The Book of Lies

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Cain kills Abel in Chapter Four of the Bible. 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 ...

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Overview

Cain kills Abel in Chapter Four of the Bible. 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 Michell 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.

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In the archetypal homicide, Cain, a farmer, kills his brother Abel, a shepherd. The earliest account, in the fourth chapter of Genesis, lacks one telling detail: What weapon did Cain use? Two thousand years later, another murder occurs, this time in a small New York store. Shopkeeper Mitchell Siegel dies in a hail of bullets, but, like Cain's primordial weapon, the gun has never been recovered. Of course, the violent death of a single Lithuanian immigrant has scarcely any imprint on bustling New York, but it does have a major effect on one young man, Mitchell's teenage son, Jerry. Perhaps in an effort to exorcise that piercing event, Jerry Siegel created a bulletproof man, who became the world's most famous superhero: Superman. In The Book of Lies, novelist/poet Brad Meltzer interlaces the story of Cain and the story behind Superman and brings them kicking and screaming into our own time.
Publishers Weekly

When a homeless man with a gunshot wound is revealed to be Calvin Harper's long-lost father, Cal must scramble his resources while dealing with a watershed of emotions. Father and son are drawn into a mystery involving the recovery of the supposed murder weapon Cain used in the Bible. Hints eventually lead them to seek out the remnants of Superman creator Jerry Siegel and solve the mystery behind the death of Siegel's father. Meltzer executes another spellbinding tale that continually keeps readers guessing, along with a good mix of biblical and comic book lore. Scott Brick works the diverse range of character voices well and remains masterful at drawing out the text. His pauses, hesitations and voice breaks provide an added level of suspense. The musical interludes at stressful parts of the story or chapters endings are superfluous given Brick's performance. Nearly a dozen illustrations relevant to the story line are provided as bonus material on the last CD. A Grand Central hardcover (Reviews, July 28). (Sept.)

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Library Journal

Meltzer (www.bradmeltzer.com) follows his #1 New York Times best-selling The Book of Fate with this tale involving two murders committed thousands of years apart. Narrator Scott Brick (www.scottbrickpresents.com) tries to keep the pace moving, but all the riddles, secret writings, puzzles, odd characters, and coincidences make the plot challenging to follow. This may appeal to fans of Dan Brown's The Da Vinci Code and other of Meltzer's popular works; for large public libraries. [Audio clip and book trailer available through www.hachettebookgroupusa.com; illustrations on CD #10 of the unabridged edition and CD #6 of the abridged edition; the Grand Central Publishing hc received a starred review, LJ8/08.-Ed.]
—Barbara Valle

School Library Journal

Adult/High School

Meltzer builds suspenseful fiction on a previously little-explored historical nugget: Jerry Siegel, the teenage creator of Superman, lost his father in an unsolved murder in 1932. The author offers a compelling theoretical solution by way of an adult protagonist who is dealing with his conflicted feelings about his own father. Cal works for a rescue mission, picking up vagrants in need of shelter, when he stumbles across a man who turns out to be the father who abandoned him in childhood. The two men join forces in pursuit of what they believe is the lost Book of Cain, the weapon used in the Bible's original murder scene. Meltzer invokes multiple viewpoints as Cal, his father, a mysterious young woman who seems to have befriended the father, a rogue ex-cop, and a hot Federal agent converge on Cleveland in search of the biblical treasure. Teens with a taste for international conspiracies, religion-spouting bad guys, and identity-switching will enjoy this fast ride that leaves some solid and intriguing questions in the wake of its driving plot. Suggest this one to kids who enjoy the likes of Dan Brown, as well as superhero comics.-Francisca Goldsmith, Halifax Public Libraries, Nova Scotia

People
"Meltzer has earned the right to belly up to the bar with John Grisham, Scott Turow, and David Baldacci."
Miami Herald
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781600243790
  • Publisher: Hachette Audiobooks
  • Publication date: 9/9/2008
  • Format: MP3
  • Edition description: Abridged
  • Ships to U.S.and APO/FPO addresses only.

Meet the Author

BRAD MELTZER

Brad Meltzer is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Book of Fate, as well as the bestsellers The Tenth Justice, Dead Even, The First Counsel, The Millionaires, The Zero Game, and The Book of Lies.

