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Myron Bolitar has always dreamed about a gorgeous femme fatale walking into his office and asking for help. The woman standing in his doorway has killer curves all right: she's eight months pregnant...

Former tennis star Suzze T and her rock star husband, Lex, are both clients - but now Lex has disappeared and a very pregnant Suzze is in tears, fearing the online rumours questioning the baby's paternity has driven away the man she swears is the child's father.

For Myron, questions of fatherhood couldn't hit closer to home, as his father clings precariously to life, and the brother who abandoned the family years ago resurfaces - with danger following close behind. Myron is soon forced to confront deep secrets in Suzze's past, his family's mortality - and his own.

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It was only matter of time before Facebook and other electronic social media found their way into thrillers – as they do with Live Wire. For some years, Harlan Coben has been situated firmly at the top of the tree in the crime and thriller stakes, and each new outing consolidates his already enviable reputation. So far, there have been no missteps (not something every bestselling crime writer can claim), and Live Wire is another example of his command writing. Coben’s engaging protagonist Myron Bolivar is back in the thick of things again in this one. But the author has something special up his sleeve here for his beleaguered hero.

A Facebook posting sets out destructive claims about who the father of a child yet to be born. On the receiving end of the questionable revelations are ex-tennis champion Suzze T and her retired rock star partner Lex. Lex deserts his pregnant lover, and the distressed Suzze calls on private eye-cum-sports agent Myron Bolitar, hoping he can retrieve her relationship. More is, in fact, at stake – including, it seems, the life of the errant Lex. And Myron’s private life is in its customary jumbled state. He runs into his sister-in-law Kitty (married to a brother who has broken off contact with Myron) and the couple’s teenage son Micky. The boy rages at Myron, who he considers responsible for his parents’ estrangement. So Myron has multiple problems: sorting out the chaos caused by the unpleasant Facebook posting, saving the life of Lex and curing his own headaches over his warring relatives. From this busy premise, Live Wire goes off at a surprising tangent, with Myron even confronting an existential question: his own shifting identity.

Coben’s dialogue here fizzles like the best vintage crime fiction, and Myron remains one of the strongest characters in the genre. As always, the sense of place is crucial with the author: the settings here have a pungency that leaps off the page. But it’s the plotting that really grabs the interest – along with what we learn about Myron, which changes the face of this entertaining sequence of books decisively – and permanently. --Barry Forshaw

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Pacy, packed with colourful characters, cracking dialogue and a suitably twisting plot, this is Coben at his best. (DAILY EXPRESS)

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  • PublisherPenguin Group (USA) Inc.
  • Publication date2011
  • ISBN 10 0451234405
  • ISBN 13 9780451234407
  • BindingMass Market Paperback
  • Number of pages384
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