The Inner Circle

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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 showcases a brilliant author writing at the height of his craft.

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Editorial Reviews

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."
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

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.)
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.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780446616157
  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
  • Publication date: 9/13/2011
  • Series: Culper Ring Series
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 544
  • Sales rank: 105,730
  • Product dimensions: 4.25 (w) x 7.75 (h) x 1.25 (d)

Meet the Author

Brad Meltzer
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.

Biography

Brad Meltzer didn't hope all his life to become a novelist. He came to it by chance, after a job at Games magazine didn't pan out. "I had no idea what to do," he says. "So I did what all of us would do in that situation. I said, 'I'm gonna write a novel.'" After one false start, a book called Fraternity that 24 publishers rejected, Meltzer hit his stride. In 1997, The Tenth Justice (which earned him extra credit as a student at Columbia Law School) was picked up by Morrow and hit The New York Times bestseller list. A year later, he repeated the performance with Dead Even. He's been writing bestselling legal thrillers ever since.

Critics like Meltzer's fast pace and nifty plots (Kirkus called The Tenth Justice "a mean, paranoid fantasy that'll have you turning pages in a frenzy," and USA Today said it "reads fast, rings true, and refreshingly breaks the mold of legal thrillers"), but it's the details that distinguish his novels from most legal fiction. The key, he says, is "Research, research, research," a task that can consume two to six months of his year-long writing schedule.

In addition to his thrillers, Meltzer is a bestselling author of critically acclaimed comic book series like Identity Crisis, Green Arrow, and Justice League. He has also written short stories, television scripts and nonfiction articles, including reviews of The Sopranos, the multiple Emmy Award-winning TV show.

Good To Know

Meltzer played himself as an extra in Woody Allen's Celebrity.

He lives in Florida with his wife, a high-school sweetheart to whom he devotes a lengthy essay on his web site.

With his friend Steve Cohen, Meltzer conceived Jack and Bobby, a critically acclaimed television program about two young brothers (not the Kennedys), one of whom grows up to be President of the United States. Cohen and Meltzer wrote all 22 episodes of the show, which was cancelled after one season. Widely considered a premier example of intelligent, high-quality TV, the series has since become a cult favorite.

Meltzer spoke with former presidents Bill Clinton and George H.W. Bush in order to accrue authentic details for his 2006 novel The Book of Fate, a thriller set in the world of White House politics.

A major plot element in The Book of Lies (2008) is the unsolved murder in 1932 of Mitchell Siegel, whose son Jerry created the iconic comic book hero Superman. Meltzer, himself a rabid comics fan, interviewed the Siegel family to research the murder.

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    1. Hometown:
      Florida
    1. Date of Birth:
      1970
    2. Place of Birth:
      New York, New York
    1. Education:
      B.A., University of Michigan; J.D., Columbia University
    2. Website:

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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 3 people found this review helpful.

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