Brad Meltzer brings readers/listeners
a mesmerizing storyline of murder, military, and magic.
Escape Artist begins with a plane crash in Alaska. Narrator
January Lavoy delivers an intense scene in the plane's cabin
as it's going down. One passenger is determined to survive
the crash, but if she can’t she’ll make sure a
message gets out.
Brick takes over the narration as Jim "Zig" Zigarowski
arrives at the military mortuary on Dover Air Force Base.
Zig notices twenty-six year old Nola Brown on the Mortuary
list. Zig met her once when she saved his daughter’s
life. Zig makes some discoveries during the autopsy. He calls
his commander for assistance then decides to resolve the autopsy
inconsistencies himself. Zig feels obligated to find out what
really happened to SGT 1st Class Nola Brown.
Nola was an artist-in-residence for the Army. Nola experiences
a unique gift when she paints live military scenes. Nola’s
commander admires her talent, but he doesn’t seem to
like her and he’s not the only one. If Nola is still
alive he wants to know because the military wants her back
and it’s more for her crimes than her paintings.
moves back and forth between Nola’s childhood and her
military service. It may seem slow at times but readers/listeners
will see the bits and pieces fall into place as the storyline
comes together. Meltzer is an expert at delivering clues,
historical details and dirty deeds as he brings everything
Escape Artist is a fascinating listen.