Live Wire, by Harlan Coben

Live Wire (Myron Bolitar Series #10) by Harlan Coben: Book CoverFinished 4-17-11, rating 4.5/5, fiction, 371 pages, pub. 2011

Book 10 of the Myron Bolitar series.

“I’m not going to rehash my mistakes right now.  That’s not the point anyway.  We were good parents, I guess.  Most are.  Most are trying their best and if they make mistakes, it’s from trying too hard.  But the truth is, we parents are at the most, say, auto mechanics.  We can tune up the car and make sure it has the proper fluids.  We can keep it running, check the oil, make sure it is road ready.  But the car is still the car.  When the car comes in, it’s already a Jaguar or Toyota or Prius.  You can’t turn a Toyota into a Jaguar.”

(Myron’s dad)  Chapter 8

Myron started his business, MB Reps, working as a sports agent after a knee injury ended his NBA career before it began.  He is an agent with a heart and his business has expanded to represent all types of jocks and artists.  When one of his first clients comes to him for help, he doesn’t hesitate to do what he can.  And when he does what he can he gets caught up in a mess that has serious repercussions for everyone he loves.

Myron’s best friend, Win, is there to back him up with his influence and muscle even when he knows Myron is making a mistake.  His Dad tells him to step away, but Myron can’t, not when his estranged brother’s wife shows up hooked on heroin and he sees his 15-year-old nephew for the first time.  Now all Myron needs to do is figure out why his brother’s wife is harassing his client.  There are rock stars, mob bosses, and drug dealing teachers all in the way of Myron and his quest to save his client and maybe even his brother.

Myron is a smart ass, but one with a certain humanity and goodness and I am always rooting for him and his even bigger smart ass friend, Win, to save the day.  And they usually do, but this time they do not come away unscathed.  I love this series but by the end of this one I was sad.  Not because I didn’t want it to end (although there was that), but because the series felt like it was winding itself down and now I wonder if we’ll see Myron and gang in the same way again.  I don’t think I’m spoiling anything here by saying that Myron’s nephew, and by association Myron, will be the focus of Coben young adult book due out in the fall.   I hope Myron will be back front and center someday.  That being said, if you have not read any of the other Myron books, this is not the place to start and I think you will be missing very important background info.

Coben is the king of pop culture references.   If you haven’t read him yet, you are missing out on a witty and current author.

This book is from my personal library.