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Promise Meby Harlan Coben
Synopses & Reviews
Whether you discovered him with his New York Times bestselling stand-alone novels or you fell in love with the award-winning books that preceded them — or you've never read him at all — anyone who loves a thriller will love international literary superstar Harlan Coben's latest, Promise Me.
It has been six years since entertainment agent Myron Bolitar last played superhero. In six years he hasn't thrown a punch. He hasn't held, much less fired, a gun. He hasn't threatened or been threatened. He hasn't called his friend Win, still the scariest man he knows, to back him up or get him out of trouble. In the past six years, none of his clients have been murdered — a real positive for his business.
But all that is about to change. Because of the simple urge to protect two neighborhood high-school girls from the all-too-dangerous and all-too-common mistake of getting in a car with a drunk driver, Myron has them make him a promise: If they are ever in a bind but are afraid to call their parents, they should call him rather than get in a car with someone who's been drinking. Several nights later, the call comes at 2:00 am, and true to his word, Myron picks up one of the girls in midtown Manhattan and drives her to a quiet cul-de-sac in New Jersey where she says her friend lives.
The next day, the girl's parents discover that their daughter is missing. And that Myron was the last person to see her. Now, in a desperate attempt to fulfill a well-intentioned promise gone nightmarishly wrong, Myron must become a hero again to save a young girl's life.
"Last seen in bestseller Coben's Darkest Fear (2000), Myron Bolitar, former basketball star (Boston Celtics) turned sports and entertainment agent and occasional knight in shining armor, is back in fighting form in his action-packed eighth thriller. For the past six years Myron has been leading a quiet life, much of it at his parents' old house in Livingston, N.J. A new girlfriend, Ali Wilder, a 9/11 widow, is helping to bring him out of his shell. Concerned that Ali's teenage daughter, Erin, and Erin's friend, Aimee Biel, might fall in with the wrong crowd, Myron gives them his contact information in case either of them feels she needs help. Aimee later calls him in the middle of the night for a lift to a friend's house, on condition that her request remain a secret. When Aimee turns up missing in circumstances mirroring those surrounding another vanished girl, Bolitar himself becomes a suspect in her disappearance and must use his wits and martial arts skills to uncover the truth. Coben fans will find much to enjoy in this well-crafted suspense novel, which has a startling final twist." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"[A] fascinating hybrid thriller....Coben's resurrection of Bolitar works superbly: the melding of high suspense and high technology with a somewhat battered, very canny, questing hero is sure to produce another major hit for the way-hot Coben." Booklist (Starred Review)
"As usual, Coben piles on the plot twists, false leads, violent set pieces and climactic surprises with the unfocused intensity that have made his thrillers such a hot ticket." Kirkus Reviews
"Coben hits the ground running with the compelling Promise Me....The author also delivers enough twists to keep Myron — and the reader — on their toes." South Florida Sun-Sentinel
"After finishing Promise Me, you realize that all the clues to the twist were evident, but you still didn't see it coming. It's fun to have Myron back..." Philadelphia Inquirer
"Coben can still write a fine wisecrack, and he can write a well-executed scene. But Promise Me feels a little phoned in....Promise Me has holes in its plot big enough to throw a dog through, and a lot of them." St. Petersburg Times
"Mr. Coben is in particularly good form this time....Promise Me shows off the best of Mr. Coben's plotting skills....This time he's got it just right: the story is tricky enough to be exciting but not tricky enough to cause whiplash." Janet Maslin, The New York Times
The school year is almost over. In these last pressure cooker months of high school, some kids will make the all too common and all too dangerous mistake of drinking and driving. But Myron is determined to help keep his friends’ children safe, and so he makes two neighborhood girls promise him that if they are ever in a bind but are afraid to call their parents, they will call him. Several nights later, the call comes at two a.m. The next day, a girl is missing, and Myron is the last person who saw her. Desperate to fulfill a well-intentioned promise turned horribly wrong, Myron races to find her before she’s gone forever.
In the past six years, none of entertainment agent Myron Bolitar's clients have been murdered--a real positive for his business. But all that is about to change when a well-intentioned promise goes nightmarishly wrong, and Bolitar must become a hero again to save a young girl's life in this follow-up to "Darkest Fear."
About the Author
Winner of the Edgar Award, the Shamus Award, and the Anthony Award, Harlan Coben is the author of twelve previous novels, including the New York Times bestsellers The Innocent, Just One Look, No Second Chance, Gone for Good, and Tell No One, as well as the popular Myron Bolitar novels. His books are published in more than thirty-three languages around the world.
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