Brad Meltzer’s Book of Lies is a fabulously fast read.
He is a master at chapter openings and closings. Every single one propels the reader further into the book. He also has delightfully short chapters that make one more chapter fly by.
I’m not a huge thriller reader, but I did enjoy his intricate plotting. The Cain and Abel story tied into the plot in a refreshingly new way. Being a comic book lover, I loved how his story related to the birth of Superman.
Calvin, the main character, is worth spending a novel with. His conflict with his father is completely relatable. I found myself rooting for him to give up and to keep believing in his dad throughout the book.
This is how Meltzer’s website describes his book:
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.