The Escape Artist by Brad Meltzer

The Escape Artist

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 ...

Details The Escape Artist

TitleThe Escape Artist
Release DateMar 6th, 2018
PublisherGrand Central Publishing
GenreFiction, Thriller, Mystery, Suspense, Mystery Thriller

Reviews The Escape Artist

  • Larry H
    I'm between 4 and 4.5 stars here.It's amazing to think that it's been nearly 22 years since Brad Meltzer burst on the scene with his first book, The Tenth Justice . I remember him being quite the wunderkind at the time, and I even went to a book signing at one of those long-defunct bookstore chains, either B. Dalton or Waldenbooks. (Remember those?)Every single one of his novels since then has made the bestseller list, but somewhere along the wa...
  • Monnie
    Murder, deeply hidden political secrets, interesting but emotionally scarred characters and a unique setting - who could ask for more? Me, actually; I'm thinking (make that hoping) this marks the start of a great new series. The intriguing setting is Dover Air Force Base, where exceptionally talented mortician and beekeeper Jim "Zig" Zigarowski lovingly works on the bodies of fallen soldiers and not a few of the U.S. government's high-profile dea...
  • The Real Book Spy
    See this review and more at Who is Nola Brown? That’s the question readers will ask themselves as Brad Meltzer’s latest high-octane thriller, The Escape Artist, kicks off. Officially, Nola Brown is dead. Her body was found among others after a devastating plane crash. Her commanding officer confirms Nola’s death, as does the United States government. So, too, does Jim Zigarowski’s boss, who signed off, triple-checki...
  • Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede
    I have read books by Brad Meltzer previously and know that he will once again deliver a thrilling and mysterious story. And I was right. I was also delighted that the story included a Harry Houdini angle!Who is Nora Brown? Who is this woman that is killed when an airplane crashed? I have to admit that I did not read the blurb before I read the book which meant that I did not know much about the plot. Which when I now know what the blurb reveals m...
  • Bam
    *3.5 stars rounded up.I was surprised to realize I've never read any books by Brad Meltzer before and found I quite enjoyed this taste. The main character here is Jim "Zig" Zigarowski, a divorced mortician at Dover Air Force Base in Delaware. A small plane carrying military personnel and government officials has crashed in Alaska killing all seven aboard and the victims are brought to Dover for their burial preparations. Zig realizes he knows one...
  • Benjamin Thomas
    Jim “Zig” Zigarowski is a mortician. But not just any mortician. He works at Dover Air Force Base applying his superior skills to re-building the remains of downed US Service men after they’ve been killed and maimed in combat. He’s the best there is and he always gets the toughest cases. But he also does it as a means of atonement…for what happened to his own daughter years ago.But when an airplane crash in Alaska involves a young femal...
  • BrocheAroe
    Clever and accurate title. Well-written thriller, plot-wise. But it's entirely a book written by a man that is supposed to be about a woman but is actually about a man instead. The marketing is well-done but inaccurate. This book is about Zig, and tangentially about Nola Brown. It would be nice to actually read a book about Nola who sounds like she would be a fascinating character if she was ever described in a manner that was not in relation to ...
  • ☼♎ Carmen the Bootyshaker Temptress ☼♎
    I really enjoyed this book. It's my first book from this author and can't wait to read another.
  • Ms. Just One More Book (Kris Miller)
    ~ 4.5 stars ~Jim “Zig” Zigarowski lovingly puts to rest our fallen men and women at Dover Air Force Base. With each piece he puts back together, he likes to think he also puts back a piece of his shattered heart. So, when Zig sees the name Nola Brown come across his desk after a plane crash claiming seven lives, he breaks both the military’s and his own rules for the chance to work on the girl who saved his daughter’s life, giving him an ...
  • Matt
    Brad Meltzer is back with another thriller to appease his adult fans. With a story that dazzles and characters whose lives enrich the storytelling, the wait for this gem seems justifiable. Jim “Zig” Zigarowski works as a civilian mortician at the Dover Air Force Base, having seen much during his long career. After a plane crash in the Alaskan wilderness, the bodies begin their return for final preparation before being released to the families...
