Number-one "New York Times"-bestselling author Meltzer returns with a pulse-pounding new novel of lies and deception at the highest levels of government. After reuniting with a childhood crush, a young archivist makes an astonishing discovery in the secret vault of the National Archives, where the president privately reviews classified documents. ...
Number-one "New York Times"-bestselling author Meltzer returns with a pulse-pounding new novel of lies and deception at the highest levels of government. After reuniting with a childhood crush, a young archivist makes an astonishing discovery in the secret vault of the National Archives, where the president privately reviews classified documents. The two soon find themselves entangled in a web of deception, conspiracy, and murder that will reveal the most well-kept secret of the U.S. presidency.
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Publishers Weekly, 2010-11-22 A fascinating look at the hidden treasures of the National Archives is the one strength of this otherwise unsatisfying thriller. Archivist Beecher White, to impress childhood crush Clementine Kaye during a tour of the archives, shows her the "Sensitive Compartmented Information Facility" reserved for President Orson Wallace, who often visits the SCIF. The accidental discovery of a rare volume linked to George Washington starts White on a perilous journey involving the Culper Ring, a secret spy group reaching back to the nation's first president; Nico Hadrian, a failed presidential assassin confined in a mental institution; and a presidential secret entrusted only to a few of Wallace's closest friends. Kaye's ambiguous re-entry into White's life adds another challenge. Bestseller Meltzer (The Book of Lies) fails to dial up much suspense with too many sketchy characters and a plot that never lives up to its promise, but the December 2 debut of his History Channel show, Brad Meltzer's Decoded, is sure to win him new fans. (Jan.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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