le 9 juillet 2010
Second book in the Myron Bolitar series. Just as good as the first one (and, if you care to check my comments on the Deal Breaker, just as good as the ones to follow).
This series is most enjoyable, funny, fast-paced and you'll need to dicipline yourself to put the book down before the wee hours of the morning, I couldn't...
le 13 octobre 2014
Early 1986 bestseller and book 2 in a series of seven (7) about Myron Bolitar (MB; 32), ex-basketball star for Duke University and the Boston Celtics, ex-FBI agent, also a Harvard graduate and lawyer, now active as marketing manager for sportsmen and -women. Who become rich not from salaries or prizes they win, but from endorsing brands of goods or services. This is where Myron, who still occasionally lives with his parents, comes in. Sports management is a highly competitive business and Mafia involvement is not unheard of. So Myron, as a late starter faces tough competition.
What makes this book attractive? MB’s airy, ironic, sometimes sarcastic approach to anybody close, or less close, even under duress. Plus his serious sense of duty towards his sporting clients and his inquisitive mind. Finally, there is his friendship and operational partnership with multi-talented investment tycoon Win, scion of an old moneyed dynasty, who runs a financial empire two floors above MB’s office, but who always has time for Myron. Apart from asset management, Win reads Korean, is highly skilled in B&E, martial arts and elimination. Working as a loose duo with their different backgrounds gives them access to different social classes and circles.
Valerie, a former female tennis prodigy still aged only 24, is shot dead during the US Open on its grounds while MB’s new tennis protégé Duane serves out a winning match. The NYPD oddly suspects Duane of killing her. But not for long. Still, there is some connection between the two, which MB will pursue relentlessly. Because Valerie asked him days before to manage her comeback… When the plot thickens and more people and parties become involved, this thriller really revs up, producing plenty of death and violence.
le 12 février 2010
Bien sûr, ce n'est pas de la grande littérature, les personnages sont de vrais caricatures mais il y a de l'humour et surtout l'intrigue tient la route càd qu'on ne devine pas tout avant la fin mais on peut se faire une idée, c'est plausible.
J'aime ce genre de polar où il est possible de deviner soi-même en partie... chez d'autres auteurs, c'est tellement tordu que une fois qu'on vous révèle la solution, vous vous dites"ah ben oui, mais c'est vraiment trop compliqué, j'aurais pas su trouver ca"