Bestselling novelist, TV show host, and comic book author Brad Meltzer is a busy man. So far this year, he has released another children’s book in his Ordinary People Change The World series, wrapped up the first season of his H2 show, Brad Meltzer’s Lost History, and has finished writing his newest novel, The President’s Shadow. The latest in Meltzer’s Culper Ring thriller series, The President’s Shadow sees hero Beecher White tied up in yet another mystery of American history.
With the novel hitting shelves on June 16, The A.V. Club is giving away a Brad Meltzer prize package to one lucky reader, featuring all three of his Culper Ring novels to date (The President’s Shadow, The Fifth Assassin, and The Inner Circle) and a $150 Visa gift card. For your chance to win, simply send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line “President’s Shadow.” Be sure to include your name and mailing address in the body of the email. U.S. Entrants only. On Friday, June 12, we’ll randomly select one winner from eligible entries and notify them via email shortly thereafter. Estimated retail value of the prize package is $198.99. An official plot synopsis for President’s Shadow can be found below.
“A severed arm, found buried in the White House Rose Garden. A lethal message with terrible consequences for the Presidency. And a hidden secret in one family’s past that will have repercussions for the entire nation.
To most, it looks like Beecher White has an ordinary job. A young staffer with the National Archives in Washington, D.C., he’s responsible for safekeeping the government’s most important documents . . . and, sometimes, its most closely held secrets. But there are a powerful few who know his other role. Beecher is a member of the Culper Ring, a 200-year-old secret society founded by George Washington and charged with protecting the Presidency.
Now the current occupant of the White House needs the Culper Ring’s help. The alarming discovery of the buried arm has the President’s team in a rightful panic. Who buried the arm? How did they get past White House security? And most important: What’s the message hidden in the arm’s closed fist? Indeed, the puzzle inside has a clear intended recipient, and it isn’t the President. It’s Beecher, himself. Beecher’s investigation will take him back to one of our country’s greatest secrets and point him toward the long, carefully hidden truth about the most shocking history of all: family history.”