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Live Wire (Myron Bolitar #10)

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Watch a video#1 New York Times bestselling author Harlan Coben proves once again that "nobody writes them better" in a thriller that asks a provocative question: Is a pretty lie better than the ugly truth?

Harlan Coben published his first Myron Bolitar thriller, Deal Breaker, in 1995, introducing a hero that would captivate millions. Over the years we have watched Myron
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Hardcover, First Edition, 371 pages
Published March 22nd 2011 by Dutton (first published January 1st 2011)
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Deb
Apr 02, 2011 Deb rated it really liked it
Harlan Coben is one of my favorite authors. I like his prose, I like his characters and the way he brings them to life and he always says something I like to think about and save. This is one of his Myron Bolitar books. I think they should make a movie and cast Alexander Skarsgard as Winn. The plot keeps you guessing to the end. A couple of things he said that I want to save:

Myron is thinking about his brother and says, ""Their estrangement worked a bit like grief. We are often told during time
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James Thane
Aug 05, 2012 James Thane rated it liked it
Shelves: crime-fiction
Myron Bolitar returns here in his tenth outing. Formerly a struggling sports agent, Myron has blossomed over a period of seventeen years into a super agent who represents not only sports figures but a wide variety of entertainment stars as well. As is usually the case in a Harlan Coben novel, families take a major role, and in this case Myron's family is center stage--both his regular family and his extended family which consists of his best friend Win and Esperanza and Big Cyndi, the two women ...more
Richard
Dec 16, 2015 Richard rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller, crime
5/10

The completionist in me required that I read this novel, the final outing in the Myron Bolitar series. Having read the previous 9 I needed to tie things off, it makes sense, however I was less than thrilled about picking this up. Harlan Coben used to be one of my favourite authors about 10 years ago and I’m unsure whether it’s my tastes that have changed or his quality has dropped. Whichever it is, Coben is no longer in my top ten authors after a number of disappointing reads over the last f
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Evangeline Jennings
Jul 08, 2012 Evangeline Jennings rated it it was ok
After six or seven books in the Myron Bolitar series, Harlan Coben either ran out of ideas or got some new ideas beyond his station. Either way, his subsequent standalone thrillers have been largely disappointing. Compare and contrast with Dennis Lehane. Also Robert Crais.

So it was no big surprise that after three of them, he returned to Myron Bolitar and his more interesting friend Windsor Horne Lockwood III. AKA Win. Coben has alternated between the two styles of late but this, the most recent
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Cathy DuPont
Well, giving this book the benefit of the doubt because it was an audio that I listened to in the car, I'll bump it up from two stars to three.

I like Myron but this wasn't his best story. And besides Myron (and Dad) there wasn't anyone to like. I like to like characters.
Alex
Aug 05, 2012 Alex rated it really liked it
Shelves: thriller
LIVE WIRE was my fifth Harlan Coben read and my favorite so far.

Myron Bolitar really comes alive as a character as he struggles to find answers to what happened to his 15-yrs-gone brother, and inadvertanently stumbles across the answer to what happened to the elusive rockstar, Gabriel Wire. When one of his former client's is murdered, he quickly learns the answers he's seeking have become dynamite to everyone in his life, including himself.

What I liked best about the book is what most people li
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Giovanni Gelati
Mar 31, 2011 Giovanni Gelati rated it it was amazing
I believe it was around this time last year I wrote about another Harlan Coben novel and it turned out that it was one of my top picks of the year. This, I think is going to be no different. Live Wire is just that, from the first paragraph to the very end. I am not going to go on and on about this novel; it would just sound like me smooching the man’s Gluteus Maximus way too much. Needless to say he makes the mundane amazing, the funny funnier and the viewpoint and characters are just too spot o ...more
Jeffrey
May 21, 2011 Jeffrey rated it liked it
Recommends it for: fans of the Myron Bolitar novels
Shelves: mystery, read-in-2011
From Howard Hughes to JD Salinger to Harper Lee to Greta Garbo, the story of a celebrity hiding out as a recluse intrigues us. Why has she disappeared? Can we see him? Harlan Coben's new Myron Bolitar novel takes the familiar famous recluse story, adds a little family mystery and angst and mixes it together to pen the 10th addition to his Bolitar canon. Its a diverting tale.

