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Back Spin (Myron Bolitar #4)

3.95 of 5 stars 3.95  ·  rating details  ·  11,869 ratings  ·  516 reviews
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 shoul ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 358 pages
Published July 7th 1997 by Dell Publishing Company (first published 1997)
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Phrynne
My very first Harlen Coben book and I enjoyed it very much. It appears I have started at number four in a series but that did not seem to matter as the story was stand alone. I liked the main character very much and smiled often at his attempts at humour. This particular book was not the most exciting mystery I have read but is was okay and I am keen to read more of this author's work. I know it comes highly recommended by many people whose opinions I trust:)
Büşra Bal
her zamanki gibi süperdi,Coben'in en sevdiğim serisi zaten :) Sherlock-Watson sevenler kesinlikle bayılacaklar Myrion-Win ikilisine.Myrion'un kafa sesleri çok eğlendiriyor beni :D Martı sırayla yayınlasaydı iyiydi ama olsun,böylesi de zevkli :D

Kitapta beni üzen tek şey Jess-Myrion ilişkisinin gidişatıydı,lanet olsun :(
David
The Myron Bolitar novels are not only full of clever plot twists and mysterious secrets (usually from someone's deep dark past).. BUT what makes them great?

Is it the YooHoo slurping, wise-cracking sports agent\detective that we've come to know and love?

Is it the complex relationships between Myron and those who work around or with him?

Is it Myron's partner, a cold-hearted billionaire vigilante styled in the image of Bruce Wayne (Batman without a cape or a mask)?

Is it the wonderful references to
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Jen
In the third Myron Bolitar mystery, golf is the name of the game. A former friend (and relative through marriage) of Win's is in contention for the U.S. Open. Twenty some years earlier, he was in the same position and choked. And just when it looks like he's a shoe-in for this Open, his son is kidnapped.

This novel focuses a lot on the dynamics of family again. Win's mother is dying and Win has not spoken to her in years. He refuses to have anything to do with the missing boy case because it inv
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Chanda
I think Harlan Coben should stick with the more serious side of murder mystery and leave the crazy/witty/caper type to authors more along the line of Janet Evanovitch. While I appreciated the effort at wit and candor in this one , and he did manage to evoke a few reluctant chortles from me, I like it better when he's less goofy and more, well, brilliant. Plus- and I should have known this- but a mystery about GOLFERS?! The biggest mystery surrounding golf is why anyone would play it... I have tw ...more
Sercan Çelik
son sayfalarda dumur oldum resmen.. harlan coben gerçekten günümüzün en iyi gerilim ve gizem ustası
Tony Talbot
Not the best Myron Bolitar book - they just aren't the same without Win going psycho - but you're always in for a good time with Coben and Bolitar.

For those who don't know the series, this is number four of ten (Sounds like a Borg designation...). Myron Bolitar is a retired-by-injury athlete who turned into a sports agent. He also does some private investigating on the side with his kick-ass psycho friend Win. Myron wisecracks his way through danger and trouble like a classic 1940s hardboiled de
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Dick Reynolds
I bought this paperback recently at Sam’s Club for under seven dollars. I didn’t realize it’s not one of Harlan Coben’s more recent works. In fact it was first published in 1997 and reissued for mass market fiction in 2009.
The protagonist is Myron Bolitor; sports agent, an attorney who doesn’t practice, and an amateur detective. He’s at Ohio’s Merion Golf Club for the U. S. Open with hopes of signing one or more professionals to lucrative representation contracts. Myron is contacted by Linda C
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Clarabel
Le couple de champions de golf, Linda et Jack Coldren, en plein tournoi de l'US Open, apprend la disparition de leur fils de 15 ans, Chad. Kidnapping ou fugue ? Le couple refuse pourtant d'alerter la police ou les médias et conçoit timidement l'aide de Myron Bolitar, lequel va rapidement s'apercevoir que tout dans cette affaire sonne faux.

De plus, son ami Win marque la distance et le laisse mijoter dans son jus, à se triturer les méninges face à un couple Coldren qui manque de transparence et in
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Carl Alves
I normally enjoy Myron Bolitar novels, but I was a bit reluctant with this one considering that this was tackling the completely uninteresting and mind-numbingly boring world of golf. Not exactly my ideal setting for a thriller. In Back Spin, Myron takes on a client whose son disappears from my native Philadelphia. As Myron dives into the case, he realizes that the family who has hired him holds some seriously dark secrets. The boy’s father, a golf pro who once upon a time had a shot at the big ...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
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Jonetta
Sports agent Myron Bolitar is approached by the father of super-star golfer Linda Coldren when her son is kidnapped. Her husband, Jack, an aging pro, is in the middle of a comeback in the golf U. S. Open. Myron agrees to help them and, as usual, gets embroiled in the middle of a plethera of suspects, lies and twists.


There were any number of suspects that could have been involved in this case and after awhile, I just stopped trying to guess and sat back and enjoyed the story. One of the highlight
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Eric_W
Very different from his thriller novels, the Myron Bolitar series is excellent. Myron is a sports rep who doubles as a detective, usually having to drag one of clients out of trouble In this case, Myron investigates the kidnapping of Chad Jack (the “Choker”) and Linda Coldran’s son. Jack is famous for having lost a US open in the last few rounds when he had it otherwise sewn up.

There are some very funny lines about golf and the seemingly idiotic behavior of golfers and their fans. Here “he was w
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Gary
The 4th book in the Myron Bolitar series by Harlan Coben. I am a big fan of Harlan Coben and this series in particular and enjoy his fast paced novels that have more than a touch of humour. This book was no exception and was a delight to read. He brings the characters to life and I have pictures of them in my head while I am reading the novels. Great plots and so well paced.
Danielle
I love Harlan Coben and he is an amazingly talented writer.

