The Escape Artist introduces Jim "Zig" Zigarowski, who works as a mortician at Dover Air Force Base. Zig learns that Nola Brown, a childhood friend of his daughter, is among the fallen but he uncovers the truth that Nola Brown might still be very much alive. Zig follows the spiderweb of truths and lies as he traces Nola's path and uncovers much more than he anticipated.
Both the main characters of Zig and Nola are so well written. Most thrillers have a death defying lead character with a larger than life personality, but Brad Meltzer's characters have something extra. In Zig, there is this flawed person with a real heart of gold. He remembers each fallen soldier and takes hours preparing them so their families can say a final goodbye. He stands by Nola's side throughout the novel, even when that is sometimes a difficult position. In Nola, there is this rough hardened exterior but you can also see glimpses of a certain goodness inside.
I also love the portions of the book that give you insight to little known facts about our government and history. Without giving too much away, the Harry Houdini tie-ins are so interesting and add to the plot line.
I truly cannot wait to read what I hope will be other books in this series. If you haven't read Brad Meltzer's books before, I highly recommend The Escape Artist. This was a Five Star read for me!
I received this book courtesy of Grand Central Publishing through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
Stay posted! Ben and I are going to Tulsa, Oklahoma on Monday to attend Brad Meltzer Live so I hope to have some pictures to post or other details from the book signing.