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Brad Meltzer is an American #1 New York Times bestselling author of mystery and thriller novels.

Brought up in Brooklyn and Miami, Brad is an alumnus of the University of Michigan and Columbia Law School.

His books have not only spent more than a year on the bestseller lists, but they have also been translated into more than 25 languages—selling multiple copies across the globe.

Brad is credited for helping find the missing 9/11 flag that the firefighters raised at Ground Zero, making headlines on the 15th anniversary of the attack. This happened thanks to his TV show, Brad Meltzer's Lost History, which he hosts alongside Brad Meltzer’s Decoded on the History Channel.

Named by The Hollywood Reporter as among Hollywood’s 25 Most Powerful Authors, Brad currently lives in Florida with his wife and three children.

More about Brad Meltzer

Genres: Mystery, Thriller

Born: 1970

United States

Website: https://bradmeltzer.com/Discover.html

Non Series

  • The Tenth Justice (1997)
  • Dead Even (1998)
  • The First Counsel (1999)
  • Natural Suspect (2001)
  • The Millionaires (2002)
  • The Zero Game (2003)
  • The Book of Fate (2005)
  • The Book of Lies (2008)
  • The House of Secrets (2016)

I Am Books

  1. I Am Strong (2019)
  2. I Am Unstoppable (2019)
  3. I am Brave (2019)
  4. I Am Caring (2019)
  5. I am Curious (2020)

Non-fiction

  1. Heroes for My Son (2010)
  2. Heroes for My Daughter (2012)
  3. History Decoded: The 10 Greatest Conspiracies of All Time (2013)
  4. The First Conspiracy: The Secret Plot to Kill George Washington (2019)
  5. The Lincoln Conspiracy: The Secret Plot to Kill America's 16th President--and Why It Failed (2020)

Ordinary People Change the World

  1. I am Abraham Lincoln (2014)
  2. I am Amelia Earhart (2014)
  3. I Am Rosa Parks (2014)
  4. I Am Albert Einstein (2014)
  5. I am Jackie Robinson (2015)
  6. I am Lucille Ball (2015)
  7. I am Helen Keller (2015)
  8. I Am Martin Luther King, Jr. (2016)
  9. I Am George Washington (2016)
  10. I Am Jane Goodall (2016)
  11. I am Jim Henson (2017)
  12. I Am Gandhi (2017)
  13. I Am Sacagawea (2017)
  14. I Am Harriet Tubman (2018)
  15. I Am Neil Armstrong (2018)
  16. I Am Sonia Sotomayor (2018)
  17. I Am Billie Jean King (2019)
  18. I Am Walt Disney (2019)
  19. I Am Marie Curie (2019)
  20. I Am Leonardo da Vinci (2020)
  21. I Am Benjamin Franklin (2020)
  22. I Am Anne Frank (2020)
  23. I Am Frida Kahlo (2021)
  24. I Am I.M. Pei (2021)
  25. I Am Oprah Winfrey (2021)
  26. I am Malala Yousafzai (2022)
  27. I am Muhammad Ali (2022)
  28. I am Dolly Parton (2022)

Chapbooks

  1. Green Arrow: Archer's Quest (2003)

Culper Ring Trilogy

  1. The Inner Circle (2011)
  2. The Fifth Assassin (2013)
  3. The President's Shadow (2015)

Graphic Novels

  1. Identity Crisis (2005)
  2. Absolute Identity Crisis (2011)

Mystery Writers of America Presents

  1. The Mystery Box (Edited by Brad Meltzer) (2013)

Zig and Nola

  1. The Escape Artist (2018)
  2. The Lightning Rod (2022)
Mystery Writers of America Presents

Detailed book overview

Non Series

The Tenth Justice

The young attorneys who clerk for Supreme Court justices wield extraordinary power—privy to sensitive material that could prove disastrous in unscrupulous hands, making decisions that could change lives…or destroy them. They are…

THE TENTH JUSTICE

Landing a prestigious position as a Supreme Court clerk fresh out of Yale Law, Ben Addison is on the ultrafast track to success—until he inadvertently shares a classified secret with the wrong listener. And now the anonymous blackmailer who made a killing with Ben’s information is demanding more.

Guilty of a criminal act, his golden future suddenly in jeopardy, Ben turns for help to his roommates—three close friends from childhood, each strategically placed near the seats of Washington power—and to his beautiful, whip-smart fellow clerk, Lisa Schulman.

But trust is a dangerous commodity in the nation’s capital. And when lives, careers, and power are at stake, loyalties can shatter like glass…and betrayals can be lethal.

Author: Brad Meltzer
First Release: 1997
ISBN: 978-0340658154
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
Dead Even

Sara Tate, a Manhattan assistant DA, is on the brink of losing her job. But then she takes a case that may be able to secure her future. Trouble is, it’s much more complicated—and deadly—than it initially appears.

While forces within her own office plot against her, an outside threat takes things to another level: Win the case or her attorney husband, Jared, will die. But Jared has received threats, too.

Forced to defend the opposition, he learns that, if he loses the case, Sara will be killed. With everything on the line for both of them, husband and wife battle it out—at court and at home—while maintaining the terrible secret behind their motives.

Caught in a struggle of rollercoaster emotions and shocking betrayals, Jared and Sara must face the unthinkable: No matter who wins, one of them may die.

Author: Brad Meltzer
First Release: 1998
ISBN: 978-0340658178
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
The First Counsel

White House lawyer Michael Garrick has a relatively anonymous position at a very public address. That is, until he starts dating Nora Harston (secret service code name: Shadow), the sexy and dangerously irresistible daughter of the President.

But the confident young attorney thinks he can handle the pressure. Until, out on a date, Nora and Michael see something they shouldn't.

To protect her, he admits to something he shouldn't. And when a body is discovered and Michael is the suspected killer, he finds himself on the run.

Now, in a world where power is an aphrodisiac and close friends carry guns and are under strict orders to risk their lives, Michael must find a way to prove his innocence.

Author: Brad Meltzer
First Release: 1999
ISBN: 978-0446543538
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Natural Suspect

Arthur Hightower made a name for himself and a vast fortune in the oil business. But when the volatile tycoon decides to disinherit his spoiled children and cheating wife, he makes the biggest mistake of his life-- and the last. After declaring his intentions, Hightower turns up on Thanksgiving Day...clubbed to death and stuffed in a meat locker, clutching a frozen asset–his wife’s precious pearl necklace. Now Julia Hightower stands charged with the cold-as-ice crime of murdering for millions. While the sensational trial has New York in a frenzy, a curious cast of characters face off in and out of the courtroom.

