Framing the Dialogue

Darkest Fear

Harlan Coben is one of my favorite mystery writers and might I say prolific.  His recurring character, Myron Bolitar finds himself in a race against time when he is asked by an ex-girlfriend to track down a reluctant donor for very sick child.  She drops a bomb on Bolitar to give him the ultimate incentive to help her.  The trail twists and turns as the rush to find the person heats up.

“He didn’t know what they were investigating. He didn’t know if it would benefit Jeremy to talk or hurt him. But once he spoke, once his words were in the public domain, he couldn’t take them back. Any leverage he might later be able to apply would be gone. So, for now, even if he might want to help, he wouldn’t. Not until he learned more. He had the contacts. He could find out quickly enough, make an informed decision. Sometimes, negotiating meant shutting up. When things wound down, Myron got up to leave. Kimberly Green blocked his path. “I’m going to make your life hell,” she said. “That your way of asking me out?” She leaned back as if he’d slapped her. When she recovered, she shook her head slowly. “You have no idea, do you?” Shutting up, he reminded himself. Myron pushed past her and headed outside.”

Coben provides his usual suspenseful novel for your enjoyment.  Pick up a copy as you quarantine.

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