Harlan Coben Junkies

It began early last Fall; as it turns out, the last was first. I’d gotten a book from my mother-in-law called Live Wire by Harlan Coben. I delved into it and enjoyed it so much that I passed it onto my sister. She, in turn, enjoyed it so much that she dug a little deeper and found out that it was the 10th—and for now, the last —book in the Myron Bolitar series by Harlan Coben. Myron Bolitar, a forty-something guy who is a sports agent, and his preppy, super-wealthy best friend Win, get into a variety of interesting exploits, like finding missing people or discovering underhanded goings-on that involve his clients. After reading Live Wire, my sister decided to get the first book, Deal Breaker, from the library so that she could read the series in order. Like any brilliant sister idea, I copied it.

So we’ve spent the last several months putting Myron Bolitar books on hold at the library. I’ve sometimes waited weeks, sometimes mere days, to get the next one so that I could start plowing through it. I’ve giddily driven to the library after getting my email notification that the latest book was on the hold shelf. My sister and I have sent each other numerous texts over the course of the months, “going to bed early to read….”

The style is conversational, humorous and witty. I’d often find myself chuckling out loud. But there are also some powerful, beautifully written moments between Myron and his dad, who have an especially close bond. Myron is a guy who loves his mom and dad dearly and simply enjoys being in their company. And not only have we consumed Mr. Coben’s Myron Bolitar series, but also several of his stand-alone thrillers, like Caught, Miracle Cure and The Innocent. For my sister’s birthday I got his latest stand-alone novel inscribed for her with one of her favorite Myron lines, the last sentence of The Final Detail (Book #6): Friends and lovers were great, he thought, but sometimes a boy just wanted his mom and dad.

And now we’ve both made it through the entire series. She’s just finished rereading Live Wire and I’m doing the same, hoping to gain some new perspectives and insights that I might’ve missed the first time around. Our conversations about Myron’s latest girlfriend and clarifying plot points are drawing to a close. No more reading about Myron’s childhood experience at Yankee Stadium or the knee injury that ended his basketball career. As we bid a bittersweet farewell to Myron Bolitar, Win and the rest of the crew, we’ll simply wait —with fingers crossed—to see if there will be an 11th book in the series.

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4 thoughts on “Harlan Coben Junkies

  1. Sounds reminiscent of our Nancy Drew reading competition/marathon at Brownell Fundamental. Fun!

  2. I envy you the fact that you had your sister to share your passion. I do share your miserey in not having any more Myron and Win stories to enjoy. I buy the Bolitar series. I library the others. Have you ever listened to Jonathan Marosz read them? He does a wonderful snooty Win, a great Myron, Esperanza, Mom and Dad. Each voice is distinct. It’s like experiencing the books twice when you read and then listen to them or vice versa.

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