New York Times #1 bestseller Brad Meltzer's latest thriller--selected as one of Amazon's Best Books of January--goes on sale today.
What's the elevator pitch forThe Fifth Assassin?
A serial killer
is re-creating the the crimes of all the Presidential assassinations from John
Wilkes Booth to Lee Harvey Oswald, working his way up to the current President.
brainy archivist at the National Archives. When you first pitched the idea
(with your previous book in the series,The Inner Circle), did your editor yell "an archivist?"
You really think
I pitched that part? I just told her I was going to show her the
President of the United States and all the great secret places of the White
House. Truth is, though, she never gave it a second thought. That's
why I have the best editor.
Beecher isn't the
best fighter. He's not the best with guns. But what he is"¦ he's
smart. Beecher is smarter than you. And smarter than me. And
I love that people have responded to him because he's not about biceps and
brawn. He's about brain.
What did it mean to
get a quote from President George H.W. Bush?
It still feels
like a practical joke. I think my Dad wanted to get the quote as a
Will we be seeing
more of Beecher White? If so, will he develop his ass-kicking skills? Hit the
gym? Learn to kick box? Maybe get an Indy-style bullwhip?
All he needs is
his brain. That's the best weapon.
What's on your nightstand/bedside table/Kindle?
A friend told me: You can run your life with a clock, or run it with a
compass. I chose the compass.
- Replay by Ken
- Watchmen by Alan
- To Kill A Mockingbird
by Harper Lee
- Ten Little
Indians by Agatha Christie
- Fox in Socks by
Book that changed your life?
Murder at the
Vicarage by Agatha Christie. I still don't know what a Vicarage is.
Don't care. In those first chapters, I saw a dead body. And
then came that question that's haunted me since: Whodunit?
What's your most memorable author moment?
Being in Mad
Magazine. Better than meeting the President.
What talent or superpower would you like to have?
What are you obsessed with now?
The app for Zite.
It knows me.
What's next for you?
Sequel to The
what did happen. They're what could happen.
What do you collect?
Best piece of fan mail you ever got?
A letter from President George
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