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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (7,055 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Harlan Coben Narrator: Jonathan Marosz Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Myron Bolitar Series Release Date: April 2006 ISBN: 9781415933992
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Kidnappers have snatched the teenage son of super-star golfer Linda Coldren and her husband, Jack, an aging pro, at the height of the U.S. Open. To help get the boy back, sports agent Myron Bolitar goes charging after clues and suspects from the Main Line mansions to a downtown cheaters’ motel—and back in time to a U.S. Open twenty-three years ago, when Jack Coldren should have won, but didn't. Suddenly Myron finds himself surrounded by blue bloods, criminals, and liars. And as one family’s darkest secrets explode into murder, Myron finds out just how rough this game can get.

In novels that crackle with wit and suspense, Edgar Award winner Harlan Coben has created one of the most fascinating and complex heroes in suspense fiction—Myron Bolitar—a hotheaded, tenderhearted sports agent who grows more and more engaging and unpredictable with each page-turning appearance.

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Quotes & Awards

  • Another winner...Pungent observations, indelibly drawn characters and a twisting, surprise-laden plot. Atlanta Journal and Constitution
  • Sharp plotting and emotional density, as well as nonstop wisecracks. Publishers Weekly
  • Winner of the 1998 Barry Award for Best Paperback Original
  • A 1998 Shamus Award Nominee for Best Paperback Original
  • A 1998 Dilys Award Nominee

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joe O'c | 2/7/2014

    " Very Good; Continung character: Myron Bolitar; sports agent deals with a prospective client's son being kidnapped, while his father is leadig the US Open. A lot of players, and Myron's friend Win is on the outside because the victims are family. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Karen | 2/6/2014

    " Another story with twists humour and great characters ! Yep I'm a fan! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Keith | 1/27/2014

    " Not his best work.... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lisa | 1/27/2014

    " This was just okay. Not a fav bolitar "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mary Mary, Why Ya Buggin | 1/21/2014

    " Another great look at Myron and Win. Win...don't go breaking my heart. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cathy | 1/19/2014

    " Not as good as the other in the series. He is much better with his buddies than alone. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tom Holehan | 1/19/2014

    " I have not read the Harlan Coben books in order - this is one of his earlier works. Coben seems to go overboard with the complex plot and twists here, but it's still very entertaining and Myron Bolitar remains a great hero to follow. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tara | 1/15/2014

    " Usual Harlan Coben manner, again. Never saw the ending coming. I love Myron's wit, Win's mysteriousness, and Esperanza's loyalty. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cassandra. | 1/11/2014

    " #4 Myron Bolitar. And, I've finally spelled it correctly. Keep going! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dawnie | 1/7/2014

    " Once again a great Myron book. My only disappointment was I felt a little rushed at the end of the book and somewhat wished there was a little more to the Win story. I'm going to hope that was deliberate and will find out more in the next book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sigrid | 12/25/2013

    " Love it!! No other words for it! I just love the way Myron Bolitar does things, and the plot, and everything! Definite favorite! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Deb | 12/7/2013

    " Read this in 1 day - another Myron story that keeps you guessing till the last page. Good stuff. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lynette Hall | 12/7/2013

    " I have discovered Harlan Coben's character Myron. He's not really loveable but is out to do the right thing with help from friends. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Clint Morey | 11/26/2013

    " Back Spin feels a lot like a Robert Parker novel. If you enjoyed Parker's Spenser, you will enjoy Coben's Myron Bolitar. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Stacy Bearse | 9/20/2013

    " Number four in the Myron Bolitar series focuses on the world of professional golf. A quick read, and a pretty good mystery that isn't fully resolved until the final pages. I read Coben's books for fast entertainment ... like partaking in icy sorbets between more substantial literary main courses. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Liz | 6/19/2013

    " The wonderful Myron Bolitar with the fabulous Harlan Coben twists and turns "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Andreas Strom | 1/6/2013

    " Pretty good, but so far the weakest of the Bolitar series I think. Still thrilling, funny and keeps you guessing, but I just didn't get as much into it as all of Coben's other books. Still starting the next one very soon though. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Courtney | 10/23/2012

    " I like these books, but my main problem is that they are too long for the fluffiness of the demeanor. By the end, I want to know what happens - but do not care nearly as much as I do in the beginning of the book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brenda Whitner | 8/28/2012

    " Good read. Plot twists at the end of the book. This is another Myron Boltaire novel. This one is about a kidnapping. I really enjoyed the read. Interesting book. Couldn't put it down at the end. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Steve | 7/2/2012

    " book on tape Myron!!!!! . Kidnappers have snatched the teenage son of super-star golfer Linda Coldre "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Phyllis | 6/30/2012

