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One False Move: A Myron Bolitar Novel (Myron Bolitar #5)

4.07  ·  Rating details ·  16,407 Ratings  ·  717 Reviews
It’s no secret that Harlan Coben’s name is synonymous with unrelenting suspense. In this compelling fifth novel in his acclaimed Myron Bolitar series, the unforgettable sports agent agrees to protect basketball star Brenda Slaughter while trying to unravel the tragic riddle of her life.

As a big-time New York sports agent, Myron has a professional interest in Brenda. Then a
Paperback, 400 pages
Published August 25th 2009 by Dell (first published 1998)
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This book is somewhat of dark turn for Coben and Myron Bolitar. For a while I was thinking I might go three stars with this because it felt so different and much rawer than I am used to (rawer sounds weird to me, but according to spell check, “more raw” is not correct!). But, towards the end of the book I started to appreciate the more vulnerable and flawed Bolitar.

I am thinking that some of the changes I saw were because this is book five in the series and maybe Coben felt it was time to re-ima
Sep 06, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am steadily working my way through this series and here I am at number 5. Myron remains one of my favourite book characters but Win comes a close second! I loved the banter between them in this book and the way they operate as a team. The ending was very sad and made me want to go straight to number 6 just to find out how our hero copes:)
Nov 12, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Before Myron Bolitar was introduced to Brenda Slaughter he said he wasn’t a bodyguard, so wouldn’t take on the job of keeping her safe. But once he saw her, he agreed without a lot of hesitation. A very intelligent young woman, Brenda was a basketball star – Myron represented sports stars in his business, MB SportsReps, so it made sense. No one needed to know of his added role with her. As Myron learned about Brenda’s tragic past, he determined there was more to her problems that it seemed – and ...more
Jan 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One False Move is in my opinion, the best Myron Bolitar entry yet!! Myron and Win just get better and funnier! Parts had me laughing out loud with their funny remarks, and other parts just had me deep in surprise and excitement!

I think the Myron Bolitar series just might be my new favorite murder/mystery series. And of course it makes all the difference that it's written by one of my all time favorite mystery writers, Mr. Harlan Coben!
One False Move by Harlan Coben is a 1998 publication.

Five books into the Myron Bolitar series, and Coben’s writing really begins to hit a stride!

When Myron is hired to keep an eye on women’s basketball player, Brenda Slaughter, the last thing he ever expected was to find himself dealing with one of the most powerful families in the city, mobsters, and twenty year old secrets.

With Brenda’s freedom, and maybe even her life hanging in the balance, Myron enlists Win to help him find Brenda’s missi
Oct 06, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime, 2016
I did read this book as a response on several people I do follow and have befriended on the Goodreads site reading installments of this Myron Bolitar character.

So this is the one installment in this series that I found first to read in this series. And to be honest the characters had some great dialogue and some of it was quite funny and intelligent, and other stuff left me somewhat baffled which is the case if you jump into a series somewhere in the middle of that series.

The mystery was somewha
Maureen DeLuca
Feb 14, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another FANTASTIC read by Harlan Coben in the Myron Bolitar series.... If you never read this series- pick up book 1 and keep on reading !
3.5 stars- Harlan Coben with Myron has myriads of mirth, quips of humor and far more than usual excelling banter for the genre. He's great at it. And in this one that quality dominants the book, but at the same time with the references to current nuance and tv, media etc. it is also quite dated. Because I read it out of order and this is in an early Myron state of life, I find both he and Win not as layered. They get much more so later in the series. It's a point of insight (that later character ...more
Mar 17, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller, crime

A solid entry into the Harlan Coben/Myron Bolitar series, without ever truly excelling.

I’ve read quite a lot of Harlan Coben’s work now but the last standalone novel I read, “Hold Tight”, just tipped the scales for me and went into the realms of stupidity and a sense of deja vu to some of his other works. I was less than impressed with that book and decided I needed to leave the author alone for some time.

That was a couple of years ago and I felt it was time to read another of his entertai
Joe Stamber
If you're considering One False Move as your first Harlan Coben novel then don't bother. I would suggest Tell No One as a good choice. If you're considering One False Move as your first Harlan Coben novel featuring Myron Bolitar then don't bother as it's the fifth in the series.

The rest of you must already have read several books in the Myron Bolitar series. What do you want to know? It's Harlan Coben. It's Myron Bolitar. Imagine how you would expect it to be and that's exactly how it is.

Paul Lyons
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Oct 24, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
With One False Move, Harlan Coben crafts yet another fine Myron Bolitar with a wonderful mystery full of nifty twists and turns. Okay, along the way, we already know how one small part of the mystery is going to play out-- still-- Coben manages to keep it fresh and moving forward with his cast of characters.

Myron's wit is probably the best part of these novels. He always has something funny to say in the face of danger-- and sometimes even asks himself, as a person would do, "Why did I say that?
Aug 06, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One False Move is the 5th book in the Myron Bolitar series by Harlan Coben. Sports agent Myron Bolitar is hired to protect Brenda Slaughter, a beautiful basketball star. Her mother disappeared twenty years ago, and now her father is missing too. First the clothes were gone, then the money was gone.

