Bolitar, which generally are entertaining stories more like police procedurals. Bolitar has a helper named Win who is a financier by day but kind of a strong-arm man by night, with unlimited wealth to make just about anything that needs to happen, happen.

The plot herein is complicated – when one of Bolitar...more
Chris Aylott
Coben moves the action back home and returns to the third person for his latest Myron Bolitar adventure. This book is a little smoother and a little more down to earth than Long Lost, even with the sudden introduction of a brother, sister-in-law, and nephew that I don't remember ever being mentioned before. Coben makes it work by creating a plot that spans Myron's entire career (there are name checks and cameos going all the way back to Deal Breaker) and weaving the new backstory into it.

The sto...more
Scott Bagley
I'm a fan of Harlan Coben. Let me change that up a little, I'm a HUGE fan of his stand-alone books, the Myron Bolitar books rub me wrong at least a little bit. I've read all the stand-alones (I think), and was jonsing for some Coben, so I gave this one a try. It's ... well, it's ok, but I don't love it. I like the tone and the Bolitar character. My biggest problem is Win. Maybe it's because I've missed the early books in the series which may tell us a little more about this guy, this book does t...more
Kelly Hager
This is the latest in Harlan Coben's Myron Bolitar series. In this one, Myron meets with one of his clients, who's upset because her husband's left her. As backstory, she is pregnant and someone left a comment on her Facebook page saying that the baby's not her husband's child. So the husband took off and she wants Myron to (a) find her husband and get him to come back and (b) find out who posted it and why. Of course, it turns out to be a lot more complicated than anyone could've planned.

I'm no...more
JBradford
Having been so impressed with Long Lost, I grabbed this book off the pile, despite the fact that I usually prefer to move on to a different author after reading a book, for fear of becoming jaded, but was about as good as the preceding one--and, to my delight, turned out to be the sequel to that just read one, so it was like reading one long story. That got me curious enough to look up the series, learning that this was #10 in the Myron Bolitar series, so I’ll have to go find the other eight. I...more
Craig Sisterson
After last year’s twisting, multi-layered and award-shortlisted standalone Caught, internationally bestselling Harlan Coben now brings back his popular recurring hero Myron Bolitar, sports agent and sometimes amateur sleuth, in Live Wire.

Pregnant former tennis star Suzze T comes to Bolitar, who’s still somewhat affected physically and emotionally from his kidnapping in Long Lost, for help after her musician husband Lex disappears. She’s worried Internet rumours that he’s not the father of her b...more
Stephen
An exciting Harlan Coben novel. Myron Bolitar is back. The paths of his clients and his family are about to cross. Suzze T , a client and once a young tennis progeny is about to give birth, but her husband, Lex Ryder has disappeared. Myron promises to find him. With the help of his partner , Esperanza and his best friend , Win they find out that Lex has been hanging out at a hot NYC nightspot. Myron & Esperanza visit the club and are about to confront Lex, when Myron spots his brother's wife...more
Suspense Magazine
Daring, yet compassionate and fiercely loyal, Myron Bolitar is the kind of man anyone would be proud to call a friend. A jack-of-all-trades, this former pro-basketball hopeful turned agent will do anything; drop everything to help those lucky enough to be included within his inner circle. When longtime client, former tennis phenom and close personal friend, Suzze T arrives with a desperate plea, his deep-seated compulsion to lend a hand overrides the nagging suspicion that he might be meddling i...more
Karalee
In the eighth novel in the Myron Bolitar series, one of Myron's clients, a former tennis star, asks for his help when a mysterious post on a social networking site gets her into trouble. But this is just the tip of the iceberg for Myron because, as he investigates, he uncovers a larger mystery involving his estranged brother Brad and his wife Kitty. This book brings back many of the classic elements of the Bolitar series -- Myron's hero complex and inability to let go even when doing so would be...more
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