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 is also available at Amazon. (I am an Amazon Associate.)
Publisher: Delacorte Press, 2007