Devin McGee, a small-time lawyer about to hit the big-time defending Julia Hightower-- if her intimate encounter with the prosecutor doesn’t catch up with her...Trent Ballard, the quirky assistant D.A., who owns a huge pet rabbit and thinks his tryst with Devin will help him get a conviction...Patrick Roswell, a wannabe reporter sitting on a scoop that could turn the trial upside-down, unless a scalpel-wielding clown decides to kill the story-- and Patrick...Sissy Hightower, Julia's sex-crazed, air-headed daughter-in-law, who has a suitcase full of secrets...Robert S. Rutledge, a powerful Wall Street warrior with a lot riding on the Hightower verdict-- and a lot to learn about messing with the wrong people...and Cordelia, the mystery woman that everyone seems to know.

All are in for the trial of their lives–but who among them is the true natural suspect?

All author royalties will be donated to The Nature Conservancy.

Author: Brad Meltzer
First Release: 2001
ISBN: 978-0345437686
Publisher: Ballantine Books
The Millionaires

Two brothers who are desperately chasing success get more than they bargained.

Two brothers. Three secret service agents. And millions for the taking. Charlie and Oliver Caruso are brothers who work at Greene and Greene, a private bank so exclusive there's a $2 million minimum to be a client.

But when the door of success slams in their faces, the brothers are presented with an offer they can't refuse: $3 million in an abandoned account that can't be traced. It's the perfect victimless crime. Charlie and Oliver opt to take the money, but get much more than they bargained for.

Now, with a lot of extra zeroes in their pockets and a friend found dead, the Secret Service and a female private investigator are closing in.

Whose money did they take? How will they stay alive? And why is the Secret Service trying to kill them? Both Charlie and Oliver quickly realize it's not easy being The Millionaires.

Author: Brad Meltzer
First Release: 2002
ISBN: 978-0340769416
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
The Zero Game

Matthew Mercer and Harris Sandler are best friends who have plum jobs as senior staffers to well-respected congressmen. But after a decade in Washington, idealism has faded to disillusionment, and they're bored. Then one of them finds out about the clandestine Zero Game.

It starts out as good fun-a simple wager between friends. But when someone close to them ends up dead, Harris and Matthew realize the game is far more sinister than they ever imagined-and that they're about to be the game's next victims. On the run, they turn to the only person they can trust: a 16-year-old Senate page who can move around the Capitol undetected.

As a ruthless killer creeps closer, this idealistic page not only holds the key to saving their lives, but is also determined to redeem them in the process. Come play The Zero Game-you can bet your life on it.

Author: Brad Meltzer
First Release: 2003
ISBN: 978-0340825037
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
The Book of Fate

"Six minutes from now, one of us would be dead. None of us knew it was coming."

So says Wes Holloway, a young presidential aide, about the day he put Ron Boyle, the chief executive's oldest friend, into the president's limousine. By the trip's end, a crazed assassin would permanently disfigure Wes and kill Boyle.

Now, eight years later, Boyle has been spotted alive. Trying to figure out what really happened takes Wes back into disturbing secrets buried in Freemason history, a decade-old presidential crossword puzzle, and a two-hundred-year-old code invented by Thomas Jefferson that conceals secrets worth dying for.

Author: Brad Meltzer
First Release: 2005
ISBN: 978-0446543514
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
The Book of Lies

In Chapter Four of the Bible, Cain kills Abel. 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 Mitchell 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 ancient 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

Author: Brad Meltzer
First Release: 2008
ISBN: 978-1444706840
Publisher: Hodder Paperbacks
The House of Secrets

"When Hazel Nash was six years old, her father taught her: mysteries need to be solved. He should know. Hazel's father is Jack Nash, the host of America's favorite conspiracy TV show, The House of Secrets.

Even as a child, she loved hearing her dad's tall tales, especially the one about a leather book belonging to Benedict Arnold that was hidden in a corpse.

Now, years later, Hazel wakes up in the hospital and remembers nothing, not even her own name. She's told she's been in a car accident that killed her father and injured her brother. But she can't remember any of it, because of her own traumatic brain injury. Then a man from the FBI shows up, asking questions about her dad -- and about his connection to the corpse of a man found with an object stuffed into his chest: a priceless book that belonged to Benedict Arnold.

Back at her house, Hazel finds guns that she doesn't remember owning. On her forehead, she sees scars from fights she can't recall. Most important, the more Hazel digs, the less she likes the person she seems to have been.

Trying to put together the puzzle pieces of her past and present, Hazel Nash needs to figure out who killed this man -- and how the book wound up in his chest. The answer will tell her the truth about her father, what he was really doing for the government -- and who Hazel really is. Mysteries need to be solved. Especially the ones about yourself."

NB: Co-authored with Tod Goldberg.

Author: Brad Meltzer
First Release: 2016
Ebook: B016JC0SKY
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing

I Am Books

I Am Strong

The littlest readers (2-5 years) can learn about Rosa Parks in this board book version of the New York Times bestselling Ordinary People Change the World biography.

This friendly, fun biography series focuses on the traits that made our heroes great--the traits that kids can aspire to in order to live heroically themselves. In this new board book format, the very youngest readers can learn about one of America's icons in the series's signature lively, conversational way.

The short text focuses on drawing inspiration from these iconic heroes, and includes an interactive element and factual tidbits that young kids will be able to connect with. This volume tells the story of Rosa Parks, the woman who ignited a civil rights movement.

Author: Brad Meltzer
First Release: 2019
Ebook: B07XKQ13SC
Publisher: Dial Books
I Am Unstoppable

The littlest readers (2-5 years) can learn about Amelia Earhart  in this board book version of the New York Times bestselling Ordinary People Change the World biography.

This friendly, fun biography series focuses on the traits that made our heroes great—the traits that kids can aspire to in order to live heroically themselves. In this new board book format, the very youngest readers can learn about one of America's icons in the series's signature lively, conversational way.

The short text focuses on drawing inspiration from these iconic heroes, and includes an interactive element and factual tidbits that young kids will be able to connect with. This volume tells the story of Amelia Earhart, the famous pilot.

Author: Brad Meltzer
First Release: 2019
Ebook: B07GTZ12PN
Publisher: Dial Books
I am Brave

The littlest readers (2-5 years) can learn about Martin Luther King, Jr., in this board book version of the New York Times bestselling Ordinary People Change the World biography.

This friendly, fun biography series focuses on the traits that made our heroes great—the traits that kids can aspire to in order to live heroically themselves. In this new board book format, the very youngest readers can learn about one of America's icons in the series's signature lively, conversational way.

The short text focuses on drawing inspiration from these iconic heroes, and includes an interactive element and factual tidbits that young kids will be able to connect with. This volume tells the story of Martin Luther King, Jr., the civil rights leader.

