|Publisher:||Grand Central Pub|
|Publish Date:||Oct 2011|
|Number of Pages:||519|
|Shipping Weight (in pounds):||0.7|
|Product in Inches (L x W x H):||4.25 x 7.5 x 1.0|
Brad Meltzer was born on April 1, 1970. He graduated from the University of Michigan and Columbia Law School. His first published title was called The Tenth Justice. His other works include Dead Even, The First Counsel, The Millionaires, The Book of Fate, The Zero Game, and Inner Circle. He is the Eisner Award-winning author of the critically acclaimed comic book, Justice League of America. He also wrote the non-fiction books, Heroes for My Son and Heroes for My Daughter. He has written speeches for former President Clinton's National Service Program and played himself as an extra in Woody Allen's film, Celebrity.
Meltzer's (The Book of Lies; The Book of Fate) latest thriller takes the reader on an intriguing tour inside the National Archives. In order to impress a visiting friend from his high school days, archivist Beecher White decides to show her the secret vault where the President reviews classified documents. There they discover a 200-year-old artifact that catapults them into a dangerous game involving the institution of the presidency itself.
Verdict: At times the story line threatens to veer way over the top, but Meltzer deftly reins it in before it becomes too complicated and silly. With the vividly drawn characters, page-turning historical tidbits, and plot twists, this will be another best seller for Meltzer. Guaranteed to spark conversation, this novel would make a perfect book club title.
[See Prepub Alert, LJ 8/10.] - Jeff Ayers, Seattle P.L.
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There are stories no one knows. Hidden stories. I love those stories. And since I work in the National Archives, I find those stories for a living.
Beecher White, a young archivist, spends his days working with the most important documents of the U.S. government. He has always been the keeper of other people's stories, never a part of the story himself...
When Clementine Kaye, Beecher's first childhood crush, shows up at the National Archives asking for his help tracking down her long-lost father, Beecher tries to impress her by showing her the secret vault where the President of the United States privately reviews classified documents. After they accidentally happen upon a priceless artifact - a 200 hundred-year-old dictionary that once belonged to George Washington, hidden underneath a desk chair, Beecher and Clementine find themselves suddenly entangled in a web of deception, conspiracy, and murder.
Soon a man is dead, and Beecher is on the run as he races to learn the truth behind this mysterious national treasure. His search will lead him to discover a coded and ingenious puzzle that conceals a disturbing secret from the founding of our nation. It is a secret, Beecher soon discovers, that some believe is worth killing for.
Gripping, fast-paced, and filled with the fascinating historical detail for which he is famous, THE INNER CIRCLE is a thrilling novel that showcases a brilliant author writing at the height of his craft.
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