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Harlan Coben, Author Dell Publishing Company $7.99 (368p) ISBN 978-0-440-22270-5
Coben, who just won the Edgar for best original paperback (Fade Away) scores a hole in one with this fourth outing for basketball star tuned sports agent Myron Bolitar. Golf takes center stage, but the sharp plotting and emotional density, as well as nonstop wisecracks, make this a book even for the golf-averse. When someone kidnaps the son of golfer Jack Coldren just as he's poised to win the U.S. Open, the boy's grandfather asks Myron to help. The mother, golf champion Linda Coldren, is afraid to notify police, and Myron sees an opportunity not only to save a life but also to sign up a couple of new clients. Bodies and clues pile up, and as the past unravels, Myron discovers that the Coldrens' skeletons touch even his close but enigmatic friend, Win. The characters are deftly etched and the details keenly observed (regarding a group of mall girls: ""There were four girls. Or maybe five or even six. Hard to say. They all seemed to blend into one another""). (Aug.)
Reviewed on: 06/30/1997
Release date: 07/01/1997
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Hardcover - 352 pages - 978-1-56865-480-5
Hardcover - 307 pages - 978-0-385-34356-5
Mass Market Paperbound - 343 pages - 978-0-440-24608-4
Open Ebook - 216 pages - 978-0-307-56716-1
Prebound-Glued - 343 pages - 978-1-4177-1239-7
Compact Disc - 7 pages - 978-0-7393-4100-1
Hardcover - 529 pages - 978-0-7862-6559-6
Hardcover - 488 pages - 978-0-7540-9935-2
Downloadable Audio - 1 pages - 978-1-4159-4469-1
Open Ebook - 1 pages - 978-1-299-02627-8
Hardcover - 343 pages - 978-0-7528-4916-4
Hardcover - 384 pages - 978-1-4091-5051-0
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