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Harlan Coben
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The Darkest Fear (Myron Bolitar #7)

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From New York Times bestselling author Harlan Coben comes an unforgettable duet of classic novels—two top-notch thrillers filled with the author’s signature storytelling genius.


For Dr. David Beck, the loss was shattering. And every day for the past eight years, he has relived the horror of what happened. The gleaming lake. The pale moonlight. The piercing scream
Paperback, 406 pages
Published March 15th 2001 by Dell (first published 2000)
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Another solid entry into the Myron Bolitar series. You sort of know what you're getting with these books by this stage. Witty dialogue with some sort of mystery that needs to be solved by Myron and his sidekick, Win, and some female person who Myron falls for.

Whilst never excelling it is steady along and has a few good ideas with a relatively interesting if a little unbelievable plot. Myron gets some news regarding the paternity of a child from a former lover and quickly does the maths an
Bruce Snell
Book number 7 in the Myron Bolitar series by Harlan Coben. Myron is visited by a former college sweetheart, his first real love, Emily Downing. She tells Myron her son is dying from a rare disease that can only be treated with a bone marrow transfusion, but that the only known donor has disappeared. She wants Myron to find him but due to the way their relationship ended Myron declines. Emily then claims that her child was fathered by Myron in an ill advised fling the night before her wedding. My ...more
Kurt Young
Picked this up off the shelf at work. Two day read for me, with a decent plot, and a cast of funky characters. First Coben book I've read. He's so bad that it actually became fun reading. The first paragraph, I'm sure, was actually written as an entry into the Bulwer-Lyton bad writing contest. As a bonus, Coben drops into a 2nd person voice, addressing the reader as an author. He's clearly a fan of Douglas Adams, but lacks his wit.

Not impossible to follow as a standalone novel, but probably one
Barbara ★
This book is a cross between a private investigator and the movie Jerry Maguire (involving a sports agent). A really slow start with chapters that don't appear to flow together. Seems kinda disjointed until around page 140 when it picks up and start making sense.

Myron Bolitar is an ex-basketball star who gets injured and becomes a sports agent. In the slow times, he has been tapped by friends to investigate crimes and such is what happens here. Myron's high school sweetheart calls out of the blu
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
Kevin Bresnahan
Another home run by Coben, the Myron Bolitar series is right up with my favorites like Dirk Pitt and Spenser. In Darkest Fear, Myron is asked to find a bone marrow donor for his exes son. The same ex who married Myron's rival in college. What seems like an easy request is anything but. Myron is swept into a complex intrigue, a family who does anything to keep their secrets private, a disgruntled journalist trying to recover his mojo, and the uneasiness of working with others he doesn't trust. Th ...more
I love Myron Bolitar. Whenever I pick up another in the series, I am reminded about how much I enjoy the characters in this series. I had heard so-so things about this book. It seems like this one had lower ratings than some of the others in the series. I enjoyed this one. I didn't really care for some of the outside characters, however they were necessary for the story. Kind of strange throwing a son in there, but I suppose in some messed up way it makes sense and ties in.

Good story. Fast-paced
Rose Cimarron
I like Myron and Win. I read the books out of sequence, as I find them, which I find makes things more interesting, putting the threads together.

This filled in the Myron-Jeremy link that I'd come across in later books. There was less Win in this book, a shame as I like Win (he wouldn't like me!).

The plotting was classic Coben, with a couple of extra twists and unanswered questions that hung about like bad smells until inspiration struck Myron. Coben captured the savoir faire of today's teenagers
Diane Coto
A thirteen year old boy will die without a bone marrow transplant. The good news is there is an exact match to a donor in the system. The bad news? The donor is missing.

In a recent episode of this series, Myron’s father had a heart-attack, increasing Myron’s awareness of love; family; closeness; and possibly mortality. His old girlfriend (pre-Jessica) has returned; her name is Emily. She married Greg Downing, the man who deliberately destroyed Myron’s pro basketball career (
I recently read "Six Years" by HC and disliked it so much, I wanted to cleanse my palate w. a good old Myron Bolitar novel. The thing is, I have a really hard time remembering which ones I've read and which ones I haven't. It's like the Janet Evanovich novels. They start with a hook, follow a formula, favorite characters pop up as needed, and ahh, it all resolves tidily in the end.
Because it was the cheapest selection for Kindle on that particular day, and the missing son who might be Myron's d
Ms. Risch
I've discovered that these types of popcorn mystery reads usually chug along with entertaining yet completely unbelievable plots until they suddenly hit a brick wall. This book appears to be the brick wall in this particular series: a babydaddy sideline story reminiscent of something one might see on The Young & The Restless, a ripped-from-the-headlines plot I'd expect from a Law & Order rerun on TNT, and absolutely horrible dialogue between Myron and his latest (very annoying) love inte ...more
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Myron Bolitar's ex-girlfriend, Emily Downing, approaches him with a request. Her son, Jeremy, has a rare disorder and needs a bone marrow transplant or he will die. The donor has disappeared and she needs Myron to track him down. Myron feels bad but doesn't want to get involved, until Emily drops a bombshell: Jeremy is Myron's son. With the help of Win and Esperanza, Myron begins a search which leads him to a missing child, brutal kidnappings, a disgraced reporter, and a possible serial killer.

