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Fade Away (Myron Bolitar #3)

3.97 of 5 stars 3.97  ·  rating details  ·  12,502 ratings  ·  555 reviews
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, Myro ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 368 pages
Published May 11th 1998 by Dell (first published 1996)
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Phrynne
Another excellent book in this series. I am now a fully subscribed Harlan Coben fan and I will continue to read about Myron until he stops writing them. I enjoyed getting to know the characters better, I was totally engrossed in the story and I laughed out loud at some off the funny comments. There are a couple of lines right at the end about what Win does next which were great. Karma at its best. Loved it.
Bonnie
This book is just one of the books featuring main character Myron Bolitar. Being released soon: Long Lost, the most recent addition to Coben's list of Myron books. The others are: Promise Me, Drop Shot, Gone for Good, One False Move...

Going to the beach? Want to escape into an entertaining, well-written story? Choose any book by Harlan Coben, but those Myron Bolitar stories became contagious for me for quite a while -- and a while ago.

That's why I have added Long Lost to my to-read shelf. I'll
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Joyce Lagow
Myron Bolitar's professional basketball careeer ended before it ever really began with a severe knee injury sustained during a pre-season game. He is therefore astonished when the owner of the New Jersey Dragons, a team headed for the playoffs, offers him a job as a player. But it turns out that this is to be a cover for the real job--finding the whereabouts of one of the team's star players, Greg Downing, who has disappeared on the eve of the playoffs. Myron and Greg have a history as rivals go ...more
Dorothy
I have to admit this series is actually growing on me. After reading the second book in the series, I was ready to swear off it forever, but a year and a half later I finally read number four (out of sequence) and liked it. So, I decided to go back and pick up number three, Fade Away and once again I found the book was not awful. In fact, I quite enjoyed it as a diverting read.

This time, the sport is basketball, which was Myron Bolitar's game before his knee was injured in a terrible smash-up wi
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Tony
Harlan Coben- Fade Away (Dell Publishing 1998) 4.75 Stars

The life of a famous basketball star should be wonderful, lots of money and a big home, but when Greg Downing disappears blood is discovered in his basement and it appears that his life may not have been so perfect after all. Myron Bolitar is a sports agent and former college ball player who competed against his rival Greg Downing and suspicions are out that Downing set up Myron’s career-ending injury, yet he has just been hired to locate
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Lacy
This book kept me guessing at every turn. I was totally surprised with the "who done it"! I love the two main characters in this series. They crack me up with their sarcasm and one liners. The book flowed even through the twists and turns. Once you think it is done, you find out that there is more.
Krissy
I still love Myron and Win! So far this series has been great fun :)
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
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Rolyn
As of the moment, I am still reading this book. But I just feel like quoting Calvin.

"Dreams never die. Sometimes you think they're dead, but they're just hibernating like some big old bear. And if the dream has been hibernating for a long time, that bear is going to wake up grumpy and hungry."

Still reading the book since I need to stop reading it once in a while because of work. But the book is really entertaining. I really like Win. Everything with him seems simple. I don't know but I feel that
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Jan
Fade Away was quite enjoyable, multi-layered and fun. The ending was delightful as it involved Win, my own personal favorite.
♪♫Strawberry Fields♫☼
I am becoming a huge Harlan Coben fan! This is the third book I have read by him and the second in the Myron Bolitar series. Alas, I have read them out of order not realizing it was a series when I started. My OCD hates that.

However, whatever happened in the previous books I do not feel is lost upon me. Mr. Coben is wonderful at bringing the reader up to speed on what has been missed. As I read more I will know if each book is repetitive (which I hate) or not.

Myron is a sports agent, former FBI
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Danielle
Another good read from Harlan Coben, an exciting mystery and one that seems impossible to solve. Up until the last few moments it really is was a who-dunnit situation and even the resolution was hard to swallow, simply because it was so unexpected.

However, this is not my favourite novel so far in the series (for those reading it in order). The middle of the novel was hard to read, the pace really slowed down for me and I don't really know why. The story never slowed but the interest and suspense
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Kristin
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
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Deborah Gray
Harlan Coben is one of those who continues to deliver by providing a satsifying read, book after book. He has developed a unique character, Myron Bolitar, a pro basketball contender, who was sidelined 10 years ago with a knee injury. He's backed up by his super hero, womanizing, ultra rich, playboy friend, Windsor Horne Lockwood III, a character that sounds like a complete turn-off until you you consider him in the context of his role in Bolitar stories - he's intensely loyal to his friend and p ...more
Alex
FADE AWAY (Pub. 1996) is Harlan Coben's third novel and one of his early Myron Bolitar series. The story starts when Myron's former NBA coach asks to meet with him regarding one of the New Jersey Dragon's star players. Greg Downing has gone missing and Coach Clive wants Myron's help. But there's a catch, Clive doesn't want the press getting wind that Greg has disappeared.

Coben hits just the right notes between giving us deep characterization of the MC, a feeling for what's occured in the past b
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William Arsenis
FADE AWAY is the third book in the Myron Bolitar series.

It’s not my favorite Harlen Coben book, but it’s definitely up there.

If I could, I’d give it 4 1/2 stars, docking 1/2 a star for sloppy editing. It’s minor stuff, but throughout the book, the street numbers are sometimes written as numerals and at other times spelled out. For example, “Sixty-second Street” instead of “62nd St.”

