The Escape Artist

The Escape Artist

Large Print - 2018 | Large print edition
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"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"--
Publisher: New York :, Grand Central Publishing Large Print,, 2018
Edition: Large print edition
ISBN: 9781455571222
Branch Call Number: FIC MELTZ B
Characteristics: large print., rda

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trickbag22
Jul 06, 2020

Who is Houdini. Why is the government so secretive and trying to cover up a plane crash. Why is one body substituted for Nola? A good read for a rainy day or while under quarantine. The ending is a bit predictable but I enjoyed this thriller

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SharonDPaisley
Jun 28, 2020

This book will keep you reading longer than you thought for a day. A real spell weaver. I never gave much thought about Houdini and his capers or his pals. This will keep you in suspense. Don't pass this up!

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jlucoo
Jun 23, 2020

My first book by this author made all the better being read by Scott Brick. His voice, tone and infliction make it so enjoyable to be read to. I liked the storyline very much.

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k21thomas
Oct 11, 2019

Fast paced enjoyable read! Two thumbs up

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MB_kcls
Apr 02, 2019

Brad Meltzer is just a master at interweaving story lines, characters and interesting, usually obscure, facts. He has done it again in 'The Escape Artist', with his exceptional way with words and attention to details. He doesn't glide over anything, but puts so much into even the smallest detail.

In my opinion, the best plot line, of the many in 'The Escape Artist' is best represented by the lines,

"Apparently, Harry Houdini donated his books to the Library of Congress. Who knew librarians could be so dangerous?

4 Stars, B+

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JimLoter
Oct 17, 2018

The Escape Artist is a decently-plotted and paced thriller that is marred by sub-par writing and a ludicrous final twist. Air Force mortician Jim "Zig" Zigarowski stumbles on a criminal plot and shifts into investigator mode to solve it. I enjoyed the novelty of having a mortician serve as the protagonist, and I liked the descriptions of his work and how it affects him. For the character of hard-ass Nora Brown, it is pretty clear that the author was going for a Lisabeth Salinger vibe, but he fails to develop her sufficiently. The "escape artist" conceit and various connections to Houdini started out promising but never really paid off leading me to wonder why they ever there in the first place - the novel would have worked without them leaving more time for back story and character development.

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midori_hon
Aug 31, 2018

bought this book based on an author signing event. meltzer was very charming and charismatic, immensely likeable.
this story felt more well crafted than written, despite meticulous research.

So sorry to see the poor reviews for this one. I listened to the audio and thought it was captivating. The main female character Nola Brown is reminiscent of Lisbeth Salander from The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, with razor sharp intellect, haunted past, and animal quickness. It will keep you guessing right up to the end.

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roycsnyder
Jun 13, 2018

Preposterous plot; pedantic prose... Marilyn Stasio (NYT Book Review) led me astray. Zero star here.

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theequ1nn
May 27, 2018

Disjointed , too much fantasy nor believable , it got way out of control , the author must have taken something that blurred his ability to write a decent plot.

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