    " I enjoy Harlan Coben's Myron Bolitar stories, but this one not a favorite - didn't hold my attention the way others have. All about golf - tried too hard to make odd pieces fit. Early book in the series - familiar characters not fully developed. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kip | 3/26/2012

    " The Bolitar thrillers gain steam as the series moves on... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Denorris | 2/11/2012

    " It was very good, normal harlan coben, good writing and kept me guessing until the end. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Leon Aldrich | 2/6/2012

    " Six more in the series, then what will I do? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sarah Jowett | 12/23/2011

    " I didn't realize that the Myron books went back this far, I am really behind! This was not bad and it gets a little personal about Win, which is interesting. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Maria | 9/28/2011

    " Es el primero que me leo de Harlan Coben y su detective-representante deportivo, pero no va a ser el ultimo, porque me ha atrapado tanto el argumento (y eso que el golf no me interesa nada) como los protagonistas....me he quedado con ganas de mas! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Debbie | 9/10/2011

    " Myron Bolitar is very funny! I really enjoy his antics when I want to listen to a book with Steve (I call them Men's Romance Novels). Really fun exploits... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Chris | 5/23/2011

    " These books are fun to read and Myron has a unique way with words but
    that doesn't justify 4 and 5 star ratings. Come on people! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jake | 5/6/2011

    " Audio Book. Myron Bolitar and golf. A kid goes missing, his mom is the best woman golfer in the world and his dad is a PGA Tour hacker who is leading the US Open on his home course. The dad dies and the kid has a finger chopped off. The killer ends up "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Laura | 5/6/2011

    " Another good Myron book. Connects you more with Win. Being the 4th one in the series, it's the right time to look specifically into his life from a different perspective and find out why Win, is Win. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jody | 5/5/2011

    " Once again Coben comes through. This book was no less than great. The only thing I would change about it would be to include more Win doing the Win things he always does. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nelson | 4/26/2011

    " Man, Harlan Coben is a magician with storytelling. This is my 4th Myron Bolitar novel,and they've all been winners as far as I'm concerned. Complex, clever, dramatic and laugh-out-loud funny. Quickly becoming my new favorite writer of mysteries. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Courtney | 4/16/2011

    " I like these books, but my main problem is that they are too long for the fluffiness of the demeanor. By the end, I want to know what happens - but do not care nearly as much as I do in the beginning of the book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jill | 4/10/2011

    " This was pretty good. Although the subject matter was little boring of. There were no revelations for me on the sport. But it did have a spin hence the play on the word back spin. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marta | 4/10/2011

    " Another gripping tale from Harlan Coben, one of my favorite authors. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Phyllis | 3/27/2011

    " I enjoy Harlan Coben's Myron Bolitar stories, but this one not a favorite - didn't hold my attention the way others have. All about golf - tried too hard to make odd pieces fit. Early book in the series - familiar characters not fully developed. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rochelle | 3/21/2011

    " I'm hooked on the Bolitar series. Another great read with good twists and colorful characters. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chris | 3/18/2011

    " As serious as the crimes were, Harlan Coben's sense of humor, delivered through Myron, kept me laughing.

    This was the best one of the series so far! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Katherine | 3/15/2011

    " He did NOT disappoint! He twisted and worked his magic to create a shocking ending yet again. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Steve | 3/8/2011

    " The book was ok.. Not one of my favorite Bolitar books, but the book is now a checked off the list.. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Susan | 2/27/2011

    " I love Harlan Coben, and saw this book on the shelves int he library as a 7-day loan. Thinking it was a new one, I took it out. Was written in 1997, so not sure why it's a seven day loan. Not nearly as good as his more recent work, but entertaining. His characters are always interesting. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 valpal | 2/7/2011

    " Not the best of the Bolitars but still enjoyable and I still plan to read the whole series. The plot got a little cheesy towards the end but it was nonetheless entertaining. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Donna | 2/4/2011

    " Cute story - why wouldn't I like it, golf and a mystery all in one book! "

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About the Author
Author Harlan Coben

Harlan Coben is the internationally bestselling author of more than twenty novels, including eight novels that have made the #1 New York Times bestsellers list. He is the winner of the Edgar, Shamus, and Anthony awards, and in 2010, Live Wire won the world’s most lucrative crime fiction award, the RBA International Prize for Crime Writing, worth €125,000. His books are published in forty one languages around the globe and have been number one bestsellers in over a dozen countries.

About the Narrator

Jonathan Marosz has narrated dozens of audiobooks throughout his career, including numerous titles by bestselling authors David Baldacci, Harlan Coben, and Tony Hillerman.