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01-Feb-2017 10:49

But when a new body arrives--of In #1 bestselling author Brad Meltzer's new thriller, death is just another way to disappear.

Two hours outside of Washington, DC is the mortuary for the U. government's most top-secret and high profile cases. To work there, mortician Jim "Zig" Zwicharowski has one rule: never let a case get personal. It's amazing to think that it's been nearly 22 years since Brad Meltzer burst on the scene with his first book, The Tenth Justice . )Every single one of his novels since then has made the bestseller list, but somewhere along the way I couldn't keep up with him, so it has been a wh I'm between 4 and 4.5 stars here.

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

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.

Two hours outside of Washington, DC is the mortuary for the U. government's most top-secret and high profile cases. To work there, mortician Jim "Zig" Zwicharowski has one rule: never let a case get personal.

The book shifts between the present and Nola's childhood, to illustrate the events which shaped her attitude and the armor she has built around herself.

There are a lot of characters with nicknames (The Curtain, Houdini, Horatio, Master Guns) to keep straight at times, and I'm still not 100 percent sure that I fully understood the operation that Nola and Zig uncovered.

Her commanding officer confirms Nola’s death, as does the United States government. And it’s Zig’s job to make sure the fallen look the way people remember them so that their families can have the proper closure they need.

So, too, does Jim Zigarowski’s boss, who signed off, triple-checking that the body arriving at Dover Air Force Base was, in fact, that of Nola Brown. Closure — it’s an important part of the grieving process, something Zig knows all too well.

Kay Scarpetta - a long-time favorite series of mine, BTW).