Author: Brad Meltzer
First Release: 2019
Ebook: B07LDS4N55
Publisher: Dial Books
I Am Caring

The littlest readers (2-5 years) can learn about Jane Goodall in this board book version of the New York Times bestselling Ordinary People Change the World biography.

This friendly, fun biography series focuses on the traits that made our heroes great—the traits that kids can aspire to in order to live heroically themselves. In this new board book format, the very youngest readers can learn about one of America's icons in the series's signature lively, conversational style.

The short text focuses on drawing inspiration from these iconic heroes, and includes an interactive element and factual tidbits that young kids will be able to connect with. This volume tells the story of Jane Goodall, the famous conservationist and chimpanzee expert.

Author: Brad Meltzer
First Release: 2019
Ebook: B07LDTQT7W
Publisher: Dial Books
I am Curious

The littlest readers 92-5 years) can learn about Albert Einstein in this board book version of the New York Times bestselling Ordinary People Change the World biography.

This friendly, fun biography series focuses on the traits that made our heroes great--the traits that kids can aspire to in order to live heroically themselves. In this new board book format, the very youngest readers can learn about an icon in the series's signature lively, conversational way.

The short text focuses on drawing inspiration from these iconic heroes, and includes an interactive element and factual tidbits that young kids will be able to connect with. This volume tells the story of Albert Einstein, one of the world's greatest scientists.

Author: Brad Meltzer
First Release: 2020
Ebook: B07XNF68LX
Publisher: Dial Books

Non-fiction

Heroes for My Son

Since the birth of his son in 2003, bestselling novelist Brad Meltzer (The Book of Fate, The Tenth Justice, The Book of Lies) has been collecting heroes from whom his son can learn how to live a good life.

In Heroes for My Son, Meltzer shares, with parents everywhere, the stories of 52 such heroes—from Dr. Seuss and Mr. Rogers to Mother Theresa and Mohandas Gandhi.

Author: Brad Meltzer
First Release: 2010
Ebook: B003IR5KYS
Publisher: HarperCollins e-books
Heroes for My Daughter

In this companion to his acclaimed and inspirational bestseller, Heroes for My Son, national bestselling novelist Brad Meltzer brings together the stories of fifty-five remarkable individuals, from intellectual explorers such as Marie Curie, Sally Ride, and Jane Goodall to cultural champions like Billie Jean King; from implacable public figures such as Rosa Parks and Winston Churchill to artistic icons such as Leonardo Da Vinci and Stevie Wonder; and beyond. 

Heroes for My Daughter is Meltzer’s collection of inspirational, real-life figures for his daughter, and yours, to learn how to lead a powerful, motivated, fulfilling life.

Author: Brad Meltzer
First Release: 2012
Ebook: B006IDG23M
Publisher: Harper
History Decoded: The 10 Greatest Conspiracies of All Time

It's an irresistible combination: Brad Meltzer, a born storyteller, counting down the world's most intriguing unsolved mysteries. And to make this richly illustrated book even richer, each chapter invites the reader along for an interactive experience through the addition of facsimile documents—the evidence! It's a treasure trove for conspiracy buffs, a Griffin and Sabine for history lovers.

Adapted from Decoded, Meltzer’s hit show on the HISTORY network, History Decoded explores fascinating, unexplained questions. Is Fort Knox empty? Why was Hitler so intent on capturing the Roman “Spear of Destiny”? What’s the government hiding in Area 51? Where did the Confederacy’s $19 million in gold and silver go at the end of the Civil War? And did Lee Harvey Oswald really act alone?

Meltzer sifts through the evidence; weighs competing theories; separates what we know to be true with what’s still—and perhaps forever—unproved or unprovable; and in the end, decodes the mystery, arriving at the most likely solution. Along the way we meet Freemasons, Rosicrucians, Nazi propagandists, and the real DB Cooper.

A riveting adventure through the compelling world of mysteries and conspiracies.

Author: Brad Meltzer
First Release: 2013
Ebook: B00CTZG3IC
Publisher: Workman Publishing Company
The First Conspiracy: The Secret Plot to Kill George Washington

In 1776, an elite group of soldiers were handpicked to serve as George Washington’s bodyguards. Washington trusted them; relied on them. But unbeknownst to Washington, some of them were part of a treasonous plan. In the months leading up to the Revolutionary War, these traitorous soldiers, along with the Governor of New York, William Tryon, and Mayor David Mathews, launched a deadly plot against the most important member of the military: George Washington himself.

This is the story of the secret plot and how it was revealed. It is a story of leaders, liars, counterfeiters, and jailhouse confessors. It also shows just how hard the battle was for George Washington and how close America was to losing the Revolutionary War.

In this historical page-turner, New York Times bestselling author Brad Meltzer teams up with American history writer and documentary television producer, Josh Mensch to unravel the shocking true story behind what has previously been a footnote in the pages of history.

Drawing on extensive research, Meltzer and Mensch capture in riveting detail how George Washington not only defeated the most powerful military force in the world, but also uncovered the secret plot against him in the tumultuous days leading up to July 4, 1776.

NB: Co-authored with Josh Mensch.

Author: Brad Meltzer
First Release: 2019
ISBN: 978-1250257673
Publisher: Flatiron Books
The Lincoln Conspiracy: The Secret Plot to Kill America's 16th President--and Why It Failed

Everyone knows the story of Abraham Lincoln’s assassination in 1865, but few are aware of the original conspiracy to kill him four years earlier in 1861, literally on his way to Washington, D.C., for his first inauguration.

The conspirators were part of a white supremacist secret society that didn’t want an abolitionist in the White House. They planned an elaborate scheme to assassinate the President-elect in Baltimore as Lincoln’s inauguration train passed through, en route to the nation's capital. The plot was investigated by famed detective Allan Pinkerton, who infiltrated the group with undercover agents, including Kate Warne, one of the first female private detectives in America.

Had the assassination succeeded, there would have been no Lincoln Presidency and the course of the Civil War and American history would have forever been altered.

NB: Co-authored with Josh Mensch.
Author: Brad Meltzer
First Release: 2020
ISBN: 978-1250805898
Publisher: Flatiron Books

Ordinary People Change the World

I am Abraham Lincoln

The sixteenth US president Abraham Lincoln is the 1st hero in the New York Times bestselling picture book biography series for ages 5 to 8.

Abraham Lincoln always spoke about fairness, and thus he led the country to abolish slavery. This book follows him from childhood to the presidency, including the Civil War and his legendary Gettysburg Address.

