The lightning rod

Brad Meltzer

Book - 2022

Mortician "Zig" Zigarowski, while working on the body of a successful military man, discovers something he was never meant to see, and, to get the answers he needs, sets out to find military artist Nola Brown--a search that reveals one of the U.S. go\\vernment's most intensely guarded secrets.

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Series
Meltzer, Brad. Zig and Nola ; bk. 2.
Subjects
Genres
Detective and mystery fiction
Thrillers (Fiction)
Novels
Published
New York, NY : William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers [2022]
Edition
First edition
Language
English
Item Description
Sequel to: The escape artist.
Physical Description
x, 419 pages ; 24 cm
ISBN
9780062892409
0062892401
Main Author
Brad Meltzer (author)
Review by Booklist Reviews

In this exciting followup to 2018's The Escape Artist, former military mortician Jim "Zig" Zigarowski does a favor for a friend and agrees to work on the body of a recently deceased lieutenant colonel. The man died a hero, defending his family from a home invasion, but, after Zig stumbles onto something no one was supposed to see, he unearths the dark, hidden side of the dead man's life. Stranger still, it seems the dead man had a connection to Nola Brown, the enigmatic artist whose near death was the launching point for The Escape Artist. Zig needs to talk to Nola if he's going to get to the bottom of the mysteries surrounding the dead lieutenant colonel, but how to find her? That's a challenge all by itself because Nola Brown is a lightning rod for trouble. Meltzer likes his conspiracy stories, and he puts a lot of work into them, but he seems to love his characters just as much. Zig and Nola are two of his strongest characters, and it feels like there are plenty more stories to be told about them. Copyright 2021 Booklist Reviews.

Review by Library Journal Reviews

Remember Meltzer's No. 1 New York Times best-selling The Escape Artist, which saw U.S. Air Force mortician Jim "Zig" Zigarowski desperately seeking mercurial U.S. Army artist-in-residence Nola Brown? He's seeking her again in this follow-up. As he prepares the body of star military man Archie Mint, killed while trying to prevent a robbery at his home, Zig realizes that Archie had a connection both to Nola and to a top-secret military group that could compromise the nation. Finding Nola requires linking up with her equally difficult brother. With a 250,000-copy first printing. Copyright 2021 Library Journal.

Review by Library Journal Reviews

Remember Meltzer's No. 1 New York Times best-selling The Escape Artist, which saw U.S. Air Force mortician Jim "Zig" Zigarowski desperately seeking mercurial U.S. Army artist-in-residence Nola Brown? He's seeking her again in this follow-up. As he prepares the body of star military man Archie Mint, killed while trying to prevent a robbery at his home, Zig realizes that Archie had a connection both to Nola and to a top-secret military group that could compromise the nation. Finding Nola requires linking up with her equally difficult brother. With a 250,000-copy first printing. Copyright 2021 Library Journal.

Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews

At the start of bestseller Meltzer's exciting sequel to 2018's The Escape Artist, a masked gunman fatally shoots Lt. Col. Archie Mint along with the thief who by chance was trying to rob Mint's house in Elmswood, Pa. Mortician Jim "Zig" Zigarowski, who's still grieving for his 12-year-old daughter who died in an accident a year earlier, has left the Air Force to work privately in Pennsylvania. A former colleague from Dover Air Force Base persuades him to prepare Mint's body for an open casket. Zig is surprised on meeting the widow before the funeral that she was unaware her husband worked at Dover. Zig later learns Mint was involved in a top-secret military unit. Zig's search for answers reunites him with Nola Brown, who was once the Army's artist-in-residence and whose resourcefulness and kick-ass style help the pair decipher the links between the murders and dark government secrets. While the action overshadows characterizations, Meltzer makes his leads emotionally plausible. One hopes Zig and Nola will be back soon. Agent: Jennifer Rudolph Walsh, WME. (Mar.) Copyright 2021 Publishers Weekly.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

Mortician “Zig” Zigarowski, while working on the body of a successful military man, discovers something he was never meant to see, and, to get the answers he needs, sets out to find military artist Nola Brown—a search that reveals one of the U.S. government’s most intensely guarded secrets. 250,000 first printing.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

Mortician "Zig" Zigarowski, while working on the body of a successful military man, discovers something he was never meant to see, and, to get the answers he needs, sets out to find military artist Nola Brown--a search that reveals one of the U.S. government's most intensely guarded secrets.

Review by Publisher Summary 3

“Nola is the most accomplished kicker of ass since The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.” —A. J. FinnZig and Nola are back—in the hugely entertaining, highly anticipated follow-up to Brad Meltzer’s #1 New York Times bestselling thriller The Escape Artist.What’s the one secret no one knows about you?Archie Mint has a secret. He’s led a charmed life—he’s got a beautiful wife, two impressive kids, and a successful military career. But when he’s killed while trying to stop a robbery in his own home, his family is shattered—and then shocked when the other shoe drops. Mint’s been hiding criminal secrets none of them could have imagined.While working on Mint’s body before his funeral, mortician “Zig” Zigarowski discovers something he was never meant to see. That telling detail leads him to Mint’s former top secret military unit and his connection to artist Nola Brown. Two years ago, Nola saved Zig’s life—so he knows better than most that she’s as volatile and dangerous as a bolt of lightning.Following Nola’s trail, he uncovers one of the U.S. government’s most intensely guarded secrets—an undisclosed military facility that dates back to the Cold War and holds the key to something far more sinister: a hidden group willing to compromise the very safety and security of America itself.Trouble always finds her…She’s the lightning rod.