The Final Detail

A Myron Bolitar Novel
Narrated by: Jonathan Marosz
Series: Myron Bolitar, Book 6
Length: 9 hrs and 2 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (1,077 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

In this classic sixth novel in the award-winning Myron Bolitar series, number one New York Times best-selling author Harlan Coben delivers a riveting, powerhouse thriller featuring one of the most fascinating and complex heroes in all of suspense fiction. Here is a twisting mystery of betrayal, family secrets, and murder filled with the sly humor, dead-on dialogue, and unforgettable characters that have made Harlan Coben one of today’s must-listen suspense authors.

For Myron Bolitar, sports agent and reluctant sleuth, it was a long-needed vacation. A tropical beach. A warm breeze. A little uncomplicated passion with a woman he hardly knows. But, most of all, a chance to clear his head after the death of a close friend. It almost works - until his fiercely loyal, if sometimes morally challenged, friend Win shows up with a message that blasts Myron back to New York...and reality. Esperanza, Myron’s best friend and partner at MB Sportsrep, has been arrested for the murder of a client, a fallen baseball star attempting a comeback. Myron is determined to prove Esperanza’s innocence. But she isn’t speaking. And neither is her lawyer, except to say that Myron would do best to keep his distance, lest he hurt her case. 

Only Myron is already too close to the case to back away. For 12 years ago a young agent tried to help an up-and-coming athlete. It was a fatal mistake - and now Myron may have to pay the price.To solve a case as bizarre as it is difficult, Myron will be obliged to view it from the strangest angles: a transsexual nightclub, a baseball owner with a long-lost daughter, a dubious drug test, an impossible murder scene, and a computer disk with the image of a disintegrating girl. But most bizarre of all is that as he tries to unearth, Myron’s own investigation points to only one other suspect: himself...as this spellbinding novel twists, jolts, and careens towards its dazzling finish. 

©1999 Harlan Coben (P)1999 Books on Tape

Critic Reviews

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

"Combines Chandler's wry wit with Ross Macdonald's moral complexity." (Philadelphia Inquirer

"Coben displays all the right moves...snappy dialogue, fast pacing, neat plotting....Myron's some serious competition for Robert Parker's Spenser." (Atlanta Journal-Constitution

"Poignant and insightful...Myron is gallant, likable and delightfully original." (Los Angeles Times

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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.

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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.

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Just Brilliant

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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!

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Excellent suspense thriller

The plot of The Final Detail is more complex than necessary, but the novel kept me guessing until the end. In my view is is one of the weaker novels in the mostly 5 star Myron Bolitar series. Even so, it is an excellent novel. Narration is excellent.

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The Final Detail

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

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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

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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.

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Dissatisfied

Not one of my favorites, I guess I expected more from Harlan Coban from other books that I’ve listen from him

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Intriguing and suspenseful

I like the Myron Bolitar and Win combo, especially the repartee and the “dynamic duo” presentation. Jonathan Marosz brings the characters to life. I’m sold on Coben’s books, particularly because they are entertaining escapes during my commute. It’s fast-paced and suspenseful and I’m more than satisfied with a well-written book like that.

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Loved it

As usual, Myron often made me laugh out loud and I just love Win and his droll comments.

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  • Derek
  • 05-13-13

Inflection

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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  • mollyeyre
  • 02-16-19

Another well written book

I am catching up on HC novels that I missed earlier, I enjoyed this one too, actually found it was one that I had already read but enjoyed it nevertheless. My only complaint is that the narrator seemed to be in a heck of a hurry and raced through the book as if he was eager to finish. This still didn't stop my joy at finding Harlan Coben again. An excellent read with the gentle sarcastic wit that is his trademark!

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  • sandra brewerton
  • 05-27-15

pretty good read

he keeps you guessing until the end.you feel you know all the characters. very good

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 08-06-17

Great Narrator Great Story

Loved the narration and the story. Listened with my Mum in the car. Great mystery.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 03-02-17

interesting but not his best.

it holds your interest in that you want to know the "final detail", but not rivetting.