The Lightning Rod gives us a deeper insight into both characters and their backstories. We learn more about Nola's troubled past and Zig's family. While The Lightning Rod could easily be read as a standalone, these characters are so unique and compelling that I would recommend starting by reading The Escape Artist and then reading The Lightning Rod. You won't regret it.
The Lightning Rod sees Zig and Nola trying to work from opposite angles to unravel the complicated web of who was responsible for the death of Archie Mint. Zig is called in to assist with preparing Archie Mint's body for his memorial service and soon discovers he might have been summoned for other reasons. Nola seems to be pursuing this case with a different level of commitment that no one quite understands. As they examine every lead, it only gets more complicated and more players get introduced into the game.
Brad Meltzer is one of the best at crafting a page turning novel full of intrigue and suspense. Fingers crossed that we have more Zig and Nola novels in the future.
I received this book courtesy of the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.