I also wasn’t too happy with the sexual promiscuity theme. The whole Thumper, Thumper-Myron, and Thumper-Win deal w
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Steve Horsfall
Ghosts of the past: My 2nd Coben book and now that I am firmly attuned with the characters of Bolitar and Win, I found Fade Away a breeze of a story to jump straight into. The story gives some insight into Bolitar's past as a pro basketball player before injury cut him down in his prime. The premise of the story is that a renowned basketball player (Greg Downing) has gone missing, who was a friend but also a rival to Bolitar both as a player and for the affections of a woman. Bolitar had lost ou ...more
Richard
This is third book in the Myron Bolitar series and this one goes a little way to explaining the early part of his time in Basketball and how an injury finished his blossoming career. That apart, this is another wise-cracking, crime mystery all based around sports promoter, Bolitar. It helps if you like sport, but it's not essential. I am an English sports fan and don't like American (or British) basketball, which is the background of the character. I think it helps that I started at the first bo ...more
Clarabel
"Faux rebond", troisième titre de la série, se lit sur la même fréquence : distraction, plaisir, détente. Non l'intrigue ne brille pas par son originalité. Oui l'auteur se fiche de nous à pérorer des sornettes (The Cranberries n'est pas un groupe de filles, pardi !). Mais c'est de bonne guerre, l'auteur et ses petites manies me font généralement sourire. Ainsi, cet extrait : « L'entrée de Myron passa inaperçue. Personne ne leva le nez. Dans les westerns, tout le monde se tait lorsque le shérif f ...more
Cláudia
O 3º livro da série Myron Bolitar, o 2º que eu leio, e tal como nos restantes livros do Harlan Coben a história prende-nos do princípio ao fim os os twists finais são muito bem imaginados. Nesta série, está sempre presente também muito humor, o Myron tem sempre uma resposta sarcástica na ponta da língua e a sua relação com o Win é fantática.
Venha o livro seguinte, Mr Coben ;)
Lee
With the action and witty dialogue, this series is becoming a favorite.
Just a fun time of reading.
KBev
I found the first seven books in the Myron Bolitar series for very cheap the other day and decided on a whim to buy them. I figured they would be kind of mindless and a good books to read when I really just need a distraction. I never really thought I would enjoy them as much as I am. Especially this one in particular. There were several instances where I actually gasped out loud - which never happens to me. Coben does an excellent job of keeping the twists and turns believable, but not foreseea ...more
Aaron
Myron Bolitar and the rest of his staff at his sports management agency are back for another mystery. This time, it will force him to confront his own failed athletic career, which collapsed when he was in a scrimmage basketball game before his first professional start for the Boston Celtics.

He is hired by the head of the New Jersey Dragons to look into the disappearance of Greg Downing. He and Downing were actually rivals on the level of Larry Bird and Magic Johnson during the 80s. Their two c
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Dan
Sometimes it's hard to read books during hot weather. It gets pretty depressing, especially when you pick a slow-going book that isn't doing anything for you. So it's best to fall back on reliable authors who actually know how to write, who actually know how to entertain properly. I picked up this book from my vast collection when I realised I was having difficulties with a number of other books. This book is pure pace and entertainment. A satisfying albeit cheap mystery that you simply zoom thr ...more
Misha
All in all, I thought this book was very good and I liked it a lot. It was certainly difficult to put down and get some work done; it was one of those books where you just have to read one more chapter.
The plot seems to be quite clear cut from the beginning: On surface, Myron Bolitar is asked to join the Dragons to be given a second chance, after his basketball career had ended years ago because of a severe knee injury. In fact, he is going to join the team to get a better perspective in trying
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Christine
Meh, this one was just okay. I could easily put it down. The humor seemed forced, the plot/subplots were all over the place, and the transitions between Myron's, Win's and Esperanza's POV felt awkward. Also, one interesting note - Myron has been the same age (32) for the last three books. With three murders already, dude's having a rough year! Hopefully he'll age up before the next one. ;)
Jodi
Myron Bolitar, Sports Agent and part time investigator. As he keeps joking, his government work is the worst kept secret this side of the equator. But this time it's personal. He's asked to find a current basketball superstar, a man that had things been different, Myron would be competing against today. The man who once drafted Myron for the Celtics, now recruits him for the NJ Dragons. For Myron it is his chance to play in the big leagues. It is also his chance to repay Greg, the missing player ...more
Ryan Rauber
This series requires a certain suspension of disbelief. A former basketball star, now sports agent, who solves murder mysteries. It sounds like a bad 80s show. Throw in his best friend who is wealthy AND he also happens to be a black-belt.

In this entry to the series, Myron is hired by the owner of the fictional NBA NJ Dragons to find his star player who has gone missing. Not only is he hired, but he is signed to the team. Again, I harken back to the bad 80s show comparison.

That being said, I can
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Robin
Sports Agent Myron Bolitar is asked to find missing Basketball player Greg Downing who disappeared without a word five days ago. The owner of the team as told everyone that Greg is in seclusion nursing an injury; but he has asked Myron to take Greg's place on the team while questioning teammates and groupies about the disappearance. This is Myron's chance to relive his NBA dreams while uncovering the secret's of Greg's life, including gambling, blackmail, and a dead body.

This was another great a
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Judy
Another good read from Coben. I especially enjoy the audio versions of his books as the reader captures Bolitar's droll perspective. As usual, this book presents an interesting problem that keeps the reader wanting to know how Bolitar solves the mystery.
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“So basically, that entire theory is blown to hell."
Not basically," Win corrected. "Entirely.”
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“He truly believed that no one could love him, and no matter who you are, that hurts. It made you insecure. It made you want to hide and build fences” 8 likes
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