The Myron Bolitar series of books is a series of thrillers featuring, as I’m sure you’ve figured out, the character of Myron Bolitar, created by the author Harlan Coben. Bolitar is a former basketball player turned sports agent who ends up embroiled in the problems caused by his clients and has to solve them. Myron Bolitar is 6 feet tall and he’s considered handsome by most women.
Order of Myron Bolitar Series
|5||One False Move||1998|
|6||The Final Detail||1999|
Myron Bolitar is a Jewish sports agent who has several high-profile clients over various sporting disciplines, from basketball players to golfers to American Football players. Bolitar makes his first appearance in the book Deal Breaker, which was released in 1995. Deal Breaker revolves around Myron Bolitar and his client Christian Steele, an up-and-coming quarterback about to hit the big time. When Steele is contacted by an ex-partner who was presumed to be dead, things start to get messy for both him and Bolitar. Myron sets out trying to get to the bottom of this web of lies, as well as trying to keep both his reputation and the reputation of his client clean. Harlan Coben won an Anthony Award for Deal Breaker, in the Best Paperback Original category.
Coben has won several awards for his Myron Bolitar series. As well as the Anthony Award for Deal Breaker, he also won an Edgar Allan Poe Award for the third book in the Myron Bolitar series, Fade Away. In Fade Away, which was released in 1997, Myron Bolitar and his team are hired by a basketball team, the New Jersey Dragons, to help locate a missing basketball player, Greg Downing. In a twist, it is revealed that Bolitar and Downing had been rivals on the basketball court in their early careers in high-school and college. During the course of Bolitar’s investigation, he encounters lots of secrets and lies, and he must come to terms with turmoil in his life as well as untangling the web of deceit that led to Downing’s disappearance.
The last book Coben wrote in the Myron Bolitar series was Livewire, which was released in 2011. Coben has said that although there is currently no current plans to write another book in the Myron Bolitar series, it will eventually happen, but there is no current timeframe. However, Myron does feature in the books featuring his nephew, Mickey Bolitar.
The 2 regular supporting characters in the series are his 2 best friends, Windsor Horne Lockwood (mostly referred to as “Win”) and his MB Reps` assistant, Esperanza Diaz. Win is a philandering and eccentric billionaire who often gets involved in Bolitar’s cases. Myron and Win have studied taekwondo in the Korean dojo, even though it’s clear in the storyline that Windsor is more advanced. Bolitar is portrayed as being a very good agent for all his clients, taking good care of their wants and needs while being careful not to exploit them like other bigger agencies. Bolitar also helps his customers in times of need.
Myron’s longest known relationship in the series was with Jessica Culver until when he was dumped and she decided to walk out of his life. The first novel in the series is Deal Breaker. The book brings the ex-lovers head-on after having not seen each other for 4 years. It’s clear in the novel’s storyline that Bolitar still harbors some feelings for Jessica Culver, to the disgust of Diaz Esperanza, who hates Jessica for the way that she treats Myron. They start seeing one other but they break up again in the book One False Move, when Bolitar almost cheats again on her with Brenda. It is later also revealed in the book that Jessica Culver had also cheated on Bolitar with Doug.
Other prominent girlfriends that are mentioned in the series are Emily Downing, Terese Collins and Ali Wilder.
MYRON BOLITAR AWARDS
Harlan Coben’s novels have earned him several awards. Harlan Coben has won a Shamus Award, an Anthony Award and an Edgar Award. He is also the first author to have received all 3 awards.
BEST MYRON BOLITAR BOOKS
These are the 2 best books in the Myron Bolitar. The first novel in the series, The Deal Breaker is undoubtedly one of the best novels in the series. Sports agent Myron is poised on edge of a big time. So is Myron’s prized client and a rookie quarterback, Christian Steele. However, when Christian Steele gets a call from an ex-girlfriend, a woman that every person, including the police officers believes is dead, the deal starts going sour. Attempting to unravel the whole truth about the family’s tragedy, Myron Bolitar is against the dark sides of his businesses where talent and image make you rich. However, the truth can actually get you killed.
In books that crackle with suspense and wit, Harlan Coben has managed to create one of the most complex and fascinating heroes in suspense fictional books. Myron Bolitar is a hotheaded and tenderhearted agent who grows more unpredictable and engaging with every page-turning appearance.
Another incredible novel in the series is Fade Away. This murder mystery book revolves around Myron, Greg Downing (the missing star player of Dragons basketball team, Win (Bolitar’s best friend), Carla (a woman who’s found dead) and Clip Arnstein.
Myron Bolitar is hired by Clip so as to help in resolving a murder mystery that involves Greg who has gone missing. Clip Arnstein realizes that there’s no member of the team who seems very eager to talk to the outsiders about it. Greg Dawning is considered as being crazy by the other team members and his disappearance is dismissed casually at first. However, Greg Dawning has been missing for too long and with the playoffs approaching, Clip Arnstein is ill about it. After being convinced that Greg Dawning’s team mates have some information about the disappearance and they would easily share the information with an insider, Clip Arnstein brings in Myron Bolitar to play for the Dragons, then earn the team’s trust and finally find Greg.
Myron and Clip share a bit of history. Earlier in the book, Clip had Myron Bolitar in his plans to play for Boston Celtics in the first round. However, this never materialized since Myron Bolitar broke his knee in the exhibition game. This meant that he wouldn’t ever play again.
OTHER BOOK SERIES YOU MAY LIKE
In case you love the Myron Bolitar series, then you’ll certainly love the “Alex Cross” series by James Patterson. Dr. Alex Cross is an expert in the forensic psychology, who was originally working for Washington DC police sector and later as a senior FBI agent. You might also like “Will Robie” series by David Baldacci. In the series, America has lots of enemies; ruthless people who the police, the military and even the FBI can’t stop. In order to combat them, the government calls Will Robie to take charge of the situation.
Myron Boliatar FAQs
Q: What is the first book in the Myron Bolitar series?
A: The first book in the Myron Bolitar series is Deal Breaker, which was released in 1995.
Q: Who writes the Myron Bolitar series?
A: The Myron Bolitar series of books is written by Harlan Coben.
Q: What relation is Myron Bolitar to Mickey Bolitar?
A: Myron Bolitar is the nephew of Mickey Bolitar.