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
GenreThriller, Fiction, Mystery, Suspense, Mystery Thriller, Audiobook, War, Military Fiction, Adult Fiction, Action, Adult

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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Tim
    After a credible start, this story degenerates to bad, then worse. 0 of 10 stars
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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 ...
  • Andie
    I can never get enough of his books. So glad they don’t come out every3 months and are well written but I want more stories....I am so very thankful for 20 years of Brads books
  • 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...
  • ☼♎ Carmen the Bootyshaker Temptress ☼♎
    I really enjoyed this book. It's my first book from this author and can't wait to read another.
  • Pamela
    THE ESCAPE ARTIST is touted as a thriller. I did not find it very suspenseful. The plot is unique and it starts off as a taut, complex thriller, but becomes lengthy and too drawn out as the storyline becomes more and more incredulous, if not ludicrous. The “complex thriller” becomes convoluted with too many secondary characters. The author does his homework and provides interesting facts....but learning about the nature of bees? Really? How i...
  • Dick Reynolds
    Interesting characters abound in this novel. The protagonist seems to be Jim “Zig” Zigarowski who works as a mortician at Dover Air Force Base in Delaware. Nola Brown is an Army Sergeant First Class, just twenty-six, and works as the artist-in-resident at Fort Belvoir, VA. Zig and Nola have a “connection” of sorts that goes back many years when Nola was a child. Turns out she saved Zig’s daughter, a good thing then but not a good thing ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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. ...
  • 3 no 7
    “The Escape Artist” by Brad Meltzer is about the fight for life. It grabs readers from the start. “These were the last thirty-two seconds of her life. She knew why this plane was going down. This wasn’t an accident.”This is the personal story of Jim “Zig” Zigarowski, a mortician at Dover Air Force Base in Delaware, tending to the bodies service members. He prides himself on the care and dignity that he shows “clients” and famili...
  • 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...
  • Zoe Zurvalec
    very good but probably not appropriate for those under 12 because of bad words
  • Sharon Grutsch
    I can’t even finish it.
  • Srque
    Perhaps the worst written best seller I have read. I would have stopped after the first triple use of the same verb on a page or body sound, but I was stuck. I was driven to try to understand how such drivel could not only be published by a major house let alone become a best seller. This book makes anything by James Patterson look good. The writing is poor, the plot is contrived and any marketing comaprisons to Lisbeth Salander are unearned. Thi...
  • Darcy
    There were so many twists and turns in this one that for most of the book I wasn’t sure who to even guess at being the bad guy. I liked how the magic guys were used to tell the story and the connection that Zig and Nola had. While Nola was often unsure of Zig she counted on him when she really needed him. I liked how this one ended, think that both Zig and Nola have a chance at a good life now.
  • Paula
  • Boris Feldman
    Eminently refundable.
  • Linda
    Fast paced thriller, like many of Meltzer's books, with interesting characters, and Nola Brown is one of them. Is she dead or just missing? Is she one of the "good guys" or is she something else?Zig Zigarowski knew Nola as a child, and now he needs to find her as an adult, and together they have to solve a puzzle worthy of the great Houdini. While I enjoyed this book, sometimes the information was hard to follow, and I found myself needing to rer...
  • Laura
    This was a fast read and was certainly serviceable enough. But there were a few awkward plot blips (like a character was supposed to be one place but showed up somewhere else only to have it conveniently explained away later) that took my attention away, and some coincidental happenings that also distracted me.
  • 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...
  • 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...