Book Review

by Harlan Coben

Genre: Mystery/Suspense/Thriller, Mystery, Amateur Sleuth

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Former baseball great Clu Haid is thrilled when the Yankees decide to give him one more chance. Unfortunately, before the season begins, Clu fails a drug test. Hes murdered before he can prove his innocence and Esperanza Diaz, the partner of sports agent Myron Bolitar, is arrested.

Esperanza and her lawyer dont want Bolitar involved as hes also a likely suspect, but Bolitar is not one to let a friend down. When another killing occurs, he and his buddy Win, a wealthy, handsome sociopath, launch their own investigation.

They dont make much headway until Bolitar receives a computer diskette in the mail. The diskette is a self-destructing program that shows a picture of Lucy Mayor, the daughter of the new owner of the Yankees. Lucy disappeared years ago as a teenager. Bolitar and Win realize there must be a connection with the killings but what they dont realize is that the connection marks Bolitar as the next victim.

THE FINAL DETAIL is a suspenseful, puzzling mystery that will make you laugh even as it pulls at your heartstrings. Coben is a true student of human nature and he incorporates that into his stories, creating believable characters involved in plausible, engrossing situations. The blend of pathos and dry wit is nicely done, making this a memorable reading experience. (Mar., 384 pp., $6.50—Hardcover published June 1999)

Reviewed By: Toby Bromberg

Publisher: Dell

Published: March 2000

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4.5 Stars

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The Final Detail

Submitted by Robin in PA on February 24, 2013 - 6:07pm.

While Myron Bolitar is on a tropical island forgetting all his problems, Myron's client, Baseball Star Clu Haid, was found murdered in his home. Esperanza is arrested and neither she or her attorney will talk to Myron. Determined to help her, Myron starts digging into the last days of Clu's life. Clue was Myron's first ever client who he helped out of scrapes to keep his career on the right path. Now Myron's investigation leads him to believe Esperanza was framed, and Myron was the real target.

Another great addition to the Myron Bolitar series. In this book we learn a little more about what makes Myron tick. We also see a lot more of one of my favorite characters, Big Cyndi. Once again I got to the end of the book and had no idea who was behind the murder. But Coben ties all the loose ends together brilliantly and leaves me ready to pick up the next book. My rating: 5 Stars.