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Deal Breaker (Myron Bolitar #1)

3.93 of 5 stars 3.93  ·  rating details  ·  18,975 ratings  ·  1,222 reviews
From the "New York Times" bestselling author of "Promise Me" comes the first novel featuring Myron Bolitar--a haunting tale of betrayal and family secrets that explodes into a riveting powerhouse of suspense. Reissue.
Mass Market Paperback, 343 pages
Published May 1st 1995 by Dell Publishing Company (first published 1995)
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I’ve been aware of Harlan Coben’s series of crime/mystery novels starring a sports agent named Myron Bolitar for some time but never read one because I thought it’d be something like Jerry Maguire crossed with Murder She Wrote. I figured Myron would always be tripping over dead baseball players killed by pitching machines or discovering the bodies of basketball players hanging from rims.

What I should have realized sooner is that modern sports can offer a great backdrop for a gritty mystery. You...more

We all classify and judge; every review written here is a form of classification. Binaries are bit more emphatic. You're in or you're out; you're good or you're bad. I enjoy David's binaries, though some were not included in the chart to keep the peace :). David's binaries came to mind when I thought of the 15 BOOKS I read by Harlan Coben during my book wallow. And by the way, this review provides considerable bang for the buck, as it treats 15 books in one review.

The six stand-alone books can...more
I haven’t exactly resisted reading Harlan Coben before, but I somehow didn’t think a mystery series about a sports agent could be that riveting. I mean, I like teams of sweaty men in skimpy uniforms as much as the next girl, but a sports agent just sounded smarmy and, well, kind of dull. Man, was I wrong. Myron Bolitar is smart and funny and tough and big-hearted, and who doesn’t like those qualities in a man? He’s a former FBI agent, too. Coban writes pretty good women, although, of course, the...more
Todd Huish
This book is everything I want in a good book. It was a fun easy read but not total cotton candy trash. It's the first book in the series but feels like I've picked one up in the middle only because the characters feel so developed. Harlan hints at all this backstory which I think (I hope) will be revealed in future novels but he doesn't muddy up the water with a lot of exposition. A sentence here or there and then he just moves on. I -love- it when an author doesn't feel like they have to expla...more
If you're like me, you fall in love with characters. If I find a good character, I can read a dozen books in a series. With Myron Bolitar and Windsor Lockwood III, you have two such characters.
Myron is a quick witted, often hilarious sports agent with a deep backstory. He is a two time NCAA champion basketballer whose metioric rise was halted by an injury years before its apex. He then went to Harvard Law and then did work of questionable morality with the Feds. His past as an athlete informs h...more
I was surprised that this is the first in the Myron Bolitar series (I've been reading them out of order). There was not an undue amount of exposition to 'set up' the characters as I would have expected when introducing a new cast of characters. Loved the book and the dry humor of many of the characters.

There is a fairly large 'supporting cast' in this story, and for the brief time that you spend with some of them you still get to know enough of the character so that they don't seem flat or just...more
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
Why did it take me so long to pick up this series? A sports agent doubling as a private investigator, so it's taking mysteries and putting them into the sports world. I listen to AM sports radio every day in my car when I'm driving to and from, so I hear a lot about the sports world that you would not hear anywhere else. I never was extremely into sports when I was younger, but for some reason in my adult years I've become absorbed into this world. Now, setting a hardcore mystery into this world...more
Myron Bolitar is new at being a sports agent but had the good fortune to sign the number one NFL quarterback draft choice, Christian Steele. Christian's been drafted by the Titans whose owner, Otto Burke, is playing underhanded during the contract negotiations. Nude pictures of Christian's missing girlfriend have surfaced and Otto is threatening to release them publicly unless Myron has his client agree to a pretty lousy deal. Christian's girlfriend, Kathy Culver, is also the sister of Myron's e...more
Renata  *Bluetulip*
Adorei! Tudo!

Bom, começo dizendo que na primeira página em que começa a história no livro me fez rir. E que durante o livro foram risos e mais risos.
Mas antes de falar da causa dos risos, quero falar da escrita do Harlan Coben. Fluida e sem enrolação, você ia de uma pista a outra em muitas vezes ao terminar os capítulos - que por sinal eram curtos, não fazendo o leitor ficar cansado.