If you're a Bolitar fan, you know that he is more than just a sports agent. And you know he's a sympathetic person who loves to help and save his clients. You should also be familiar with his team: Es
Apr 20, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A bit of my memorabilia from this session. I liked one of the character's argumentation toward honest animal killing/eating vs. mind-absent non killing (and maybe killing of insects/small animals when plowing... ). Also agreed with the notion that all addicts simply have addictive personalities and the best way to "cure" them is to substitute the harmful habit with the good/less harmful one.
Nancy Ellis
Jun 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This is Coben at his best! He just keeps getting better and better. His clever lines and snide remarks kept me laughing through most of the book, but when it was time to get serious, he practically had me in tears. What a talented author! I love Myron and his buddies!
Oct 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I enjoy the Bolitar series. Coben has created an interesting set of characters. They are not all original or novel for the genre, but the admixture is unique and works well.

This installment was very good. The set up and mystery were well crafted. And we get some character growth and development with Myron, Win, and Esperanza. The ending was even a bit of surprise.

The only thing that bothered me was how dated it felt. It was only published 1998 but it feels like an alien world. Every time one of
Ann-Helene Persson
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Oct 13, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Amanda McGill
Aug 24, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017
I found that it was hard to get into the 5th novel of the Myron Bolitar series. There wasn't as much sports talk and not even many sporting events that Myron attends.

In One False Move, Myron basically drops everything, including his work, when he is asked to be a bodyguard to rising women's basketball star, Brenda Slaughter. There is a tangle of lies and secrets that are linked to a murder 20 years ago that Myron needs to solve in order to find Brenda's father and keep Brenda safe.

The ending wa
Aug 17, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was one of my favorite from Coben
always am pleased with Harlan Coben's books, good read.
Midwest Geek
Oct 22, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Only the most dedicated Myron Bolitar fans.
Shelves: audiobook, mystery
I've enjoyed many of Coben's mysteries, but this one is a bit over the top, more complicated than a never-ending, daytime TV soap. The characters have the depth of a comic book. Although Coben can write well and is often humorous, I think this will be the last of the Myron Bolitar series I will read.
Aug 04, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I picked this audio book up at the library because I am a new fan of Coben's. I didn't realize that this particular book is the fifth installment of the Myron Bolitar series. And I was already several chapters in before I realized it. It didn't seem to matter and it functions fine as a stand-alone novel (the only drawback being that I now know things that have happened in previous books).

I like Myron. His character is drawn pretty well and I laughed out loud several times at his sense of humor.
Jul 17, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: coben
This is my second time around with the series, in anticipation of a new Bolitar installment coming out in September this year! There are a few reasons why this is my favourite in the series. It goes to an emotional depth that none of the other books come close to while still maintaining that wit we all love. Win - so faithful, it breaks your heart, Myron - caring and justice seeking that it makes him self sacrificing and Myron's Dad - a man that would give up everything for his son. You see this ...more
Lynn Pribus
I like Coben's Myron Bolitar books better than some of his others because they are usually less weighted down by bodies, but this one had a goodly number. Not quite as light as some other Bolitars.

For most of the book, the tone is lighter -- more Robert Parker-ish with a wry, sarcastic delivery a la Spenser. This one involves a young black woman who is a top basketball player in a WNBA-like league. To protect her, Myron becomes her agent. But events 20 years earlier and lots of lying by lots of
Jul 24, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Probably my favorite Myron Boltiar book up to its point in the series. The pace is well done and things move quickly, but not so fast that you get lost. No excessive characters to murk up the plot. Also, nice to have things get so personal for Myron. The twists and turns keep coming and ends with one of the best shockers I can recall from a mystery story. All of this and the wit and pop culture references you'd expect from the series. A great read if you're a Coben fan or just looking for a grea ...more
The least predictable of the series thus far, but it still wasn't great. Coben has this frustrating habit of trying too hard to make his main character awkward. It is becoming grating.

Bolitar is certainly very likeable as a main character. His cohorts are as equally likeable with the exception of his girlfriend. I do wish Coben would go off on a Win tangent for a book or two.

After five books I don't see these books as anything more than quick summer reads. There just isn't that much substance to
Thea Jones
Omg! I don't know where to start. Plus I never quite sure what to say in a review. This is the 6th novel I have read from Harlan Coben and I have to say it was the best so far. This book surely kept me on the edge of my seat. Had many twist and turns and was exciting. The funny remarks that the author uses makes his books enjoyable. And once again Harlan Coben keeps me up until the wee hours of the night.
Darren Vincent
Aug 14, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2011
Best Bolitar entry since the first. The gang is all here, but unlike the last two that I read, this one seems to squeeze more drama out of the sublots. There is more substance to the relationships of the main characters and there appear to be some lasting consequences to these characters that were missing from the earlier novels. The main plot was great as well and I had no idea how it would end until the last few pages.

I am looking forward to reading the next Bolitar novel.
Jun 18, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the first book I've read by Harlan Coben.

I really enjoyed the Myron Bolitar character--he's really funny. I just hope he isn't one of those characters who falls in love in every book, because that can grow old.

There was something about the ending that I didn't like, but it takes guts not to make predictable choices, so I have to give Coben props for that.
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Myron Bolitar (1 - 10 of 11 books)
  • Deal Breaker (Myron Bolitar #1)
  • Drop Shot (Myron Bolitar #2)
  • Fade Away (Myron Bolitar #3)
  • Back Spin (Myron Bolitar #4)
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“I remember everything about her. The way she looked. The way she smelled. The way she’d come home from her job so tired she could barely put her feet up. I don’t think I’ve talked about her five times in the past twenty years. But I think about her every day. I think about why she gave me up. And I think about why I still miss her.” 1 likes
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