Deal Breaker by Harlan Coben
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
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This book was recommended by the lovely Literary Marie, and she describes the main character as Alex Cross meets Stephanie Plum. I haven't read an Alex Cross book in years, but from what I remember he was pretty cool, and of course Stephanie is AWESOME, so I figured I couldn't go wrong with checking this one out.
Myron is definitely very witty and charming, and I'd love for him to solve any case of mine. He's way more competent than Stephanie, but not quite as funny, but he's still cool. Just like in the Plum books, I liked the supporting cast as well: Myron's best friend Win, his assistant Esmerelda, and the police officer Jake. I wasn't a big fan of Myron's love interest, Jessica, at first, but she did grow on me.
The mystery (Myron sets out to find the missing girlfriend of his new client, whom everyone thought had been killed, but is now sending out pics of herself in a porn magazine) was intriguing and had lots of twists and turns. The killer was a surprise to me, because I really liked the character and didn't think of him/her as the possible killer or even a suspect at all, and was really hoping I'd see more of him/her in another book!
I did think there were parts that seemed a little forced and that Mr. Coben was trying too hard to be funny, but they were few and far between. I definitely enjoyed this read and I look forward to reading more about Myron Bolitar.
Challenges: 100 Books in a Year, Mystery and Suspense Challenge