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In Fade Away, the 1996 third book in Harlan Coben’s Myron Bolitar mystery series, sports agent and part-time investigator Myron is presented with a seemingly miraculous opportunity to finally play professional basketball again. But the assignment comes with devastating baggage—his longtime athletic rival Greg is dead, and Myron has to get back on the court to find out what happened. Myron’s investigation of Greg’s murder reveals a tangled web of deceit, lies, and murky connections to the agent’s past. Coben, who is one of the most dominant authors in the modern mystery genre with 35 books to his name, seven of which have been adapted for Netflix (with many more in the works), won the 1997 Edgar Award for best paperback novel for Fade Away. —Cady Lang

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