This friendly, fun biography series inspired the PBS Kids TV show Xavier Riddle and the Secret Museum. One great role model at a time, these books encourage kids to dream big. Included in each book are:

   • A timeline of key events in the hero’s history

   • Photos that bring the story more fully to life

   • Comic-book-style illustrations that are irresistibly adorable

   • Childhood moments that influenced the hero

   • Facts that make great conversation-starters

   • A character trait that made the person heroic and that readers can aspire to

You’ll want to collect each book in this dynamic, informative series!

Author: Brad Meltzer
First Release: 2014
Ebook: B00FPXIFLS
Publisher: Dial Books
I am Amelia Earhart

Groundbreaking American pilot Amelia Earhart is the 2nd hero in the New York Times bestselling picture book biography series for ages 5 to 8.

Amelia Earhart refused to accept no for an answer; she dared to do what no one had ever done before, and became the first woman to fly a plane all the way across the Atlantic Ocean. This biography follows her from childhood to her first flying lessons and onward to her multi-record-breaking career as a pilot.

This friendly, fun biography series inspired the PBS Kids TV show Xavier Riddle and the Secret Museum. One great role model at a time, these books encourage kids to dream big. Included in each book are:

   • A timeline of key events in the hero’s history

   • Photos that bring the story more fully to life

   • Comic-book-style illustrations that are irresistibly adorable

   • Childhood moments that influenced the hero

   • Facts that make great conversation-starters

   • A character trait that made the person heroic and that readers can aspire to

You’ll want to collect each book in this dynamic, informative series!

Author: Brad Meltzer
First Release: 2014
Ebook: B00FPXD1YO
Publisher: Dial Books
I Am Rosa Parks

Civil Rights leader Rosa Parks is the 3rd hero in in the New York Times bestselling picture book biography series for ages 5 to 8.

Rosa Parks dared to stand up for herself and other African Americans by staying seated and organizing the Montgomery Bus Boycott. As a result, she helped end public bus segregation and launch the country’s Civil Rights Movement.

This friendly, fun biography series inspired the PBS Kids TV show Xavier Riddle and the Secret Museum. One great role model at a time, these books encourage kids to dream big. Included in each book are:

   • A timeline of key events in the hero’s history

   • Photos that bring the story more fully to life

   • Comic-book-style illustrations that are irresistibly adorable

   • Childhood moments that influenced the hero

   • Facts that make great conversation-starters

   • A character trait that made the person heroic and that readers can aspire to

You’ll want to collect each book in this dynamic, informative series!

Author: Brad Meltzer
First Release: 2014
Ebook: B00G3L7Z1W
Publisher: Dial Books
I Am Albert Einstein

One of the greatest scientists the world has ever known Albert Einstein is the 4th hero in the New York Times bestselling picture book biography series for ages 5 to 8.

Even when he was a kid, Albert Einstein did things his own way. He thought in pictures instead of words, and his special way of thinking helped him understand big ideas like the structure of music and why a compass always points north. Those ideas made him want to keep figuring out the secrets of the universe. Other people thought he was just a dreamer, but because of his curiosity, Einstein grew up to change the world with his discoveries and theories.

This friendly, fun biography series inspired the PBS Kids TV show Xavier Riddle and the Secret Museum. One great role model at a time, these books encourage kids to dream big. Included in each book are:

   • A timeline of key events in the hero’s history

   • Photos that bring the story more fully to life

   • Comic-book-style illustrations that are irresistibly adorable

   • Childhood moments that influenced the hero

   • Facts that make great conversation-starters

   • A character trait that made the person heroic and that readers can aspire to

You’ll want to collect each book in this dynamic, informative series!

Author: Brad Meltzer
First Release: 2014
Ebook: B00INIXOKO
Publisher: Dial Books
I am Jackie Robinson

The legendary African American baseball player Jackie Robinson is the 5th hero in the New York Times bestselling picture book biography series for ages 5 to 8.

Jackie Robinson always loved sports, especially baseball. But he lived at a time before the Civil Rights Movement, when the rules weren't fair to African Americans. Even though Jackie was a great athlete, he wasn't allowed on the best teams just because of the color of his skin. Jackie knew that sports were best when everyone, of every color, played together. He became the first Black player in Major League Baseball, and his bravery changed American history and led the way to equality in all sports in America.

This friendly, fun biography series inspired the PBS Kids TV show Xavier Riddle and the Secret Museum. One great role model at a time, these books encourage kids to dream big. Included in each book are:

   • A timeline of key events in the hero’s history

   • Photos that bring the story more fully to life

   • Comic-book-style illustrations that are irresistibly adorable

   • Childhood moments that influenced the hero

   • Facts that make great conversation-starters

   • A character trait that made the person heroic and that readers can aspire to

You’ll want to collect each book in this dynamic, informative series!

Author: Brad Meltzer
First Release: 2015
Ebook: B00KWG9J9A
Publisher: Dial Books
I am Lucille Ball

Comedian and actor Lucille Ball, who made a lasting impact on television, is the 6th hero in the New York Times bestselling picture book biography series for ages 5 to 8.

Lucille Ball could make any situation funny. By making people around the world laugh, she proved that humor can take on anything. She never changed how she behaved to seem "proper," even when other people pressured her to. By remaining true to who she was, she made her mark in comedy and television—even becoming the first female CEO of a major Hollywood studio!

This friendly, fun biography series inspired the PBS Kids TV show Xavier Riddle and the Secret Museum. One great role model at a time, these books encourage kids to dream big. Included in each book are:

   • A timeline of key events in the hero’s history

   • Photos that bring the story more fully to life

   • Comic-book-style illustrations that are irresistibly adorable

   • Childhood moments that influenced the hero

   • Facts that make great conversation-starters

   • A character trait that made the person heroic and that readers can aspire to

You’ll want to collect each book in this dynamic, informative series!

Author: Brad Meltzer
First Release: 2015
Ebook: B00O2BS2PS
Publisher: Dial Books
I am Helen Keller

Disabled social activist Helen Keller is the 7th hero in the New York Times bestselling picture book biography series for ages 5 to 8.

When Helen Keller was very young, she got a rare disease that made her deaf and blind. Suddenly, she couldn't see or hear at all, and it was hard for her to communicate with anyone. But when she was six years old, she met someone who change her life forever: her teacher, Annie Sullivan. With Miss Sullivan's help, Helen learned how to speak sign language and read Braille. Armed with the ability to express herself, Helen grew up to become a social activist, leading the fight for disabled people and so many other causes.

This friendly, fun biography series inspired the PBS Kids TV show Xavier Riddle and the Secret Museum. One great role model at a time, these books encourage kids to dream big. Included in each book are:

   • A timeline of key events in the hero’s history

   • Photos that bring the story more fully to life

   • Comic-book-style illustrations that are irresistibly adorable

   • Childhood moments that influenced the hero

   • Facts that make great conversation-starters

   • A character trait that made the person heroic and that readers can aspire to

You’ll want to collect each book in this dynamic, informative series!

