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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 ...

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Overview

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 200 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.

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Publishers Weekly
A fascinating look at the hidden treasures of the National Archives is the one strength of this otherwise unsatisfying thriller. Archivist Beecher White, to impress childhood crush Clementine Kaye during a tour of the archives, shows her the "Sensitive Compartmented Information Facility" reserved for President Orson Wallace, who often visits the SCIF. The accidental discovery of a rare volume linked to George Washington starts White on a perilous journey involving the Culper Ring, a secret spy group reaching back to the nation's first president; Nico Hadrian, a failed presidential assassin confined in a mental institution; and a presidential secret entrusted only to a few of Wallace's closest friends. Kaye's ambiguous re-entry into White's life adds another challenge. Bestseller Meltzer (The Book of Lies) fails to dial up much suspense with too many sketchy characters and a plot that never lives up to its promise, but the December 2 debut of his History Channel show, Brad Meltzer's Decoded, is sure to win him new fans. (Jan.)
From the Publisher
"Meltzer has earned the right to belly up to the bar with John Grisham, Scott Turow, and David Baldacci."—PEOPLE

"Meltzer is so good."—ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY

"Meet the next John Grisham."—MIAMI HERALD

Kirkus Reviews

A fast-moving tale of murder, deception and intrigue linked to George Washington's Culper Ring and its espionage descendants.

Beecher White works in the "nation's attic"—the U.S. National Archives. Dumped by his fiancéand thoroughly depressed, the young archivist's mood improves after he's contacted by Clementine Kaye, a young woman he's had a crush on since school days. Raised by a single mother, Clemmi wants to search the Archives records to help find her father. Beecher wants to impress Clemmi, and so, with the help of a friendly security guard, they make a surreptitious foray into a SCIF (Sensitive Compartmented Information Facility), a secured room where presidents examine top-secret material. There they stumble upon a hidden antique dictionary, one possibly owned by Washington. Soon the guard turns up dead. Is the dictionary a code book once used by the Culper Ring, a group of double agents, spies and messengers organized to assist Washington in the republic's chaotic early days? Does the Ring still operate? Hints pop up that President Orson Wallace uses the SCIF to communicate with today's Ring members. The mystery grows to encompass the president's doctor and barber, other archivists and Clemmie's father, who is revealed to be Nico Hadrian, institutionalized as the attempted assassin of a former president. Hadrian, paranoid and violent, seems to know things about the Ring, and about "the inner circle," the ring-within-the-ring that some less-than-ethical presidents have used to shape history. Meltzer's chapters are short and cinematic, and the conclusion—some bad guys dead and buried, some not—suggests he plans a series.

Conspiracies make for good reading, and this book could turn skeptics into believers.

People Magazine
Meltzer has earned the right to belly up to the bar with John Grisham, Scott Turow, and David Baldacci.
Entertainment Weekly
Meltzer is so good.
Miami Herald
Meet the next John Grisham.
PEOPLE
"Meltzer has earned the right to belly up to the bar with John Grisham, Scott Turow, and David Baldacci."
ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY
"Meltzer is so good."
MIAMI HERALD
"Meet the next John Grisham."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780446577892
  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
  • Publication date: 1/11/2011
  • Pages: 449
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.60 (d)

Meet the Author

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 www.BradMeltzer.com. You can also see what he's doing right now at Facebook.com/bradmeltzer and Twitter.com/bradmeltzer.
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  • Posted December 11, 2010

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    The Inner Circle

    Beecher White, an archivist for the US government gets caught up in a life and death situation when he finds a book that may or may not belong in the archives. When a friend and security officer dies, he is determined to find the answers. It all begins with the reacquainted with a childhood friend he had a crush on. When he gives her a tour of the archives, they find the book; soon afterward his friend dies. Was it a heart attack or murder? Is Beecher the murderer or an innocent bystander? And why is everyone trying to locate this book he has found? Beecher gets caught up in a conspiracy that could rock the nation. Brad Meltzer's novel is a thrilling mystery filled with surprises up until the very end. You won't want to put this book down.

    26 out of 34 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 21, 2011

    Read knowing you won't be able to put it down

    This is the first novel that I've read by Brad Meltzer, just finished it and I'm hooked! I've never really been interested in mystery novels and chose this one on a whim and what a ride. The story moves quickly, has very interesting characters and doesn't slow down from one page to the last. I've already selected two more books that he's written and can't wait to start. I especially like the continuity from one chapter to the next. There's nothing worse than starting a chapter, either years past or way ahead or a character you've never heard of and trying to link that with what you've read to that point. I honestly don't have one negative comment about this book. I think this book will appeal to everyone. While the characters and their roles are complex, the story is easy to follow and you won't know until the last page who's who! There is a great plot behind the obvious that focuses on integrity and character and challenges all the characters with the choices of doing the right thing or what will benefit them at the moment. Would we all have the backbone to make the choices offered in this story? Read it and see....

