Framing the Dialogue

Promise Me

“Six years.  That was how long it had been since Myron had played superhero.  In six years he hadn’t thrown a punch.  He hadn’t held, much less fired, a gun.  He hadn’t threatened or been threatened.  He hadn’t cracked wise with steroid-inflated pituitary glands.  He hadn’t called Win, still the scariest man he knew, to back him up or get him out of trouble.  In the past six years, none of his clients had been murdered – a real positive in his business.  None had been shot or wounded – well, except for that prostitution beef out in Las Vegas, but Myron still claimed that was entrapment.  None of his clients or friends or loved ones had gone missing…”

So in Harlan Coben’s Promise Me that all changes for Mr. Myron Bolitar when he makes a promise to a friend’s daughter to help her without questions if she should ever find herself in trouble.  Things spiral from there and Bolitar generally has to do all of those above things…pretty rapidly.  Sad for the fictional “hero”, but it makes for a very good thriller.  Throw in a couple of deranged hit men and a wedding and you get this novel.

I’ve not read a book of Mr. Coben’s that was not good and this one doesn’t disappoint.  Interestingly we get a peek inside the strong, silent Win and how he came to be who he is.  Worth the read.

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