Myron is a really good character, he's smart, he's witty and he's charming. And usually the characters are a great unit. But for me the characters were lost in this novel. Win really took the show, we find out about his background, he see him in action talking to clients and got to know him on a personal level and that was great,I love character development. But he wasn't involved in Myron's hunt to find Chad, he didn't want to be invol
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Jonny99
"Back Spin: A Case of Literary Maximalism". Titular protagonist Myron Bolitar is a professional basketball player and a successful sports agent and a lawyer and does secret stuff for the U.S. government and his best friend from childhood is Batman. No really, his best friend is actually Batman - a wealthy son of privilege separated from his parents who goes out at night and avenges victims. Like with the stately manor and the martial arts and the secret car and everything. So with Batman backing ...more
Stephanie
This series is very much following a formula, and I don't think I care for it. However, this was probably the best book of the ones I have read thus far.

Coben is just an incredibly predictable writer. Unlike a Kellerman crime novel where it takes until the halfway point or so to figure out who the criminal is Coben just hands it to you in the first 40 pages.

I have three more of these books left in the bundle I borrowed from the library. Let's see if I make it through them...
Cláudia
3,5

I'm so glad that I discovered Harlan Coben one day.
His books are great, full of twists and surprises, lots of suspense, all that you can wish in a thriller. And as for the series with Myron Bolitar, besides all that you still have lots of fun, because Myron can be such a funny guy and always as a line to say.
It was a fast paced read, even though I don't like golf ;)
Rrager15
Not a bad plot and fairly good character development, but I just couldn't get past all the dated references. The thought of a golfer being paid for the logo on his hat as novel? When was this written, 1970? An Internet search description that might be informative for anyone older than 70. And dialogue attributed to teenage girls that is so over the top it makes you cringe. Sorry, but too many distractions to give this more than two stars.
Kristin
"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 w
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K.G.
Yeah it was OK that all. The main character Myron Bolitar seems to have had an impossibly large amount of experience in his short life and with every couple of chapters you find out a little more. His friend Win is some sort of crime fighting superhero with a little Sherlock Holmes thrown in. The attempts at humour are rarely pulled off. Certainly not the fast moving tale you expect from Coben.
Jim C
This novel is another mystery with the character Myron Bolitar as well as his cohorts. This can be read as a stand alone but reading the previous novels helps knowing the relation of the characters. This one enters the world of golf. A teenage son is kidnapped and he is the son of the golfer who is currently the leader of the U.S. Open and Myron is asked to investigate. This novel also has a minor storyline about Win and his mother who do not communicate with each other.

One thing I enjoy about t
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Enrico Tassinari
The usual Coben's page turner, but this time he's not at his top, maybe because he finds golf boring, maybe because there are a bit too much stretches and reaches for a plot lasting just 4 days. Anyway some developments in the side stories of this serie (Win, Esperanza) take places in the book, so it's worth reading it in from a "serial" POV.
Ellen
Back Spin by Harlan Coben.

An over the hill superstar golfer, Jack Goldren, receives notice that his son has been kidnapped and is being held for ransom. Jack learns this during the most important golf tournament in his life. One that he must win to earn back the reputation he had before being ripped of his title twenty three years ago.

Myron Bolitar is on the hunt for the kidnappers and is determined to bring back Jack's son safe & sound. finding the kidnappers is one thing...the dangerous te
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Alicia
I like the Myron Bolitar books. I like the characters and the language. I love how it sounds so cheesy and I roll my eyes and the next line is the author admitting that it was indeed cheesy. This one had a little more cheese than I like but it was still pretty good
Christine
This was the weakest of the Bolitar series, IMO. The plot twists were fairly predictable and the chemistry between the main characters seemed off. I was looking forward to finishing just to get it over with. Hopefully the fifth book will redeem the series!
Jodi
Myron is approached by the top woman's golfer in the world. Her son has been kidnapped. Her husband, who lost the US Open 23 years ago, may take it all this time. The catch, these are Win's cousins. He refuses to even discuss the case. Not even for Myron. As usual, things are not what they seem. Chad, the son, does not seem to be an unwilling kidnappee. Until they find his finger. Win still refuses to care. Myron can't stop digging and what he founds astounds him. After 23 years some truths refu ...more
Marcia
Myron Bolitar deals with golf and golfers. Although his expertise is not in this sport, Bolitar adjusts quickly to the people and events. The US Open has returned to the golf course outside of Philadelphia where it was played years before. Jack Coldren, who is the leader again, is the same man whose game collapsed so badly the first time. This time, his son Chad is missing and then determined as kidnapped just before the tournament begins. The ransom is the tournament. Coldren must decide whethe ...more
Bryan
Coben is one of my favorite authors, but he missed the mark on this one. Boring characters stuck in a boring story. The twist(s) were decent, but by the time I got to them, I was already worn out.
Robin
When golf superstar Linda Coldren approaches sports agent Myron Bolitar, she has a deal for him. Her son, Chad, has been kidnapped and will be killed if she goes to the police. If Myron helps find him, she and her golf-pro husband will sign with Myron's agency. As Myron searches for the missing boy, he finds lots of suspects, all of whom seem to have a secret they will kill to keep.

The fourth Myron Bolitar mystery has so many plot twists and turns. I had no idea who was behind the kidnapping and
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With over 60 million books in print worldwide, Harlan Coben’s last seven consecutive novels, MISSING YOU, SIX YEARS, STAY CLOSE, LIVE WIRE, CAUGHT, LONG LOST and HOLD TIGHT all debuted at #1 on the New York Times bestseller list and lists around the world. His books are published in 43 languages around the globe.

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