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Deal Breaker (Myron Bolitar #1)

3.94 of 5 stars 3.94  ·  rating details  ·  23,404 ratings  ·  1,392 reviews
Hardball negotiating is paying off for Myron Bolitar. His newest client, Christian Steele, is about to become The Giants' new superstar. But when Christian's girlfriend disappears and her nude photo surfaces in a porno magazine, Myron gets entangled with a group of sleazy players--and a killer. Reissue.
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Published January 1st 1999 by Books on Tape (first published May 1st 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
James Thane
Myron Bolitar was once a very promising NBA rookie out of Duke, where his team won two NCAA national championships. But a freak accident early in his rookie year abruptly ended his basketball career and changed the course of his life. He went to law school, then did a brief stint with the F.B.I., and has just embarked on a new career as a sports agent.

Thus far, Myron has a small and fairly insignificant client list. But his prospects are brightened considerably when he signs quarterback Christia
A comment on one of my progress reviews from one of my friends sums up this book nicely "I love Myron!". An easy to like protagonist who is a sportsagent, a good guy with a background of working with the FBI and with a legal background. He had ethics! I didn't enjoy this one as much as Six Hours, but still an enjoyable read.

I like this authors style of writing, bits of serious stuff, but never losing the 'cool', or maybe this was just Myron?! I found it funny reading about the young and talented
I only recently read my first Harlan Coben book and liked it so I decided to go back and start at the beginning. This is #1 in the Myron Bolitar series and despite his odd name Myron is a very likeable character. I really enjoyed his cynical banter with his off sider Win. And Win himself is a fascinating character, always calm,, cool and collected even when doing what he does best which is beating up the bad guys! The story was fast and intriguing and I absolutely did not suspect the eventual ki ...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
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
Mike French
I have read the other nine Myron Bolitar by Harlan Coben, but somehow I never read this one. DEAL BREAKER gave me insight into things I didn't know about Myron. Very enjoyable first book in the series. However, I like Harlan Coben's later stand alone better.
Jun 23, 2013 Britany rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Very entertaining. Glad I started this series and I will definitely be reading more. I was fun trying to figure out the mystery along with the characters. And, the fact that it was hilarious helped a lot, too!
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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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
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
As is often the case with me, I stumbled on a new series when I read a book way down in the order of the Bolitar books. I enjoyed it enough to want to start from the beginning. I realized while reading this story that it reminded me a little of Patterson's Alex Cross books, in that there are a pair of best buds who work together to make the world a nicer place, and I don't mean by picking up litter in the park. In the case of Myron and Win, they will stop at nothing to achieve their goals, no ma ...more
Reviewed first at Brunner's Bookshlef

I have read a few books by Harlan Coben but it wasn't until the last two, Six Years, and Missing You that really got me hooked on his writing. When I saw that he had a series I figured I would give it a try. Myron Bolitar is a sports agent and the main character of this series. Now I am a huge Hockey fan but the rest of pro sports I know very little about. I wasn't sure how I was going like this but wanted to at least give this book a try.

Even though Bolitar
Mary Grandstaff
This is a typical detective story full of cliques that includes the author's over done street smart rhetoric that is repetitious to the point of slowing down the story. Practically all the characters are given a similar dialog style (mostly of adolescent boys) which makes them boring, flat and predictable. That includes the one-dimensional Myron who's sarcasm starts out humorous but quickly becomes contrived and tedious. None of the characters are appealing or realistic so the reader doesn't car ...more
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
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
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
Kris - My Novelesque Life

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
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
"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
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Myron Bolitar (1 - 10 of 12 books)
  • Drop Shot (Myron Bolitar, #2)
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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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