Beecher White, a young archivist, spends his days working with the most important documents of the U.S. government. He has always been the keeper of other people's stories, never a part of the story himself...Until now. When Clementine Kaye, Beecher's first childhood crush, shows up at the National Archives asking for his help tracking down her long-lost father, Beecher tries to impress her by showing her the secret vault where the President of the United States privately reviews classified documents. After they accidentally happen upon a priceless artifact - a 200 hundred-year-old dictionary that once belonged to George Washington, hidden underneath a desk chair, Beecher and Clementine find themselves suddenly entangled in a web of deception, conspiracy, and murder. Soon a man is dead, and Beecher is on the run as he races to learn the truth behind this mysterious national treasure. His search will lead him to discover a coded and ingenious puzzle that conceals a disturbing secret from the founding of our nation. It is a secret, Beecher soon discovers, that some believe is worth killing for.I picked up this book from the library, because I needed a good mystery and knew that Meltzer would not let me down. Plus the main character is an archivist, so how could I resist reading this book!
Just like Steve Berry, Meltzer throws his readers and his main characters right into the action. Secret societies and alternative motives are found throughout this book. Again, I enjoyed the local DC locales being featured. You really can't go wrong with a book by Brad Meltzer!