Brad Meltzer, The Lightning Rod

March 15, 2022 Atlanta $10.00 - $15.00
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Book Festival of the MJCCA Presents
Brad Meltzer, The Lightning Rod


IN CONVERSATION WITH NYT Bestselling Author Karin Slaughter


A Cappella Books is the official bookseller of the MJCCA Book Festival and books can be purchased at the event!


#1 New York Times bestselling author Brad Meltzer returns with two of the most iconic characters in recent fiction, and celebrates the twenty-fifth anniversary of his publishing debut, with THE LIGHTNING ROD.  In this sequel to Meltzer’s critically acclaimed #1 bestseller The Escape Artist, Zig and Nola must track down the killers of a military officer with hidden ties to an ultra-secret unit, while confronting the past traumas that continue to haunt them both.


When Col. Archie Mint is killed outside his suburban Pennsylvania home, it looks at first like a botched robbery.  Jim “Zig” Zigarowski, a mortician who formerly worked at Dover Air Force Base, is called in to conceal Mint’s injuries for the sake of his family.  But as Zig soon discovers, Mint was connected to a hidden military facility known as Grandma’s Pantry, where the government prepares for the end of the world.  Most important, the other members of Mint’s unit are now dying in unusual circumstances.


When Nola Brown shows up at Mint’s funeral, the mystery only deepens.  As a former military artist, Nola was called upon not only to paint historic events, but to spot critical things that others missed.  Now, for unknown reasons, she’s hunting the people who killed Mint.  But she’s also being hunted herself—not only by Special Forces, but by her estranged brother, who’s now also in law enforcement.


Zig has his own complicated relationship with Nola.  Once a childhood friend of his deceased daughter, she saved his life just two years before.  But she has run from him ever since, refusing to accept his offer of friendship and support.  “Nola Brown is a gun,” someone once told Zig.  “You point her at something, and you’ll get what you want—but just know it may come back in pieces.”


Zig reluctantly joins forces with Nola’s equally volatile brother in a frantic attempt to find her before her would-be assassins do—including a sinister brother/sister duo called the Reds.  But Nola is always one step ahead of them, all in a plot that races through dark virtual worlds, the highest echelons of the military, and troubled family histories before reaching a resolution as surprising as it is powerful.  Nola is the lightning rod who attracts bad things to Zig, but she may also be his salvation.


Over the course of his 25-year career, Meltzer has become known for his meticulous research and has taken readers everywhere from the secret tunnels below the White House, to the underground city below Disney World. Now, in THE LIGHTNING ROD, Meltzer explores one of the best secrets he’s ever found: the dozen top-secret warehouses the U.S. government has all across the country to deal with chemical and biological attacks. As a result, Meltzer will take you into a place no one gets to go—and show you just what went wrong during the beginning of the pandemic.




Brad Meltzer is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of twelve previous thrillers, including The Inner Circle, The Book of Fate, and The Escape Artist, with more than 11 million copies sold.  He is also the host of the television shows Brad Meltzer’s Lost History and Brad Meltzer’s Decoded on the History Channel.  In addition, he is the author of the nonfiction bestsellers The First Conspiracy and The Lincoln Conspiracy, as well as the blockbuster children’s history book series Ordinary People Change the World.  A PBS KIDS TV show based on his books, Xavier Riddle and the Secret Museum, now has 28 million viewers, and was recently nominated for multiple Emmys and TCA Awards.  Meltzer has written bestselling comic books, as well, including Superman, Batman, and Spider-Man titles.  The Hollywood Reporter put him on their list of the 25 Most Powerful Authors, and he’s been asked to serve as a member of the America250 Council, to celebrate the upcoming 250th birthday of the country. He lives in Florida with his wife and three children.




Karin Slaughter is one of the world’s most popular and acclaimed storytellers. Published in 120 countries with more than 40 million copies sold across the globe, her twenty-one novels include the Grant County and Will Trent books, as well as the Edgar-nominated Cop Town and the instant New York Times bestselling standalone novels Pretty GirlsThe Good Daughter, and Pieces of Her. Slaughter is the founder of the Save the Libraries project—a nonprofit organization established to support libraries and library programming. A native of Georgia, she lives in Atlanta. Her standalone novel Pieces of Her is in development with Netflix, and the Grant County and Will Trent series are in development for television. Her next novel, Girl, Forgotten, goes on sale August 2022.

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Tuesday, March 15, 2022, 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
CBM Office at the MJCCA
5342 Tilly Mill Rd
Atlanta, GA 30338
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