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Back Spin by Harlan Coben

Back Spin (1997)

by Harlan Coben

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Another entertaining entry in the Myron Bolitar series, Back Spin deals with golf. This one deals with a golf championship, a kidnapping, and a betrayal from the past. ( )
  DrApple | Jan 22, 2018 |
Myron is asked to look into the disappearance of a 16-year-old boy, and from the start he's not sure if Chad has run off, or if he has been kidnapped. The boy happens to be related to one of Win's estranged family members, and Win will not help.

Family secrets unfold, and time is of the essence... ( )
  shannon.dolgos | Sep 5, 2017 |
An often funny crime thriller with Myron Bolitar investigating the kidnapping of the son of a golfer who is in the lead at the US Open. The style is relaxed, engaged and engaging and the story is interesting, although sometimes complex with multiple characters and suspects. The investigation is an adventure that Myron generally takes lightly, using all his contacts and expertise. Enjoyable and a fun read. ( )
  Tifi | Aug 30, 2017 |
Sports agent and amateur detective, Myron Bolitar, is asked to advise professional golfers, Linda and Jack Coldren, when their sixteen year old son is kidnapped. The kidnappers have made it clear they will kill Chad if the parents go to the police, and so far, they haven't asked for any ransom. Jack is making his comeback at the U.S. Open and Myron wonders if the kidnappers might want him to throw the game as part of the ransom. Myron discovers Linda Coldren is his best friend, Win's, cousin. Myron has always known him to be estranged from his family but he's shocked when Win refuses to give Myron any help.

You don't have to like golf to find this an interesting book. Myron is a Yoo Hoo glugging, wise-cracking barrel of fun. We don't see much of Win, but he's still integral to the story. Myron's assistant, Esperanza, plays a much bigger role in this fourth book of the series. Former member of FLOW (Fabulous Ladies of Wrestling), Esperanza is graduating from law school and looking at different job options.

There are lots of twists and turns in the story and it's never clear who the kidnappers are or what the want. If you're a new fan of the series, I wouldn't necessarily start with this one, because it deals with the three main characters that we've gotten to know over the first few books. I love the sarcastic wit of Myron, especially regarding the golfer's outfits. I enjoyed getting to know more about Win's background and can't wait to read the next book in the series, One False Move.
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  Olivermagnus | Aug 9, 2017 |
Myron Bolitar is Harlan Coben's best character! A former basketball player turned sports agent after a knee injury, Bolitar often becomes involved in detective-type activities. He's a true tough guy, wonderfully supported by his very wealthy but sort of psycho best friend, Windsor Horne Lockwood III, and partner, Esperanz Diaz, a former female wrestler. Great series! ( )
  Oodles | Feb 16, 2016 |
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Sports agent and amateur detective Myron Bolitar investigates the kidnapping of Chad Coldren, the teenage son of a professional golfer who is in the midst of a comeback and poised to win the U. S. Open.
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Kidnappers have snatched the teenage son of super-star golfer Linda Coldren and her husband, Jack, an aging pro, at the height of the U.S. Open. To help get the boy back, sports agent Myron Bolitar goes charging after clues and suspects from the Main Line mansions to a downtown cheaters' motel--and back in time to a U.S. Open twenty-three years ago, when Jack Coldren should have won, but didn't. Suddenly Myron finds him self surrounded by blue bloods, criminals, and liars. And as one family's darkest secrets explode into murder, Myron finds out just how rough this game can get.

In novels that crackle with wit and suspense, Edgar Award winner Harlan Coben has created one of the most fascinating and complex heroes in suspense fiction--Myron Bolitar--a hotheaded, tenderhearted sports agent who grows more and more engaging and unpredictable with each page-turning appearance.

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When veteran golfer Jack Coldren, staging the comeback of a lifetime at the U.S. Open, is found dead in a sand trap, sports agent Myron Bolitar investigates, digging through twenty years of secrets to find a killer who is closer to him than he ever imagined.… (more)

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