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Publisher's Summary

"Meltzer is a master and this is his best. Not since The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo have you seen a character like this. Get ready to meet Nola. If you've never tried Meltzer, this is the one." (Harlan Coben) 
Who is Nola Brown?
Nola is a mystery. 
Nola is trouble. 
And Nola is supposed to be dead. 
Her body was found on a plane that mysteriously fell from the sky as it left a secret military base in the Alaskan wilderness. Her commanding officer verifies she's dead. The US government confirms it. But Jim "Zig" Zigarowski has just found out the truth: Nola is still alive. And on the run. 
Zig works at Dover Air Force Base, helping put to rest the bodies of those who die on top-secret missions. Nola was a childhood friend of Zig's daughter and someone who once saved his daughter's life. So when Zig realizes Nola is still alive, he's determined to find her. Yet as Zig digs into Nola's past, he learns that trouble follows Nola everywhere she goes. 
Nola is the US Army's artist-in-residence - a painter and trained soldier who rushes into battle, making art from war's aftermath and sharing observations about today's wars that would otherwise go overlooked. On her last mission, Nola saw something nobody was supposed to see, earning her an enemy unlike any other, one who will do whatever it takes to keep Nola quiet. 
Together, Nola and Zig will either reveal a sleight of hand being played at the highest levels of power or die trying to uncover the US Army's most mysterious secret - a centuries-old conspiracy that traces back through history to the greatest escape artist of all: Harry Houdini. 
©2018 Brad Meltzer (P)2018 Hachette Audio
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Critic Reviews

"The Escape Artist has a magic trick up its sleeve. Part Lisbeth Salander, part Homeland's Carrie Mathison. One of the most memorable characters I've read in years. Look out - Nola's coming. This is Meltzer in peak form." (Lisa Scottoline)
"The Escape Artist is a slingshot of a novel. Brad Meltzer expertly pulls it back and lets it go, propelling the unlikeliest of heroes forward in a high stakes, high tension thriller that never lets you catch your breath. My advice: Buckle up!" (Michael Connelly)
"This novel is like a launched torpedo slashing through 400 pages of deep water before reaching impact. Enjoy one of the best thriller rides ever." (David Baldacci)
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Customer Reviews

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2 out of 5 stars
By Barry on 03-09-18

Not Good Meltzer

Would you try another book from Brad Meltzer and/or Scott Brick and January LaVoy ?

Yes. I have read many.

Has The Escape Artist turned you off from other books in this genre?

No. This was just a clunker from Meltzer. You don't hit homeruns everytime. Sometimes you strike out.

What aspect of Scott Brick and January LaVoy ’s performance would you have changed?


Any additional comments?

This book had no continuity. Jump back years, then today , then jump again. Characters just lacked realism and any interest. I would kill the Zig series after one poor book.

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3 out of 5 stars
By Wayne on 03-07-18

Interesting and disappointing!

The publisher's summary sets up The Escape Artist well, so I will not add background. I had to repeatedly check to make certain I was listening to the correct book because particularly with Scott Brick doing most of the narration and with the subject matter the book sounds like a Steve Berry novel without Cotton Malone. The Escape Artist in Book 1 in the military mortician Zig Zigarowski series, but Nola Brown is by far the more interesting character. The novel is okay, but I expected much better. It is certainly the first novel I have read that has a military mortician as the protagonist.

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18 of 21 people found this review helpful

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