By Russ Burlingame
– March 12, 2018
When Brad Meltzer’s latest thriller novel, The Escape Artist, hit the stands final Tuesday, the book’s initial twist experienced already been blown — on objective, and by design.
The revelation that Nola Brown, the body brought into a morgue at the commence of the novel, was also the lady unveiled to be nevertheless alive and on the run by the finish of its initial chapter, is in the truest perception of the word a spoiler — and these who had not read through the formal synopsis or paid consideration to the guide’s marketing mentioned in their GoodReads and Amazon evaluations that they ended up happy, because that initial shock kickstarted the e-book’s twisting narrative arc. Meltzer, even though, does not believe so — even even though he acknowledges how a lot fun it is to go into these things chilly.
“You locate that out in chapter one particular, so I don’t believe that’s a spoiler,” Meltzer informed ComicBook.com. “In reality, you discover it on the guide flap — it’s practically on the book flap. The greatest go through of The Escape Artist is my editor, who fundamentally received it cold and I just mentioned, ‘Read this.’ And he realized nothing. That’s why when ‘The Judas Contract’ arrived out, the really best study of that is when you change that website page and Deathstroke is conversing to Terra — and your jaw hit the floor, simply because you didn’t know it was coming. That’s why any person who viewed The Crying Sport and didn’t know the spoiler before it happened, had the best expertise of that motion picture.”
Meltzer, who has prepared comics before and who has a tale coming up with artist John Cassaday in Motion Comics #a thousand, contrasted the “Who is Nola Brown?” marketing campaign for The Escape Artist with the way he and DC Comics dealt with his superhero murder mystery, Identity Crisis.
“It’s why when I did Identity Disaster, 1 of the issues that I combat for is don’t give out the reader copies,” Meltzer continued. “Don’t set the items in Previews, don’t place the previews out there. Permit’s provide surprise back to comics. It was one of my huge issues that I fought for. I didn’t have to struggle for it DC was completely driving it as properly. And it’s what I beloved about in the very last Star Wars film. They didn’t just reveal every little thing in a preview. The expertise is always the best when you know nothing. But even that becoming said, that’s the very first chapter, so I consider you can wreck the initial chapter and nonetheless get a great read. ”
The Escape Artist is available in bookstores and online. You can choose it up at Amazon, Barnes & Noble (exactly where a signed version is underneath $ 20), or where ever books are marketed.