Myron Bolitar is the half owner of MB Reps, a sports and entertainment agency that caters to the stars. Bolitar is a former
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James
Jan 17, 2016 James rated it liked it
A thriller that's good enough with the usual characters - the hero who cannot help himself, the mysterious rockstar recluse, the tough side kick etc etc. The plot is as usual more than a little implausible but definitely fun enough. What kicks it all up a notch is the dialogue which is both funny and fresh. Many thriller writers seem to be stuck in the late eighties and so it's a relief to find one that actually can write in a way that doesn't seem to be some weird tv rerun. I do hope it's not j ...more
Harry
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
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LJ
First Sentence: The ugliest truth, a friend once told Myron, is still better than the prettiest of lies.

Sports and celebrity representative Myron Bolitar’s life has undergone changes. His business, MB Reps, now handles more than sports figures. A very pregnant ex-tennis-star client asks Myron to find her musician husband who left her after he sees a Facebook post saying “Not His.” The search leads Myron and his team into a search for missing members of Myron’s family and into the world of drugs
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Siv30
Feb 06, 2016 Siv30 rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery
כשסוז טי פונה למיירון בולטימר לסייע לה לגלות מי מנסה להרוס אותה, מיירון אינו חושב פעמיים ומנסה לסייע לה.

העלילה הולכת ומסתבכת כאשר גיסתו, קייטי חוזרת לתמונה אחרי 15 שנים של ניתוק. מיירון מתעמת עם סודות אפלים מהעבר, שקרים ובגידות.

קראתי שיש להרלן קובן סידרה שלמה שהכוכב בה הוא מיירון בולטימר. זה הספר הראשון שקראתי שבו הגיבור הוא מיירון ואני יכולה להבין את המשיכה שיש לקהל לגיבור השרמנטי והרגיש.

סהכ זה ספר חביב מנקה מח בדיוק מה שהייתי צריכה. העלילה לא לגמרי קוהרנטית והחורים נסגרים בהסברים בדיעבד שלפעמ
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Gail Mchugh
Jul 18, 2011 Gail Mchugh rated it it was ok
I have loved every one of Mr. Coben's, Myron Bolitar, novels, up to this one. Live Wire was really good until he introduced the nephew Mickey. I find Mickey an obnoxious character. I do not care if he is only fifteen or whatever age he is. I do not care about his background. He is spoiled and obnoxious. I would not even care to start the new novel with him in it. I will be so sorry if this has to be the last of my favourite characters. i have read all the Myron Bolitar books in the past month an ...more
LeAnn
May 27, 2011 LeAnn rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2011-books
Live Wire is the tenth book in the Myron Bolitar series. Familiar characters are back: Myron (former professional basketball player injured in his first pro-game and owner of MB Reps—an agency representing “stars”), Windsor Horne Lockwood III (“Win”-rich and very dangerous), Esperanza Diaz (Myron’s business partner, lawyer, new mom, and retired professional wrestler known as Little Pocahontas) and “Big Cindi” (Esperanza’s retired tag team wrestling partner and “receptionist extraordinaire” at MP ...more
David
Mar 06, 2015 David rated it really liked it
Shelves: completed
Harlan Coben is the master of twists and turns... and the Myron Bolitar novels are among his best writing.

I have nothing bad to say about this mystery, except that I figured out some of the stuff before Myron did, which is unusual. However, Myron is a wonderfully written character, and Coben manages to keep him and his partner Win, interesting.