He is also one of the co-creators of the TV Show, "Jack & Bobby" – and is the Eisner Award-winning author of the critically acclaimed comic book, Justice League of America.

His first non-fiction book, Heroes for My Son, is a collection of heroes – from Jim Henson to Rosa Parks – that he'd been working on since the day his son was born. This December, he'll be launching "Brad Meltzer's Decoded" on the History Channel. And his newest thriller, The Inner Circle, will be released on January 11, 2011.

Raised in Brooklyn and Miami, Brad is a graduate of the University of Michigan and Columbia Law School. The Tenth Justice was his first published work and became an instant New York Times bestseller. Dead Even followed a year later and also hit the New York Times bestseller list, as have all six of his novels. The First Counsel came next, which is about a White House lawyer dating the President's daughter; then The Millionaires, which is about two brothers who steal money and go on the run. The Zero Game is about two Congressional staffers who are – literally – gambling on Congress. The Book of Fate is about a young Presidential aide, a crazed assassin, and the 200-year-old code created by Thomas Jefferson that times them together. For authenticity, The Book of Fate was researched with the help of two former Presidents, Clinton and Bush. His last book, The Book of Lies, is about the missing murder weapon that Cain used to kill Abel, as well as the unsolved murder of Superman creator Jerry Siegel's father. Brad is one of the only people to interview Jerry Siegel's family about the murder and, with his charitable site, OrdinaryPeopleChangeTheWorld.com, has been the driving force behind the movement to repair the house where Superman was created.

His books have spent over ten months on the bestseller lists, and have been translated into over 25 languages, from Hebrew to Bulgarian. In The Tenth Justice, the opening lines are: "Ben Addison was sweating. Like a pig." In the Hebrew translation, it became: "Ben Addison was sweating. Like a horse." We're not sure if it's a Kosher thing or what!

Brad has played himself as an extra in Woody Allen's "Celebrity," co-wrote the swearing-in oath for AmeriCorps, the national service program, and earned credit from Columbia Law School for writing his first book, which became The Tenth Justice. Before all of that, he got 24 rejection letters for his true first novel, which still sits on his shelf, published by Kinko's.

Brad currently lives in Florida with his wife, who's also an attorney.

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  • Posted March 16, 2010

    The Book of Lies: A decent Mystery Novel

    The Book of Lies, by Brad Meltzer proved to be a decent mystery novel. There were numerous pieces that I thought were good and others that weren't so great. It managed to include a number of aspects you wouldn't expect to find in most books - Nazis, Superman, and the story of Cain and Able, and the fact that they somehow all tie together.
    In the Book of Lies, Meltzer does a wonderful job of creating cliffhangers. One of the major driving aspects of this story is the fact that at the end of every chapter, there is some action or dialogue that just makes you to want to keep reading and makes it hard to put the book down.. Either the dialogue makes you want to read on, or at the end of a chapter something is revealed that you had no idea was coming, and you want to read onto try to figure out how that twist ties into the entire story. So one of the book's key elements is that it is hard to find a stopping place where you can actually put it down. For each of the main characters that were found in the book, each one had a great deal of background information, which was one aspect that really drove the story. The majority of the characters had a good deal for background, which continued to develop through out the story.
    However the plot twists and cliffhangers were probably the only thing that kept me reading onward. Mystery books aren't my favorite type of reading, so I found it a bit boring as it was just trying to find one clue after another after another. There wasn't enough action/side story in the middle - the sequence of the book was introduction of characters, clue searching for the majority of the book, then everything is wrapped up at the end. In the middle the clue searching was viewed from a number of different characters, but it was really just a constant race for the next clue. To tie into this is the ending. The ending of this book is a problem that numerous books have - all the problems are wrapped up in maybe 50 pages out of the 400 or so, giving it a very abrupt ending. It came very quickly, and wraps everything up way to fast. Also despite the amount of background each character had, there was little character development throughout the book. The characters grew very little through the events in this book, which made characters somewhat lacking.
    The book had its ups and downs. It proved to have a lot of good cliffhangers and red herrings, however not much else will keep you reading. The ending was a bit too abrupt to sum up all that had happened in a mystery novel, and the characters lacked growth through the book. The book was decent, not the worst, but not the best.

