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Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Masters of the Thriller – Part II: Brad Meltzer

Another Florida-based suspense author is Brad Meltzer. Many of his books have made the New York Times best-seller list, including The Tenth Justice, Dead Even, The First Counsel, The Millionaires, The Zero Game and The Book of Fate. Meltzer is also a comic-book author, known for contributing to The Justice League of America and Identity Crisis comic series. The author has led a campaign to save the house where comic-book artist Jerry Siegel, the co-creator of Superman, invented the superhero.

Meltzer was raised in Brooklyn and Miami. He attended the University of Michigan and Columbia Law School. He received credit from Columbia Law School for the book that became The Tenth Justice, his first published novel. Meltzer says his true first novel was rejected 24 times and still sits on a shelf “published by Kinkos.”

Meltzer’s newest novel, The Book of Lies, tackles both a Biblical mystery – a chase for the world’s first murder weapon used by Cain to kill his brother Abel – and a more contemporary real-life mystery, the search for the gun that killed Mitchell Siegel, the father of Superman co-creator Jerry Siegel.

If you like historical thrillers such as The Book of Lies, you may also want to try David Liss, the author of A Conspiracy of Paper, The Coffee Trader, A Spectacle of Corruption and The Whiskey Rebels among others.

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