"Nearly twenty years ago I attended a book signing here in Portland. He was a new author on his first tour, and I was a new bookseller. The crowd was thin, but Brad Meltzer was unfazed and read boldly from his first book, The Tenth Justice. Since that day, Brad has written nearly a dozen bestsellers, eight children's book, three non-fiction, a scattering of comics, and has hosted the hit TV show, Decoded, that aired on the History Channel for two seasons, and more recently Brad Meltzer's Lost History, as Meltzer hosts viewers as they search for lost or stolen history.
In years past I was enthralled with history laden political thrillers by the likes of Allan Drury, Fletcher Knebel, and James Grady. I grew thirsty for books in that special genre until five years ago when Brad Meltzer started his Culper Ring series with THE INNER CIRCLE. He introduced us to Beecher White, a young archivist working in D.C. at the National Archives. That book was followed by THE FIFTH ASSASSIN. The franchise was enhanced further by last year's bestselling THE PRESIDENT'S SHADOW.
Beecher White is the leader of the current Culper Ring, which was organized in the summer of 1778 by American Col. Benjamin Tallmadge under orders from General George Washington. During the revolutionary war Robert Townsend, who used the alias "Samuel Culper, Jr.," spied on the British in New York City.
The fourth book in the popular series, THE HOUSE OF SECRETS, was just released and follows Beecher White as he uncovers a vast international conspiracy that dates back to the nation's earliest traitor, Benedict Arnold. Hazel-Ann Nash wakes up in a hospital eight days after surviving the car crash that claimed her father's life _ she doesn't remember much. What she does remember dates back some 30 years ago, when her father, Jack Nash, host of the TV conspiracy-investigation series The House of Secrets, shared with her a perplexing puzzle: how did a Bible that once belonged to Benedict Arnold find its way into the chest of a dead man? As it turns out jack Nash was last known person to see dead man alive _ they met in person just a few days before. Now they are both dead.
As Hazel-Ann move through this fast paced, suspense filled thriller she comes to learn that "Mysteries need to be solved. Especially the ones about yourself.".