  • Cheryl
    “The big move covers the small one"Jim “Zig” Zigarowski is a gifted mortician at Dover Air Force Base in Delaware. Military deaths and some of the larger civilian death tolls go through the mortuary there. Zig is a master at putting broken bodies back together, preparing them for viewing by their families and friends.So when a plane crashes in Alaska with a personal friend of the President of the United States aboard, the remains go to Dove...
  • Diane
    The Escape Artist by Brad Meltzer is another excellent book! Once you have read his books and become intrigued with the characters and then the mystery of his plot, you are hooked! There is fast-paced action, interesting history, and thrilling suspense. The opening scene starts with a small plane going down in Copper Center, Alaska. There is a special US Government dignitary onboard. Among the passengers, one woman was going to take a chance for ...
  • Marika Charalambous
    Quite the solid military thriller which is, in fact, so much more. The book was suspenseful, often action-packed, but also full of soul, grief, and pain. It focused around two people, Zig and Nola, who didn't have it easy in life and who are trying to make the best of their own situation.I won't spoil it here with the details, as others have done it in length, but suffice to say that if this will become a series, I will definitely pick up the sec...
  • Karin Schott
    I read it all the way through because I am trying to get a jump on my reading goal while life is slow. The buzz was that this was going to be a breakout novel for Meltzer. High profile blurbs on the cover. Nola being compared to Salander....blah blah blah...PUH-LEASE! Marketing just...just stop!Okay, what do Nola and Salander have in common? There is some ability that sets them apart. They were abused as children. They are antisocial. Well, gee. ...
  • Joe Kucharski
    New York Times best-selling author Brad Meltzer returns with his latest thriller that easily contains everything one would expect from the author, and from the genre. Like any disaster movie from the 70s, The Escape Artist is heavy-handed for the first full half of the book. Packed with character development (A divorced military mortician with a conveniently-short nickname! A hotshot, always-in-control artist with trust issues on the move! Dastar...
  • RJ McGill
    Question: What do you get when you combine a mortician with high-level security access, a presumed dead military artist, and Harry Houdini? Answer: Brad Meltzer's new novel "The Escape Artist."Many top-shelf, best-selling authors have weighed in, giving The Escape Artist high marks. I noticed they seemed to concentrate on Nola as the star. While it is obvious Nola will be the central character of this new series, In my opinion, Zig stold her thun...
  • Lou
    “You make something appear. You make something disappear. You make two things change place. Or, the one Zig liked most: You change one thing into something else.”Two lives digging for truths, two lives twain in battlement with death, one literary starting her teen life out digging a grave, to becoming one wanting to be dead, the other with a job, maybe in part due to kin lost to terrible circumstances, that maybe serves as a second chance for...
  • Mark
    I remember the first time I read a book by Brad Meltzer. I came across a copy of THE ZERO GAME on a discount shelf, thought it sounded interesting and so I bought it. I was pleasantly surprised after reading it how good it was since not all discount books are. I enjoyed it enough that I began seeking out his books and reading them, never disappointed at any. So when I heard this was coming out I was looking forward to it.The story involves a mort...
  • Sharon May
    Many thanks to NetGalley, Grand Central Publishing, and Brad Meltzer for the opportunity to read and review his latest thriller - I loved it!I've been a huge fan of Brad Meltzer for decades and his latest work is another great one. As in all his books, it is meticulously researched and you learn so much - this time is was about the government mortuary department. I'm in awe of the care they take of the fallen soldiers' remains and am grateful for...
  • Jeremy
    this book was a fantastic read.
  • Dave Milbrandt