Win does some stuff in this one that are even more over-the-top than usual... Later he tells Myron that he knew Myron would not approve. Yet, we can see
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Stephan
Aug 16, 2014 Stephan rated it really liked it
Shelves: harlan-coben
This is the 10th and final book in the series. I had read the first 8 books and then this one out of order - which I hate to do. If you have not read any of the series, they center around Myron Bolitar who had a very short NBA career with the Boston Celtics. His career ended after a severe knee injury during his first pro game. Now he owns "MB Reps" and he is an agent for primarily athletes, but also represents actors and other artists. In each book, one of his clients or someone he knows seem t ...more
Seth
Nov 02, 2011 Seth rated it liked it
If I were an author, I don't think I would be a fan of having a recurring character. I'm sure the publishers push hard for them since they sell books, but they don't make for very interesting reading after a while. After several episodes, a certain amount of disbelief sets in that such noteworthy events could keep happening to a single individual. Such is the case with Myron Bolitar. I enjoy Myron and the other characters in his world, but they're starting to wear a little thin, and it just does ...more
Lukasz Pruski
May 05, 2013 Lukasz Pruski rated it did not like it
For once, I am happy that I occasionally suffer from insomnia. If I had to read Harlan Coben's "Live Wire" during my waking hours, it would be a waste of time. The novel suffers from the "n-th book in a series syndrome". It is a Myron Bolitar novel, featuring the usual "colorful" characters like Esperanza, Big Cyndi, and Win. If one does not know the previous books in the series, these characters make little sense. What's worse, if one does know the previous books, there is no point in reading t ...more
Marleen
Aug 15, 2012 Marleen rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: harlan-coben
“All families have secrets. Some will kill you” - That’s what it says on the cover of LIVE WIRE; and I find it very true and very sad in this case. It just feels like Myron can’t get a break when it comes to his beloved family members. It must have escaped my attention reading all the previous Myron Bolitar books that Myron had a brother (Brad) he hadn’t seen or spoken to in fifteen years. It’s hard to summarize the plotline here; there’s Suzze T, long-time client, a tennis-player who asks for M ...more
Don Sparrow
Apr 15, 2011 Don Sparrow rated it really liked it
This is #10 in the "Myron Bolitar" series of books and I've read them all as well as all of Coben's other novels. He is absolutely one of my favorite authors and this effort did not disappoint with the usual suspense, action and ass-kicking in abundance."Bolitar" the former basketball jock turned sport's agent/private eye along with his best friend "Windsor Horne Lockwood III" better known to those who fear him as "Win"; along with Esperanza and Big Cyndi return in this latest adventure.Coben ch ...more
Jennifer
Mar 31, 2011 Jennifer rated it liked it
Recommends it for: fans of Myron and Win
Recommended to Jennifer by: Win
Shelves: read-2011
Myron Bolitar is back but this time in third person, which kind of threw me. One of the things I enjoy most about Coben's series is Myron's wise cracking "voice." That still comes through here but in a slightly muted way. The story, like all good mystery stories, brings up issues from the past--Myron's past. It turns out that Myron has a younger brother, Brad, whom he lost touch with after a bitter fight 15 years ago. Myron tried to keep his brother from making a mistake with a woman but it turn ...more
Scott Rhee
Jul 24, 2012 Scott Rhee rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery
Harlan Coben's "Live Wire" is the latest in his long-running Myron Bolitar series, and, like all of Coben's books, it's a quick and suspenseful read. Bolitar, a sports agent/detective, is hired by a former client to investigate what appears to be a simple case of cyber-harassment. Unfortunately, nothing is ever simple for Bolitar, as his investigation inextricably leads him to his long-estranged younger brother and a 20-year-old murder case. Add a famous rock star, some Mafia heavies, and a stra ...more
Sharyn
Dec 26, 2014 Sharyn rated it really liked it
This was a reread. I picked it up while working a used book sale and started to read it during the sale. I love Myron Bolitar. I love the funny, snappy dialogue and internal narration. Wish they would make a TV show. Also, always a good mystery, and the murder didn't come until almost two thirds into the book. I love all the secondary characters, Win, Esperanza, Big Cindi. I think I will now reread the next as I wait for the 3rd Micky Bolitar book. Maybe that is why I enjoyed this book so much, ...more
Marsha Hubbell
May 14, 2015 Marsha Hubbell rated it really liked it
I must confess I'm late to the party. "Live Wire" by Harlan Coben is my first Myron Bolitar thriller. Have read other stand-alone works by Mr. Coben, but I will definitely begin making up for lost time and playing catch up on this series. As always in his books, I was hooked from the start as Myron struggles to find the truth about the death of a friend and locate a missing brother. Along the way we meet a myridad of interesting and unusual characters, struggle with nail-biting suspense and try ...more
Jackie
Book Info
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Published March 1st 2011 by Signet Book
original title Live Wire
ISBN 1101476168 (ISBN13: 9781101476161)
edition language English
series Myron Bolitar #10
characters Myron Bolitar, Terese Collins, Esperanza Diaz, Windsor "Win" Horne Lockwood, III, Mickey Bolitar
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Source:Kindle version borrowed from Public Library

