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Back Spin (Myron Bolitar #4)

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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
Paperback, 368 pages
Published July 7th 1997 by Dell Publishing Company (first published January 1st 1997)
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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...more
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 :(
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
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...more
Sercan Çelik
son sayfalarda dumur oldum resmen.. harlan coben gerçekten günümüzün en iyi gerilim ve gizem ustası
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...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
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...more
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...more
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
"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
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...

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 ;)
"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...more
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...more
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
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
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
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...more
Another satisfying Myron Boltaire story. Easy read and great for a nice escape. Even better - I got this book for $.10 at a library book sale!
Caleb Fletcher
This is the fourth book in the series, I've read books 1-4 and book number 10. (I didn't know #10 was part of a series when it was introduced to me).

I feel like the series is getting very repetitive. The story takes about half the book sorting through minutia, and then the story unfolds in fantastic fashion. There are too many twists and turns to make it believable. I know it's fiction...but seriously, how could this many near death situations occur in one persons life?

I may read the rest of t...more
I've had this book on my Kindle for a couple of years, but after reading Deal Breaker and Drop Shot, the first two books in the series, I was not anxious to pick up a third.

Actually, I rather enjoyed the first one, but I found Drop Shot totally without merit and I suffered from testosterone poisoning for weeks after reading it. So, two more books in the series have languished on my Kindle since.

But I have this rule that I can't remove books from the device and send them to the Cloud until I hav...more
Myron Bolitar is approached by an old man to help his daughter and son-in-law, both of them ace golfers, to locate their missing son. And, in return Myron’s Company is promised a deal with the husband-wife duo. Myron goes on his own to locate the missing child as his friend Win won’t help him on the case, and manages to recover the child and in the process opens up a can full of lies, both from the past and present.

With each passing book, I am gradually starting to regard Bolitar as one of my mo...more
Stephen Clynes
16 year old Chad Coldren goes missing and a telephone call claims that he has been kidnapped. Has Chad simply ran away and this is a cruel hoax? Myron Bolitar has a job to solve this mystery.

Back Spin has a very good plot with many possibilities of perpetrator, giving lots of avenues for Myron Bolitar to explore. There are plenty of suspects and this story has lots of twists that raise many doubts and suspicions. Harlan is very good at developing characters and each one has bags of personality....more
This series is turning out to be very consistent for me - I've enjoyed every one, so far - all almost equally. There's just something very likable about Myron.

This story focused on golf - but again, you really don't have to have any interest in this particular sport to enjoy this book. (In fact, Myron doesn't much care for golf, either, LOL.) Esperanza gets a slightly larger role in this one, and Win actually gets a smaller one. However, we do get a small glimpse into Win's past. While it proba...more
Laura Salas
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Golf. Green. Lots of GREEN. White Sand. Mansions. A Whole New World of Language. Funny Pants. Loud Jews. Kidnapped Boy. Famous Golfers. U.S. Open. Severed Fingers. Murder. Anything To Keep The Way People Perceive This Family Alive.

So this is another installment of Myron Bolitar. I love his stories.

This one though was about golf. Harlan Coben even said in the beginning of the book that he and Myron Bolitar tried, but it didn't suit them.

A lot happens in this book, especially with the characters...more
Bruce Snell
Book 4 in the Myron Bolitar series by Harlan Coben - 3.5 stars. Myron is at the golf US Open with his friend Win (whose family are part of the sponsoring country club). While he is watching the match (and wondering why people like golf) Myron is approached by Linda Coldren and asked to investigate the kidnapping of her son. Linda is related to Win, but because Win hasn't spoken to his mother in 25 years, he is not willing to help Myron with the case. And to complicate the case, Linda's husband,...more
Grâce au site de Babélio et Masse critique, j'ai reçu "Du sang sur le green", en échange d'une critique sur mon blog, gentille ou méchante, l'important c'est de donner notre avis!
Je l'ai reçu dans le courant de janvier. Il s'agit de mon premier contact avec Myron Bolitar, l'agent sportif de Coben.
Eh bin, malgré un début un peu lent et difficile- j'ai mis un peu de temps à arriver aux 100 premières pages, mais évidemment la tête avait du mal à suivre- j'ai dévoré les 300 suivantes en quelques jou...more
Jack Erickson
Coben has a good sports-themed series with Myron Bolitar, his wealthy banking buddy Win, and loyal aide, Esperanza, a former pro woman wrestler. All well developed characters.
This book is about professional golf, a sport that would seem to have meager subject material for a murder mystery. But Coben pulls it off, enriched by complex and off-beat characters. The plot goes back to the early career of a pro golfer, Jack Coldren, trying to redeem himself from a disastrous U.S. Open performance 23 ye...more
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