This image is hidden for guests. Please login or register to see it.The premise of best-selling author Brad Meltzer's latest release, "Book of Lies" sounds promising. Readers are supposed to find out how the story of Cain and Able and a 1932 murder of someone close to Superman are interwoven.
Calvin Harper, former customs agent-turned homeless shelter volunteer, still suffers from the trauma of seeing his father kill his mother when he was only a child. His father was sent to prison, disappearing from his son's life forever, or until he's needed to flesh out a plotline.
On one of his midnight rounds through the mean streets of Fort Lauderdale, Harper saves the life of a shooting victim, who, as it turns out, is his long-lost dad.
The improbable coincidences mount, utlimately revealing the involvement of a secret sect, some high-powered officals and the weapon used when Cain murdered his brother in history's first crime. I was forced to turn to the back of the bok to find out how it ended because I grew weary of trying to weave a whole cloth out of such slender threads. I think the author tried to cash in on the success of Dan Brown's "The Da Vinci Code." Brad Meltzer is no Dan Brown.