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Live Wire

Myron Bolitar Series

by Harlan Coben

Live Wire
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  • Published in USA  Mar 2011
    384 pages
    Genre: Thrillers

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Myron Bolitar has always dreamed about the voluptuous femme fatale walking into his office and asking for help. The woman standing in his doorway has killer curves, all right: She's eight months pregnant, which kind of ruins the fantasy. Former tennis star Suzze T and her rock star husband, Lex, are both clients, and over the years Myron has negotiated his share of contracts for the power pair. But now Lex has disappeared and a very pregnant Suzze is in tears, fearing the online rumors questioning the baby's paternity have driven away the man she swears is the child's father.

For Myron, questions of fatherhood couldn't hit closer to home, as his dad, Al, clings to life, and the brother who abandoned the family years ago resurfaces - with danger following close behind. Myron is soon forced to confront deep secrets in Suzze's past, his family's mortality - and before Live Wire is over, his own.

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"Myron tackles a different sort of hidden mysteries—those deeply embedded within himself and other family members. Fans will enjoy the change of focus and wonder how Coben will re-create his hero in his next adventure." - Library Journal

"Starred Review. This explosively fast thriller will leave fans clamoring for more." - Publishers Weekly

"[T]his is the most conventional of Myron's recent cases, heavy with cheesy cliffhangers and eye-popping coincidences." - Kirkus

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Live Wire (Myron Bolitar #10) by Harlan Coben
At the open, Myron’s father is in the hospital in serious condition and Myron reflects back upon a lie he told his father many years before. That lie becomes his focus for at least part of the story. His client in this edition is Suzze T, a tennis great. She’s been on the sidelines recently because she’s eight months pregnant. She’s married to Lex, a rock star and also a client of Myron’s. He’s gone missing since someone maliciously posted on Suzze’s Facebook page that the baby is not his. What begins as a search for Lex becomes mixed with the return of Myron’s drug-addicted sister-in-law, Kitty, and the continued absence of his brother, Brad. Before long, it appears that it may all be related.

If there is a silver lining for Myron, it is that he finally meets his fifteen-year-old nephew, Mickey, for the first time. However, that first meeting was anything but pleasant. There are a lot of secrets being held by all parties. Myron has to wade through what is truth and what is a lie. As the danger level rises, he pulls in Windsor (Win) Horne Lockwood, III, his preppy-looking friend who is a sixth-degree black belt holder in Tae Kwon Do.

This is the 10th and as far as I can tell the final Myron Bolitar novel. I say that with sadness because I have loved the Myron series. I’ve loved the development of the main characters over time. The reason I tend to think it is the last is because there have been no new offerings in this series since this one which was published in 2011. Also the ending, which I obviously cannot give away, had a different and almost a final closure to it. Now, if readers need their ‘Myron fix’, they need to continue reading Coben’s YA Mickey Bolitar series. Myron makes appearances in the Mickey series. I’ll miss the mixture of those lovable and true-to-life characters, Win, Esperanza, Big Cyndi, and even Zorra. Rating: 4 out of 5.

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Harlan Coben Author Biography

Harlan Coben was born and raised in New Jersey.  After graduating from Amherst College as political science major, he worked in the travel industry. He now lives in New Jersey with his wife, Anne Armstrong-Coben MD, a pediatrician, and their four children.

Coben is the first author to win all three of the most coveted literary awards: the Edgar Award, Shamus Award and Anthony Award.  His books include the Myron Bolitar series, as well as other standalone novels, including Play Dead, Miracle Cure. Tell No One, Gone for Good, No Second Chance, Just One Look, The Innocent, The Wods, Hold Tight, and Caught. Harlan Coben's books have been published in more than twenty-two languages. 

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