Author: Brad Meltzer
First Release: 2015
Ebook: B00XIYGCVQ
Publisher: Dial Books
I Am Martin Luther King, Jr.

Civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. is the 8th hero in the New York Times bestselling picture book biography series for ages 5 to 8.

As a child, Martin Luther King, Jr. was shocked by the terrible and unfair way African American people were treated. When he grew up, he decided to do something about it—peacefully, with powerful words. He helped gather people together for nonviolent protests and marches, and he always spoke up about loving other human beings and doing what’s right. He spoke about the dream of a kinder future, and bravely led the way toward racial equality in America.

This friendly, fun biography series inspired the PBS Kids TV show Xavier Riddle and the Secret Museum. One great role model at a time, these books encourage kids to dream big. Included in each book are:

   • A timeline of key events in the hero’s history

   • Photos that bring the story more fully to life

   • Comic-book-style illustrations that are irresistibly adorable

   • Childhood moments that influenced the hero

   • Facts that make great conversation-starters

   • A character trait that made the person heroic and that readers can aspire to

You’ll want to collect each book in this dynamic, informative series!

Author: Brad Meltzer
First Release: 2016
Ebook: B014QKIC54
Publisher: Dial Books
I Am George Washington

America’s first president George Washington is the 9th hero in the New York Times bestselling picture book biography series for ages 5 to 8.

George Washington was never afraid to be the first to try something, from exploring the woods around his childhood home to founding a brand new nation, the United States of America. With his faith in the American people and tremendous bravery, he helped win the Revolutionary War and became the country’s first president.

This friendly, fun biography series inspired the PBS Kids TV show Xavier Riddle and the Secret Museum. One great role model at a time, these books encourage kids to dream big. Included in each book are:

   • A timeline of key events in the hero’s history

   • Photos that bring the story more fully to life

   • Comic-book-style illustrations that are irresistibly adorable

   • Childhood moments that influenced the hero

   • Facts that make great conversation-starters

   • A character trait that made the person heroic and that readers can aspire to

You’ll want to collect each book in this dynamic, informative series!

Author: Brad Meltzer
First Release: 2016
ISBN: 978-1338213737
Publisher: Scholastic Inc.
I Am Jane Goodall

Chimpanzee scientist and conservationist Jane Goodall is the 10th hero in the New York Times bestselling picture book biography series for ages 5 to 8.

After receiving a stuffed animal chimpanzee for her first birthday, Jane Goodall's love of animals only grew. She saw what humans and animals had in common, not what makes us different, and used that to advocate for animal rights everywhere, becoming famous for her work with chimpanzees.

This friendly, fun biography series inspired the PBS Kids TV show Xavier Riddle and the Secret Museum. One great role model at a time, these books encourage kids to dream big. Included in each book are:

   • A timeline of key events in the hero’s history

   • Photos that bring the story more fully to life

   • Comic-book-style illustrations that are irresistibly adorable

   • Childhood moments that influenced the hero

   • Facts that make great conversation-starters

   • A character trait that made the person heroic and that readers can aspire to

You’ll want to collect each book in this dynamic, informative series!

Author: Brad Meltzer
First Release: 2016
ISBN: 978-1338213744
Publisher: Scholastic Inc.
I am Jim Henson

Jim Henson, the creator of the Muppets and Sesame Street, is the 11th hero in the New York Times bestselling picture book biography series for ages 5 to 8.

Jim Henson, was always dreaming up something new, and always expressing his belief in the goodness of people. Henson was a born performer with a terrific sense of humor, and he used those talents to help create two of the most beloved programs in television history: The Muppet Show and Sesame Street. Through his Muppets, Jim showed the world that there’s nothing more beautiful than imagination, especially when it’s accompanied by laughter and kindness.

This friendly, fun biography series inspired the PBS Kids TV show Xavier Riddle and the Secret Museum. One great role model at a time, these books encourage kids to dream big. Included in each book are:

   • A timeline of key events in the hero’s history

   • Photos that bring the story more fully to life

   • Comic-book-style illustrations that are irresistibly adorable

   • Childhood moments that influenced the hero

   • Facts that make great conversation-starters

   • A character trait that made the person heroic and that readers can aspire to

You’ll want to collect each book in this dynamic, informative series!

Author: Brad Meltzer
First Release: 2017
ISBN: 978-1338320220
Publisher: Scholastic Inc.
I Am Gandhi

Advocate for peace and nonviolent revolutionary Gandhi is the 12th hero in the New York Times bestselling picture book biography series for ages 5 to 8.

As a young man in India, Gandhi saw firsthand how people were treated unfairly. Refusing to accept injustice, he came up with a brilliant way to fight back through quiet, peaceful protest. He took his methods with him from South Africa back to India, where he led a nonviolent revolution that freed his country from British rule. Through his calm, steady heroism, Gandhi changed everything for India and inspired civil rights movements all over the world, proving that the smallest of us can be the most powerful.

This friendly, fun biography series inspired the PBS Kids TV show Xavier Riddle and the Secret Museum. One great role model at a time, these books encourage kids to dream big. Included in each book are:

   • A timeline of key events in the hero’s history

   • Photos that bring the story more fully to life

   • Comic-book-style illustrations that are irresistibly adorable

   • Childhood moments that influenced the hero

   • Facts that make great conversation-starters

   • A character trait that made the person heroic and that readers can aspire to

You’ll want to collect each book in this dynamic, informative series!

Author: Brad Meltzer
First Release: 2017
ISBN: 978-1338563344
Publisher: Scholastic Inc.
I Am Sacagawea

Sacagawea, the only Indigenous person included in Lewis and Clark’s historic expedition, is the 13th hero in the New York Times bestselling picture book biography series for ages 5 to 8.

Sacagawea was the only girl, and the only Native American, to join Lewis and Clark’s Corps of Discovery, which explored the United States from the Mississippi River all the way to the Pacific Ocean in the early 1800s. As a translator, she helped the team communicate with members of the Shoshone nation across the continent, carrying her child on her back the whole way. By the time the expedition arrived at the west coast, Sacagawea had proved that she truly was a trailblazer.

This friendly, fun biography series inspired the PBS Kids TV show Xavier Riddle and the Secret Museum. One great role model at a time, these books encourage kids to dream big. Included in each book are:

   • A timeline of key events in the hero’s history

   • Photos that bring the story more fully to life

   • Comic-book-style illustrations that are irresistibly adorable

   • Childhood moments that influenced the hero

   • Facts that make great conversation-starters

   • A character trait that made the person heroic and that readers can aspire to.

