Back in 2006 an author previously unknown to me, Brad Meltzer, wrote a book entitled The Book of Fate. It was, and is, one of many books he has authored, mystery thrillers all. This one was about all of the architectural and geographic symbolism in Washington DC. So of course I read it!
Now, I have lived here all my life and have read many books about all that. There was a lot that Brad's book did not contain. Of course, it couldn't contain everything! So I wrote him, even suggesting some other books he might want to read if he wanted to follow The Book of Fate with sequel. He wrote me back, acknowledging those symbols and even saying he wished he had read those books prior to writing that one!
We have corresponded regularly since. Recently I received an email from him and an invitation in the mail to a private reading and signing party for his newest book, The Inner Circle. It is about George Washington's Culper Group, his personal spy ring, which he considered one of his greatest accomplishments.
So much surrounding that circle was kept so secret, that many of the people in that spy ring were not revealed until the middle of the 20th Century! And many still aren't!
He read the Prologue from the book, showed a clip nobody had previously seen from his new TV show, and signed books for everyone there.
Of course I went, finally meeting Brad in person.
And of course I bought a book, which he signed for me. I found him to be funny, personable and very friendly to all present.
You may also have seen his new TV show on the History Channel called "DECODED."
It takes some of history's mysteries, like whether it really was John Wilkes Booth who was shot in that barn, and investigates it to the hilt.
The cast of the show, besides Brad, is composed of three investigators, a professor, an engineer and a lawyer.
The lawyer is Scott Rolle.
Scott is a local boy and came to the reading last night also. That is him in the blue shirt.
I had a bunch of questions for him too! And he answered them all for me!
It was a very enjoyable couple of hours and our cyber "relationship" was solidified a bit more. I look forward to more interaction with him. And his next book...
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