kirstennnnnn (kirstennnnnn) wrote in 50bookchallenge,

Deal Breaker by Harlan Coben

book 149:  Deal Breaker by Harlan Coben

Deal Breaker is a murder mystery, the first in the series containing Myron Bolitar, a sports agent among other things.  It was okay.  It was a nice break from some of the heavier things I have been concurrently reading, but I don't think this author will be a favorite.  In many ways, Bolitar is played off as being a stereotypical jock type...lustful, a bit of a lummox.  His side-kick, Win, is some super-human seeming killing machine that stretches credibility a bit, especially when paired with the...lummox.  They supposedly have some FBI special ops background together to explain all this, but it isn't explained, at least not in this book.  Then there's the mandatory hot ex-girlfriend for Bolitar to get back together with.  In their spare time, between trying to act as a sports agent, making deals and getting the upperhand on gangsters, Bolitar works on solving the mystery of his ex's missing sister, who is also the former girlfriend of a pro-football client he is representing, which seems to be related to the sisters' father's recent murder.  Convoluted combined with plodding and unbelieveable.  I think I prefer my mysteries a bit sharper and more intense, and if they are going to be the humorous kind, to be not focussed on stereotypical dumb male behavior.  It's not bad enough that I refuse to read the next in the series, though.  But, I'm not in a rush.
Tags: crime fiction, murder mystery, sport

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