Myron Bolitar Series, No 10
March 22, 2011/ ISBN 0525952063
Private Investigator / New York / Contemporary
by L J Roberts
First Sentence: The ugliest truth, a friend once told Myron,
is still better than the prettiest of lies.
Sports and celebrity representative Myron Bolitar’s life
has undergone changes. His business, MB Reps, now handles more than
sports figures. A very pregnant ex-tennis-star client asks Myron
to find her musician husband who left her after he sees a Facebook
post saying “Not His.” The search leads Myron and his
team into a search for missing members of Myron’s family and
into the world of drugs and murder.
It has been awhile since the last Myron Bolitar book and I’d
forgotten how enjoyable is Coben’s dry humor and the wonderfully
colorful characters of Myron, his parents, former wrestler partners
Big Cindy and Esparanza, and yes, even Win, a psychopath-with-a-code.
What is also nice is that Coben doesn’t assume readers have
been following the series.
Perhaps because most of the secondary characters are less then
empathic, they seem flat and stereotypical by comparison. At the
same time, even for those characters which are unpleasant, Coben
creates a sense of sympathy for most of them. While that sounds
contradictory, it works.
Coben knows how to write; there are wonderful sentences and passages
that made mestop and consider. Myron’s father’s observation
about parenting was one such passage.There are layers to the story
and observations about perception, truth, lies and families.
There are stories behind stories that are remarkably impactful
in spite of the book’s violence, yet even the scenes of violence
are written with precision.
“Live Wire” is brutal, tragic and filled with twists
that are very well executed.
At the same time, it effectively touches one’s emotions as
it deals with Myron’s family and past as well as its future.
It is very much a transitional book for the characters and I’m
both apprehensive and intrigued to see where the series goes from