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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
Mass Market Paperback, 358 pages
Published July 7th 1997 by Dell Publishing Company (first published 1997)
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Mar 20, 2015 Phrynne rated it really liked it
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:)
Feb 25, 2016 ☮Karen rated it liked it
Shelves: audio, read-in-2016
Published way back in 1997, if Back Spin was read today by someone born in that decade, that person might not understand some of Myron Bolitar's wit or his references to TV shows popular back then. The material is definitely dated, but I didn't mind too much because I'm dated too!

The kidnapping case Myron is asked to work on took one turn after another, eventually solved by none other, but not until every character in the book was looked at as suspects. Then throw a murder, revenge, and a variet
João Carlos

“Merion Golf Club”

Sou um admirador confesso do escritor de policiais Harlan Coben (n. 1962) e adoro golfe.
Com o título original “Back Spin” - significa “o efeito que a bola ganha no contacto com a face do taco de golfe; um movimento de rotação contrária da bola que se imprime na pancada e que a faz rolar para trás quando aterra no solo” - surge-nos o "detective/agente desportivo" Myron Bolitar que é "contratado" para investigar o desaparecimento/rapto de Chad Coldren, filho do casal de golfista
Büşra Bal
Feb 11, 2012 Büşra Bal rated it really liked it
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 :(
Dec 08, 2011 David rated it really liked it
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
Apr 04, 2008 Jen rated it really liked it
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
Feb 14, 2010 Chanda rated it it was ok
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
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Apr 01, 2016 Hoàng Nguyễn rated it really liked it
Hm, bây giờ mình mới để ý, phần Acknowledgments nguyên văn thế này:

[Tên những người Harlan Coben đã tìm đến để tham khảo] Như mọi khi, những lỗi sai trong thực tế hay gì đi chăng nữa đều thuộc về bọn họ. Đừng đổ lỗi cho tác giả. Myron và tôi đã cố hết sức rồi.

Xin lỗi chứ, cháu thay mặt Win và Esperanza khinh bỉ hai người :))

Vẫn như mọi khi, 3 sao cho quyển sách, 1 sao cho Win và 0.5 sao cho tác giả :))
Jul 10, 2011 Eric_W rated it really liked it
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
Tony Talbot
Oct 31, 2014 Tony Talbot rated it liked it
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
Feb 29, 2016 Andie1040 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this book- so much more than I enjoy the game of golf.
Dick Reynolds
Sep 04, 2014 Dick Reynolds rated it liked it
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
Apr 08, 2016 Nadeen rated it really liked it
Shelves: audio-read
This was a great audiobook. This has more Myron and less Win than usual but their dynamics are still present. Coben makes them believable characters in that you continue to question both their morals and humanity while still being inexorably drawn to them. You want them in your foxhole but maybe not in the family or in your bed. As for the story, I was not sure until the end how this was going to be resolved. "Myron" does a good job laying out the case for several people being the perpetrators a ...more
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
Carl Alves
Oct 16, 2014 Carl Alves rated it liked it
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
Jul 04, 2012 Harry rated it it was amazing
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
Oct 28, 2012 Jonetta rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery-suspense
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
Apr 29, 2015 Gary rated it really liked it
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.
Susan Grace
Jan 18, 2016 Susan Grace rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Love! Love! Love! Harlan Coben's humor just delights me! The action of his stories is always compelling and while he explores some dark material, he keeps his sense of humor. Another, force myself to put this book down and get to work, book!
Megan Bodwell
Jun 13, 2015 Megan Bodwell rated it really liked it
Shelves: library, kindle, 2015
The best Myron Bolitar so far. As I am half in love with both Win and Myron by now, this one, with its offerings of more about Win, was like a little gift. I can't wait to dive into the rest of these books!
Strawberry Fields
Jan 15, 2016 Strawberry Fields rated it it was ok
YES! I LOVE Harlan Coben. This however, was not my favorite book.

I hate golf. Luckily Myron hates it too so we had that in common throughout the book. The story line was good. I do love how at the end of all his books, just when you think it's's not!

The thing I liked best about this book is that we got a really personal look at Win. Although he was not necessarily a feature character in this book, we got to see a portion of why he is who he is. We got to see him in a completely differe
Aug 01, 2015 Aaron rated it it was amazing
Myron Bolitar (and Coben's readers) finally get a little more insight into the mysterious past of Myron's good friend and business partner Win in this novel. Myron is invited to the US Open of golf with the possibility of picking up a few more clients for his sports management business. It is largely due to the fact that it has gotten around that he is a pretty good detective as well as a sports manager.

Pro golfers Linda and Jack Coldren need Myron's help because their teenaged son has been kidn
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
Jul 15, 2014 Jonny99 rated it liked it
"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
Aug 31, 2013 Stephanie rated it liked it
Shelves: adult-fiction
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...
Dec 27, 2013 Cláudia rated it liked it

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 ;)
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Feb 26, 2013 Rrager15 rated it it was ok
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.
Mar 19, 2014 Kristin rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery, audio-books
"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
Jan 16, 2016 Eadie rated it really liked it
This was a great golf mystery with quirky characters and a plot with lots of twists and turns. I enjoyed learning more about Win and his background. This is also story of violence and betrayal; particularly the pain that family members can inflict upon one another. A must read for anyone who likes mysteries with depth and has a sense of humor. I look forward to reading the next Myron Bolitar mystery very shortly.
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