The escape artist / Brad Meltzer.

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      First edition.
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      Summary: "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. Zig works at Dover Air Force Base, helping put to rest the bodies of those who die on top-secret missions. Nola was a childhood friend of Zig's daughter and someone who once saved his daughter's life. So when Zig realizes Nola is still alive, he's determined to find her. Yet as Zig digs into Nola's past, he learns that trouble follows Nola everywhere she goes. Nola is the US Army's artist-in-residence-a painter and trained soldier who rushes into battle, making art from war's aftermath and sharing observations about today's wars that would otherwise go overlooked. On her last mission, Nola saw something nobody was supposed to see, earning her an enemy unlike any other, one who will do whatever it takes to keep Nola quiet. Together, Nola and Zig will either reveal a sleight of hand being played at the highest levels of power or die trying to uncover the US Army's most mysterious secret-a centuries-old conspiracy that traces back through history to the greatest escape artist of all: Harry Houdini"-- Provided by publisher.
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    • ABNT:
      MELTZER, B. The escape artist. First edition. [s. l.]: Grand Central Publishing, 2018. ISBN 9781455559527. Disponível em: Acesso em: 15 ago. 2020.
    • AMA:
      Meltzer B. The Escape Artist. First edition. Grand Central Publishing; 2018. Accessed August 15, 2020.
    • APA:
      Meltzer, B. (2018). The escape artist (First edition.). Grand Central Publishing.
    • Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date:
      Meltzer, Brad. 2018. The Escape Artist. First edition. Grand Central Publishing.
    • Harvard:
      Meltzer, B. (2018) The escape artist. First edition. Grand Central Publishing. Available at: (Accessed: 15 August 2020).
    • Harvard: Australian:
      Meltzer, B 2018, The escape artist, First edition., Grand Central Publishing, viewed 15 August 2020, .
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      Meltzer, Brad. The Escape Artist. First edition., Grand Central Publishing, 2018. EBSCOhost,
    • Chicago/Turabian: Humanities:
      Meltzer, Brad. The Escape Artist. First edition. Grand Central Publishing, 2018.
    • Vancouver/ICMJE:
      Meltzer B. The escape artist [Internet]. First edition. Grand Central Publishing; 2018 [cited 2020 Aug 15]. Available from:


Booklist Reviews 2018 February #1

Nola Brown, a U.S. Army sergeant, dies in a plane crash; her body is taken to Dover Air Force Base in Delaware, where Jim "Zig" Zigarowski, an employee of the base's mortuary, is responsible for preparing her body for burial. But Jim knows Nola Brown, and he knows the woman on his gurney is not her. Determined to find out what's going on, Zig tracks Nola down to where she's hiding and learns that she is embroiled in a conspiracy whose exposure could threaten the very foundations of the American government. Nola and Zig have only one option if they want to stay alive: bust open the conspiracy. Meltzer has based his literary career on conspiracy-themed stories, and he's very good at them. In Nola and Zig, too, he's created two of his most compellingly fresh characters. Nola, in particular, represents a high point in the author's career: a strong, resourceful, mysterious female lead who could go toe-to-toe with Jack Reacher, Bob Lee Swagger, and the other guys. First of a new series, according to the publisher, and that's just fine. Copyright 2018 Booklist Reviews.

LJ Reviews 2017 February #1

No plot details, but Meltzer is a perennial New York Times best-selling author, and this book has a 200,000-copy first printing plus a seven- to ten-city tour.

Copyright 2017 Library Journal.

LJ Reviews 2017 October #2

Nola Brown is the U.S. Army's artist in residence, rushing in to capture battle details that later clarify what really happened, but now she's seen something she shouldn't have. With a 200,000-copy first printing and a seven- to ten-city tour.

Copyright 2017 Library Journal.

LJ Reviews 2018 February #1

Jim "Zig" Zigarowski is a mortician at Dover Air Force Base, where he prepares the returning bodies of U.S. heroes so they can have proper burial, and thus providing closure for the families. Years earlier, a girl named Nola Brown saved his daughter from severe injury, and now her corpse arrives at Dover after a suspicious plane crash in Alaska that also killed other government operatives. Feeling grateful to Nola, Zig intercepts her body to prepare it himself. He quickly realizes the dead woman is not Nola and wonders about her true identity. This discovery sets Zig on a harrowing path of danger, subterfuge, and government secrets as he searches for Nola and tries to discover the secret that has made her a danger to the government she serves as the U.S. Army's artist-in-residence. VERDICT Weaving the past with the present and creating a conspiracy with connections to magician Harry Houdini, Meltzer's series launch is a gripping thriller that will not disappoint his many fans. A true page-turner. [See Prepub Alert, 9/25/17]—Sandra Knowles, South Carolina State Lib., Columbia

Copyright 2018 Library Journal.

PW Reviews 2018 January #3

Mortician Jim "Zig" Zigarowski, the hero of this stellar series launch from bestseller Meltzer (The Book of Lies), works the U.S. government's most top-secret and high-profile cases at Dover Air Force base in present-day Delaware. Zig's world changes when a military plane mysteriously crashes in the Alaskan wilderness and the body of soldier Nola Brown, who as a child saved his daughter from an explosion at a Girl Scout camp years before, arrives on his table. As Zig prepares the body, he discovers that the scars Nola sustained at camp are missing, and he becomes suspicious. When he finds a crumpled piece of paper in the woman's stomach, a warning for Nola, his suspicions are confirmed: this isn't Nola. Zig is determined to discover what happened to her and whether she's safe. The closer he gets to the truth, the more dangerous it becomes. Soon he finds himself in the middle of Operation Bluebook, a secret government program that goes back to Harry Houdini. With its remarkable plot and complex characters, this page-turner not only entertains but also provides a fascinating glimpse into American history. Author tour. Agents: Jill Kneerim, Kneerim, Williams & Bloom Agency and Jenifer Rudolph Walsh, WME. (Mar.)

Copyright 2018 Publishers Weekly.