This book is not something that will give you much insight into the sports agent profession. In fact, there is nothing to take away from this story that directly relates to being a sports agent. Long Lost by Harlan Coben is a fictional story, but its main character, Myron Bolitar, is a sports agent (the tie in!). I have read many of Coben’s books in the past, those in the Bolitar series and some that had no relation, and I can easily say that Coben is my favorite fiction writer. His books are easy to read, yet really pull you in right from the first page. Long Lost is no different.
I list quite a few Coben books in the Sports Agent Books section, so if you like Long Lost and want more from Coben, you can find it there. Back to this particular story, though. Long Lost has everything from disappearances, to murders, to terrorism, and even a little bit of Mossad involved…as I said, it reflects no normal day in the life of a sports agent. But then again, what is a normal day? This story is the first Myron Bolitar book that Coben has written in three years. I am glad that he brought the series back.
Long Lost is a perfect book to pick up for Summer reading. If you are a student, you just finished your Spring finals (or you are almost there) and you will need a breather before you jump into some non-fictional sports agent reading (which should always include a re-read of the collective bargaining agreements). My personal recommendation would be to pick up a Grisham book and Long Lost, as a treat to yourself before jumping back into the studying. And for you non-students, this is a good book for a long plane ride, or if you need something while you catch some rays in your downtime.