The Inner Circle by Brad Meltzer
Secrets. Lies. Power. Betrayal. Murder.
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.
So says Beecher White, a young archivist who spends his days working with the most important documents of the U.S. government. When Clementine Kaye, his first childhood crush, shows up at the 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. It is also where Beecher and Clementine accidentally happen upon a priceless artifact -- a two-hundred-year-old dictionary that once belonged to George Washington -- hidden underneath a desk chair. Eager to discover why the president is hiding this important national treasure, the two soon find themselves entangled in a web of deception, conspiracy, and murder that will reveal the best kept secret of the U.S. presidency.
I’m a bit of a history buff (read: nerd), so when I read about the latest Brad Meltzer novel where the lead character, Beecher White, is an archivist in the National Archives with access to all sorts of privileged and secret information, I couldn’t wait to read it.
Beecher is one of the youngest archivists and his recent breakup with his fiancee has left him particularly vulnerable. When his childhood crush comes into his life asking for help, Beecher uses his skills and the Archive’s vast resources. But the unauthorized access gets them into deep trouble. As Beecher and his friends try to navigate the murky waters, they find themselves facing a powerful secret society. As the stakes go up, Brad Meltzer’s The Inner Circle becomes a mystery wrapped in historical fiction -- a fun escape!
ISBN-10: 0446577898 - Hardcover
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing; First Edition edition (January 11, 2011), 464 pages.
Review copy provided by the publisher.