The Book of Lies by Brad Meltzer

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Brad Meltzer--author of the #1 New York Times bestseller The Book of Fate--returns with his most thrilling and emotionally powerful novel to date.

In Chapter Four of the Bible, Cain kills Abel. It is the world's most famous murder. But the Bible is silent about one key detail: the weapon Cain used to kill his brother. That weapon is still lost to history.

In 1932, Mitchell Siegel was killed by three gunshots to his chest. While mourning, his son dreamed of a bulletproof man and created the world's greatest hero: Superman. And like Cain's murder weapon, the gun used in this unsolved murder has never been found.

Until now.

Today in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, Cal Harper comes face-to-face with his family's greatest secret: his long-lost father, who's been shot with a gun that traces back to Mitchell Siegel's 1932 murder. But before Cal can ask a single question, he and his father are attacked by a ruthless killer tattooed with the anicent markings of Cain. And so begins the chase for the world's first murder weapon.

What does Cain, history's greatest villain, have to do with Superman, the world's greatest hero? And what do two murders, committed thousands of years apart, have in common? This is the mystery at the heart of Brad Meltzer's riveting and utterly intriguing new thriller

About Brad Meltzer

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Brad Meltzer is the author of the #1 New York Times bestsellers The Inner Circle, The Book of Fate, and six other bestselling thrillers. His nonfiction books, Heroes for My Son and Heroes for My Daughter, were also New York Times bestsellers. He is the host of the History Channel series Brad Meltzer's Decoded and the Eisner Award-winning writer of Justice League of America. A graduate of the University of Michigan and Columbia Law School, he currently lives in Florida. You can find much more about him at You can also see what he's doing right now at and
Published September 2, 2008 by Grand Central Publishing. 353 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Action & Adventure, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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After finding his long-lost father lying in a Florida park with a shotgun wound, Calvin Harper, a volunteer at a homeless centre, becomes caught up in a quest for the weapon Cain used to kill Abel, which may not be a weapon as such and has something - it's hard to work out quite what - to do with...

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BC Books

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Cal Harper is a former U.S. Customs agent who disgraced himself and now is making amends by rounding up the homeless in Florida and getting them to shelters for the help they need.

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Book Reporter

His fans in the comic book community who don’t know much about his novels will find THE BOOK OF LIES a fascinating read, given the way that it slices in and out of the life of Jerry Siegel, a story known to but a fraction of those who are familiar, either in passing or intimately, with one of the...

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Entertainment Weekly

Brad Meltzer has larded his proven cliffhanger formula with Da Vinci-esque conspiracies and comic-book lore, and the results aren't pretty.

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Gather Books

Years ago Cain killed Abel, the first murder, but no one knows what was used to kill him.

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Monsters and Critics

With a nod towards Dan Brown, Meltzer includes obfuscating riddles, an assortment of secret societies and villains along with a wealth of walk-on characters, but the Book of Lies may prove to be something very different from expectations.

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The Mystery Site

Brad Meltzer is a good writer but The Book of Lies is really not as good as its author.

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But the murder provoked Jerry to think, what if there existed a man on whom bullets would do no harm;

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APOOO Bookclub

By Phyllis Rhodes • Dec 21st, 2008 • Category: Book Review • Email This Post • Print This Post The Book of Lies by bestselling author Brad Meltzer is a fantastical tale that combines a DaVinci Code-like mystery with an Indiana Jones-like adventure.

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