Book Review: “The Book of Lies” by Brad Meltzer

the book of lies

Genre: Thriller

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The worlds first murder occurred when Cain killed his brother Abel. The murder weapon was never found, but, some theorize that that weapon was a book: “The Book of Lies”.

In 1932, Mitchell Siegel was murdered by an unknown gunman in a robbery in Cleveland. His son, Jerry, witnessed the murder, but neither the murderer nor the gun were ever found. The next year, while still in mourning, Jerry created a bullet-proof super hero: Superman.

Cal Harper was nine years old when his bipolar mother died after being pushed by his father, Lloyd, during an argument. Cal witnessed it.

Nineteen years later, Cal is helping the homeless in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. One night he and his partner, Roosevelt, find a man in the park with a bullet wound to his stomach. Cal’s estranged father.

The gun used to shoot Lloyd was traced back to the Siegel murder and now, a killer with the mark of Cain tattooed on his hand will do anything to find “The Book of Lies” and he knows that Cal is the only person who can lead him to it.

“The Book of Lies” takes several disparate situations, melding them into one, fun to read, murder mystery. To see how Cain & Abel, Superman, a secret Nazi organization, and Cal & Lloyd Harper are connected… “The Book of Lies”.

After seeing the house where Superman was “born”, Brad started an effort to preserve that house. Here is a video of a project nearly completed as of 2009:



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