You’ll want to collect each book in this dynamic, informative series!

Author: Brad Meltzer
First Release: 2017
ISBN: 978-1338320213
Publisher: Scholastic Inc.
I Am Harriet Tubman

Harriet Tubman's heroic and pivotal role in the fight against slavery is the subject of the fourteenth picture book in this New York Times bestselling biography series.

This friendly, fun biography series focuses on the traits that made our heroes great--the traits that kids can aspire to in order to live heroically themselves. Each book tells the story of one of America's icons in a lively, conversational way that works well for the youngest nonfiction readers and that always includes the hero's childhood influences.

At the back are an excellent timeline and photos. This volume focuses on Harriet Tubman's brave heroism as part of the movement to abolish slavery. As one of the key players in the Underground Railroad, she helped enslaved African Americans escape and find freedom.

Author: Brad Meltzer
First Release: 2018
ISBN: 978-1338541168
Publisher: Scholastic Inc.
I Am Neil Armstrong

Neil Armstrong's journey to the moon is the focus of the fifteenth picture book in the New York Times bestselling series of biographies about heroes.

This friendly, fun biography series focuses on the traits that made our heroes great--the traits that kids can aspire to in order to live heroically themselves. Each book tells the story of one of America's icons in a lively, conversational way that works well for the youngest nonfiction readers and that always includes the hero's childhood influences.

At the back are an excellent timeline and photos. This volume tells the story of Neil Armstrong from his childhood on a farm to a career as an engineer and pilot and how he became the first person on the moon. All of the small steps he took in life—even his failures—led up to his steps on the moon.

Author: Brad Meltzer
First Release: 2018
ISBN: 978-1338562538
Publisher: Scholastic Inc.
I Am Sonia Sotomayor

Sonia Sotomayor, the first Latina Supreme Court Justice, is the subject of the sixteenth picture book in the New York Times bestselling series of biographies about heroes.

This friendly, fun biography series focuses on the traits that made our heroes great--the traits that kids can aspire to in order to live heroically themselves. Each book tells the story of one of America's icons in a lively, conversational way that works well for the youngest nonfiction readers and that always includes the hero's childhood influences. At the back are an excellent timeline and photos. This volume features Sonia Sotomayor, the first Latina Supreme Court Justice.

From her home in the Bronx to law school, Sonia Sotomayor was always driven by her love of learning and her commitment to justice. With the support of her loving family and supportive mentors, she pursued a career in law and proved there's no limit to what someone can accomplish.

Author: Brad Meltzer
First Release: 2018
Ebook: B079WLL9Z9
Publisher: Dial Books
I Am Billie Jean King

Billie Jean King is one of the greatest tennis players of all time. Read about this amazing woman athlete in the seventeenth picture book in the New York Times bestselling series of biographies about heroes.

This friendly, fun biography series focuses on the traits that made our heroes great--the traits that kids can aspire to in order to live heroically themselves. Each book tells the story of one of America's icons in a lively, conversational way that works well for the youngest nonfiction readers and that always includes the hero's childhood influences. At the back are an excellent timeline and photos. This volume features Billie Jean King, the world champion tennis player who fought successfully for women’s rights.

From a young age, Billie Jean King loved sports—especially tennis! But as she got older, she realized that plenty of people, even respected male athletes, didn't take women athletes seriously. She set to prove them wrong and show girls everywhere that sports are for everyone, regardless of gender.

Author: Brad Meltzer
First Release: 2019
Ebook: B07CWF67G9
Publisher: Dial Books
I Am Walt Disney

The 18th picture book in the New York Times bestselling series of biographies about heroes tells the story of Walt Disney, who made dreams come true.

This friendly, fun biography series focuses on the traits that made our heroes great--the traits that kids can aspire to in order to live heroically themselves. Each book tells the story of one of America's icons in a lively, conversational way that works well for the youngest nonfiction readers and that always includes the hero's childhood influences.

At the back are an excellent timeline and photos. This volume features Walt Disney, who makes dreams come true for himself and countless kids around the world. Walt Disney used his imagination and creativity to tell stories that have become beloved by families everywhere. From his failures to his successes, this book celebrates the work and the man behind the happiest place on earth.

Author: Brad Meltzer
First Release: 2019
Ebook: B07LDSYVSR
Publisher: Dial Books
I Am Marie Curie

The first woman to win a Nobel Prize, physicist and chemist Marie Curie is the 19th hero in the New York Times bestselling picture book biography series about heroes.

This friendly, fun biography series focuses on the traits that made our heroes great--the traits that kids can aspire to in order to live heroically themselves. Each book tells the story of one of America's icons in a lively, conversational way that works well for the youngest nonfiction readers and that always includes the hero's childhood influences.

At the back are an excellent timeline and photos. Being a woman scientist in the 19th century meant Marie Curie faced plenty of obstacles, but she never let them dull her love of science and passion for learning.

Author: Brad Meltzer
First Release: 2019
Ebook: B07LDS6KLL
Publisher: Dial Books
I Am Leonardo da Vinci

The famous Renaissance artist and inventor Leonardo da Vinci is the twentieth hero in the New York Times bestselling picture book biography series.

This friendly, fun biography series focuses on the traits that made our heroes great--the traits that kids can aspire to in order to live heroically themselves. Each book tells the story of an icon in a lively, conversational way that works well for the youngest nonfiction readers and that always includes the hero's childhood influences.

At the back are an excellent timeline and photos. This book features Leonardo da Vinci, the Renaissance artist and inventor. He always followed his interests, no matter where they led! His quest to fly led him to study birds' wings and his invention designs were the very earliest sketches of helicopters and other flying machines. Da Vinci's hard work and dedication to his curiosities is why we still remember him today.

Author: Brad Meltzer
First Release: 2020
Ebook: B07V9T3WKC
Publisher: Dial Books
I Am Benjamin Franklin

The 21st book in the New York Times bestselling series of biographies about heroes tells the story of Benjamin Franklin, one of the Founding Fathers of the U.S. who helped draft the Declaration of Independence while making important scientific contributions.

This friendly, fun biography series focuses on the traits that made our heroes great--the traits that kids can aspire to in order to live heroically themselves. Each book tells the story of an icon in a lively, conversational way that works well for the youngest nonfiction readers and that always includes the hero's childhood influences.

At the back are an excellent timeline and photos.Driven by his curiosity from a young age, Benjamin Franklin's observations about the world led to key discoveries about electricity and other contributions that remain important today.

Author: Brad Meltzer
First Release: 2020
Ebook: B0838KSZNV
Publisher: Dial Books
I Am Anne Frank

The 22nd book in the New York Times bestselling series of biographies about heroes tells the story of Anne Frank, the young Jewish girl who documented her life while hiding from the Nazis during World War II.