    8 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 5, 2008

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    This is an entreating tale that links the first reported homicide to a 1932 murder to the Nazis and to a modern day secret cult

    Nineteen years ago in Miami, then nine year old Calvin Harper watched his bipolar mom go berserk as she always did when the demon surfaced. His usually in control dad Lloyd loses it this time and punches her in the chest in a rage. Just before dying, she blames Calvin. Lloyd is convicted of manslaughter. Over the years, Calvin never made contact with his dad even after he was released from prison.<BR/><BR/>Now in his late twenties Calvin and a former priest named Roosevelt work the mean streets of Fort Lauderdale taking homeless people to a shelter. However, when Calvin helps a vagrant, he is stunned because the homeless man is Lloyd. His father asks his estranged son to assist him as he searches for the ancient artifact that Cain used to kill Abel and may have been the weapon used to kill the father of Superman creator Jerry Siegel in 1932. Coded references hint at a book of immortality as the object, but others willing to kill want it too.<BR/><BR/>This is an entreating tale that links the first reported homicide to a 1932 murder to the Nazis and to a modern day secret cult. The story line is action-packed and fun to follow especially for Brownian conspiracy fans. However, none of the key cast members seem more developed than a comic book character so the tension never quite reaches gripping levels. Still this is an intriguing tale as the default starting in biblical times reaches the Harper males with interesting stops in between.<BR/><BR/>Harriet Klausner

    5 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 16, 2010

    It was a great book and I recommend it to all of my friends

    The Book of Lies by Brad Meltzer is a story that involves, murder, the bible, and Superman. The book is about an ex-convict father and his son Cal, who go looking for the Book of Lies a gift given to Cain from God. It ties in the story of how Superman was made and why it was so important to Jerry Siegel and what Jerry father's murder had to do with the Book of Lies.
    Meltzer has given this book different plot twist, red herrings, and shown the story through different characters' views are reasons why I like the book. Each chapter leads to something different that you couldn't predict happened having you keep reading on. The book would lead you to thinking one thing but you end up finding out you where wrong. "That's not just a box. It's a coffin." (101). Also most of the book is shown through Cal and Ellis' view. Each character knows more about something then the other and both characters help the other, sometimes with out even knowing. The Book of Lies was a great book.
    Book of Lies was well written and it would be hard to say anything negative about it. It was interesting on how Brad Meltzer tied the bible and the creation of Superman together. It had many plot twist and surprises. Also it was well written and helped you get a prospective of some of the characters. The Book of Lies was hard to put down and I recommend it to anyone looking for a mystery story.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 16, 2010

    Overall Good Plot but Confusing at Some Points

    In the book, Book of Lies, author Brad Meltzer shares a captivating tale about how two murders committed centuries apart are connected because of this so - called "Book of Lies" which was believed to hold the secrets to immortality. Cal Harper, former ICE agent is on an adventure on finding the "Book of Lies" with Ellis tracking his tail trying to find the "Book of Lies" also.
    Cal Harper's mother, Rosie ends up dying because she got into a fight with Lloyd, Cal's dad and he pushes her and she slips on the mayo that she dropped from seeing Cal while they were fighting and hits her and died. Cal's dad was then tried for manslaughter and was put in jail for 10 years. After those 10 years he decides to not go back to Cal for an unknown reason. When Cal grew up he became an ICE agent and gets fired because of Dierdre but we don't know the full story on it. Cal then decided to work for the homeless by finding them on the street and putting them into shelters with Roosevelt, a retired priest. One day they find Cal's father shot and also finds out about his father worked as a truck driver and found out that they had a hold notice on his father's load he became suspicious. As he checks out the load he also finds his father using his car to follow the load to and meets Ellis, a person after the Book of Lies working for the Leadership and almost get's killed. They then go on their quest to find the Book of Lies.
    The author's message in this book was mainly about forgiveness, having a good father/son relationship and being able to tell your son/offspring your story so that you can theoretically be "immortal". Brad Meltzer does an incredible job of getting the reader to crave for more each passing page. He usually ends each chapter with cliffhangers. The interesting thing about this book is that Meltzer actually finds a way of writing this book on two points of views, which are Cal's point of view and Ellis' point of view on the same event at the same time. I suggest this book for anyone who wants a good thriller and gain a new way of thinking about life.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 29, 2009

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    ITS NOT WHAT IT LOOKS LIKE!!