Fiona A
Engaging story. Took me only two days to finish (unusual because I'm a lazy reader--yes I love saying that over and over again). I picked this book because I wanted to know whether Jeremy is Myron's son. Things like this intrigue me, even in real life. Win is such a likeable kind of friend that everyone would kill to have. His analogies were interestingly funny. Or funnily interesting. I love how Coben naturally throws in all the humour, like this one:

Susan Lex arched an eyebrow. The rich are r

Yes, I have been on a tear reading Harlan Coben's Myron Bolitar series. Trying to read in order but that can be hard when you're cheap and want to use the Philadephia Free Library. A few more to go and thank God for PFL.
Brett Wallach
Once you get past the preposterous idea of the series...that a star, white, Jewish (I can go there) basketball player, then went to Harvard Law, then became a sports agent, and then solves crimes on the side for fun and no money of course, along with the most cliched side characters this side of a Charlie Chan movie...once you get past all that, these books are usually pretty good, and this one is no exception. Way, way too many attempts at wit, most of which fail...but the story and the shmaltz ...more
Another great book from Harlan Coben, grabbing us from the beginning. The story is very well thought and it's very fast paced.
Short-take: I just recently came across this author's works. I have been reading his books, quite out of order, since that time. I read the most recent (Six Hours) first, then started picking up whatever was on the shelf in the local library. This book, Darkest Fear, is one of his earlier novels and I found myself thinking: "Yes. It shows." Darkest Fear is not nearly as strong, in any aspect (plot, voice, suspense), as his more recent works. Although still entertaining, I find that Coben didn't ...more
Catherine  Mustread
Family relationships and family secrets are at the heart of thisexciting and page-turning (once you're past the first few chapters) mystery, #7 in the Myron Bolitar series. Myron is first shocked by his parents and their life-changing transitions and then even more shocked that he may have fathered a son 14 years before who is now in need of a bone marrow transplant.

I love the humor in this series and the inside view of a non-typical (I'm guessing) sports agent and his almost unbelievable cohort
Inês Beato
Foi o livro do Myron Bolitar que menos gostei até agora, daí as 3.5 estrelas.
Neste "Darkest Fear" o caso é mais pessoal e envolve directamente a vida de Myron, no entanto a história não se mostrou tão forte como nos anteriores nem me agarrou tanto para o terminar, como habitualmente acontece. Para além disso, a Esperanza e o Win aparecem muito menos na trama do que o habitual, o que também não ajudou, visto que as suas aparições, especialmente do Win, são alguns dos pontos mais altos da série B
Kevin Murphy
This effort was MUCH more interesting than its predecessor. After a massive disappointment in "The Final Detail," Coben comes back to form. This book really moves. Obviously it's a departure from the common theme of the series (and I'll address that in a moment), but coming from a reader who lost his father recently enough for the experience to still be fresh, it not only moves with the speed of a bullet train, but it moves the heart as well. There were still minor issues involving the "Ocean's ...more
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I'm a big fan of Harlan Coben's Myron Bolitar Series, but this one just didn't hold my interest like the others I've read so far. Usually there is a sharp contrast between Myron and Win. Myron stands for justice and that which is morally right. Win is fine with the ends justifying the means. But in Darkest Fear, the line separating the two is quite blurred.

One of my favorite things about the mystery/thriller genre is the protagonist's ability to overcome a series of obstacles. In most cases, th
Harlan Coben- Darkest Fear (Dell Publishing 2001) 4 Stars

Myron Bolitar is shocked when an ex-girlfriend pays him a visit, only to announce that he is a father and has been for many years. Now his son is in need of a bone marrow transplant and the donor has suddenly disappeared. Is he really a father or is she just telling him that in the hopes that he will investigate and save her son? Either way he intends to find out the truth behind the donor’s disappearance. Suddenly he finds himself in the
Darren Vincent
First off, and this is not a detriment to the book or series, this book has nothing to do with a sports agent, the sports world or sports in general. Sure, the main character is a sports agent, but he could just as easily been a florist and the book would not have changed. That being said, this book is a mystery-thriller. And a very good one at that.

I am/was very impressed that Coben was able to keep the series alive after so many books. I mean, I didn't expect to be this many books into a serie
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Joyce Lagow
7th in the Myron Bolitar series.[return][return]Coben continues in this installment to deal with more serious issues other than a witty approach to the mystery genre. [return][return]Aging parents� particularly his increasingly fragile father� and the sale of the only home he has ever known have sobered Bolitar.[return][return]Then lightning strikes in the form of his former lover Emily Downing and, we discovered in the last book, the mother of his 13 year old son. Jeremy is dying and needs a bo ...more
DARKEST FEAR by Harlan Coben is 319 pages in paperback form. This is #7 in A Myron Bolitor Novel.

Brief Description:

Myron never saw it coming. A surprise visit from an ex-girlfriend is unsettling enough. But Emily Downing's news brings him to his knees. Her son Jeremy is dying and needs a bone-marrow transplant--from a donor who has vanished without a trace. Then comes the real shocker: The boy is Myron's son, conceived the night before her wedding to another man.

Staggered by the news, Myron plun
Don't ya just love it when you find a "new" author? Harlan Coben is FANTASTIC. This novel, 'Darkest Fear' is his 8th in his "Myron Bolitar" series. I intend to back-track and pick up the others I haven't yet read.

From back cover:

"Edgar Award-winner Harlan Coben brings us his most astonishing-and deeply personal-novel yet. And it all begins when Myron Bolitar's ex tells him he's a father...of a dying thirteen-year-old boy.

Myron never saw it coming. A surprise visit from an ex-girlfriend is unsett
This is the seventh book in the Myron Bolitar series, but the second one I have read. I love the cast of characters--1.Myron, a 34 year-old Sports agent who is still a bachelor, still trying to grow up and still trying to find himself after the path to becoming a professional basketball player was abruptly halted when he suffered a career-stopping injury 2. Win, Myron's very wealthy former college roommate who's moral compass is slightly, but justifiably askew 3. Esperanza, Myron's office assis ...more
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