    I received a complimentary copy of The Escape Artist from Grand Central Publishing in an exchange for an honest review of its merits.One of the nice thing about your favorite authors is that when you pick up a copy of their latest work you pretty much know what you are getting. Sue Grafton gave us detective stories, John Grisham (with a couple notable exceptions) spins a good legal tale, Kristin Hannah is going to dig deep into your soul and make...
  • Jessica Higgins
    Who is Nola Brown and why is she supposed to be dead? Throughout this book, readers will be left stunned and salivating for answers for these two questions in addition to many, many more!When a plane falls from the sky with seven passengers, one of them very important to the President of the United States, all of the bodies are sent to Jim “Zig” Zigarowski at Dover Air Force Base. However, one body causes a problem or him. The ID tag says she...
  • Maria Logan-Montgomery
    Brad Metzer's latest novel, The Escape Artist, is due out on March 6, 2018. My thanks to NetGalley and to Grand Central Publishing, for the pre-publication copy. As usual with Metzer's books, The Escape Artist is full of mystery and intrigue that kept me guessing almost until the very end.A plane has just left a secret military base in Alaska, and crashes seconds after take-off. There were no survivors, or were there? One of the passengers, Nola ...
  • Cramer
    I have read a number of Meltzer's books and find his approach to intertwining history with fiction. He reminds me of a Dan Brown but focusing more on the politically-inclined stories. The Escape Artist was one of his less appealing books. He follows what seems to be a typical blueprint: a heroine with a troubled and complicated past, the male protagonist who is always putting his neck out there to save the heroine - oftentimes for reasons that ar...
  • Book
    As with most good thrillers The Escape Artist starts strong. Then, on page 17, six words absolutely end any chance you have of putting this book down, even for a little while.A military plane crashes in Alaska. Sgt. 1st Class Nola Brown’s body is sent to Dover Air Force Base for identification and burial preparation. Jim Zigarowski, “Zig,” is a mortician at Dover and someone who knew Nola Brown. Zig’s examination discovers the body is not...
  • Tiffany
    I won an arc of this book through Goodreads. It comes out in March.I liked it, it was alright but I was kind of expecting more to be honest. For a military thriller I was kind of bored most of the time. It didn't start getting riveting until the last 50 pages. I wasn't a huge fan of Zig and I just didn't believe his motivations for getting involved in Nola's situation. If Nola and Zig's daughter had been best friends in childhood I would have bee...
  • Edee
    We all know that feeling when one of your favorite authors has a new book coming out and you can't wait to get your hands on it and dive right in. But the best feeling is when it just keeps getting better and better with each page and at the end, you are already thinking about how long it will be before the sequel is out. The Escape Artist is all those feels!The Escape Artists introduces Jim "Zig" Zigarowski, who works as a mortician at Dover Air...
  • Debra Smouse
    If you like Brad Meltzer’s Culper Ring Series, you will definitely enjoy The Escape Artist.Mostly set at Dover Air Force Base where the military manages the final duty to all who have died in service to their country, we see the world through the eyes of mortician Jim “Zig” Zigarowski, whose imperfection as a hero remind me of Meltzer’s character Beecher White.When he begins working on a young soldier, Nola Brown, who died in a plane cras...
  • E
    Mr. Meltzer has done it once again! One of the best mystery thrillers I’ve read so far this year. Meltzer’s characters are real people full of emotions, anxieties, hopes and dreams. There are also monsters, of the human kind, full of evil, greed and ready to take advantage of the weak and needy. Nola is one such victim. She was physically and mentally abused as a child, who grew up seeking revenge at any cost. Nola is a silent woman with the ...
  • Jess Parker
    I won an ARC copy of this book through a Goodreads Giveaway.This was my first Brad Meltzer book. I really had high expectations for this one. I always like a good conspiracy story. When I first started the book I was really excited, but as the book went on and on I started getting less excited about it. It is a fast read, but some part dragged a little bit. The story is told through multiple points of view, including flashbacks of Nola's backgrou...