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When Myron Bolitar gets involved in the family drama of his former tennis star client and her rock
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Catherine  Mustread
Sep 11, 2011 Catherine Mustread rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery, thriller
Final and tenth book in the Myron Bolitar series (supposedly) as Coben moves on to a spin-off teen series starring Myron's nephew, Mickey Bolitar, who plays a small part in Live Wire. I'm still a bit peeved that Myron's sibling(s) were not even mentioned until Book #9, Long Lost.

During the course of the series (published 1995-2011) Myron does age and develop as a character. His relationship with his parents and his outlook on life depict strong family values. I liked the sports connections in t
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Paul Pessolano
Mar 19, 2011 Paul Pessolano rated it liked it
In "Live Wire", Harlan Coben brings back two of his most famous and interesting characters, Myron Bolitar and Windsor Horne Lockwood III, or as most of us know him as "Win".

Myron is asked by one of his famous clients for help. It seems that former tennis star, Suzze Travantino and her husband, former rock star, Lex Ryder, are on the "outs". Suzze is pregnant supposedly by Lex, except that someone has entered a comment on Facebook, "Not His". Lex has seen the commnet and has disappeared, Suzze wa
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karen otto
Apr 10, 2011 karen otto rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2011
I love Myron. Always have, from the first page of Deal Breaker. In 1995, I was living in Greenwich Village and a frequent visitor to Partners & Crime, the world's best independent mystery bookstore. The owners were/are incredibly knowledgeable, personable READERS, with an uncanny ability to suggest books. They never got it wrong (for me), not ever. I first found Jan Burke's Irene Kelly series here, when someone said - read the first line and I dare you not to buy it. The first line - "He lov ...more
Shaun Ryan
Jan 07, 2012 Shaun Ryan rated it really liked it
If you're a Haraln Coben fan, read this book. If you're not, read this book; you will be.

Coben's Myron Bolitar novels are my favorites, and Live Wire is my favorite Bolitar novel to date.

In addition to Coben's witty and gritty prose and well-drawn, memorable (often zany) characters, Live Wire delves deep into themes like family, friendship, past mistakes, and the necessity of weighing what's right against what's legal. In typical Coben style the narrative unfolds fast and effortlessly, sometimes
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Jerry
Apr 15, 2011 Jerry rated it liked it
We've read Coben's entire booklist, about half of which are standalone thrillers, which we prefer; the other half (like “Wire”) a 10-book series featuring sports agent and side-detective Myron Bolitar, which generally are entertaining stories more like police procedurals. Bolitar has a helper named Win who is a financier by day but kind of a strong-arm man by night, with unlimited wealth to make just about anything that needs to happen, happen.

The plot herein is complicated – when one of Bolitar
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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.

Coben is the winner of the Edgar Award, Shamus Award and Anthony Award – the first aut
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Other Books in the Series

Myron Bolitar (10 books)
  • Deal Breaker (Myron Bolitar, #1)
  • Drop Shot (Myron Bolitar, #2)
  • Fade Away (Myron Bolitar, #3)
  • Back Spin (Myron Bolitar, #4)
  • One False Move (Myron Bolitar, #5)
  • The Final Detail (Myron Bolitar, #6)
  • Darkest Fear (Myron Bolitar, #7)
  • Promise Me (Myron Bolitar, #8)
  • Long Lost (Myron Bolitar, #9)

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