Monday, October 6, 2008

By Brad Meltzer

The plot for this novel is quite unique. Metzler spins a wonderful, suspense filled tale taking the reader into places they might never have gone.

The novel combines three seemingly unrelated events. First, the story from chapter four of the Bible, when Cain kills his brother Abel. This is the world's first recorded murder and the weapon has been lost in the mist of time.

Fast forward to 1932 when Mitchell Siegel is killed by two gunshots to the chest, leading his mourning, grief-stricken son, Jerry Siegel to create a bulletproof man and the world's first superhero, Superman. And like Cain's murder weapon, the gun used in this unsolved murder was never found.

Time travel once more to modern day Fort Lauderdale, Florida where Cal Harper works with the homeless. Picking them up, keeping them safe, and finding refuge for them. He is drawn to a park late one evening where he finds his estranged father bleeding from a gunshot wound. Cal rushes his father to the hospital and learns that the wound was made by the same gun that killed Mitchell Siegel. Cal and his father are stalked by a stone cold killer who bears the mark of Cain tattooed on his hand.

How do all of these seemingly separate events come together? That's the plot of this intriguing novel. The story behind the story is almost as interesting as the novel itself. What do you think?

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