The Nature of Midnight: A Novel of Lost Letters and the Sinking of the Lusitania Hardcover – 14 Jun 2003
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"Helicopters hovering, guns blazing, this cliffhanger winds down to a sweetly satisfying end."
About the Author
Robert Rice is the author of the highly acclaimed Arthurian novel, "The Last Pendragon" and a contemporary thriller, "Agent of Judgment." A reformed lawyer, he works for the post office and lives with his family on a farm outside Bozeman, Montana.
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It was a perfect thriller. I cared about the protagonists. The story was plausibly believable. I thought the book was well and sharply written. I'd come across the John Gardner phrase recently, about how fiction should be like "a vivid and continuous dream," and this book was that. It also made me realize what Gardner's phrase really means (or what I think it means): that the reader is having the dream, not being told about someone else's dream. (What is more boring, after all, than hearing someone tell you of a dream? But your own dreams are compelling.)
I don't want to oversell it, but it was so competent and engaging--like when you go to a good Hollywood movie and think "why aren't they all this good?" It's a tremendous challenge to make something that competent and engaging, I think (that's obvious, isn't it? I mean you so often read a book, or see a film, that just insults you with its inanity or flaws that you really appreciate the good ones). This book was a first-rate genre novel.
The deaths appear to have some connection to a cache of old letters, found when an old safe and other equipment was moved from the old post office to a new one. The letters were written by a man named Sharpless Walker, who was lynched way back in 1918, and appear to have something to do with the sinking of the Lusitania. As Max and Gillian investigate, they begin to uncover a conspiracy that at first appears to reach to the highest levels of both the American and British governments.
This was a great, old-fashioned page turner. Rice does a great job of creating his conspiracy and then doling out the clues bit by bit, ratcheting up the tension and suspense. Max and Gillian are interesting characters and we come to care about them as they are besieged on all sides, by assassins and by higher-ups in both the Postal Inspection Service and the FBI, who may or may not be trustworthy. Rice also does a good job of drawing the scenery of rural Montana, as the two drive from place to place, pursuing the investigation. This was a riveting book and I for one would like to see another book involving these characters. Highly recommended.
Connie is sending Max to Norris, Montana for two reasons. A postal worker and a customer were murdered in the rural post office. Max is to serve as the lead investigator on the case but he is also ordered to find some dirt on the resident agent Gillian Loomis so Constance can legally fire her. When Max arrives in Norris, the duo conduct their investigation and find that there is information about the sinking of the Lusitania in 1915 that someone doesn't want to surface. Max and Gillian race against the killers to see who can get their hands on the documents and in the process two more innocents are murdered.
Conspiracy buffs are going to love THE NATURE OF MIDNIGHT a thriller that portrays a realistic scenario on how the Germans knew where the Lusitania was located. Robert Rice has plenty of action and chase scenes but what makes this novel stand out in the crowd are the two protagonists who make a great team despite the demons that are haunting them. It is to be hoped that Mr. Rice will have more novels starring this dynamic duo.
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