The Inner Circle by Brad Meltzer


8 Critic Reviews

This book was just okay for me. It never really had a “Wow, this is a good book,” moment.
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<!--StartFragment-->THE INNER CIRCLE

The best-kept secret of the U.S. Presidency is about to be revealed.

"There are stories no one knows. Hidden stories. I love those stories. And since I work in the National Archives, I find those stories for a living."

Beecher White, a young archivist, spends his days working with the most important documents of the U.S. government. He has always been the keeper of other people's stories, never a part of the story himself . . .

Until now.

When Clementine Kaye, Beecher's first childhood crush, shows up at the National Archives asking for his help tracking down her long-lost father, Beecher tries to impress her by showing her the secret vault where the President of the United States privately reviews classified documents. After they accidentally happen upon a priceless artifact-a two-hundred-year-old dictionary that once belonged to George Washington-hidden underneath a desk chair, Beecher and Clementine find themselves suddenly entangled in a web of deception, conspiracy, and murder.

Soon a man is dead and Beecher is on the run as he races to learn the truth behind this mysterious national treasure. His search will lead him to discover a coded and ingenious puzzle that conceals a disturbing secret from the founding of our nation. It is a secret, Beecher soon discovers, that some believe is worth killing for.

Gripping, fast-paced, and filled with the fascinating historical detail for which he is famous, THE INNER CIRCLE is a thrilling novel that once again proves Brad Meltzer as a brilliant author, writing at the height of his craft.

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 January 11, 2011 by Grand Central Publishing. 464 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Political & Social Sciences, Crime. Fiction
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Below average
on Sep 14 2012 really left me disappointed in the end with it not coming together and just leaving way too many loose ends

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Above average
on Feb 25 2011

Brad Meltzer lovers will read this and enjoy it...

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Book Reporter

on Mar 28 2011’s nice to see Meltzer back doing what he does best.

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Book Buzz

on Feb 10 2012

...“The Inner Circle” is a fast-paced political thriller.

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The Roanoke Times

Below average
on Feb 20 2011

This book is in the same genre as Dan Brown’s “The Da Vinci Code,” but it is a little more far-fetched and unbelievable.

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Sun Sentinel

on Jan 09 2011

Meltzer, who lives in Fort Lauderdale, spares no historical accuracy in his briskly paced eighth novel.

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Booked Solid

on Sep 10 2011

I found this book to be fast paced and intriguing.

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Gather Books

Below average
on Mar 06 2012

This book was just okay for me. It never really had a “Wow, this is a good book,” moment.

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