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Thursday, May 3, 2018
THE ESCAPE ARTIST by Brad Meltzer
Published in 2018 by Grand Central Publishing
Jim "Zig" Zigarowski works at Dover Air Force Base. Dover is where many of America's soldiers who have died are brought back to America. Zig is a mortician - the best on the base. He skillfully prepares all but the most damaged bodies for open casket funerals. No one beats his sense of dedication because no one else is dealing with his own personal grief by throwing themselves into their work to try to help others with their grief like Zig does.
One day, Zig notes that the name of an incoming body from a plane crash in Alasksa: Nola Brown, a soldier he knew as a girl in his daughter's Girl Scout troop. When he goes to prepare the body he discovers that this is not the same person. And, once he starts to look into things, he quickly finds that no one wants him to find out anything about Nola Brown and are willing to make sure that he doesn't...
The setting of this book was informative and interesting. But, the thriller aspect felt like it was rushed. There are some intriguing twists to the conspiracy that Zig uncovers, but it gets hokey and forced. For example, the inclusion of a bad guy with a special claw weapon that shoots electricity into its victims was more like a kid's comic book character than a story aimed at grown-ups.
I rate this book 2 stars out of 5.
This book can be found on Amazon.com here: The Escape Artist by Brad Meltzer.
Note: I received a pre-publication copy of this book as part of the Amazon Vine program so that I could write an honest review.