You don’t need to be a detective to solve mysteries – and Harlan Coben‘s Myron Bolitar proves just that.
Myron is a mild-mannered, ex-basketball player turned sports agent and accidental detective, who regularly gets pulled into the dark side of the business to protect his clients from some tricky situations with often deadly consequences.
This is a fun, enjoyable series where wit and dry humour sits entertainingly alongside killings, corruption and mystery.
A slam-dunk for sports fans and a masterclass in crime storytelling.
Harlan Coben’s Myron Bolitar books in order:
Investigator and 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.
Suddenly Myron is plunged into a baffling mystery of sex and blackmail. Trying to unravel the truth about a family’s tragedy, a woman’s secret and a man’s lies, Myron is up against the dark side of his business – where image and talent make you rich, but the truth can get you killed.
The young woman was shot dead in cold blood, dropped outside the stadium, in front of a stand selling Moët for $7.50 a glass. Once her tennis career had skyrocketed. Now, at the height of the US Open, the headlines were being made by another young player from the wrong side of the tracks.
When Myron Bolitar investigates the killing he uncovers a connection between the two players and a six-year-old murder at an exclusive club. Suddenly Myron is in over his head. And with a dirty US senator, a jealous mother and the mob all drawn into the case, he finds himself playing the most dangerous game of all…
Myron Bolitar once had a promising career as a sportsman, until an accident forced him to quit. After a spell in the FBI, he now runs his own business.
Then Myron is approached to find Greg Downing. He knows Greg from old – they were once rivals, not just in sport, but for a woman they both loved. Now Greg has vanished, and the team boss wants Myron to find him before news of his disappearance is leaked to the press.
In Greg’s house, Myron finds blood in the basement – lots of it. And when he discovers the body of a woman, he begins to unravel the strange, violent world of a national hero gone wrong, as he comes face-to-face with a past he can’t relive, and a present he may not survive.
The boy was born and raised on the Main Line. But he vanished on Philadelphia’s mean streets – last seen in a down-town cheater’s hotel. For sports agent Myron Bolitar, his client, superstar Linda Coldren, comes first, and that means unravelling the mystery of her son’s kidnapping.
But when Myron goes after the missing boy, he crashes through a crowd of low-lifes, blue bloods and liars on both sides of the social divide. And when family skeletons start coming out of the closet, Myron is about to find out how deadly life can get…
Myron Bolitar might have a slightly dubious past, but he knows how to handle himself and is doing just fine as a sports agent. And then he meets Brenda Slaughter, one of the hottest female sports stars around. She’s gorgeous, funny and single, and also seems to have mislaid her agent.
But when her father disappears, and the Mob starts leaning on her, it soon becomes apparent that potent forces are at work. And the more Myron tries to help, the closer he gets to losing his heart – and his life.
Myron screwed up. His job was to protect someone. He fell in love with that someone and then she died. End of story.
So he’s dropped out, left, run away to the Caribbean to escape his guilt. But now everything that he left behind has come back to haunt him. A friend is in trouble, murder trouble. The victim? One of his own clients.
In order to help his friend, Myron must battle for her freedom – against her own wishes…
Life isn’t going well for Myron Bolitar. His business is struggling, and his father, recently recovered from a heart attack, is facing his own mortality – and forcing Myron to face it too. Then Emily Downing, Myron’s college sweetheart, reappears in his life with devastating news: her thirteen-year-old son Jeremy is gravely ill and can be saved only by a bone-marrow transplant – from a donor who has vanished without trace.
Before Myron can absorb this revelation, Emily hits him with an even bigger shocker: Jeremy is Myron’s son, conceived the night before Emily’s wedding to another man. Staggered by the news, Myron plunges into a search for the missing donor. But for Myron, finding the only person who can save the boy’s life means cracking open a mystery that involves a broken family, a brutal kidnapping spree, and a cat-and-mouse game between an ambitious reporter and the FBI.
The 2am phone call is from a young, frightened, lost girl who has called the one adult who had promised to help her if she ever got into any trouble: Myron Bolitar. But his help proves not to be enough. He picks her up from a cold street corner and – against his better judgment – is persuaded to drop her at an unknown address. This is a mistake that he lives to regret, for Aimee Biel’s final wave from a darkened porch turns out to be the last time anyone will see her.
Driven by guilt and the desperation of her family, Myron decides to break his vow of six years and get involved in the search. But his past will not be buried so easily… and Myron must decide once and for all what he will stand up for if he is to have any hope of rescuing both Aimee and himself.
Myron is summoned to Paris at the behest of an old lover, Terese. She is in unspecified trouble and needs his help. When he gets there, he discovers that her husband has been murdered and she is the main suspect. The interesting thing is that more than one blood-type has been discovered at the scene – and the other blood can only be attributed to her daughter. But she died 10 years before.
As Myron and Terese try to find out exactly what’s going on, they uncover more and more questions. Did the daughter really die? Did Terese’s husband have a further child with someone else?
But the truth is something no one expected…
When former tennis star Suzze T and her rock star husband, Lex, encounter an anonymous Facebook post questioning the paternity of their unborn child, Lex runs off. Suzze, who is eight months pregnant, asks their agent, Myron Bolitar, to save her marriage–and perhaps her husband’s life. But when Myron finds Lex, he also finds someone he wasn’t looking for: his sister-in-law, Kitty, who, along with Myron’s brother, abandoned the Bolitar family long ago.
As Myron races to locate his missing brother while their father clings to life, he must face the lies that led to the estrangement–including the ones told by Myron himself.
For ten long years two boys have been missing. Now you think you’ve seen one of them. He’s a young man, and he’s in trouble.
Do you approach him? Ask him to come home with you? And how can you be sure it’s really him?
You thought your search for the truth was over. It’s only just begun.
There you have it – Harlan Coben’s Myron Bolitar books in order! How many have you read? Let us know in the comments below…