Brad Meltzer
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Brad Meltzer

Brad Meltzer is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Inner Circle, The Book of Fate, and nine other bestselling thrillers including The Tenth Justice, The First Counsel, The Millionaires, and The President's Shadow. His newest book is The Escape Artist, out March 6.

In addition to his fiction, Brad is one of the only authors to ever have books on the bestseller list for Non-Fiction (History Decoded), Advice (Heroes for My Son and Heroes for My Daughter), Children's Books (I Am Amelia Earhart and I Am Abraham Lincoln) and even comic books (Justice League of America), for which he won the prestigious Eisner Award.

He is also the host of Brad Meltzer's Lost History on H2 and Brad Meltzer's Decoded on the History Channel. The Hollywood Reporter recently put him on their list of Hollywood's 25 Most Powerful Authors.

Brad is also responsible for helping find the missing 9/11 flag that the firefighters raised at Ground Zero, making national news on the 15th anniversary of 9/11. Using his TV show, Brad Meltzer's Lost History, he told the story of the missing flag and asked Americans for their help in returning it. Four days later, a former Marine walked into a fire station in Everett, Washington, said he saw Meltzer's TV show, and now wanted to return the flag. Meltzer recently unveiled the flag at the 9/11 Museum in New York, where it is now on display. See the video here.

For sure, it's tough to find anyone being so successful in so many different mediums of the popular culture. But why does Brad thrive in all these different professions? His belief that ordinary people change the world. It is that core belief that runs through every one of his projects.

His newest thriller, The Escape Artist, introduces Nola and Zig, brand new characters in a setting that will blow your mind (you won't believe where the government let Brad go). For now, we'll say this: Nola is dead. Everyone says she's dead. But Jim "Zig" Zigarowski just found out the truth: Nola is alive. And on the run. Together, Nola and Zig will reveal a centuries old secret that traces back the greatest escape artist of all: Harry Houdini. The Escape Artist arrives in March 2018.

His illustrated children's books I Am Amelia Earhart and I Am Abraham Lincoln were written for his own children, to give them better heroes to look up to. Try them. You won't believe how inspired you and your family will be. The next in the series will be I am Gandhi and I am Sacagawea (September).

His other non-fiction books, Heroes for My Son and Heroes for My Daughter, are collections of heroes - from Jim Henson to Sally Ride -- that he's been working on since the day his kids were born and is on sale now, as well as History Decoded: The 10 Greatest Conspiracies of All Time.

He's also one of the co-creators of the TV show, Jack & Bobby.

Raised in Brooklyn and Miami, Brad is a graduate of the University of Michigan and Columbia Law School. The Tenth Justice was his first published work and became an instant New York Times bestseller. Dead Even followed a year later and also hit the New York Times bestseller list, as have all eight of his novels. The First Counsel came next, which was about a White House lawyer dating the President's daughter, then The Millionaires, which was about two brothers who steal money and go on the run. The Zero Game is about two Congressional staffers who are - literally - gambling on Congress. The Book of Fate, is about a young presidential aide, a crazed assassin, and the 200 year-old code created by Thomas Jefferson that ties them together. For authenticity, The Book of Fate, was researched with the help of former Presidents Clinton and Bush. The Book of Lies, is about the missing murder weapon that Cain used to kill Abel, as well as the unsolved murder of Superman creator Jerry Siegel's father. Brad is one of the only people to interview Jerry Siegel's family about the murder and, with his charitable site www.OrdinaryPeopleChangeTheWorld.com, has been the driving force behind the movement to repair the house where Superman was created.

His book The Inner Circle (and its sequels, The Fifth Assassin and The President's Shadow) is based the idea that George Washington's personal spy ring still exists today. A young archivist in the National Archives finds out the spy ring is still around. He doesn't know who they work for -- but the greatest secret of the Presidency is about to be revealed. While researching the book, former President George HW Bush also gave Brad, for the very first time, the secret letter he left for Bill Clinton in the Oval Office desk. Oh, and yes, Brad was recruited by the Department of Homeland Security to brainstorm different ways that terrorists might attack the US.

His books have spent over a year on the bestseller lists, and have been translated into over 25 languages, from Hebrew to Bulgarian. In The Tenth Justice, the opening lines are: "Ben Addison was sweating. Like a pig." In the Hebrew translation, it became: "Ben Addison was sweating. Like a horse." We're not sure if it's a kosher thing or what!

