Back Spin Short Essay - Answer Key

Harlan Coben
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1. Summarize the plot of BACK SPIN.

In BACK SPIN, sports agent Myron Bolitar is called on to investigate the kidnapping of Chad Coldren, the son of two professional golfers. Chad's father Jack is well on his way to winning the U.S. Open. Myron is drawn into a plot that goes back to the last time Jack Coldren nearly won the U.S. Open, twenty-three years ago. Myron's investigations suddenly shift when Jack Coldren is murdered and Chad is released. Finally, Myron traces the murder to Jack's wife Linda, who shot him because he could not succumb to the kidnappers' real demands, that he throw the U.S. Open.

2. How does Myron first get involved with Jack and Linda Coldren?

As the novel begins, Myron is watching the U.S. Open at Merion Golf Course in Philadelphia when an elderly man approaches him, offering that Myron could become the agent of professional golfers Jack and Linda Coldren, if he helps them out of trouble. Linda has been a major player in women's professional golf, and Jack, who has had a lackluster career, is having sudden success at the U.S. Open, sporting a commanding lead.

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