This week’s Monday Mystery is the first book I’ve read by Harlan Coben. I bought 2 of his books at a discount store for reading on vacation but didn’t get around to it until this week. The hero of the story, Myron Bolitar, isn’t actually a detective — he’s a lawyer/sports agent who is suffering withdrawal pangs from a crushing break-up and some never explained episode he feels responsible for that caused a number of deaths (maybe I missed something; it does mention it on the back cover) and when the story opens, he’s soothing his ego with a brunette anchor woman on a secluded section of a Caribbean island, aptly named St. Bacchanals.
Myron has a few close friends who have his back always: Win — a wealthy financial advisor he’s known since college days, a man with dubious morals who is usually armed and doesn’t mind bending the law or even killing; Esperanza — formerly his secretary (and before that a wrestler) but now a lawyer and his partner; Big Cyndi — his receptionist, also a former wrestler and more recently a bouncer; and Clu Haid — also a friend from college, a baseball pitcher, drug addict, and total screw-up. Haid is the victim.
Although Myron has disclosed his whereabouts to no-one, Win’s yacht comes steaming across the horizon one sunny morning and Myron knows something is seriously wrong. Win breaks the news: Esperanza has been arrested for murdering their client and friend, Clu Haid. Not only that, but she doesn’t want his help or even to talk to him. When a computer disk arrives in the mail with an animation of the missing daughter of the owner of the Yankees that melts into blood, Myron is completely befuddled; he has no clue what it’s all about or whether it has anything to do with Clu’s murder.
There are lots of twists (plot and sexual) before Myron eventually gets to the final detail that allows everything to fall into place. The writing style is easy (no need to have a dictionary handy except possibly for some yiddish terms) with several sleazy mob-type characters, senseless torture, a phoney self-help guru, and Myron’s decent parents. If that sounds appealing to you, go for it. The Final Detail is not a book I’d recommend except as a quick read to boost your “books read” goal. * * 1/2
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