Certainly, [Brad Meltzer] unwittingly broke his son's heart when he told him about the plane crash. "And that was the worst part," he writes. "It wasn't just that I broke his heart, it's that I had to break his heart.Meltzer as muse of mystery, however, is easy to read - and it's not just The New York Times best-seller list that says so. Page through his accomplishments and see the immense imprint of one major figure: "Everything in life comes back to one person," says the writer with pride and love. "My mother."When USA Today rubbished his The First Counsel as less than first-rate, with the headline "Make 'First' Your Last," her advice? "Don't worry; nobody reads that paper anyway," brushing off the nation's top-selling newspaper.