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1[[quoteright:309:]] ² ²Written by Harlan Coben, the ''Myron Bolitar'' series, tells the story of Myron Bolitar a former Basketball player/FBI... something who now works as as a sports agent for his own company, MB SportsRep. Thing is he has a knack for picking up clients that get themselves into some serious trouble, and he usually ends playing P.I. for his clients. Luckily he has that Harvard law degree, numerous contacts, and a third-degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do to help him out. ²²Other characters include his best friend Windsor "Win" Horne Lockwood III. He is seriously old money, and fits the prep stereotype to a tee. But don't let appearances fool you, he's a highly trained martial artist and never leaves home without at least three weapons on hand. usually also gives him a hand. Win's moral code tends to be black and white, and he has no qualms about taking out the black. Or anyone who hurts Myron. You really don't want to hurt Myron around Win.²²There is also Myron's other best friend Esperanza Diaz, a former pro-wrestler turned law student/master assistant. She is as badass as she sounds, and its likely that without her their business would have collapsed a long time ago. Other characters that pop up include Myron's parents (he still lives with them a good deal of the time, despite being in his thirties) and Jessica Culver, Myron's on and off again girlfriend.²²The series is full of sarcastic and snappy dialogue, colorful characters, and frequent squick with the descriptions of the murders and sex. The series is over the top and ridiculously fun, though it does have its serious moments. Expect mood whiplash while reading. ²²So far there are ten books in the series:²² ''Deal Breaker'' (1995), ''Drop Shot'' (1996), ''Fade Away ''(1996), ''Back Spin ''(1997), ''One False Move'' (1998), ''The Final Detail ''(1999), ''Darkest Fear'' (2000), ''Promise Me'' (2006), ''Long Lost'' (2009), and ''Live Wire'' (2011).²²There has been talk of making a film/TV series version of the Myron Bolitar series for years, but so far nothing has come of it.²----²!! These novels provide examples of:²²* AlwaysMurder²* {{Bishonen}}: Win. Myron mentions this at least a few times per book, and once Norm Zuckerman, an old friend of Myron and Win's, stopped in the middle of talking business to snarkily comment on Win's beauty.²* BluffingTheMurderer²* BunnyEarsLawyer: Everyone.²* CasualDangerDialogue: Myron rarely manages to turn off the snark, even when he's being threatened with ''limb removal''.²* ChickMagnet: Myro, though given that he's a good looking, witty man with a good job, this isn't hard to buy.²* ChivalrousPervert: Myron gives every women he meets the look over, but he's always respectful of womenand never does or says anything too untoward.²* CombatPragmatist: Win. Against a fellow human weapon, he used the most famous Indy trick. Oh, and he likes dum-dum.²* CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass: Win.²* CulturedBadass: Win.²* EmbarrassingFirstName: Myron, lampshaded frequently.²* ExasperatedPerp: Myron's main way of getting information.²* FBIAgent: Myron and Win used to work with the FBI- agents might be stretching it, though.²* FriendshipMoment: Myron usually has one with Win and Esperanza per book, if not more.²* GoodIsNotNice: Win, though there's probably some YMMV on "good".²** Win's character establishing moment in ''Long Lost'' is him referring to a woman as a 'derriere' and not understanding why Myron will not sleep with her. When Myron explains to him he does not want to cheat on his girlfriend (whose son's basketball game they are having this conversation at) Win calls him a girl as an insult. ²* HeteroSexualLifePartners: Myron and Win, complete with Myron regularly crashing at Win's and them working only a few floors apart. Myron is also the thing that Win seems to love most in the world.²* HypercompetentSidekick: Win.²* ImpossiblyTackyClothes: Notable as, according to Myron, every other male character dresses in the most garish colors imaginable.²* InterdisciplinarySleuth: Myron, Win, and Esperanza all have shades of this.²* MakeItLookLikeAnAccident²* Mangst: Myron has moments of this, normally over his ruined basketball career.²* MoralityPet: Myron has elements of this for Win.²* NiceGuy: Myron.²* OppositesAttract: Practically all of Myron's relationships are this.²* PreppyName: Windsor Horne Lockwood III²* PunnyName: What does ''Win'' always manage to do?²* TallDarkAndHandsome: Myron. He's a bit shaky on the dark, but it's close enough.²* WellIntentionedExtremist: Win, almost to the point of being a KnightTemplar.²* WhiteGangBangers²----


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