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Back Spin

(Myron Bolitar #4)

3.98  ·  Rating details ·  24,295 ratings  ·  1,060 reviews
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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Myron didn't quite do it for me this time round, folks. I do love his writing, and the dead pan comments. A one liner that says it all 'One man's opinion.' Suave, I think? He just says it how it is, doesn't he. I liked another little conversation he had with a messy teen, a girl that was headed for trouble. She comments on wanting to look as good as Esperenza and he tells her she should aspire to be like her. I liked that. I didn't love the golf setting, and we hear that HC doesn't love it eithe ...more
Jan 22, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another quality Myron Bolitar mystery! Twisty and turny throughout. Lots of humor, suspense, and snarky dialogue. It always amazes me how a sport agent can keep getting involved in these crazy scenarios (the suspension of disbelief is strong here) - but, as unbelievable as it would seem, Coben always keeps it fresh and interesting.

Golf is the sport of focus in this one, and Coben has himself an Eagle (if not a hole-in-one)!
Mar 17, 2015 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:) ...more
Jan 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
For those who say that the Myron Bolitar series gets better and better by each book, I agree a hundred percent. Back Spin NAILED IT!!

About halfway through the book we learn more about Win's past and childhood which I thought was interesting, and it explains his dark, warped sense of humor, why he's very protective of Myron and is extremely violent to those he believes is a threat.

Funny thing is one of the subplots of this story involves Golf, and I hate Golf, hate it with a passion, (no offense
Oct 18, 2010 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 va
Aug 12, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I love all Harlen Coben novels!!! This one was no exception! Fast paced, all the familiar characters you love, and lots of drama, and twist and turns. This is a 1997 copyright, with a 2007 re- issue. There was some dated lingo, like with the girls at the mall, a reference to windows 95, and use of the entire word- cellular. No texting etc. For some reason this book must have fallen through the cracks for me because I thought I had read all of his novels, but I have no memory of having read this ...more
Marty Fried
Apr 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, audiobooks
Great mix of humor and mystery, with several holes of golf mixed in.
This was about the twistiest mystery I've ever read & it all came together well. While Win won't have anything to do with it, we get a lot of his backstory which I enjoyed. He's a better character for it. On the downside, the witticisms were too thick sometimes - more so than usual. A few are great, but in places they just came so fast & thick they detracted from the story.

And then there was Myron & Win playing trivia games with movies & TV shows. I thought the answers were right, but they said
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Sep 28, 2009 rated it it was ok
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Apr 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, borrowed, series
Two-haiku review:

Golfers' son kidnapped
No cops, but Myron will help
Is it real or staged?

Lots of theories
All wrapped up neatly at end
Very good mystery
Sep 15, 2011 rated it really liked it
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 27, 2015 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.
Apr 30, 2018 rated it liked it
Some really awkward moves all through the middle. Endless pages of plot-dump. Less snappy dialogue. Are the wheels falling off? The sports agent detective thing is good, and Win could have been good, but the plot got in the way.
Dec 08, 2011 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
May 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Back Spin is the fourth novel in Mr. Coben's series of the cocky crime solver and sports agent, Myron Bolitar. Back Spin features the usual cast of Myron Bolitar, the explosive Windsor Lockwood Home III and the trite Esperanza.

What’s unique about this installment is that you won’t get to see Win getting involved at all (by choice) while the plot IS all about Win. You will miss the Windsor Lockwood III “explosions” in this book for sure though he is there in the story. With every installment, the
Jul 10, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I’ve read a couple of Harlan Coben books in the past and have found them to be enjoyable reads. The Myron Bolitar series is one I have been meaning to pick up for a while, and when I found out they could be read as standalone stories I decided to pick Back Spin off my shelf.

Although the mystery in this one does work as a standalone, I felt a bit lost when it came to the characters. I feel there were details I was missing, and these were details I would have understood better had I read the prior
Amanda McGill
Apr 14, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2017
Not my favourite Myron Bolitar novel. Myron and Win weren't working together on the case, so I think to me it lost a bit of that magic.

Myron is at the US Open, hoping to score some clients. However, golf isn't his favourite past time. One of the leaders of the tournament has had their son kidnapped and is hoping that Myron can get his son back without letting the police know.

I felt that the novel didn't get really good until the last 50 pages or so. Up until that point, there was a lot of Myro
Steven Belanger
Jan 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A slightly better book than The Final Detail, the one I reviewed previous to this, Back Spin is about a golfing family--man, woman and child--that is torn by the kidnapping of said child. There's a large cast of supporting characters for a book of this genre, and by the end all of them figure into the crime in one way or another. There's nary a red herring in the whole thing.

There's nary a Win, either, which is a first for me in this series. Granted, I'm only three books in, but it seems that Bo
Apr 05, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: usa, mystery, 2017, humor
Sports agent and amateur detective, Myron Bolitar, is asked to advise professional golfers, Linda and Jack Coldren, when their sixteen year old son is kidnapped. The kidnappers have made it clear they will kill Chad if the parents go to the police, and so far, they haven't asked for any ransom. Jack is making his comeback at the U.S. Open and Myron wonders if the kidnappers might want him to throw the game as part of the ransom. Myron discovers Linda Coldren is his best friend, Win's, cousin. My ...more
Mar 21, 2008 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
Jul 04, 2012 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
Nov 17, 2008 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 26, 2014 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
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May 19, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: mysteries
Although I didn't love this one as much as number 3 in the series, it was still a good, fun mystery. This series requires the reader to suspend their disbelief and go for the ride, but somehow Coben makes that easy. The premise is a fun one. I like that Myron is a sports agent and is embroiled in mysteries by clients and prospective clients, even though this is one of the things that makes the stories unbelievable it is also part of what makes the series unique and fun to read. I am not a fan of ...more
Feb 21, 2013 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. ...more
Feb 19, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime-fiction
The fourth instalment of the intriguing and pretty original Myron Bolitar series sees this volume set in the world of Golf. Nicely, dare I say joyfully convoluted with an additional back story sub-plot set in the past. A easy reading series with each book giving insight into American sports as well as the genuinely interesting Myron Bolitar and his just as interesting past, and supporting cast. 7 out of 12.
Sakina Carter
Sep 13, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another good story in this series.

I really do enjoy Myron and all that he gets into. He really is a good character who always try to do the right thing, however, I read this series for Win. I love him so much.

This story wasn't as predictable as some of the other books in this series. It took me awhile to piece it together, usually I can see the plot twist coming, however not in this book.

A really good read.
Dan Lawton
Oct 17, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Highly entertaining, exciting plot. Sometimes Coben has too many characters, though, and they're hard to keep track of—that is the case here. The ending puzzle required me to go back and rehash who was who in relation to others. Not much Win in this book, and no Jessica. Myron's romance with Linda Coldren felt a little awkward, but all is right in the world. Very good, as usual. ...more
Feb 17, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery-thriller
I enjoyed this book- so much more than I enjoy the game of golf.
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