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Deal Breaker

(Myron Bolitar #1)

3.95  ·  Rating details ·  39,855 ratings  ·  2,173 reviews
Sports agent Myron Bolitar is poised on the edge of the big time. So is Christian Steele, a rookie quarterback and Myron's prized client. But when Christian gets a phone call from a former girlfriend, a woman who everyone, including the police, believes is dead, the deal starts to go sour. Trying to unravel the truth about a family's tragedy, a woman's secret, and a man's ...more
Paperback, 368 pages
Published 2006 by Orion (first published May 1st 1995)
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Sep 30, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Myron Bolitar (who is 31) is a sports agent. He has worked for the FBI in the past, and is an ex-jock (former basketball player) whose sports career ended after he suffered an injury. One of Myron's clients, Christian Steele (a good looking quarterback), calls Myron and asks if Myron can come to his dorm where he lives on campus at Reston University. Christian shows Myron a porn magazine he received and he believes that his missing girlfriend/fiancé (Kathy Culver) may still be alive because she ...more
Brenda - Traveling Sister
I listened to the audio version of Deal Breaker. Myron with his witty sense of humor and sarcasm had me laughing and cringing at the same time. It is an easy, fun and entertaining book. Just what I needed.

‘I laugh in the face of death,’ Myron replied. ‘Well, maybe not laugh. More like a snicker. A quiet snicker.’
‘Jesus, you’re a lunatic.’
‘And I wouldn’t do it directly in death’s face. So it’s more like a quiet snicker behind his back.’

He’s not a lunatic, but his pal Win might be. Myron Bolitar, (who has never forgiven his parents for his name, he says), is a sports agent on a quest to get his star football player signed up with the best contract possible. Myron was a star basketball pl
Deal breaker by Harlan Coben is a 2006 Delacorte Press publication.

I recently discovered a new Myron Bolitar book is on its way, (in September 2016), which has me feeling stoked, since I always like this series. But, it got me thinking about how long it’s been since I read a book in this series, since I have been sticking with Coben’s stand alone novels for the most part.

I was pretty sure I had read the first few books in the series, but I see I didn’t get this first one reviewed, and frankly m
Paul O'Neill
Jan 13, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fantastic, my favourite Coben book yet!

Myron Bolitar is a great character. The writing has its own unique feel due to the tone of Bolitars constant sarcasm and wit. His back and forth with Win are also very well done.

I loved the pace of this, it was non stop and the chapter size really help you to fly through this.

I might look back and change my rating to five stars, it's a close one. I'll definitely be continuing the series!
Aug 28, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very entertaining. Glad I started this series and I will definitely be reading more. I was fun trying to figure out the mystery along with the characters. And, the fact that it was hilarious helped a lot, too!
I’ve been aware of Harlan Coben’s series of crime/mystery novels starring a sports agent named Myron Bolitar for some time but never read one because I thought it’d be something like Jerry Maguire crossed with Murder She Wrote. I figured Myron would always be tripping over dead baseball players killed by pitching machines or discovering the bodies of basketball players hanging from rims.

What I should have realized sooner is that modern sports can offer a great backdrop for a gritty mystery. You
James Thane
Myron Bolitar was once a very promising NBA rookie out of Duke, where his team won two NCAA national championships. But a freak accident early in his rookie year abruptly ended his basketball career and changed the course of his life. He went to law school, then did a brief stint with the F.B.I., and has just embarked on a new career as a sports agent.

Thus far, Myron has a small and fairly insignificant client list. But his prospects are brightened considerably when he signs quarterback Christia
Sep 22, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I used to read a lot of mystery thrillers way back before goodreads days so I'd forgotten how much fun they can be. But I don't ever remember them having as much cheeky humour in them. I liked Myron (despite the tragic name). He added a lot of witty sarcasm and kept this from being a humdrum story. It left me definitely wanting more!
Feb 11, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: donated-owned
A comment on one of my progress reviews from one of my friends sums up this book nicely "I love Myron!". An easy to like protagonist who is a sportsagent, a good guy with a background of working with the FBI and with a legal background. He had ethics! I didn't enjoy this one as much as Six Hours, but still an enjoyable read.

I like this authors style of writing, bits of serious stuff, but never losing the 'cool', or maybe this was just Myron?! I found it funny reading about the young and talented

I've read many books in the Myron Bolitar series but never read this first one until now.

