- Paperback: 400 pages
- Publisher: Orion Publishing Group (25 June 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1409116964
- ISBN-13: 978-1409116967
- Product Dimensions: 13.1 x 2.6 x 19.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 1 customer review
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #3,61,758 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Deal Breaker (Old Edition) Paperback – 25 Jun 2009
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Myron is a great character – a wise guy who can't help joking around even with a gun trained on his heart. He's thirty-five and still lives with his mother and father, who exhibit the smothering behavior we expect from Jewish parents. Yet he's a viral guy, still nursing a passion for his ex-girlfriend Jessica. A former FBI agent, he has investigative skills and martial arts training. A former basketball star, he's now a sports agent. His best friend, Windsor Horne Lockwood III (Win), looks like a wimpy Wasp, but is in fact a bit of a psycho, a crack shot and expert bone-breaker.
Two unsolved cases become of interest to Myron – the murder of his ex-girlfriend Jessica's father and the disappearance of her sister. The sister was also the fiancée of one of Myron's clients, a brilliant young football player. Myron, who believes in justice and truth, despite his strong sense of irony, finds himself deep into a dangerous investigation. His encounters with big-time mobsters, hit men, pornographers, and small-time con men are great fun, with Myron delivering smart-alecky quips, and Win adding menace.
It's entertaining to watch Myron working his many and varied connections. And I also greatly enjoyed watching Myron and Win exercise their martial arts skills on unsuspecting bad guys.
The story is rife with colorful characters, like Myron's Latino assistant Esperanza, a petite and gorgeous former lady wrestler. Harlan Coben is a good writer, and his characters have all the charm, foibles and absurdities of real people.
So this book has my enthusiastic recommendation, and I've already ordered the next three.
Which turns out to be a good thing, because had this been the first Harlan Coben novel I'd ever read, I'd have never picked up another book by the same author again.
Because of the ending. Chapter 46, to be exact, in which there's a dialog between the main protagonist, Myron, and his sidekick, Win; a chapter and a dialogue that exists for the sole purpose of explaining the plot. Many thriller and mystery writers have to resort to this kind of dialogue, but if handled skillfully, it does not wake the reader from the fictive dream. Whereas the rest of the book was very meticulously thought out and carefully, and, indeed, skillfully written, this particular chapter was sloppy, rushed, and completely unbelievable.
Where was his editor in all this?
Were it not for Chapter 46, I'd have given this book four stars. It was well written and well thought out. I'd have taken away a star because the plot was over-contrived, and even without the infamous, and bafflingly atrocious Chapter 46, the ending was still not handled the way I would have liked. Coben does a great job in his other books, believe me, and if I'm so tough on this particular novel, it's because I've grown accustomed to--okay, spoiled by--a much higher caliber of exposition.
Authors are humans too. Even the best of them. Some books they write simply don't compare with the rest. Some are leagues above, some lightyears below. They are the statistical outliers in the writer's long list of published works.
This novel might be important to some because it is the first in the series. If you are one of those readers, by all means, start off with few expectations, then go ahead and read DEAL BREAKER. Otherwise, do yourself and the gifted Mr. Coben a favor--give this one a miss.