Escape Artist
by Meltzer, Brad

Discovering that a military artist-in-residence who has been officially declared dead by the government is actually alive and on the run, Zig, a worker at Dover Air Force Base, uncovers disturbing facts about the young woman's past before learning that she witnessed something she was not supposed to see. By a best-selling author . 200,000 first printing.

Brad Meltzer is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Inner Circle, The Book of Fate, and seven other bestselling thrillers. In addition to his fiction, Brad is one of the only authors to ever have books on the bestseller list for nonfiction (History Decoded), advice (Heroes for My Son and Heroes for My Daughter), children's books (I Am Amelia Earhart and I Am Abraham Lincoln) and even graphic books (Justice League of America).

He is also the host of Brad Meltzer's Decoded on the History Channel, and Brad Meltzer's Lost History on H2. He currently lives in Florida. You can find much more about him at You can also see what he's doing right now at and on Twitter @bradmeltzer.

Nola Brown, a U.S. Army sergeant, dies in a plane crash; her body is taken to Dover Air Force Base in Delaware, where Jim "Zig" Zigarowski, an employee of the base's mortuary, is responsible for preparing her body for burial. But Jim knows Nola Brown, and he knows the woman on his gurney is not her. Determined to find out what's going on, Zig tracks Nola down to where she's hiding and learns that she is embroiled in a conspiracy whose exposure could threaten the very foundations of the American government. Nola and Zig have only one option if they want to stay alive: bust open the conspiracy. Meltzer has based his literary career on conspiracy-themed stories, and he's very good at them. In Nola and Zig, too, he's created two of his most compellingly fresh characters. Nola, in particular, represents a high point in the author's career: a strong, resourceful, mysterious female lead who could go toe-to-toe with Jack Reacher, Bob Lee Swagger, and the other guys. First of a new series, according to the publisher, and that's just fine. Copyright 2018 Booklist Reviews.

An Army mortician teams up, sort of, with a military artist who just won't die to thwart an obscenely shape-shifting conspiracy.Everybody has some God-given talent. Jim Zigarowski's is to make the dead look presentable for the families who come to view their remains at the Dover Air Force Base. When the bombing of a military plane from Alaska kills all seven aboard, Zig's attention is drawn not to the headline victim-Librarian of Congress Nelson Rookstool, an old friend of President Orson Wallace-but to Sgt. Nola Brown, an Army artist-in-residence who years ago saved the life of 12-year-old Maggie Zigarowski, though she couldn't prevent Zig's daughter from dying scarcely a year later. Illegally grabbing the job of preparing Nola's remains from the mortician assigned to the case, Zig quickly discovers that the remains aren't Nola's after all. His joy that Nola is still alive is tempered by the sobering realization that an awful lot of people have conspired to cover up this happy news by signing off on her death. Inevitably, the living Nola returns, determined to get to the bottom of the bombing. By that time, veteran suspenser Meltzer (co-author: The House of Secrets, 2016, etc.) has begun a series of harrowing flashbacks to Nola's childhood and adolescence that firmly establish her as the most damaged heroine in the genre since Lisbeth Salander. Uncovering traces of a sinister scheme called Operation Bluebook, Zig and Nola work-often at cross-purposes, though not when they need to save each other's lives-through a web of corrupt procurers, creatively armed killers, and board-certified magicians to trace and neutralize Bluebook before its resourceful conspirators can kill Zig and finish the job they bungled on Nola. The same mixture as before: a sweeping, overplotted, overscaled account of high crimes, misdemeanors, and violent coverups and reprisals. But those flashbacks into the heroine's traumatic early years, although t hey seriously disrupt the momentum of the blood-and-thunder present-day plot, sting long after the details of that plot have faded. Copyright Kirkus 2017 Kirkus/BPI Communications. All rights reserved.

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