United States: Sports Agent in New York

Another country filled with books and authors. I have read so many American books from classics to cozy mysteries, literary fiction to humor, that I have lost count. It is simply impossible to choose one book to read for this challenge, so I decided to read the next book waiting for me in the ever-growing pile of books. It just happened to be a book I have been meaning to read for a long time, and I finally got my hands on it. Deal Breaker by Harlan Coben is the first book in an extremely popular mystery series.

I like to read books in order, and this is the reason I haven’t read Coben’s Myron Bolitar series until this day. Since I finally managed to get the first book, it was about time to dig deep into this series. I have read the trilogy about Myron’s nephew, Mickey, so I was not unfamiliar with his writing, nor with Myron for that matter.

Since Myron is a former basketball star, lawyer, and sports agent I knew I was in for testosterone flying through the roof. I was not wrong. There was however more of it than I expected, and I think it was due to the subject of the story that took Myron to the world of lies, betrayal, family secrets, because the quarterback he is representing gets a call from his former, believed to be dead, girlfriend.

I can’t even imagine what it is like being a sports agent, and all the tricks you need to have up your sleeve to make it in that world. I believe Coben has written about it in a style that I believe is between truth and entertainment, in a way that it would be enjoyable to read about it. The characters are vivid, strong, opinionated, and I believe that’s what they need to be.

Since I have read about Myron before, I already had him pictured in my head, but now I see him in a new light. It’s quite natural, because until now I have read about Myron from his nephew’s point of view, and teenagers see adults in a different way. I actually liked this a lot, since this really shows how different people perceive people in different ways.

The series has gotten a lot of praise, and I am sure the characters grow on you in further books. The first book is always about dipping your toe into the lake, but not really swimming yet. I think it has a lot of potential, and I will definitely continue reading this series. I already liked this first in the series, but I am not yet fully convinced this will be one of my favourite series. Only future will tell…

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