Thursday, October 27, 2011

Cleverly Twisted

The Book of Lies by Brad Meltzer

Two recent incidents prompted me to blog about this great book:

1. Spotting a Superman costume while shopping for Halloween festivities

2. A recent reader's advisory interaction with someone requesting "a fast, clean, unique, suspenseful mystery thriller"

Because I am not blogging about a comic book, the relationship of these incidents may appear uncertain. It is this combination of seemingly unrelated events that reminded me of the author Brad Meltzer.
In The Book of Lies, author Brad Meltzer melds several interesting elements into his clever plot--elements which seem quite incongruent. Using the story of the unmentioned weapon Cain used to murder Abel in The Book of Genesis, a 1930s murder of a Lithuanian immigrant, and the genius Jerry Siegel’s creation of Superman, Meltzer creates an intricate tale of intrigue. Main character Cal—an ex-federal agent who now works with the homeless—is pulled into this mess when he discovers his estranged father’s dead body. Interestingly, his father was killed with the very weapon used to murder Jerry Siegel’s father. Cal must decipher clues spanning over 2000 years to solve this puzzle.

In spite of many interesting details, the reader won’t get weighed down; it’s a fun, fast-paced read. Although I prefer richer character development, Meltzer’s characters, rather than the author, do deliver the story. His writing is respectable on many levels and this multi-faceted ability should appeal to many readers. Even if you don't like thrillers, you may want to give this one a try!


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