    16 out of 18 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 28, 2011

    don't waste your money

    i have enjoyed other titles by the same author, but this book is horrible. it ended so abruptly i thought my nook was acting up. the characters are not likeable and the plot is sub-par. don't waste you time or money with this one

    10 out of 14 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 27, 2011

    disappointed

    fast paced but bad ending

    7 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 22, 2011

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    Disappointing!

    If you are looking for an engaging novel populated with Washingtonian intellectuals with a noble purpose, stick to the Camel Club. While there are some well defined, admirable characters in this effort, it contains far too much dialogue, some of it unnecessary to either plot advancement or character development, and while the first chapter has a great hook, and while I enjoyed how Beecher gets himself drawn into intrigues of great importance, the true life drama of relatives, close friends and advisers to presidents who have altered the political balance in order to protect someone close to the president, or the president himself, from crimes committed in youth have made better reading than this contrived fictionalization. And when it comes to museums and libraries as centers for intrigue, Preston and Child do it better. As for conspiracy in government, Balducci does it best.

    7 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 29, 2011

    poor ending

    potential for a great twist, but then the story ends. i felt cheated.

    6 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 28, 2011

    bad ending

    love this author but the book leaves you hanging...great historical references, the beginning of great character development and story line and then....nothing...book over??? Actually thought there was a problem with my Nook....

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 25, 2011

    NOT one of Meltzer's best!

    Slow start, unbelievable and unlikeable characters....couldn't wait to finish it and even the end was ho-hum!

    5 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 15, 2011

    not worth it

    Unless you are archivist do not bother to read this book. I made it through 2/3's of it and had to quit. It is terrible!

    5 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 30, 2011

    Lame

    On the lame side. The free novel that came with it was much better, and mad it worth the price.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 27, 2011

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    Please, No Sequel!

    The Inner Circle is a lame story told in a Nancy Drew fashion about archivists in the United States government. A muddy mystery is discovered involving the President, but it hardly matches up to the real scandals we read about, nor is the hunt for the truth remotely believable. With a new member added to the inner circle at the end, one might think the author has sequel in mind. I sure hope not.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 26, 2011

    Don't Bother

    If you read this one you will be confused throughout and disappointed at the ending. Trust me on this one.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 5, 2012

    A little disappointed, but a good read none the less

    This was the first book I have read by Meltzer, and I would consider reading another one. The story got started off a little slow, but it was enough to keep me interested and reading. The action seemed to take a while to kick in and then when it did the book was almost over. The ending was a total disappointment, didn't see it coming because it was so lame.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 6, 2012

    A Real Page turner - you will lose sleep!

    Nicely paced story with strong character development. A puzzle inside many other puzzles. Enough history to keep the story grounded. Very enjoyable.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 28, 2011

    Exciting Read

    This is the first Brad Meltzer book I have read. I plan to read more. The book was exciting and the ending sets up for more books. I found the characters believable. No one character is perfect! I loved that. I hope there are more books soon!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 19, 2011

    Okay read

    This book started out stronger than it finished. Lumbered a little towards the end and didn't realize I was being set up for a series.

    What was surprising was the extra novel that was included with the Nook book version of this. The name alludes me currently but was much more enjoyable than the Inner Circle. That bonus material would rate four stars.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 31, 2011

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    Not my favorite Meltzer

    A little convoluted and hard to follow. The whole book seemed to build toward the ending which is a perfect setup for a sequel.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 27, 2011

    Would recommend if it wasn't so wordy

    Could have been excellent if it didnt have so much unnecessary descriptive filler. Too wordy and too many pages but with a good plot and interesting story. Does he get paid by the word? You can skim a lot of pages and only hone in on the text that makes the story.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 20, 2011

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    Not up to Meltzer's usual standard.

    I was disappointed with this book.
    Reflecting on why, I think it is because the hero of the book is such an unlikely hero. He is painted as something of a wimp. We like our heroes to be strong, not reluctant.
    The plot got a little unbelievable as the book progressed. The only thing that kept me until the end was guessing who were the good guys and who were the bad guys. There were a lot of surprises and then greater surprises. The last few chapters tying up loose ends were anti-climatic.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 28, 2012

    The inner circle

    What is that book about

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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