In #1 bestselling author Brad Meltzer's new thriller, death is just another way to disappear.Two hours outside of Washington, DC is the mortuary for the U.S. government's most top-secret and high profile cases. America's most important funeral home. To work there, mortician Jim "Zig" Zwicharowski has one rule: never let a case get personal. But when a new body arrives--of young female sergeant Nola Brown, who was a childhood friend of Zig's daughter--Zig can't help himself. Looking closely at Nola's body, he realizes immediately: this isn't Nola. Indeed, his daughter's friend is still alive. And on the run. Zig's discovery reveals a sleight of hand being played at the highest levels of power--and traces back through history to a man named Harry Houdini. "Nola, you were right. Keep running."...
|Title||:||The Escape Artist|
|Number of Pages||:||416 pages|
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The Escape Artist Reviews
Interesting characters abound in this novel. The protagonist seems to be Jim “Zig” Zigarowski who works as a mortician at Dover Air Force Base in Delaware. Nola Brown is an Army Sergeant First Class, just twenty-six, and works as the artist-in-resident at Fort Belvoir, VA. Zig and Nola have a “connection” of sorts that goes back many years when Nola was a child. Turns out she saved Zig’s daughter, a good thing then but not a good thing now because it gives Zig serious guilt feelings about his c ...more
*3.5 stars rounded up.
I was surprised to realize I've never read any books by Brad Meltzer before and found I quite enjoyed this taste. The main character here is Jim "Zig" Zigarowski, a divorced mortician at Dover Air Force Base in Delaware. A small plane carrying military personnel and government officials has crashed in Alaska killing all seven aboard and the victims are brought to Dover for their burial preparations. Zig realizes he knows one of the dead, Sgt. 1st Class Nola Brown, and makes ...more
“You make something appear. You make something disappear. You make two things change place. Or, the one Zig liked most: You change one thing into something else.”
Two lives digging for truths, two lives twain in battlement with death, one literary starting her teen life out digging a grave, to becoming one wanting to be dead, the other with a job, maybe in part due to kin lost to terrible circumstances, that maybe serves as a second chance for the fallen by fixing them up to a presentable state.
I really enjoyed this book. It's my first book from this author and can't wait to read another.
Quite the solid military thriller which is, in fact, so much more. The book was suspenseful, often action-packed, but also full of soul, grief, and pain. It focused around two people, Zig and Nola, who didn't have it easy in life and who are trying to make the best of their own situation.
I won't spoil it here with the details, as others have done it in length, but suffice to say that if this will become a series, I will definitely pick up the second book as well. The ending does give some glimps ...more
This was a fast read and was certainly serviceable enough. But there were a few awkward plot blips (like a character was supposed to be one place but showed up somewhere else only to have it conveniently explained away later) that took my attention away, and some coincidental happenings that also distracted me.
I read it all the way through because I am trying to get a jump on my reading goal while life is slow. The buzz was that this was going to be a breakout novel for Meltzer. High profile blurbs on the cover. Nola being compared to Salander....blah blah blah...
PUH-LEASE! Marketing just...just stop!
Okay, what do Nola and Salander have in common? There is some ability that sets them apart. They were abused as children. They are antisocial. Well, gee.
Let's make something clear. No one can do Salander ...more