Mickey Bolitar is the main character in the Mickey Bolitar series of young adult novels written by Harlen Coben. They are a continuation of the Myron Bolitar series of books, with Mickey being the nephew of Coben’s sports agent leading man. While the series is a continuation of the Myron Bolitar series, the Mickey Bolitar series is firmly targeted at a younger market, Coben’s first foray into the field.
The series starts out with a book called Shelter in which Mickey is forced to move in with is estranged uncle, after he witnesses his father’s tragic death and sends his mom to rehab. As a result, Mickey is forced to move and start at a new school. He’s not very happy with the situation, and things are looking grim. Mickey then meets a really cool girl and thinks things might be looking up until she vanishes. He follows her trail and is eventually led into a dark, mysterious world that reveals things he would have never thought about both his new friend and his father. Mickey Bolitar is a young adult series, in the thriller/suspense genre.
Order of Mickey Bolitar Series
Mickey is clever and has a quick wit about him. He is 6”4, and excellent at basketball. He is quick to make enemies, though and already has some at his new high school. Mickey’s story is an exciting but inspiring one, showing how he overcomes the struggle of losing his father and dealing with his mother and her situation. It’s a great story about a young boy doing everything he can to help the ones he loves, even if it means putting himself in some danger. Readers young and old will love following Mickey on his adventure.
The Mickey Bolitar series is a trilogy of novels, with the first in the series being Shelter, which was released in 2011. It introduces the character of Mickey Bolitar, who has to live with his uncle Myron Bolitar, after a series of terrible events. Due to moving in to live with his uncle, Mickey must also change high-school, and it is there that his already awful year starts to improve, thanks to a new circle of friends, as well as a new girlfriend, Ashley, whom Mickey adores. However, it appears that all is not what is seems with Ashley, as one day she disappears and Mickey decides to piece together the clues to find out what has happened to her. What Mickey uncovers is an entirely different side to the girl he thought he knew. After Mickey’s introduction in the Myron Bolitar book Live Wire, Shelter is a true introduction to Harlan Coben’s new, younger character.
Seconds Away, which was released in 2012, is the second book in the Mickey Bolitar series of books. The second book in the trilogy continues the story of Mickey and his new group of friends as they navigate life in high-school. However, when a murder occurs in town, which involves one of Myron’s friends, our hero must get to the bottoms of all the lies and deceit, as well as continuing to try and find answers to the questions raised in the first book of the trilogy, Shelter.
The third and final book in the Mickey Bolitar series, Found, is the third and concluding book in the trilogy, which was released in 2014. The main plot revolves around Mickey’s friend Ema and the disappearance of her boyfriend, who may or not not even exist. However, as solving Ema’s problems, Mickey is asked by his nemesis Troy to help him, he has relationship issues to deal with, as well as juggling his school life. But most importantly of all, the most important question of Mickey’s life is finally answers- what actually happened to his father?
The Mickey Bolitar series is currently a self-contained trilogy. Although Harlan Coben has said he may one day write another Mickey Bolitar novel, he currently has no plans to do so, and the final book in the series, Found, neatly ties up the loose ends from the first book in the series, Shelter, as well as those from Seconds Away.
Mickey Bolitar Awards
While Mickey himself hasn’t won any awards just yet, the author did receive several awards and nominations for his series about Mickey’s uncle, Myron Bolitar. These include the 1996 Anthony Award for Deal Breaker, the first in the Myron series, as well as an Edgar Award nomination. Fade Away won the 1997 Shamus Award as well as the Edgar Award for “Best Paperback Original” and was nominated for the Barry Award and Anthony Award in the very same category. Many of the subsequent Myron novels went on the win similar awards in the following years, as Coben continued to write them.
Best Mickey Bolitar Books
The Mickey Bolitar series currently only consists of three books, Shelter, Seconds Away, and Found. The beginning of the Series, entitled Shelter, has Mickey diving into a strange underworld he never knew existed, in search of his missing new friend. Here he finds that there are things he didn’t know about his family, and things didn’t even know about himself.
The books have been extremely well received by the young adult community, especially considering the author has been known for a long time as a writer of adult fiction. This doesn’t really come as a surprise, though, considering the skills that are often required to create a successful adult fiction book.
Many other best-selling authors including Rick Riordan and R.L. Stine have endorsed this series, saying it is one of the most well written and exciting books out there. A thumbs-up from authors like that definitely mean that you’ve done something right!
With all the transferable skills, the Mickey Bolitar books were a big hit and an excellent entrance into the world of Young Adult by the author. Filled with suspense, the books are sure to keep you guessing right to the end.
While Mickey Bolitar is featured in this series, he does make an appearance in another set of books by the author, focusing on his uncle Myron. The series begins with Dealbreaker, where Mickey’s Uncle Myron is a sports agent with a young, promising client. Things take a turn for the worse when he gets a call from an ex-girlfriend everyone believes is dead. He then must begin to unravel the serious of mysteries that the dark side of his business can come with.
This series is much, much longer and more of an adult read, making the addition of the Mickey Bolitar an exciting one for fans of the Myron series.
Other Book Series You May Like
Of course, if you enjoy reading about Mickey Bolitar, you may enjoy reading the story of his uncle as well, so that is certainly a series worth checking out. The “Myron Bolitar” series is for adults but is terrific. Be warned there are swear words in that series. If you want to stay within the young adult community but like the mystery and adventure side of things, consider reading “Don’t Turn Around” by Michelle Gagnon. It is another thrilling series about sixteen-year-old Noa, who is alone in the world and uses her computer hacking skills to survive and stay that way. When she suddenly wakes up on an operating table, however, she’ll wish she had some allies.
Mickey Bolitar FAQs
Q: Who writes the Mickey Bolitar series?
A: The Mickey Bolitar series is written by thriller writer Harlan Coben.
Q: What order should I read the Mickey Bolitar series?
A: The Mickey Bolitar series should be read in the following order: Shelter, Seconds Away and finally Found.
Q: What relation is Mickey Bolitar to Myron Bolitar?
A: Mickey Bolitar is the nephew of Myron Bolitar.