The Inner Circle
By Brad Meltzer
464 pages, $26.99
Grand Central Publishing, January 11, 2011
Let me be clear, Brad Meltzer had me hooked on page one. I couldn't put The Inner Circle down. It went everywhere with me.
The Inner Circle is part political thriller, part romance, part historical fiction and part good old fashioned mystery. Our hero, Beecher, loves being an archivist at the National Archives in Washington, D.C. Beecher's quiet world is turned upside down one day when out of his past Clemmi, his first crush, just shows up asking for Beecher's help in finding the dad she's never met.
Beecher, wanting to show off a little, takes Clemmi into a high security, no access room. That's where a spilled cup of coffee causes one man to be killed and puts Clemmi and Beecher on the run.
Why does finding a hidden dictionary, believed to have belonged to George Washington, make them targets? Who can they trust? What's the secret behind the Culper Ring, and who's a member of that mysterious two hundred year group of patriots? To what extent is the President involved?
Brad Meltzer, a master storyteller, has created a secret world with more than one series of twists and turns. Just when you think you've figured out who the bad guys are, Meltzer proves your theory wrong. Again and again. Buy The Inner Circle. Beyond the intrigue and mystery, it reminds us that you have to trust someone. Sometime. Trust your gut feeling... or maybe not.
This is my first Meltzer book, but it sure won't be my last. And for some reason, I don't think this is the last we'll be seeing of these characters. At least I hope it isn't.
If I gave a star rating, this would get a whopping 4 out of 5 stars!