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She's smart, beautiful, and she doesn't need a man to look after her. But sports agent Myron Bolitar has come into her life, big time. Now Myron's next move may be his last.

Brenda Slaughter is no damsel in distress. Myron Bolitar is no bodyguard. But Myron has agreed to protect the bright, strong, beautiful basketball star. And he's about to find out if he's man enough to unravel the tragic riddle of her life.

Twenty years before, Brenda's mother deserted her. And just as Brenda is making it to the top of the women's pro basketball world, her father disappears too. A big-time New York sports agent with a foundering love life, Myron has a professional interest in Brenda. Then a personal one. But between them isn't just the difference in their backgrounds or the color of their skin. Between them is a chasm of corruption and lies, a vicious young mafioso on the make, and one secret that some people are dying to keep - and others are killing to protect.

©2007 Harlan Coben (P)2007 Random House, Inc. Random House Audio, a division of Random House, Inc.

Critic Reviews

"A superb book!" ( Christian Science Monitor)
"Fast-moving, funny - an altogether good listen!" ( Los Angeles Times)
"Consistently entertaining...Coben moves himself into the front ranks of mystery fiction alongside heavy hitters like Robert B. Parker, Sue Grafton, and Robert Crais." ( Houston Chronicle)

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I've missed Myron, but this isn't quite right.

Would you listen to One False Move again? Why?

No. I know what happens. It is formulaic and derivative of Coben's earlier Myron Bolitar books. The jokes are still good, but there is WAY WAY WAY too much plot, so much that it boils over and confuses the reader with its wretched excess. And, there are so many other things to read and listen to.

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

No. Again, way too many twists and turns. Way too many characters. Obviously I welcome the return of Esperanza and Win, but the entire world of Brenda Slaughter and of the governor-elect: it is just much too much and well beyond confusing. It rises to the level of frustrating. Like, do we have to have yet another plot twist?

Which scene was your favorite?

Not one.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

No crying. No LOL, either, but plenty of chuckles, which is the kind of humor that Coben does best.

Any additional comments?

I think it is time for Myron to hang up his cleats. Too bad (spoiler) that Brenda gets killed, because she might have made an interesting wife for Myron, much better than, say, the evil Jessica. Win has become a cartoon, which some might argue that he has been all along. Au revoir, Myron. It's been fun.

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Good story

loved it! it was good story with an unexpected ending. which is to be expected from coben

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a great series

If you just like to read for the enjoyment and don't care too much about the plot, this is the right series. I would compare them to the Janet Evanovich's
books. Myron Bolitar is quick witted and fun to spend time with.

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Too "cute" with words

Coben writes a fair story, but he is way over the top in trying to be descriptive. Many times it's just plain silly. He seems to feel the need to try to outdo himself in finding a new comparison of words to describe what he wants to say. I've enjoyed other books by him, but this one is way down the list.

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Good story told by a BAD narrator

As good as many of the Myron Bolitar stories, though there are others in the series I like more. The narrator was painfully bad, though, reading every sentence as a declarative statement without much variation in pace or tone.

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Always a twist at the end! A must read.

Harlan Coben is an excellent author and I love listening to Jonathan Marosz! I wish he narrated all of the Harlan Coben books.

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Comic book characters. Soap opera plot and twists.

I've enjoyed many of Coben's mysteries, but this one is a bit over the top, more complicated than a never-ending, daytime TV soap. Although Coben can write well and is often humorous, I think this will be the last of the Myron Bolitar series I will read.

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So Far The BEST in this Wonderful Series!

Jonathan Marosz creates Harlen Coben's cast with haunting power.... I cannot imagine Myron Bolitar or any of the ensemble through another filter.

Look... this series is so great that you really should start from the first and work toward the VERY HIGH LEVEL of 'One False Move'. Coben's characters grow through this series. While this book does, I suppose, stand upon its own bottom, why not enjoy the evolving nuances?

Sports agent and attorney Myron Coben deepens with each new tale's pressures. There's a maturation happening to the entire ensemble... I recommend each of the steps. And by the way... don't let the sports aspect deter you. None of the novels so far has repeated a sport and the author provides everything the reader needs to navigate each plot.

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I have a love/frustration relationship here

So first let me say that I LOVE the Myron Bolitar series. I must say, this one is so far my least favorite. The twists at the end were MASTERFUL but I didn't like this story with characters falling in love 5 days after meeting someone. I've become invested in Myron and Jessica's relationship. But I have to say, I don't think it's written well. But I digress. As always, Myron is funny and witty and he and Win are a wonderful and unique partnership. The story was compelling and as always it was an easy and overall enjoyable listen.

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Coben is a cut above

This book is complex and brilliant as is it’s creator. It’s best for walking or conscious listening not night listening when you can fall asleep. It requires your brain to keep track and it’s worth it otherwise you end up listening to the parts you’ve already heard again. This too is ok, & fun!

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  • Nick
  • 05-03-17

good story with interesting semi twist

good story with interesting semi twist at the end. Perform reasonably well. a good read from Coben's Character Myron Bolitar.

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  • Winifred D Bentley
  • 10-21-18

Loved it

thoroughly enjoyed story and found dialog between Myron and Wynne very humorous and very well narrated

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  • Daniel
  • 10-21-16

Great Story

Great story however the narration was hard to take and detracted from the story in my opinion. Would still highly recommend.