Brad has played himself as an extra in Woody Allen's Celebrity, co-wrote the swearing in oath for AmeriCorps, the national service program, and earned credit from Columbia Law School for writing his first book, which became The Tenth Justice. Before all of that, he got 24 rejection letters for his true first novel, which still sits on his shelf, published by Kinko's.

Brad currently lives in Florida with his wife, who's also an attorney.

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Best Sellers

    • The President's Shadow

    • The Culper Ring Series
    • By: Brad Meltzer
    • Narrated by: Scott Brick
    • Length: 11 hrs and 38 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 2,383
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,156
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 2,146

    To most it looks like Beecher White has an ordinary job. A young staffer with the National Archives, he's responsible for safekeeping the government's most important documents....

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • It started with a mystery and ended with a whimper

    • By Amazon Customer on 12-03-15

    Regular price: $28.50

    • The Escape Artist

    • By: Brad Meltzer
    • Narrated by: Scott Brick, January LaVoy
    • Length: 12 hrs and 45 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 3,936
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3,596
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 3,577

    Who is Nola Brown? Nola is a mystery. Nola is trouble. And Nola is supposed to be dead....

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Not His Best

    • By Amazon Customer on 03-10-18

    Regular price: $29.65

    • The Inner Circle

    • By: Brad Meltzer
    • Narrated by: Scott Brick
    • Length: 14 hrs and 10 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 4,217
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3,382
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 3,372

    Clementine Kaye, archivist Beecher White's first childhood crush, shows up at the National Archives asking for his help....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Captivating

    • By FAC on 12-29-11

    Regular price: $22.80

    • The Fifth Assassin

    • By: Brad Meltzer
    • Narrated by: Scott Brick
    • Length: 14 hrs and 3 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 1,917
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,704
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 1,704

    From John Wilkes Booth to Lee Harvey Oswald, there have been more than two dozen assassination attempts on the President of the United States....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • I had to stop listening a little bit into the book

    • By Janice on 01-17-13

    Regular price: $28.50

    • First Counsel

    • Booktrack Edition
    • By: Brad Meltzer
    • Narrated by: Scott Brick
    • Length: 14 hrs and 52 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 219
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 199
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 198

    White House lawyer Michael Garrick has a relatively anonymous position at a very public address. That is, until he starts dating Nora Harston (Secret Service code name: Shadow)....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Not just a good mystery

    • By MYLA on 05-23-18

    Regular price: $26.22

    • The House of Secrets

    • By: Brad Meltzer, Tod Goldberg
    • Narrated by: Scott Brick, January LaVoy
    • Length: 10 hrs and 14 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 1,461
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,328
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 1,328

    Trying to put together the puzzle pieces of her past and present, Hazel Nash needs to figure out who killed this man - and how the book wound up in his chest....

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • Not worth the time

    • By Plainari on 06-16-16

    Regular price: $29.65

    • The Millionaires

    • By: Brad Meltzer
    • Narrated by: Scott Brick
    • Length: 14 hrs and 58 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 1,118
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 717
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 713

    What would you steal if you couldn't get caught? It started as the perfect crime. Then it took a turn for the worse...

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Possibly the best Meltzer to date

    • By Snoodely on 07-27-12

    Regular price: $19.38

    • The Book of Fate

    • By: Brad Meltzer
    • Narrated by: Scott Brick
    • Length: 18 hrs and 10 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 1,059
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 524
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 525

    In six minutes, one of us would be dead. None of us knew it was coming....

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • Too Much Psychobabble

    • By Nick on 06-06-07

    Regular price: $19.38

    • Dead Even

    • By: Brad Meltzer
    • Narrated by: Scott Brick
    • Length: 14 hrs and 10 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 543
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 345
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 341

    Sara Tate, Manhattan D.A., has grabbed a case that could make her career. She¹s sure to get a conviction until Jared, her husband and fellow attorney, is hired by the other side....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Captivating listening and story!!!!

    • By Donna Cooley on 09-07-12

    Regular price: $19.38

    • The Book of Lies

    • By: Brad Meltzer
    • Narrated by: Scott Brick
    • Length: 11 hrs and 27 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 930
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 395
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 393

    What do two murders, committed thousands of years apart, have in common? This is the mystery at the heart of Brad Meltzer's riveting new thriller....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • EXCELLENT!!!

    • By Don on 10-06-08

    Regular price: $22.80

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