    I read the cover and it immediatley caught my attention. it had a nice hook to it, and i thought it would be a nice story with a mention of a superman conspiracy somewhere in there. this is not what happened. 70% of the book was about superman, and not quite the exciting stuff. if you are not a superman lover, this book is NOT for you. i liked the book for the other story not of superman, and my first tattoo is going to feature a symbol in this book (the sign of cain). but if you are not interested in the history of superman, i would not recommend it.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 17, 2010

    A brief review of the Book Of Lies

    The novel, The Book of Lies is about the biblical story of Cain and Abel and the creation of Superman. The novel is a mystery that is directed to the murder of Abel and the murder of Jerry Siegel's father. Calvin, the main character, is pushed into finding the book of lies while being chased by a serial killer who is working for the Thules. Brad Meltzer develops very deep characters and an interesting plot, though at the end of the story most things were left untied. The book was enjoyable but there are some flaws; for example, of missing explanation is about the second main villain who is a serial killer named Ellis. His reason to wanting to find the book of lies was never explained other than a birthright that he seemed to think from a journal his mother left behind for him. I recommend reading this book if you are interested in a writer who leaves many red herrings and if you like murder. If not, I warn you to think carefully before selecting this book to read due to some of the different changing perspectives and some missing explanation.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 18, 2009

    Waste of time

    I have to agree with the other two and three star rateings by readers. I have read four other Meltzer books, three good, one OK, but this book should never have been written.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 15, 2013

    Unique take on well known comic book character

    Read entire book in one sitting............a real page-turner that I couldn't put down.

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  • Posted September 18, 2012

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    His books are always fun to read and this was no exception. The

    His books are always fun to read and this was no exception. The ending was disappointingly predictable.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 29, 2012

    Underwhelming

    Much more predictable and a shallower plot than The Inner Circle. A good enough read to pass the time but nothing Earth shattering.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 23, 2012

    Twists and Turns

    THis is a very unique mystery with lots of twists and turns. It was very entertaining.

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  • Posted June 14, 2012

    A race to the finish

    This book is based around several actual happenings; the death of Jerry Siegal's Father, and his creation of Superman, also some group called Thule and their search for the weapon that Cain used to kill Able. There are bad guys chasing good guys who are sucked into the hunt for The Book of Lies, which no one really has a clue about what it is. It has a surprise ending.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 17, 2012

    The Book of Truth

    This is my first book by Mr. Meltzer, and although I am a huge fan of his show on TV, I have to say that the book was good, but left a little bit to be desired at the end of the novel. The message of the book is clear, the characters are well defined, and the plot is wrought with danger, but the overall story needed to be a bit stronger. Overall I would definitely recommend this book, but if you're looking to read a book on the level of "Decoded" you may be a tad bit disappointed.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 26, 2011

    Creative plot

    This is my first read from this author and I hope his other books measure up. Refreshingly thought provoking. I also love his series on the History channel.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 14, 2011

    Great book-hated to but it down

    I'm a great fan of Brad Meltzer's books and this one lived up to the suspence I am accustom to. If you find history boring Brad 's books can change that and make you want to know more.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 2, 2011

    Nice!

    Another good one by Meltzer!

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  • Posted July 12, 2011

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    Read it

    Heard about Brad from his TV show, thought he was a cool guy and picked up this book. Enjoyed it very much!

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  • Posted March 4, 2011

    extremely entertaining!

    title says it all this book made me a huge fan of his work!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 20, 2011

    The best book I have read in a long time!

    If this book is still 75% off, pick it up. I'm not recommending you to, I am telling you to. I bought this on a whim for the price. It was amazing. Simply put, BUY THIS BOOK!

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  • Posted February 11, 2011

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    Enjoyed trying to figure this out

    I really enjoyed this book, being a fan of comics, the Bible, and conspirancies it has a little bit of everything for me. I thought that overall the story was put together well, and it was a great introduction to Mr. Meltzer's work.

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