The Zero Game by Brad Meltzer
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The New York Times bestselling author of The Millionaires and The First Counsel returns to Wash-ington, D.C., with the story of an insider's game that turns deadly.

Matthew Mercer and Harris Sandler are best friends who have plum jobs as senior staffers to well-respected congressmen. But after a decade in Washington, idealism has faded to disillusionment, and they're bored. Then one of them finds out about the clandestine Zero Game. It starts out as good fun-a simple wager between friends. But when someone close to them ends up dead, Harris and Matthew realize the game is far more sinister than they ever imagined-and that they're about to be the game's next victims. On the run, they turn to the only person they can trust: a 16-year-old Senate page who can move around the Capitol undetected. As a ruthless killer creeps closer, this idealistic page not only holds the key to saving their lives, but is also determined to redeem them in the process. Come play The Zero Game-you can bet your life on it.

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 20, 2004 by Grand Central Publishing. 512 pages
Genres: Political & Social Sciences, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Action & Adventure, Crime, Horror. Fiction

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Sadly, their mounting danger and its action-packed consequences—their pursuit by a briskly murderous thug, Barry’s unlikely alliance with a 17-year-old Senate page, dark revelations from deep beneath the South Dakota hills about something called the Midas Project—come at a high price: Nothing tha...

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The Zero Game was recently bought by Universal for producer Kathleen Kennedy and director Gary Ross, whose most recent film was Seabiscuit.

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After just a few chapters, Meltzer's latest (after The Millionaires ) completely throws the listener for a loop when the main character and narrator, Capitol Hill staffer Matthew Mercer, is murdered.

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• Read an Excerpt • Author Interview You cannot come away from reading a Brad Meltzer book without being just a little smarter.

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While both Matthew and Harris are momentarily diverted they realise boredom will set in again immediately but Harris thinks he has a remedy for that.

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It was a little weird how it started out as first person as one person, but the switched to a different person after a little bit.

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When a Congressional page absconds with Matthew and Harris' betting money, one of them makes the mistake of following the "page" and becomes the murder victim of wildcard hit man Martin Janos.

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The Zero Game is an anonymous wagering game where you bet on the likelihood of a piece of legislation passing.

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