Book Review: Drop Shot by Harlan Coben

I’m not sure why I haven’t read one of Harlan Coben’s books before but, I saw an audiobook of his at the library prior to the Read-A-Thon and decided to try it. It was just right for the Read-A-Thon. I had chicken-duty and other chores that day, so it made a good accompaniment.

There were times, however, when I found myself standing still listening to the story. It was that engrossing and now you can count me in as one of the newest Harlan Coben fans.

Drop Shot is Coben’s second book featuring Myron Bolitar, a sports agent/lawyer/detective. The story is focused around professional tennis players as Myron is the agent for one of the top young players. While at the U.S. Open a young, former tennis star is murdered as she was attempting to reach Myron.

The police suspect that Myron’s client, Duane, was involved. Myron knows that’s impossible since Duane was playing tennis in front of thousands at the time. Myron feels his client isn’t telling him everything so he starts digging into his client’s background. This leads Myron into conflicts with all sorts of unsavory characters – mobsters, a senator, and high-placed businessmen.

I thought Myron’s best friend was an excellent character. Windsor Lockwood is pure upper-crust but also skilled at martial arts. The two of them together are a good duo – clever and witty.

There were a couple of mistakes in the book, such as referring to a former murder as a shooting when it had been a stabbing. Also I thought the story dragged a couple of times. But overall, it was such a fun story to listen to, thanks to Jonathan Marosz, the audiobook reader.

Thank you to Stacy at Stacy’s Books and others who introduced me to Harlan Coben. You can be sure I’ll read more. I checked my copy out from the library. Check for this book at your local library or local bookstore. Drop Shot ┬áis also available at Amazon. (I am an Amazon Associate.)

Publisher: Delacorte Press, 2007

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10 Responses to Book Review: Drop Shot by Harlan Coben

  1. Beth F says:

    I think I have the first of these on audio. It’s annoying when you find plot errors, but I’m glad that and the dragging didn’t completely ruin the story.

  2. I’ve listened to one of Coben’s Myron Bollitar books and thought it was great. I really do what to experience more of his work. He has a YA book out now too.

  3. I tried one of Coben’s books but couldn’t get through it. But I know he’s very popular!

  4. Annie says:

    I never read Harlan Coben. Many (All) of these books are translated in French and, as I have hard time to read in English, perhaps I’d try them !

  5. Kaye,the sister, Cogdill says:

    Don and I are great Coben fans and your husband may find them a good read also, because “Myron” used to play pro basketball and writes from that perspective. We’ll let you know which ones are a fast read! Bunches of love…kaye the sister

  6. Staci says:

    I love Myron and windsor is fantastic!! I’ve only read two but after your awesome review I need to jump back on their wagon!!!

  7. Stephen says:

    So does this mean you read the second Harlan Coben book first of all? If so, do you feel like you missed anything from not reading Deal Breaker first?

  8. TheBookGirl says:

    I’ve never read this author, but I know that he is quite popular in the bookshop. The fact that the audio has a great narrator is good to know; the quality of the narration is a deal breaker for me in audiobooks; if I don’t like the narrator, I won’t listen, no matter how much I might otherwise like the book. Glad to see that you found a new author to like!

  9. Nan says:

    I’ve read a couple of his stand-a-lones, but my daughter is a huge Coben fan, and Tom has enjoyed a few books, too. Coben now has one for the younger set. Speaking of Coben, one of my favorite movies was based on his book, Tell No One.

  10. stacybuckeye says:

    It’s about time, Margot!!! I’m so glad that you enjoyed Myron and Win. While I enjoyed his first few of the Myron series I promise that they get better. The last one was so good! I am glad that I could introduce you to Coben. If you feel like reading a stand alone I recommend Tell No One. It was also made into an award winning French film (with a quick cameo by Coben)

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