Sports agent Myron Bolitar is poised on the edge of the big time. So is Christian Steele, a rookie quarterback and Myron's prized client. But when Christian gets a phone call from a former girlfriend, a woman who everyone, including the police, believes is dead, the deal starts to go sour. Trying to unravel the truth about a family's tragedy, a woman's secret, and a man's lies, Myron is up against the dark side of his business where image and talent make you rich, but the truth can get you killed.
Deal Breaker is Harlan Coben’s first installment in his Myron Bolitar series, which focuses on the titular character, an athlete turned FBI agent turned sports agent.
Myron is engaging and authentic, a sensitive, caring character who is also intelligent and has good instincts and a drive to defend the underdog. The well-paced plot drives the story with a stellar balance between the action and the unfolding of the mystery. The plot is multi-layered without being disjointed, and the writing style is filled with sly wit and humor. The supporting cast of characters, while shallow caricatures, served as foils for the protagonist and have the potential to be developed into more rounded, fully-fleshed characters.
The suspense leans toward the predictable side, but Deal Breaker is an entertaining, enthralling read that skates a stellar line between comedy and thriller.
Recommended for fans of stories that amalgamate humor and suspense