Live Wire (Myron Bolitar)

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Release Date: 
March 21, 2011
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Harlan Coben has over 47 millions books in print worldwide. His last three consecutive novels, Caught, Long Lost, and Hold Tight all debuted at #1. His books are published in 40 languages and have been number-one bestsellers in over a dozen countries. He is the recipient of the Edgar Award, Shamus Award and Anthony Award—the first author to win all three. His novel, Tell No One, has been turned into the commercial and critical smash hit French film of the same name.

In his early books, Coben amassed fans for his peerless novels of domestic suspense as well as those featuring sports agent/private eye, Myron Bolitar, first introduced in Deal Breaker, in 1995. Now, in Live Wire, Bolitar returns, only this time it’s the exploits of his own family taking center stage, and he is forced to ponder if a pretty lie is better than the ugly truth?

Myron has always dreamed about the voluptuous femme fatale walking into his office and asking for help. The woman standing in his doorway has killer curves, all right: Her name is Suzze T and she’s eight months pregnant, which kind of ruins the fantasy for Myron. Former tennis star Suzze T and her rock star husband, Lex, are both clients, and over the years Myron has negotiated his share of contracts for the power pair. But now Lex has disappeared and a very pregnant Suzze is in tears, fearing the online rumors questioning the baby’s paternity have driven away the man she swears is the child’s father. For Myron, questions of fatherhood couldn’t hit closer to home, right at this moment, as his father, Al, clings to life after a savage heart attack.

As Myron searches for Lex, he inadvertently finds others he wasn’t looking for: his sister-in-law, Kitty, who along with Myron’s brother abandoned the Bolitar family many years ago. Along with Kitty is her teenage son, Mickey, who is achingly familiar to Myron. But this boy whom Myron has never met blames Myron for everything that has happened to his parents. As Myron races to locate the missing, he must face the lies that led to the estrangement long ago—including the ones told by Myron himself. He must also answer the questions that Mickey’s arrival has thrown up as he is forced to confront deep secrets in Suzze’s, his family’s mortality, but perhaps more importantly, Myron’s own secrets.

Mr. Coben’s unique imagination has made him a past master of fast and witty dialogue, and architect of memorable characters. Live Wire follows that tradition with a meticulously plotted storyline. Gripping and full of genuine page-turning surprises, it looks like he’s going to need extra room on his shelf for more richly deserved awards.