The Book of Lies


Cover of The Book of Lies

Author:  Brad Meltzer

Title: The Book of Lies

Genre: Suspense

Publication Date:  2008

Number of Pages:  336

Geographical Setting:  various locations in south Florida, Cleveland, Ohio, and others

Time Period:  Current

Series: NA

Plot Summary: Calvin Harper, currently a social worker but formerly a federal agent with Immigrations and Customs, marks the discovery of his long-estranged father, Lloyd, as the second most life-changing event of his life.  Lloyd had served 19 years in prison after the accidental death of his wife, and when Cal stumbles upon him, bleeding from a gunshot wound in a park in Ft. Lauderdale, the plot rapidly escalates.  The gun used to injure Lloyd turns out to be the same weapon used in the murder of one Mitchell Siegel, the father of the young comic-book writer who created Superman.  Meltzer uses this real-life unsolved mystery to craft the story of The Book of Lies. The Harpers team up to not only to survive a deadly hitman, but also to solve a riddle involving a secret society and the hunt for the murder weapon that Cain used to slay Abel, long thought lost to antiquity.  The link between the world’s first villain and the world’s greatest hero is revealed as the novel comes crashing to a climax.

Subject Headings:  Conspiracies, Conspiracy Theories, Father and Son, Action, Secret Societies, Suspense, Codes and Ciphers

Appeal:  breakneck pace, dangerous, edgy, emotionally-charged, menacing, realistic, strong secondary characters, cinematic, action-oriented, direct, straightforward, dramatic

Three terms that best describe this book:  relentless, plot-driven, dramatic.

Similar Authors and Works:

Non-Fiction –

Edward Alden – The Closing of the American Border: Terrorism, Immigration, and Security Since 9/11: Alden examines the role of U.S. immigration, customs, and border patrol enforcement in a post 9/11 environment.

Alan M. Dershowitz – The Genesis of Justice: Ten Stories of Biblical Injustice that led to the Ten Commandments and Modern Law:  Dershowitz explores the book of Genesis and how it relates to modern concepts of justice.

Gerard Jones – Men of Tomorrow: Geeks, Gangsters, and the Birth of the Comic Book:  Jones recounts the story of both the creation of Superman and the birth of the modern American comic book.

Fiction –

David Baldacci – The Camel Club:  Also gifted in the craft of suspense, Baldacci tells the story of a massive government conspiracy centered on the murder of a secret service agent.

Joseph Finder – Paranoia:  A low-level telecom employee, Adam Cassidy, stumbles into a world of corporate conspiracy after hacking into corporate accounts.

Manda Scott – The Crystal Skull:  Here, Scott centers the story on two protagonists, separated by centuries of time, as they both race to discover the mystery of an ancient Mayan prophecy.

Name:  Garrett Gottschalk

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