Tuesday, March 8, 2011


LIVE WIRE by Harlan Coben (Orion, 2011)

Reviewed by Craig Sisterson

The inimitable Myron Bolitar is back, and he's about to find out that the ugliest truth is better than the prettiest of lies as a secret from his family's past suddenly emerges. Myron's mysterious, estranged younger brother Brad disappears, only to leave Myron with his son - a teenaged boy that Myron didn't even know existed.

After last year’s twisting, multi-layered and award-shortlisted standalone Caught, internationally bestselling Harlan Coben now brings back his popular recurring hero Myron Bolitar, sports agent and sometimes amateur sleuth, in Live Wire.

Pregnant former tennis star Suzze T comes to Bolitar, who’s still somewhat affected physically and emotionally from his kidnapping in Long Lost, for help after her musician husband Lex disappears. She’s worried Internet rumours that he’s not the father of her baby have driven him away. Family matters are suddenly surrounding Bolitar; his father is on death’s door, and his long-lost brother seems to have resurfaced, with trouble close behind. It seems it’s not just Suzze’s past and secrets that Bolitar needs to investigate, and it’s not long before the case takes a very deadly turn.

Bolitar is a fascinating, at times funny, hero who is easy to follow, and is surrounded by a diverse cast of interesting colleagues and newcomers - chief amongst the former is the inimitable Win, a rich playboy who enjoys getting down and dirty to help long-time friend Bolitar in his investigations. As always, Coben’s storytelling hooks the reader early, and then takes us on an exciting, twisting ride towards a thrilling conclusion.

Craig Sisterson is a lapsed lawyer who writes features for leading magazines and newspapers in several countries. He has interviewed more than 180 crime writers, discussed crime writing onstage at festivals in Europe and Australasia, on national radio, is a judge of the McIlvanney Prize, and is the Judging Convenor of the Ngaio Marsh Awards. You can follow him on Twitter: @craigsisterson

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