Myron Bolitar was a basketball phenomenon in high school and college and an early draft pick for the NBA. Unfortunately he was severely injured in his first exhibition game and had to quit basketball. Instead Myron got a law degree and became a sports representative. Now in his early thirties Myron represents a small stable of players, including football player Christian Steele - a star college quarterback
Mar 20, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I only recently read my first Harlan Coben book and liked it so I decided to go back and start at the beginning. This is #1 in the Myron Bolitar series and despite his odd name Myron is a very likeable character. I really enjoyed his cynical banter with his off sider Win. And Win himself is a fascinating character, always calm,, cool and collected even when doing what he does best which is beating up the bad guys! The story was fast and intriguing and I absolutely did not suspect the eventual ki ...more
Feb 06, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I haven’t exactly resisted reading Harlan Coben before, but I somehow didn’t think a mystery series about a sports agent could be that riveting. I mean, I like teams of sweaty men in skimpy uniforms as much as the next girl, but a sports agent just sounded smarmy and, well, kind of dull. Man, was I wrong. Myron Bolitar is smart and funny and tough and big-hearted, and who doesn’t like those qualities in a man? He’s a former FBI agent, too. Coban writes pretty good women, although, of course, the ...more
Jun 19, 2010 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition

We all classify and judge; every review written here is a form of classification. Binaries are bit more emphatic. You're in or you're out; you're good or you're bad. I enjoy David's binaries, though some were not included in the chart to keep the peace :). David's binaries came to mind when I thought of the 15 BOOKS I read by Harlan Coben during my book wallow. And by the way, this review provides considerable bang for the buck, as it treats 15 books in one review.

The six stand-alone books can
I first heard of Harlan Coben three years ago. A very young work colleague was reading one of his books. I don't know about you, but when I see people reading a book, I must find out what book they're reading. Anyway, long story short, this young dude said that the only books he's read and will ever read are Harlan Coben's novels. I asked, what happens if the author dies? He said he'd stop reading. I kid you not! So, since I didn't think very highly of that dude, I thought Harlan Coben must be a ...more
Doug Bradshaw
Much like Mitch Rapp story telling with handsome men and beautiful women getting into trouble, having flings, bad things happening, lots of snappy repartee, a few creepy mobsters, our main character a handsome Harvard Law graduate sports-agent competing with the hundreds of other agents, apparently an unsavory competitive business.

It's a fun, easy, quick read. Not a lot of brain power needed. The book satisfies the need for revenge, appeals a little bit to those of us who like to peak into the
Todd Huish
Nov 09, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is everything I want in a good book. It was a fun easy read but not total cotton candy trash. It's the first book in the series but feels like I've picked one up in the middle only because the characters feel so developed. Harlan hints at all this backstory which I think (I hope) will be revealed in future novels but he doesn't muddy up the water with a lot of exposition. A sentence here or there and then he just moves on. I -love- it when an author doesn't feel like they have to expla ...more
Myron Bolitar is new at being a sports agent but had the good fortune to sign the number one NFL quarterback draft choice, Christian Steele. Christian's been drafted by the Titans whose owner, Otto Burke, is playing underhanded during the contract negotiations. Nude pictures of Christian's missing girlfriend have surfaced and Otto is threatening to release them publicly unless Myron has his client agree to a pretty lousy deal. Christian's girlfriend, Kathy Culver, is also the sister of Myron's e ...more
Jun 16, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Britany by: Cheli
My first Harlan Coben book! I can't even belive it myself. This was a quick read paced with drama, black belt jujitsu, and sarcastic wit.

Myron Bolitar is admirable as our ex-pro basketball player turned investigator. He now is a sports agent representing the hottest quarterback around. He gets involvted in a missing persons case that directly impacts the star player and his career.

