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The Final Detail | [Harlan Coben]

The Final Detail

Myron Bolitar, sports agent and reluctant sleuth, is happily basking in the Caribbean sun with a beautiful woman he hardly knows. Interrupting this bliss, Win, his loyal but morally questionable sidekick, arrives to tell him that Esperanza, Myron's best friend and partner at MB SportsReps, has been arrested for the murder of a fallen baseball star and Bolitar client.
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Publisher's Summary

Myron Bolitar, sports agent and reluctant sleuth, is happily basking in the Caribbean sun with a beautiful woman he hardly knows. Interrupting this bliss, Win, his loyal but morally questionable sidekick, arrives to tell him that Esperanza, Myron's best friend and partner at MB SportsReps, has been arrested for the murder of a fallen baseball star and Bolitar client.

Myron returns to the city immediately to prove Esperanza's innocence, against her wishes. And as he tries to unearth a killer amid a tangled trail of lies, Myron's own investigation points to only one other suspect: himself, as this spellbinding novel twists, jolts, and careens toward its dazzling finish.

©1999 Harlan Coben; (P)1999 Books on Tape

What the Critics Say

"The strongest entry yet in a series that deftly balances realism with excitement, while refusing to fall back on genre cliches." (Publishers Weekly)

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    Evelyn Duncans Mills, CA, United States 07-06-08
    Evelyn Duncans Mills, CA, United States 07-06-08 Member Since 2001
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    "you gotta like this guy"

    Myron and his side-kick are witty and fun to spend time with. Don't take them so seriously. Just enjoy.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Ted Lancaster, PA, United States 01-09-13
    Ted Lancaster, PA, United States 01-09-13 Member Since 2010

    Don't know what I want to be when I grow up. Trip's cool though. Use Audible to make gym-training sane... And rip my imagination.

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    "Plot A Tad Wobbly But Still Fine"

    Jonathan Marosz stuns as usual... Pitch perfect but...

    Harlan Coban's writing, for the first time in this series, trips over his feet... While the writing crackles as usual and the ensemble cast moves me to laughs, smiles, frowns, and yeah... tears... I missed the fact that Esperanza's (Little Pocahontas) is off stage through too much of this puzzle mystery.

    Once again let me urge readers to start this series with the first of the Myron Bolitar mysteries since the characters grow and their relationships mature. Moreover it's becoming more and more useful to understand the previous stories and their role in the characters' development.

    This time Myron's involved with baseball BUT... do not let the sports-agent role of the lead character deter you... everything sports related you need to know is powerfully and memorably explained.

    I recommend "The Final Detail" and I expect to soon listen to the next in this series. It's just that there are some plot twists here that come to the very edge of the cliff named implausibility. In the past, Coban has avoided that drop-off. Or at least he's expertly wafted sufficient fog to totally obscure its presence.

    Still... read the earlier works in order and then... buy this, listen, and get ready for the next. It's worth it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Elisa Hong Kong, Hong Kong 08-06-12
    Elisa Hong Kong, Hong Kong 08-06-12 Member Since 2007

    I'll give everything a try

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    "Just Brilliant"
    Any additional comments?

    This was the first Myron Bolitar book I read. The narrator was excellent and it was this book that had me fall in love with Myron's psychotic friend Win; of corse Myron was awesome as well. The action is swift and I wasn't able to put the book down until I have reached the ending. The events takes unexpected turns and twists, which naturally makes the reader want more. I was expecting something like Stay Close as that was the first book by Coben I've read. However, despite having some things similar, the series non the less has its own style. I love this book especially also because of the humor of the characters.

    Defiantly worth reading!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Paul Yardley, PA, United States 08-27-06
    Paul Yardley, PA, United States 08-27-06 Member Since 2003
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    "The Final Detail"

    I always enjoy Harlan Coben and this book is as good as any previous.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Nancy Northbrook, IL, USA 05-22-07
    Nancy Northbrook, IL, USA 05-22-07
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    "Myron Bolivar"

    I think Harlan Coben is a terrific author when he writes a suspense story. BUT I don't like his Myron Bolivar series and this was definitely a Myron book.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Lia Sutton, Australia 11-10-10
    Lia Sutton, Australia 11-10-10 Member Since 2009

    I love all genres of books. However, when I listen to audio books as I clean, garden, drive they are better with a lot of heat!

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    "Great book"

    I always enjoy Harlan Coben and this book is as good as any previous. Don't miss this book

    4 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Carl Vetlanda, Sweden 02-12-13
    Carl Vetlanda, Sweden 02-12-13 Member Since 2012
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    "As good as expected."
    Would you listen to The Final Detail again? Why?

    Not now but probably sometimes in the future when I've listened to all Harlan Coben books.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Phyllis Lutz, FL, United States 11-13-12
    Phyllis Lutz, FL, United States 11-13-12 Member Since 2007
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    What did you like best about The Final Detail? What did you like least?

    I love the dry humor. Reader did not deliver it well. I think it may be better for me to read the book and use my imagination.


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    Faith 10-01-12
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    "Hard to get past the first half hour"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    No. I feel like he is reading as fast as possible. I will try again to listen to the book, but just can not get into it.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Lajuan Idabel, OK, United States 12-27-09
    Lajuan Idabel, OK, United States 12-27-09 Member Since 2007
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    "Corben Fan"

    I love Harlan Corben's books. I haven't found one I don't like. I have issues with his narrators though. In my opinion the narrator from "Long Lost" fits Corben's writing best. However I will still buy his books because I love his writing.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Really enjoyed the story but by the end the narrator's habit of making every sentence sound like a question with a rising inflection was irritating.

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