Written by Harlan Coben, narrated by Jonathan Marosz, the unabridged audiobook is near nine hours of listening. This version released in 2006, but the original hardback goes back to 1995.
Deal Breaker introduces professional sports agent Myron Bolitar and this is book one in a lengthy series…eight novels as of this writing. Myron is in his early thirties and lives in the basement of his parents house. Sounds like a bit of a wimpy momma’s boy, right? Not so much. Myron is a former basketball player and Harlan Coben leaves physical description to the observations of other characters and your imagination. Mine has him tall, of course, dark and handsome. He’s a self deprecating and tough character who can drop a guy twice his size with a quick thrust of a fist or knee or elbow or …. you know what I mean.
The story begins with the anonymous delivery of a porno magazine. One recipient is a client of Myron - an upcoming star football quarterback. The magazine contains a nudie photograph of the quarterback’s dead girlfriend and the story presents you with a plethora of possibilities. Is she still alive? Where? If not, who sent the magazines and why? There is a myriad of suspects, i.e., the professional football team owner, the quarterback himself or other players, her former teachers, family, old high school or college friends. Lot to ponder. The story moves through the plot quickly.
Who that loves to read doesn’t like a good who-done-it? I’m there! This is a great, page turning murder mystery. The story also introduces a terrific character, Myron Bolitar. Not sure if Harlan Coben isn’t living vicariously through his character, but the wry sense of humor is awesome and quote-worthy. There are some terrific one-liners throughout the story and Myron’s personality shines. Caustic, witty, funny as hell, and morally upstanding type A macho-dude. I loved him!
Narration by Jonathan Marosz is wonderful. His interpretation of the main protagonist is just great.
A worthy investment. Enjoy!
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HC is one of my favorites. Witty dialogue and fast paced story line makes for a fun story
I like this author, mainly his humor and the development of the main character. I m glad he includes self-deprecating humor to make the guy likeable and not perfect. There were parts of the story that got a bit twisty for my memory, like I couldn't remember all the characters when they would reappear in the story. Also, the author leaves out important information about the case so the reader has no chance of figuring out "whodunnit". I ve learned to just read/listen til it's revealed since I know vital pieces are missing. Not as fun as trying to figure it out while reading, and then applauding the author on how he put it all together. Still, a great read by great author.
This book was written 10 years ago at a time car chase books were taking over. A car chase book is where you know everything about what happens and who done it by chapter 2 and the rest of the book is just the good guy catching the bad guy. Car chase books are filled with literary conventions analogous to the overturned fruit cart, draw bridge and the classic semi backing into the street. It is rare for me to enjoy car chase book because I enjoy the discovery of a mystery so much I won't even read the synopsis of the book. This book is a great mystery, not even the littlest car chase, and the mystery well built. The main character throwback is complete when he lacks the tortured soul of most current protagonists. The book weaves a major and minor story together well although the portrayal of the characters is a little one dimensional. All in all, a good fun beach of airplane book.
Although it's a bit outdated (references of technology) the story was great and kept me absolutely engaged! Narrator did a wonderful job!
I can be summed up in one word. Handsome, intelligent, honest, humble, brave, exciting, fun, kind, trustworthy, sexy! All these words work.
The main character is a lot of fun. The plot is well thought out. If you are a fan of mysteries with interesting characters this book is a good choice.
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The story itself was good, but it read (sounded) like a B-movie, due to being an older book. Also, and this is my own personal preference, it contained entirely too much offensive language, and sexual content. Not necessarily sex scenes, just content. There was at least one scene, but I've learned to fast forward through them. Definitely not a book to be listened to in family time. I had listened to a Harlan Coben book some years ago, but didn't remember it containing such constant bad language, or I probably would not have bought this book. I will buy the second in the series, because the story was good, but I am hoping the future ones are less explicit with the language. Hopefully, this one was due to the time period in which it was written. The narrator was just okay. Sometimes, I find one so great that I search out other books narrated by him/her. Sometimes, I find one so bad that I avoid other books narrated by him/her. I'll do neither with this narrator.
I have read -- ah, listened -- to all of the books in this series, and this first one will leave you wanting to do the same. Interesting, lovable characters...witty and smart...and a good mystery to boot. Narration is outstanding.
Love the Bollitar character. Funny, witty, and entertaining.
The twist and turns and the funny bits.