Agora a parte do motivo dos risos: a "dupla dinâmica" formada pelo Myron e o Win. Ou mesmo só o Myron também. M...more
Benjamin Thomas
Well, I've gone and done it again. I've started a series that almost all of my GR friends like and an author that I was afraid I would like and guess what? I liked it. Both the book and the author. Now I have another series and another author that I need to read.


Not really.

I've added the character of Myron Bolitar to my lengthy list of interesting main characters in series fiction and also the character of Win to the much shorter list of cool sidekicks. This novel was a quick read, most d...more
Too bad the rating here doesn't work with half stars. I would have loved to give a three and half stars to this book because I enjoyed the pace and the plot overall, but there were elements to this story that I thought were a little bit far-fetched, but that's just me.
I have read all the stand-alone books by Coben and I had read 2 other Myron Bolitar books (out of order). I think Myron is a fantastic character and leads a rather extraordinary life, so I decided to start with this first Myron Bol...more
Tess Mertens-Johnson
This is the third(?) Myron Bolitar book I have read.
This book has Myron working with one of his athlete's he promotes, Christian Steele, and finds himself in the middle of a missing person and the world of pornography.
Christian finds out his ex-girlfriend is dead and gets Myron involved to find the killer. What they find are betrayals, family secrets and cover ups.
I like Myron's character, shoot form the hip and speaks his mind. His trusty assistant Esperonza is always there to keep him in tow a...more
Jun 23, 2013 Britany rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommended to Britany by: Cheli
My first Harlan Coben book! I can't even belive it myself. This was a quick read paced with drama, black belt jujitsu, and sarcastic wit.

Myron Bolitar is admirable as our ex-pro basketball player turned investigator. He now is a sports agent representing the hottest quarterback around. He gets involvted in a missing persons case that directly impacts the star player and his career.

This was a great introduction to Coben and I enjoyed being twisted and turned around while reading this one. Looki...more
This is the first of Coben's, Myron Bolitar series. I enjoyed this one, because of the plots twists and the fantastic development of both Bolitar and his best friend Win. I did not enjoy that fact that the language was at times much worse than the other novels I have read by him. I did enjoy it and like all of what I have read by him so is a quick read, because you don't want to put it down.
Though I've read these mysteries completely out of order, it hasn't harmed my opinion of them at all. Deal Breaker is the first of the Myron Bolitar novel, and while not the best, it is a pretty decent mystery. The author was kind enough to drop the requisite red herrings and misdirection, but also places the clues directly in the path of the reader.

This time we get a lot of comic dialogue as Myron smarts off towards just about everyone he meets. He responds to threats with sarcasm and witty co...more
A new to me mystery series which I found absolutely delightful. Interesting and engaging characters, the background of sports refreshingly different from the typical police procedural, and the humor hilarious. I "read" this as an audio book and loved the narrator. His inflection and nuances added so much to the narration.

First book in the series, we are introduced to Myron Bolitar, a 31 year old sports agent, former NCAA basketball star, and private investigator on the side. He has his own offi...more
Harlan Coben rocks, big-time. This is my first Myron Bolitar novel and I really liked the humor that is thrown in along with the suspense. Another page-turner full of twists and turns. Bolitar is a great character and the subject matter isn't typical. I am going to enjoy this series!
Abbey Schmidt
Harlan Coben’s novel, titled Deal Breaker, is the first of many in a series involving the main character Myron Bolitar and was published in 1995. This book falls in the genre Crime/Mystery and delivers an always evolving story line throughout. A theme for this book would be don’t judge a book by its cover. In many instances the characters turn out to be entirely different from what they seem. Since the character’s main goal in the novel is to solve a mystery, they must be open minded and not be...more
I read a review of detective fiction and this author commented that Robert B. Parker was the best of all
detective fiction writers. That gave him great credibility with me, so I've started his series of books about sports agent Myron Bolitar who also solves crimes. I like Bolitar, though not as much as Spenser. They both notice the girls and make witty comments and have a tough friend to help them stay
alive in tough times. Lots of funny lines. "He sounded like an aardvark near an anthill." "In bu...more
Charlotte (Buried in Books)
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Cindy Meilink
I've read a number of mixed reviews about this book, so I guess it's time I threw my own into the throng.

I happen to like Myron. I've liked him throughout the series. Although some may be put off by his continued sarcastic wit, I appreciate it. Granted, it's not the type of dialogue that most writers handle well, but I think Mr. Coben is one of the few that carry it off well.