This engaging biography series focuses on the traits that made our heroes great--the traits that kids can aspire to in order to live heroically themselves. Each book tells the story of an icon in a lively, conversational way that works well for the youngest nonfiction readers. At the back are an excellent timeline and photos. This volume features Anne Frank, whose courage and hope during a time of terror are still an inspiration for people around the world today.

While Anne and her family hid in an attic during the Holocaust, she kept a journal about all her hopes and fears and observations. That journal and the story of her life are still read and told today to remember the life of a young girl and warn against the consequences of bigotry.

Author: Brad Meltzer
First Release: 2020
Ebook: B0838KL4MR
Publisher: Dial Books
I Am Frida Kahlo

The famous Mexican painter Frida Kahlo is the 23rd hero in the New York Times bestselling picture book biography series from Brad Meltzer and Christopher Eliopoulos.

This friendly, fun biography series focuses on the traits that made our heroes great--the traits that kids can aspire to in order to live heroically themselves. Each book tells the story of an icon in a lively, conversational way that works well for the youngest nonfiction readers and that always includes the hero's childhood influences.

At the back are an excellent timeline and photos. This book features Frida Kahlo, the renowned Mexican painter and activist. After surviving a bus crash, she made her mark in art history for her unique way of looking at the world and integrating her own image and life into her paintings.

Author: Brad Meltzer
First Release: 2021
Ebook: B0893L7J87
Publisher: Dial Books
I Am I.M. Pei

The world-renowned architect I. M. Pei is the twenty-fourth hero in the New York Times bestselling picture book biography series.

This friendly, fun biography series focuses on the traits that made our heroes great--the traits that kids can aspire to in order to live heroically themselves. Each book tells the story of an icon in a lively, conversational way that works well for the youngest nonfiction readers and that always includes the hero's childhood influences.

At the back are an excellent timeline and photos. This book features I. M. Pei, the award-winning Chinese American architect whose projects include the John F. Kennedy Library and the pyramid at the Louvre. Included is a pop-up of the Louvre to help young readers see the space and Pei's design in 3D!

Author: Brad Meltzer
First Release: 2021
Ebook: B08RHSPMXL
Publisher: Dial Books
I Am Oprah Winfrey

Deeply influential cultural icon Oprah Winfrey is the twenty-fifth hero in this New York Times bestselling picture book biography series.

This friendly, fun biography series focuses on the traits that made our heroes great--the traits that kids can aspire to in order to live heroically themselves. Each book tells the story of an icon in a lively, conversational way that works well for the youngest nonfiction readers and that always includes the hero's childhood influences.

At the back are an excellent timeline and photos. This book features critically acclaimed talk show host Oprah Winfrey, who used her struggles in childhood as motivation to become "Queen of All Media."

Author: Brad Meltzer
First Release: 2021
Ebook: B08RJ9L18G
Publisher: Dial Books
I am Malala Yousafzai

The youngest ever Nobel Prize laureate, Pakistani women’s rights activist Malala Yousafzai, is the 26th hero in the New York Times bestselling picture book biography series for ages 5 to 8.

Malala Yousafzai won the Nobel Peace Prize at the age of 17 for speaking out against injustice even when it was terrifying to do so. She was an ordinary Muslim girl who wanted to attend school, and she refused to stop protesting for her rights even after being attacked by a powerful group in Pakistan who wanted women to remain in the shadows. She continues to fight for women’s rights and free education for children all over the world.

This friendly, fun biography series inspired the PBS Kids TV show Xavier Riddle and the Secret Museum. One great role model at a time, these books encourage kids to dream big. Included in each book are:

   • A timeline of key events in the hero’s history

   • Photos that bring the story more fully to life

   • Comic-book-style illustrations that are irresistibly adorable

   • Childhood moments that influenced the hero

   • Facts that make great conversation-starters

   • A character trait that made the person heroic and that readers can aspire to

You’ll want to collect each book in this dynamic, informative series!

Author: Brad Meltzer
First Release: 2022
Ebook: B093YQLB1H
Publisher: Dial Books
I am Muhammad Ali

The American boxing champ and vocal civil rights activist Muhammad Ali is the 27th hero in the New York Times bestselling picture book biography series for ages 5 to 8.

Muhammad Ali was the leading heavyweight boxer of the 20th century and a charismatic, beloved public figure. His objection to the military draft during the Vietnam War made him an icon for a generation, and his impact in sports and the Civil Rights movement is still felt today.

This friendly, fun biography series inspired the PBS Kids TV show Xavier Riddle and the Secret Museum. One great role model at a time, these books encourage kids to dream big. Included in each book are:

   • A timeline of key events in the hero’s history

   • Photos that bring the story more fully to life

   • Comic-book-style illustrations that are irresistibly adorable

   • Childhood moments that influenced the hero

   • Facts that make great conversation-starters

   • A character trait that made the person heroic and that readers can aspire to

You’ll want to collect each book in this dynamic, informative series!

Author: Brad Meltzer
First Release: 2022
Ebook: B093YPHY4S
Publisher: Dial Books
I am Dolly Parton

The legendary country musician, reading advocate, and philanthropist Dolly Parton is the 28th in the New York Times bestselling picture book biography series for ages 5 to 8.

This book spotlights Dolly Parton, known for her beloved country songs, who has also sent over 150 million free books to children through her Imagination Library.

This friendly, fun biography series inspired the PBS Kids TV show Xavier Riddle and the Secret Museum. One great role model at a time, these books encourage kids to dream big. Included in each book are:

   • A timeline of key events in the hero’s history

   • Photos that bring the story more fully to life

   • Comic-book-style illustrations that are irresistibly adorable

   • Childhood moments that influenced the hero

   • Facts that make great conversation-starters

   • A character trait that made the person heroic and that readers can aspire to

You’ll want to collect each book in this dynamic, informative series!

Author: Brad Meltzer
First Release: 2022
Ebook: B09FNXQBM7
Publisher: Dial Books

Chapbooks

Green Arrow: Archer's Quest

With a second chance at life, Oliver Queen has some unfinished business. Green Arrow must find the lost treasures of his first life, to preserve his past and discover what his new life means. Roy Harper, his former ward, now known as Arsenal, joins him as they cross the country, encountering the likes of the Shade, Solomon Grundy, and even the pathetic Cat-Man! Along the way, Ollie finds out what is truly important to him…

Author: Brad Meltzer
First Release: 2003
ISBN: 978-1401275402
Publisher: DC Comics

Culper Ring Trilogy

The Inner Circle

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.

Author: Brad Meltzer
First Release: 2011
ISBN: 978-0340840160
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
The Fifth Assassin

From John Wilkes Booth to Lee Harvey Oswald, there have been more than two dozen assassination attempts on the President of the United States.

