It also puts him at odds with Nola herself, who is less than thrilled at being reminded of anything from her troubled past, which readers learn about via flashback chapters.The ending brings a few twists and offers a ray of hope that indeed, this will be a series; if so, I'll be among the first in line when the next installment is available. That’s the question readers will ask themselves as Brad Meltzer’s latest high-octane thriller, The Escape Artist, kicks off. Her body was found among others after a devastating plane crash.But as he begins to restore her body to viewing order, he realizes that the woman he's working on definitely is not Nola. Why are the powers-that-be intent on making the rest of the world believe it's her?

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I also felt that the villain went on a bit too long in his dramatic "here's why I did what I did speech," a la the villains in superhero movies.

But those were minor irritations, because I just felt the story was fascinating, and Meltzer delivered some fantastic action scenes and crazy twists and turns.

This is a great thriller, full of twists and turns and sensational action, but it also has some great character development and packs an emotional punch. Some call him a genius, because he can repair significant damage to a body, making it possible for families to view their loved one and not have any idea just how badly the body really looked.

He spends his days in perhaps the most important funeral home in the country, at Dover Air Force Base, where he is responsible for handling the bodies of American soldiers who died in the line of duty, as well as those injured in catastrophes such as 9/11.

I imagine you'll see this one a lot over the next few months, so be sure to pick it up when it is released in March!

Net Galley and Grand Central Publishing provided me an advance copy of the book in exchange for an unbiased review. See all of my reviews at itseithersadnessoreuphoria.blogspot.com, or check out my list of the best books I read in 2017 at https://itseithersadnessoreuphoria.blogspot.com/2018/01/the-best-books-i-read-in-2017

Meantime, many thanks to the publisher (via Net Galley) for the opportunity to read an advance copy of this one in exchange for an honest review. Her commanding officer confirms Nola’s death, as does the United States government. Zigarowski, who goes by “Zig,” the Port Mortuary Branch Chief at Dover, spends each day with fallen troops. The bodies that arrive at Dover often need delicate care in order to be pieced back together.

So, too, does Jim Zigarowski’s boss, who signed off, triple-checking that the body arriving at Dover Air Force Base was, in See this review and more at That’s the question readers will ask themselves as Brad Meltzer’s latest high-octane thriller, The Escape Artist, kicks off. Her body was found among others after a devastating plane crash. When parents, spouses, and children come to claim the remains of their beloved soldiers, they often want to see the body.

Because of his past connection, Zig is determined to find her and get to the truth despite warnings from the people he considers to be his friends. As a highly trained soldier, she goes into battle zones to create realistic and minds-eye paintings of scenes that showcase details even photographs may not reveal.