Myron's friendship with Win is one of those that no one can understand working, but it perseveres. Win, wealthy, good look...more
Steve Horsfall
have read and enjoyed a couple of the Myron Bolitar stories, so was intrigued to go back and read the first in the series. I really enjoyed Deal Breaker. Bolitar has not long turned his hand to being a Sport's Agent and is representing a young American Football star called Christian Steele. The boy has a sad back-story as his girlfriend (Kathy) from University went missing nearly 2 years before the story starts; the girl just happens to be the sister of Bolitar's ex, Jessica Culver. Steele was...more

Myron is more than a sports agent - he is a sarcastic kick-ass problem solver. With his college best friend, Win and his office manager, Esperenza there seems to be no trouble they can not get out of. And trouble for Myron does not come in small doses.

His ex-gf, Jessica is back home due to the recent death of her father and thinks his death is tied in with her younger sister, Kathy's disappearance. Christian - Kathy's bf at the time of her disappearance - receives a package from Kathy wh...more
Paul Lyons
Loved this first Harlan Coben read. After plowing through some fairly heavy and depressing material this year (i.e. "Crime and Punishment," "Tender Is The Night," "Life After Life," etc...) DEAL BREAKER was a welcome relief. The book is just fun, a real pleasure to read and experience.

So, what's so great about DEAL BREAKER? Well, to start off with, the novel features a fierce and compelling murder mystery involving a young woman's disappearance, the murder of her father, and a wide var...more
"I Surprisingly Well Written Book Considering the Way it was Marketed to us Readers... Take a Chance, u Won't be Disappointed"

I was recommended this book & after I read the short summary of what the book & the main protagonists (Myron Bolitar) background I was a bit hesitant. All I saw was Tom Curise in Jerry McGuire lol... it was NOTHING of the sort. What they don't tell u is that did work for the FBI at one point & has a crazy friend named Wyn who likes to work on his anger managem...more
William Arsenis
DEAL BREAKER is the first novel in the Myron Bolitar series, but I have to admit, I didn’t read this book until recently.

Which turns out to be a good thing, because had this been the first Harlan Coben novel I’d ever read, I’d have never picked up another book by the same author again.


Because of the ending. Chapter 46, to be exact, in which there’s a dialog between the main protagonist, Myron, and his sidekick, Win; a chapter and a dialogue that exists for the sole purpose of explaining the...more
Adam Weaver
I read the book Deal Breaker by Harlan Coben. This story took place in the Meadowlands of New Jersey and is told through a third person limited omniscient viewpoint. The main character is Myron Bolitar who is a former basketball player, FBI agent, and now a sports agent. He has a very dry sense of humor, but is a really smart guy. Some of the other main characters are Christian Steele, a football star about to start his career in the NFL and former girlfriend of now missing Kathy Culver, and Je...more
3.5 stars. I am quite conflicted by this book. It took a while for me to fall into it, about 12 chapters or so, and getting a bead on the main character was proving to be fairly difficult as well. Some of the football and basketball terms just flew past me, but those starting falling by the wayside when stuff started happening. Some of what was portrayed was a little unnecessary, I thought, but I did enjoy the final reveal and the resolution. I think I will have to read the next in the series to...more
What a FANTASTIC start to the Myron Bolitar series. The “Deal Breaker” is an absolute roller coaster of a read. I am glad I picked up Mr. Coben’s literary work and whoppa, I am now a loyalist. This book is a rollicking thriller. It’s got a fantastic protagonist (Myron) and an equally awesome partner (Win). The characters have attitude, enough cheekiness to talk about, is mysterious and OMG charming.

The plot is superb. The pace is non-stop-page-turner. The characters (each one of them) are sharpl...more
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“Myron reached for the phone and dialed Win's number. After the eighth ring he began to hang up when a weak, distant voice coughed. "Hello?"
You okay?"
What took you so long to answer the phone?"
Who is this?"
Myron Bolitar?"
How many other Myrons do you know?"
Myron Bolitar?"
No, Myron Rockefeller."
Something's wrong," Win said.
Terribly wrong."
What are you talking about?"
Some asshole is calling me at seven in the morning pretending to be my best friend."
Sorry, I forgot the time.”
“A dancer on break approached him. She smiled. Each tooth was angled in a different direction, as if her mouth were the masterwork of a mad orthodontist.
"Hi," she said.
"You're really cute."
"I don't have any money."
She spun and walked away. Ah, romance.”
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