Four have been successful.

But now, Beecher White--the hero of the #1 New York Times bestseller The Inner Circle--discovers a killer in Washington, D.C., who's meticulously re-creating the crimes of these four men. Historians have branded them as four lone wolves. But what if they were wrong?

Beecher is about to discover the truth: that during the course of a hundred years, all four assassins were secretly working together. What was their purpose? For whom do they really work? And why are they planning to kill the current President?

Beecher's about to find out. And most terrifyingly, he's about to come face-to-face with the fifth assassin.

Author: Brad Meltzer
First Release: 2013
ISBN: 978-1455519293
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
The President's Shadow

A severed arm, found buried in the White House Rose Garden.

A lethal message with terrible consequences for the Presidency. And a hidden secret in one family's past that will have repercussions for the entire nation.

There are stories no one knows. Hidden stories. I find those stories for a living.

To most, it looks like Beecher White has an ordinary job. A young staffer with the National Archives in Washington, D.C., he's responsible for safekeeping the government's most important documents . . . and, sometimes, its most closely held secrets.

But there are a powerful few who know his other role. Beecher is a member of the Culper Ring, a 200-year-old secret society founded by George Washington and charged with protecting the Presidency. Now the current occupant of the White House needs the Culper Ring's help. The alarming discovery of the buried arm has the President's team in a rightful panic. Who buried the arm? How did they get past White House security? And most important: What's the message hidden in the arm's closed fist? Indeed, the puzzle inside has a clear intended recipient, and it isn't the President. It's Beecher, himself.

Beecher's investigation will take him back to one of our country's greatest secrets and point him toward the long, carefully hidden truth about the most shocking history of all: family history.

Author: Brad Meltzer
First Release: 2015
ISBN: 978-1444764581
Publisher: Hodder Paperbacks

Graphic Novels

Identity Crisis

When Sue Dibny, wife of the Elongated Man, is murdered in her own home, the superhero community is devastated. They come together in mourning, hold their loved ones closer, and immediately begin a worldwide search to find her killer.

But a handful of heroes think they already know who murdered Sue Dibny.

Years ago, to protect Sue and others like her from super-villains, Green Arrow, Hawkman, Black Canary, the Atom and Zatanna crossed a line. Now, their long-buried secret will break the superhero community apart.

Author: Brad Meltzer
First Release: 2005
ISBN: 978-1401263133
Publisher: DC Comics
Absolute Identity Crisis

New York Times best-selling novelist Brad Meltzer (The Inner Circle, The Book of Fate) unleashed a murder mystery featuring some of the biggest pop icons in the world: Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman and the rest of the Justice League.

The most talked-about and successful miniseries of 2004, IDENTITY CRISIS is a graphic novel written by Meltzer with art by Rags Morales and Michael Bair. The book delivers murder, betrayal, intrigue and an inventive look at the world of superheroes, fantastic powers and secret identities.

When the spouse of a JLA member is brutally murdered, the entire superhero community searches for the killer, fearing their own loved ones may be the next targets. Before the mystery is solved, a number of long-buried secrets will threaten to divide the heroes before they can bring the mysterious killer to justice.

IDENTITY CRISIS is an all-too-human look into the lives of superheroes, and the terrible price they pay for doing good.

Author: Brad Meltzer
First Release: 2011
ISBN: 978-1401232580
Publisher: DC Comics

Mystery Writers of America Presents

The Mystery Box (Edited by Brad Meltzer)

There's nothing more mysterious than a locked box. Whether it's a literal strongbox, an empty coffin, the inner workings of a scientist's mind, or an underground prison cell, there are those who will use any means necessary to unlock the secrets of...The Mystery Box.

With this anthology, bestselling author Brad Meltzer introduces twenty-one original stories from today's most prominent mystery writers. In Laura Lippman's "Waco 1982," a young reporter stuck with a seemingly mundane assignment on lost-and-found boxes unwittingly discovers a dark crime. In Joseph Finder's "Heirloom," a scheming neighbor frightens the new couple on the block with an unnerving tale of buried treasure. In R.L. Stine's "High Stakes," a man on his honeymoon gets drawn into a bizarre bet involving a coffin--a bet he may pay for with his life.

From the foothills of Mount Fuji to Georgia's Okefenokee Swamp, from a physics laboratory in wartime Leipzig to an unusual fitness club in Boca Raton, these sometimes terrifying, sometimes funny, and always suspenseful tales will keep you riveted to the page.

Author: Brad Meltzer
First Release: 2013
ISBN: 978-1455512348
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing

Zig and Nola

The Escape Artist

Who is Nola Brown? Nola is a mystery. Nola is trouble.

And Nola is supposed to be dead.

Her body was found on a plane that mysteriously fell from the sky as it left a secret military base in the Alaskan wilderness. Her commanding officer verifies she's dead. The US government confirms it. But Jim "Zig" Zigarowski has just found out the truth: Nola is still alive. And on the run.

Zig works at Dover Air Force Base, helping put to rest the bodies of those who die on top-secret missions. Nola was a childhood friend of Zig's daughter and someone who once saved his daughter's life. So when Zig realizes Nola is still alive, he's determined to find her. Yet as Zig digs into Nola's past, he learns that trouble follows Nola everywhere she goes.

Together, Nola and Zig will either reveal a sleight of hand being played at the highest levels of power or die trying to uncover the US Army's most mysterious secret--a centuries-old conspiracy that traces back through history to the greatest escape artist of all: Harry Houdini.

Author: Brad Meltzer
First Release: 2018
ISBN: 978-1538747933
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
The Lightning Rod

What’s the one secret no one knows about you?

Archie Mint has a secret. He’s led a charmed life—he’s got a beautiful wife, two impressive kids, and a successful military career. But when he’s killed while trying to stop a robbery in his own home, his family is shattered—and then shocked when the other shoe drops. Mint’s been hiding criminal secrets none of them could have imagined.

While working on Mint’s body before his funeral, mortician “Zig” Zigarowski discovers something he was never meant to see. That telling detail leads him to Mint’s former top secret military unit and his connection to artist Nola Brown. Two years ago, Nola saved Zig’s life—so he knows better than most that she’s as volatile and dangerous as a bolt of lightning.

Following Nola’s trail, he uncovers one of the U.S. government’s most intensely guarded secrets—an undisclosed military facility that dates back to the Cold War and holds the key to something far more sinister: a hidden group willing to compromise the very safety and security of America itself.

Trouble always finds her…

She’s the lightning rod.

Author: Brad Meltzer
First Release: 2022
ISBN: 978-0063210981
Publisher: HarperLuxe