Books by Brad Meltzer

Brad Meltzer is the author of the New York Times bestsellers The Tenth Justice, Dead Even, The First Counsel, The Millionaires and The Zero Game. He is also one of the co-creators of the TV show, Jack & Bobby -- and is the number one selling author of the


THE ESCAPE ARTIST by Brad Meltzer
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 6, 2018

"The same mixture as before: a sweeping, overplotted, overscaled account of high crimes, misdemeanors, and violent coverups and reprisals. But those flashbacks into the heroine's traumatic early years, although they seriously disrupt the momentum of the blood-and-thunder present-day plot, sting long after the details of that plot have faded."
An Army mortician teams up, sort of, with a military artist who just won't die to thwart an obscenely shape-shifting conspiracy. Read full book review >
I AM GANDHI  by Brad Meltzer
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 3, 2017

"Only barely informative and severely lacking in authenticity. (Picture book/biography. 4-8)"
Gandhi, the guru of nonviolence, becomes the latest addition to Meltzer's Ordinary People Change the World Series. Read full book review >
I AM JIM HENSON by Brad Meltzer
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 10, 2017

"Nearly every child will know his work already: here's at least a superficial glimpse of his character. (photos, timeline, bibliography) (Picture book/biography. 3-6)"
Meltzer holds up the great Muppeteer as a role model. Read full book review >
HEROES FOR MY SON by Brad Meltzer
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 25, 2016

"An earnest if jumbled effort to point out character-building values. (Nonfiction. 10-13)"
Fifty-two portraits of real-world heroes, from that "troublemaker" Abe Lincoln to Miep Gies, the "lawbreaker" who hid Anne Frank and her family. Read full book review >
THE HOUSE OF SECRETS by Brad Meltzer
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 7, 2016

"'When you've faced the impossible, it's usually because someone's lying,' the traumatized heroine is assured. True enough. The apparently formidable premise behind this tale dissolves in a shower of lies, and the ambitious plot sags as the principals crisscross the globe pumping up their frequent flier miles."
Meltzer (The President's Shadow, 2015, etc.) and Goldberg (Gangsterland, 2014, etc.) team up to uncover a vast international conspiracy tracing its roots back to everyone's favorite turncoat, Benedict Arnold. Read full book review >
THE PRESIDENT'S SHADOW by Brad Meltzer
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 16, 2015

"Unlike the previous installment (The Fifth Assassin, 2013), this one doesn't provide much in the way of exposition but instead throws you unceremoniously into the deep end. Fans will survive, but unwary newcomers had better watch their backs."
This third outing for the storied Culper Ring, sworn to protect the U.S. presidency, shows them doing what they do most: sniffing out conspiracies, falling for deceptions, and perpetuating that grandest of all American political institutions, the clueless double take. Read full book review >
I AM JACKIE ROBINSON by Brad Meltzer
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 8, 2015

"A memorable life—a forgettable presentation. (photographs, timeline, sources, further reading) (Picture book/biography. 3-6)"
Baseball's No. 42 strikes out. Read full book review >
I AM ALBERT EINSTEIN by Brad Meltzer
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 16, 2014

"Another pointless entry in a series intended to inspire more than inform. (Picture book. 3-6)"
The brilliant 20th-century scientist exhorts readers to keep asking questions. Read full book review >
I AM ROSA PARKS by Brad Meltzer
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 17, 2014

"A barely serviceable introduction with far more child appeal than substance. (Picture book/biography. 3-7)"
Following introductions to Amelia Earhart and Abraham Lincoln, this third title in the set introduces an iconic figure in the civil rights movement. Read full book review >
I AM AMELIA EARHART by Brad Meltzer
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 14, 2014

"Skip. (photographs) (Picture book. 3-6)"
The ever-popular pioneering female pilot gets a breezy and very incomplete biography. Read full book review >
I AM ABRAHAM LINCOLN by Brad Meltzer
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 14, 2014

"Successful neither as biography nor sermon. (photographs, archival illustration) (Picture book. 4-7)"
Our 16th president is presented as an activist for human and civil rights. Read full book review >
HISTORY DECODED by Brad Meltzer
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Nov. 1, 2013

"Slick and engaging but lightweight—a good impulse read for fans of secret histories."
From a prolific novelist and legal analyst, a bemused look at the hidden conspiracies threaded throughout American history—the companion volume to the History Channel show. Read full book review >
THE FIFTH ASSASSIN by Brad Meltzer
Released: Jan. 15, 2013

"Although equipped with adequate back story to allow The Fifth Assassin to be enjoyed alone, smart readers will first dip into the series opener, The Inner Circle."
Beecher White returns as hero in Meltzer's (The Inner Circle, 2011, etc.) second installment of his conspiracy thriller surrounding the Culper Ring and a corrupt president. Read full book review >
THE INNER CIRCLE by Brad Meltzer
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Jan. 11, 2011

"Conspiracies make for good reading, and this book could turn skeptics into believers."
A fast-moving tale of murder, deception and intrigue linked to George Washington's Culper Ring and its espionage descendants. Read full book review >
THE BOOK OF FATE by Brad Meltzer
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Sept. 5, 2006

"How successful will Meltzer's fumbling knockoff be? If the Masons sell half as well as Mary Magdalene and Opus Dei, expect follow-ups starring the ACLU, the Rotarians and the Mickey Mouse Club."
Trying his hand at a star-spangled version of The Da Vinci Code, Meltzer produces his biggest, dumbest book. Read full book review >
THE ZERO GAME by Brad Meltzer
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Jan. 6, 2004

"It all ends up as a series of efficiently managed chase sequences that'll leave you breathless for no reason that you'll remember the next day."
The fifth of Meltzer's paranoid fantasies about lowlifes in high places (The Millionaires, 2002, etc.) presses his irresistible formula to the breaking point. Read full book review >
THE FIRST COUNSEL by Brad Meltzer
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Jan. 9, 2001

Meltzer's third high-octane thriller (Dead Even, 1998, etc.) sinks a junior White House staffer in the world of woes that result when he accepts a date with the president's daughter. Read full book review >
THE MILLIONAIRES by Brad Meltzer
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Jan. 1, 2001

"'This isn't a stupid book!' Oliver rages before he has any inkling just how deep he's in. He's only half-right. It's an exceptionally well-judged stupid book."
What begins as a tidy scheme to steal a measly $3 million from a closely held private bank quickly spins out of control—in the biggest and wildest of Meltzer's paranoid action fantasies (The First Counsel, 2001, etc.). Read full book review >
DEAD EVEN by Brad Meltzer
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: May 13, 1998

"To top all this off, author Meltzer is an attorney himself, which lends the novel's dialogue a sparkling undercurrent of real-life chitchat, not to mention the mutual saber-sharpening that readers will quickly pick up on and enjoy as a bonus. (Author tour)"
A very aptly titled gripper (received too late for a full review) that will have Grisham slapping his wife's wrist in pique over the breakfast toast when he discovers Meltzer's plot for his second novel (The Tenth Justice, 1997). Read full book review >
THE TENTH JUSTICE by Brad Meltzer
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: May 14, 1997

"Meltzer spins a mean paranoid fantasy that'll have you turning pages in a frenzy to learn whether Ben and his equally strung-out buddies ever grow up. (Literary Guild super release; film rights to Fox 2000; author tour)"
Loose lips sink careers in this barn-burning first novel about a Supreme Court clerk who runs his mouth to a disastrously ill-chosen confidant. Read full book review >