Coben`s `Live Wire` is compelling thriller

Last Updated: Mar 22, 2011, 09:22 AM IST

London: Harlan Coben is one of the best thriller writers in the business, and sports agent — and occasional sleuth — Myron Bolitar has always been a great character. In the rich and compelling ‘Live Wire,’ one of Bolitar`s clients has asked for his help. She`s eight months pregnant and her husband, Lex, has disappeared.

Since her husband is also a client, Bolitar agrees.

With the help of his friends, he quickly finds Lex at a nightclub. But Lex, who questions whether he`s the baby`s father, doesn`t want to go back home.

While at the nightclub, Bolitar is shocked to see his sister-in-law. He`s been estranged from her and his brother for almost 16 years, and he`s eager to make amends. She flees before he can talk to her.

What appeared to be a simple missing-person case suddenly becomes complicated and personal. Even Bolitar`s parents seem to have some knowledge of what`s really going on.

Bolitar is forced to ask tough questions, even if he`s not ready for the answers.

Coben takes Bolitar on an intense journey that reveals new sides of the character. It takes a master like Coben to juggle a character study with shocking thriller elements and put readers on a vast emotional roller coaster.

Newcomers to Coben will find ‘Live Wire’ a great starting point, and fans will be awe-struck with this latest novel, wondering how Coben maintains such a high level of excellence.

Bureau Report