The Escape Artist

The Escape Artist

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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"--Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Grand Central Publishing, 2018
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9781455559527
1455559520
Characteristics: x, 416 pages ; 24 cm
Call Number: MELTZER, B

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DCLadults May 04, 2018

Government/Political Science: This political thriller weaves together the Library of Congress, secret government programs and operatives, subterfuge, and even Houdini (yes, that one) into quite the gripping thriller.


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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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BlueHippo
May 20, 2018

MInd candy and I really enjoyed it. As with all of his books, fun to learn about something you may not have even thought much about. I did not mind the shifting of time frames - in fact, found that was an interesting way to reveal the story of Nola.

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baldnoodle
May 05, 2018

do not bother reading. very disappointing

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kmre_37
Apr 02, 2018

The book has a slow start & I was not a fan of the constant shifting of the storyline between the past & present but overall I gave it 3 stars.

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reader7176
Apr 01, 2018

This book gives us a change in scenery, a military base, plane crash in Alaska. Change of characters a mortican and Army First Sgt go figure, sprinkle in a few magicians, and a few shady characters and you have an interesting book. The main characters Zig, and Nola are strong, spirited and you never know what they will do next. Nola life as a young child was not easy she was in foster care and then adopted by a single man. Her life was in chaos from the time she was eight years old. Hang on cause changes come at a fast pace.

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Reads_A_Lot
Mar 29, 2018

Like the idea of Zig - a mortician at Dover Air Force Base that takes such great care and detail with the bodies of our fallen soldiers. Liked the idea of Nola - the Artist-in-Residence recording the aftermath of war thru art. The fact that her artistic eye helped her observe details that other didn't see was interesting. These two different kind of artists working together had potential but I didn't like this book as much as his Culper Ring series. Zig's reason for obsessively trying to help Nola is weak. Nola repeatedly double crossing and admitting that she doesn't like Zig adds to the disconnect between them. The Houdini aspect of the book which I thought would be interesting turned out to be disappointing and a little confusing to follow. Giving it 3 stars because I still think it has potential and am hoping if he continues with these characters they will develop a closer bond that will improve the storyline.

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