The Lightning Rod CD

A Zig and Nola Novel

by Brad Meltzer

On Sale: 03/08/2022

The Lightning Rod CD

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The Lightning Rod CD

A Zig and Nola Novel

by Brad Meltzer

On Sale: 03/08/2022


About the Book

The highly anticipated follow-up to Brad Meltzer’s #1 New York Times bestselling thriller. The Escape Artist featuring Nola and Zig, the most charismatic new crime-solving duo we’ve seen in decades. 

When a Lieutenant Colonel is shot and killed outside his suburban home in an apparent attempted robbery, mortician Jim “Zig” Zigarowski is called in to work on the body. But Zig soon realizes more than one thing isn’t quite right—the man suffered unusual injuries, and the funeral security guards are carrying submachine guns. What exactly was the Lt. Colonel involved in, and was robbery the real motive for the attack? More importantly, what is Sergeant First Class Nola Brown, a military artist, doing sneaking around at his funeral? Zig is shocked to see her—in fact, he hasn’t seen her in two years, not since the night she saved his life.

Zig owes a lot to Nola and will do anything to help her if she’s in trouble, but she disappears before he can talk to her. Nola’s not the only unexpected funeral guest though—her twin brother makes a surprise appearance, too. He’s also intent on finding Nola, but why? And can he be trusted?

Meanwhile, Nola is on a quest of her own to find out who and what is behind the Lt. Colonel’s murder. He was part of a special forces unit she worked with on her first assignment years ago, and in the past week, two people from that unit have turned up dead. Now, Nola is determined to track down whoever is hunting them—and woe to anyone who tries to stand in her way.

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Critical Praise

The Lightning Rod is my favorite Brad Meltzer novel—so far—and that’s high, high praise. The book is a one-of-a-kind thrill ride with half a dozen memorable characters. My personal favorite is Zig, but Waggs, Roddy and Nola aren’t far behind.” - James Patterson

“Enigmatic and mysterious, Nola is a force. Great plotting. Great characters. The Lightning Rod is Meltzer at his finest.”  -  Karin Slaughter

"Meltzer is a master and this is his best. Not since The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo have you seen a character like this. Get ready to meet Nola. If you've never tried Meltzer, this is the one." - Harlan Coben on The Escape Artist

"This novel is like a launched torpedo slashing through 400 pages of deep water before reaching impact. Enjoy one of the best thriller rides ever." - David Baldacci on The Escape Artist

"The Escape Artist has a magic trick up its sleeve. Part Lisbeth Salander, part Homeland's Carrie Mathison. One of the most memorable characters I've read in years. Look out—Nola's coming. This is Meltzer in peak form." - Lisa Scottoline

"Nola Brown is one of recent fiction's all-time great characters, and Meltzer's subtle pacing and narrative charm mean we can't take our eyes off her for a single moment—trust me, this is a terrific, compelling, unputdownable thriller." - Lee Child

“No other A+ author whips up better dialogue... But it’s his characters who most excite and engage. Nola and Zig will pull you into a story as entertaining as any by David Baldacci. And Nola is the most accomplished kicker of ass since The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.” - A. J. Finn

"Highly entertaining... Meltzer keeps the action crackling... There's no escaping the solid storytelling of The Escape Artist." - Oline Cogdill, South Florida Sun-Sentinel

"The Escape Artist is Brad Meltzer's best book in years... Meltzer weaves a stellar tale of history, government-insider knowledge, and thrills... the rare novel that one wants to read fast while also needing to go slow to savor every word." - Jeff Ayers, Associated Press

"Brad Meltzer has done it again! The Escape Artist is an exciting, cutting-edge thriller you will not be able to put down. If you love twists, tension, and tons of amazing characters, treat yourself to this gripping tale by one of the absolute best in the business." - Brad Thor

"The Escape Artist is a slingshot of a novel. Brad Meltzer expertly pulls it back and lets it go, propelling the unlikeliest of heroes forward in a high stakes, high tension thriller that never lets you catch your breath. My advice: Buckle up!" - Michael Connelly

"A throat-clenching masterpiece of suspense-and damned ingenious to boot. My jaw dropped once more--and so will yours." - James Rollins on The Escape Artist

"Stellar...With its remarkable plot and complex characters, this page-turner not only entertains but also provides a fascinating glimpse into American history." - Publishers Weekly (starred review) on The Escape Artist

"Gripping... a true page-turner." - Library Journal (starred review) on The Escape Artist


Product Details

  • ISBN: 9780063042131
  • ISBN 10: 0063042134
  • Imprint: HarperAudio
  • On Sale: 03/08/2022
  • List Price:55.99 CAD
  • BISAC1 : FICTION / Thrillers / Military
  • BISAC2 : FICTION / Thrillers / Espionage
  • BISAC3 : FICTION / Mystery & Detective / General

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