Saturday, March 26, 2011

Live Wire

Live Wire, by Harlan Coben.

The ugliest truth, a friend once told Myron, is still better than the prettiest of lies.

Myron thought about that now as he looked down at his father in the hospital bed. He flashed back sixteen years, to the last time he had lied to his father, the lie that caused so much heartbreak and devastation, a lie that started a tragic ripple that, finally, disastrously, would end here.

Coben has written many Myron Bolitar novels, but in this one Myron meets his nephew, Mickey Bolitar, who will be featured in a new novel called Shelter, out in September 2011. Myron has not seen his brother, Brad, in about fifteen years, but one night he sees Kitty, his sister-in-law, out at a club. He tries to follow her but she runs away. The reason he is at the club is that his client, Suzze T, who is also eight months pregnant, is worried about her husband, Lex, and Myron goes to the club to find him. Suzze T posted a picture of her ultrasound on her Facebook page, and someone has written "NOT HIS" as a comment; she wants Myron to figure out who did it, as the comment is false. What Myron doesn't know is that by getting involved in this, he will become entangled with his brother and sister-in-law's lives again, and if there is even a chance of reconciling with his brother, he wants to find him.

Coben writes a good mystery here, fast-paced and interesting. I have been a fan of his work for quite a while now, and I heard him speak at the Ann Arbor Borders back in 2008 or 2009 as well.
He has been writing Myron Bolitar novels since 1995, but the last one previous to this was published a few years ago. Myron is a well-rounded character who has some interesting friends, such as Win (his "muscle," so to speak), and I always enjoy reading about his adventures.

4 stars out of 5.

Disclosure: I received an Advance Readers Copy (ARC) of this novel to review.


  1. Must be an enjoyable read Live Wire (Myron Bolitar) by Harlan Coben. loved the way you wrote it. I find your review very genuine and orignal, this book is going in by "to read" list.


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