(first — doesn’t that post title sound like a good title for a Nancy Drew mystery? I thought so, too!)
The Inner Circle by Brad Meltzer
Brad Meltzer was a big deal from his very first book. And, 14 years later, I’ve finally gotten around to reading the guy. And found that this book is pretty darn good!
Not sure what I was expecting, but I found the first-person voice to be young and fairly refreshing. The story line was a bit out-there, but conspiracy lovers will eat it up with a spoon. Me, I simply suspended disbelief.
Beecher White is a young-ish archivist at the National Archives in Washington, D.C. (Oooo ooooo oooooo! [that’s my National Archives squeal of joy])
Beecher helps Clementine, a long-lost love of his youth, determine her father’s identity, and what they find ain’t good news.
Also, the two of them stumble across a secret, coded historic book that reveals the existence of a secret ring of operatives whose goal is to protect the presidency. Which puts Beecher and Clementine in danger. And reveals some serious secrets under the surface of the supposedly staid Archives.
This puppy rips right along, and it does all the proper political thriller moves—creating a feeling of uneasiness and lack of confidence about which characters to trust. It did everything it was supposed to do, plus a little bit more. The characters are fairly well drawn, and that was a nice surprise. And there were a couple of very fine sentences that expressed some meaningful thoughts about life. (For real. I’m not being snarky.)
So here’s my advice:
Pick up this book, set disbelief to “Suspend,” read, and enjoy.
The good folks of NetGalley and Grand Central Publishing made the ARC available, so I downloaded it as an eBook. Since I feel like turning pages fast when I eRead, this worked well.