Harlan Coben’s standalone thrillers are compulsively readable. Great characters. Unpredictable plots. I’ve read every one of his standalones, but I’ve never picked up one of the Myron Bolitar mysteries until a few weeks ago. I made the rookie mistake of thinking that since the character of Myron Bolitar was once a professional basketball player, the stories would be geared to sports lovers. Thankfully, that’s not the case.
I like Myron Bolitar. He’s a good man who just happens to have played professional basketball for about five minutes. Now he’s an agent who has become an accidental detective. In Promise Me, Myron delivers on a pledge to his girlfriend’s teenage daughter, Erin, and her friend, Aimee. After overhearing them talk about getting rides home from “wasted friends”, he has the girls promise that, if either of them ever needs help – anytime, anywhere – and they are afraid to call their parents, they will call him. He will pick them up, no questions asked.
All too soon, Aimee calls Myron in the middle of the night for a ride. True to his word, he takes Aimee from Manhattan to a quiet cul-de-sac in New Jersey where she says her friend lives. But when Aimee turns up missing the next day, with Myron the last person to see her, his well-intentioned promise turns his world upside down.
As always, Coben delivers the readability factor. Myron Bolitar is a completely likeable hero with a wealthy, philandering sidekick named Windsor “Win” Horne Lockwood III and a business partner, Esperenza. I can’t wait to start the Myron Bolitar series from the beginning to get the back story on all of them.
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