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Live Wire

(Myron Bolitar #10)

4.07  ·  Rating details ·  35,466 ratings  ·  1,702 reviews
#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 walk a tight ro
Hardcover, First Edition, 371 pages
Published March 22nd 2011 by Dutton (first published 2011)
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Rebekah Dolmat You need to read the Mickey Bolitar books! It explains what happens!
Will H. Win killed Herman and in order to keep Myron safe, he told him that "he'll be away" for a while. Really what Win wanted is to keep Myron safe from…moreWin killed Herman and in order to keep Myron safe, he told him that "he'll be away" for a while. Really what Win wanted is to keep Myron safe from potential backup attacks from Herman's hired killers. (less)

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Sep 28, 2016 rated it really liked it
Live Wire by Harlan Coben is a 2011 Dutton publication.

After book nine disappointed me, I approached this tenth installment with a note of weariness. However, despite a few minor complaints, it looks like the series righted itself and is back on track.

When a tennis star Myron represented, begs him to locate her rock star husband who went off grid after a Facebook post insinuated he was not the father of their unborn child, the last thing Myron anticipated was running into his sister-in-law, Ki
Jul 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Number 10 in the series and the last for a while until the new one comes out. At least I know there is another one coming:)
This instalment was easily as good as all the earlier ones although it started off a little slowly. Then it steadily became more and more unputdownable and galloped to a very satisfying conclusion. Win is the real hero in this book especially towards the end when he takes charge and solves all the problems in his usual inimicable manner.
I guess this must also be the start of
Apr 02, 2011 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
Mar 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
When Myron Bolitar’s professional basketball career crashed almost before it began, he turned himself into a sports agent. Myron provides a special brand of personal service that has won him many clients for whom he will do almost anything.

By this book, #10, Myron has expanded his clientele to include entertainment as well as athletic clients. Because he truly cares about his clients, he is on call 24/7. He now has a group of associates to help him. He has become a problem solver and, sometimes
James Thane
Aug 05, 2012 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
Nov 16, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime, thriller

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
Evangeline Jennings
Jul 08, 2012 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
jv poore
Oct 27, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: library-book
I've loved everything about the Myron Bolitar series and I really, really do not want it to end. I know there is at least one more: HOME came out just last month, but I'm not going to read it any time soon.

Instead, I'm finally ready to dive into Mr. Coben's YA series featuring Mickey Bolitar. I'm expecting those to be fabulous books to share with the High School students, and Mr. Coben has not let me down yet....

Special note to Students: You've heard me encourage you to read the acknowledgement
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.
Nov 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: crime-fiction
Now that I have read Book #10, Book #11 makes much more sense.... A long time ago, Myron Bolitar almost made it in the NBA, until he blew out his knee in the first pre-season game of his career with the Celtics. He went to Harvard Law School, got a J.D. and became a sports rep, but that morphed into a career representing many different types, including rock stars. One of his stars, former tennis pro, Suzze T, who is eight months pregnant, shows up at his office asking Myron to find her rock star ...more
Jul 11, 2012 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
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
Aug 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Tragically & brilliantly creative. "Myron Bolivar is a talent agent representing some of the biggest stars in the worlds of sport, rock music and Hollywood, including former tennis star Suzze T and her rock star husband Lex Ryder, one half of the legendary band HorsePower.
When Suzze walks into his office, eight months pregnant and in tears, he immediately agrees to track down her missing husband and find the source of the Facebook rumour that her baby was not fathered by Lex.
With the help of
May 21, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
More skilled writing

More skilled writing, the plot isn’t so often told as it is shown; sometimes the prose and action move as one
May 15, 2011 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
Giovanni Gelati
Mar 27, 2011 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
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
Dec 30, 2015 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
Feb 02, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery, thriller
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
Oct 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
In this entry in the series, all readers who've read the previous books will notice big changes in Live Wire, Myron and Win are getting older, technology is expanding, many changes, but Myron and Win never change!

Sports Agent Myron Bolitar is approached by one of his former Clients Suzze T, who is married to her Rock Star Husband Lex, and is 8 months pregnant. Suzze has received an anonymous Facebook message regarding her unborn child, 2 words, Not His, meaning Lex. Suzze asks for Myron's help t
Dec 28, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Another great read in this series, of which unfortunately this is the last book. There were a number of sad elements to the end of this book. I hope Harlan Coben writes more as I would like to know what happens next! This is one series I almost want to start back at the beginning!

Update November 2016
Now reading this again prior to reading the new book in the series that I am happy to see Harlan Coben has written. Enjoyed this as much second time around as the first time, now interested to see wh
Apr 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Two-haiku review:

Myron's SIL
Is here, not abroad as thought
Where is his brother?

Bad to keep secrets
But revealing can cause pain
And even murder
Lukasz Pruski
Apr 29, 2013 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
May 27, 2011 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
Kelly Hager
Mar 21, 2011 rated it it was amazing
This is the latest in Harlan Coben's Myron Bolitar series. In this one, Myron meets with one of his clients, who's upset because her husband's left her. As backstory, she is pregnant and someone left a comment on her Facebook page saying that the baby's not her husband's child. So the husband took off and she wants Myron to (a) find her husband and get him to come back and (b) find out who posted it and why. Of course, it turns out to be a lot more complicated than anyone could've planned.

I'm no
Gail Mchugh
Jul 18, 2011 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
Nancy Ellis
Jan 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Myron Bolitar is hired by a former client, a very pregnant former tennis star, whose rock star husband has disappeared since hearing the rumor that the baby is not his. While searching for the husband, Myron sees his sister-in-law completing a drug deal at a club. This SIL had run away with Myron's brother 16 years ago after several lies caused a major family rupture. Now the brother is missing, and Kitty is running for her life, along with her son. This is our introduction to Mickey Bolitar, My ...more
Mahoghani 23
This book was truly at the top of my favorites list. The characters are well betrayed and the suspense is present throughout the story. This books deals with secrets, murder, plots, drugs, addiction, and family. With each characteristic mentioned previously, they all relate to family; blood relative & close friends.

Secrets will destroy anything or anyone you treasure. Murder is how far you may be willing to go to keep your secret. You plot ways to keep your secret just what it is; just make
Apr 07, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the 10th book in the Myron Bolitar series. I have enjoyed them all. I enjoy them mainly for the character of Myron who is an agent to stars. He started out mainly as an agent to athletes and has branched out into all celebrities. I like the humor in the books and the love of family. Also the friendships that carry though out all the books with the repeating characters.

This book I felt had some slow spots but was enjoyable. Myron is asked by a past tennis star client to help find her rock
May 02, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: coben
finished this one this evening, before nine pee em, 2 may 2017. i liked it. i even really liked it. and in the end, i dunno, it's just that frontier justice doesn't ring my bell. maybe it's a sign of the times. sanctuary cities. hell, like that is new? read that non-fiction from john d...the doctor who killed his wife, florida, turned out that wife was only the second...and that footnote, that's what it was, a footnote.

the average life sentence in florida (this was the 60s) is eight years. or wa
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  • Fallen (Will Trent, #5)
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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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  • Long Lost  (Myron Bolitar, #9)
  • Home (Myron Bolitar, #11)
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“With everyone else, you put up this facade so you can hide the crud and make them like you. But with real friends, you show them the crud-and that makes them care. When we get rid of the facade, we connect more.” 6 likes
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