Deal Breaker

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Deal Breaker is a 1995 thriller novel by Harlan Coben and is the first of the novels that feature Myron Bolitar.[1]


Investigator and sports agent Myron Bolitar is poised on the edge of the big-time. So is Christian Steele, a rookie quarterback and Myron's prized client. But when Christian gets a phone call from a former girlfriend, a woman whom everyone, including the police, believes is dead, the deal starts to go sour. Suddenly Myron is plunged into a baffling mystery of sex and blackmail. Trying to unravel the truth about a family's tragedy, a woman's secret and a man's lies, Myron is up against the dark side of his business—where image and talent make you rich, but the truth can get you killed.

Character list[edit]

  • Myron Bolitar : Ex-basketball player, currently works as sports agent. Owner of MB SportReps
  • Windsor "Win" Horne Lockwood, III : Myron's best friend and Owner of Lock-Horne Investments & Securities.
  • Esperanza Diaz : one of Myron's best friends currently working for Myron.
  • Jessica : Myron's former girlfriend and current love interest, sister to the missing girl.
  • Christian Steele : Football star, drafted by the Titans.
  • Jake Courter : Sheriff Jake, who helps Myron solve the case.
  • Hermen Ache and Frank Ache : Notoriously known criminals.
  • Otto Burke : Owner of an NFL team (Titans)
  • Larry Hanson : former football legend turned executive. Currently working for Otto
  • Adam Culver : Jessica's and Kathy's dad who been murdered three nights before the start of the series
  • Roy O' Connor : Sports agent
  • Paul Duncan : Adam Culver's best friend who works as a cop.
  • Carol Culver : Jessica and Kathy's Mother and Adam Culver's widow.
  • Master Kwan : Win and Myron's Tae Kwan Do Master.
  • Arron : Frank and Herman Aches employee

Film adaptation[edit]

A movie adaptation is in development after the rights to the Myron Bolitar novels was bought by Columbia Pictures.[2][3]


The novel won the 1996 Anthony Award and received an Edgar award nomination in the "Best Paperback original" category.[4][5]


  1. ^ Lauer, Evelyn (1995-09-06). "The Plot is Thickened with Local Flavors". The Record. Bergen County, NJ: HighBeam Research. Archived from the original on 2015-09-24. Retrieved 2012-04-20.(subscription required)
  2. ^ Deal Breaker on IMDb
  3. ^ "Columbia Aquires {sic} Movie Rights to Harlan Coben's Myron Bolitar Novels". Monsters and Critics. 2004-12-16. Retrieved 2012-04-20.[permanent dead link]
  4. ^ "Bouchercon World Mystery Convention : Anthony Awards Nominees". Bouchercon. Archived from the original on 2012-02-07. Retrieved 2012-04-20.
  5. ^ "Best Paperback Original Mystery Novel Edgar Award Winners and Nominees". Mystery Net. Retrieved 2012-04-20.