This was a great introduction to Coben and I enjoyed being twisted and turned around while reading this one. Looki
Mike French
Feb 07, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have read the other nine Myron Bolitar by Harlan Coben, but somehow I never read this one. DEAL BREAKER gave me insight into things I didn't know about Myron. Very enjoyable first book in the series. However, I like Harlan Coben's later stand alone better.
Jan 04, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: serial-thrillers
This is Harlan Coben debut novel and I had no idea what to expect when starting out on this book. Now I'll have high expectations of the next book I read.
By any standards this is a highly entertaining read. The plot turns and twists enough to keep you guessing. Just when you think you've got a hold of it, it turns again.
I loved the dry humour of the lead character, Myron Bolitar, who with his sidekick, Will, could get jobs as stand up comedians no problem.
Myron is a sports agent and Will is an
This is my first Harlan Coben book but it won't be my last. Myron Bolitar is a great character. He was once a college basketball star on a championship team but a serious injury puts an end to his promising NBA career. He then does a stint in the FBI but when we first meet him in the book he's turned his attentions into being a sports agent. We're not told what prompted the odd shift in careers but I'm curious so I hope it gets explained at some point in the series. This was a fast moving story ...more
Karthik Ramesh
Aug 16, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Coben's usual tonic. He's got the best medicine for those who are psyched in crime and mystery thrillers. THE BEST kind.

A lot of plot twists. Couldn't be his best ofcourse. I know. But still pleased very much how this turned out .

Definitely a page turner.This makes me wanna go through all his books.
Lemme start collecting his works.
Apr 17, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If you're like me, you fall in love with characters. If I find a good character, I can read a dozen books in a series. With Myron Bolitar and Windsor Lockwood III, you have two such characters.
Myron is a quick witted, often hilarious sports agent with a deep backstory. He is a two time NCAA champion basketballer whose metioric rise was halted by an injury years before its apex. He then went to Harvard Law and then did work of questionable morality with the Feds. His past as an athlete informs h
Feb 08, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
25 years ago, I thought I may have liked Myron Bolitar, but I really didn't. Win is cooler. 4 of 10 stars
Oct 16, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
I was surprised that this is the first in the Myron Bolitar series (I've been reading them out of order). There was not an undue amount of exposition to 'set up' the characters as I would have expected when introducing a new cast of characters. Loved the book and the dry humor of many of the characters.

There is a fairly large 'supporting cast' in this story, and for the brief time that you spend with some of them you still get to know enough of the character so that they don't seem flat or just
Feb 13, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the first of Coben's, Myron Bolitar series. I enjoyed this one, because of the plots twists and the fantastic development of both Bolitar and his best friend Win. I did not enjoy that fact that the language was at times much worse than the other novels I have read by him. I did enjoy it and like all of what I have read by him so is a quick read, because you don't want to put it down.
Ashley Montulli
Oct 05, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime-fiction, series
I am a big Harlan Coben fan and had heard great things about his Myron Bolitar series. So, I went straight to the first book and gave it a go. So glad that I did! Myron Bolitar is an incredible character. He is a sports agent (and ex NBA player) with a big heart and equal wit. His partner Win, a complete sociopath, is his perfect counterpart. The two together are magic.

The story is dark and twisty. I was completely thrown off by the ending and wasn't entirely sold, but still loved the book!

Jan 04, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller
Myron Bolitar and his psycho sidekick Win are two of the more interesting characters developed by Harlen Coben along with a entertaining but bizarre supporting cast that maintains the often hilarious dialogue with great plotting and Coben's comfortable style.

I'm always guaranteed a plethora of laughs, guffaws and tear-inducing hilarity from a master of the crime thriller. I recommend this series with a big Thumbs UP!
Lisa Leone-campbell
Deal Breaker by Harlan Coben is the first book in the Myron Bolitar, sports agent/lawyer/investigator series. This book was published in 1995 which for those of us old enough to remember is a story within the story in itself.

Anyway, Bolitar is an up and coming sports agent to up and coming athletes. The story shows how cutthroat the business is and how agents will try just about anything to outdo each other in order to get athletes to sign with them.

But the main plot is Bolitar's ex-girlfriend's
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“Myron reached for the phone and dialed Win's number. After the eighth ring he began to hang up when a weak, distant voice coughed. "Hello?"
You okay?"
What took you so long to answer the phone?"
Who is this?"
Myron Bolitar?"
How many other Myrons do you know?"
Myron Bolitar?"
No, Myron Rockefeller."
Something's wrong," Win said.
Terribly wrong."
What are you talking about?"
Some asshole is calling me at seven in the morning pretending to be my best friend."
Sorry, I forgot the time.”
“A dancer on break approached him. She smiled. Each tooth was angled in a different direction, as if her mouth were the masterwork of a mad orthodontist.
"Hi," she said.
"You're really cute."
"I don't have any money."
She spun and walked away. Ah, romance.”
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