The Midnight Ride

Grand Central. Feb. 2022. 304p. ISBN 9781538754634. $29. THRILLER
DEBUT Nonfiction writer Mezrich’s (Bitcoin Billionaires) heart-pounding debut thriller is based on the 1990 heist at Boston’s Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, with a National Treasure twist. When MIT student and mathematical genius Hailey Gordon is caught card-counting, she grabs her winnings and runs. While trying to hide from hotel security, she finds a room door ajar and its occupant dead. Ex-con Nick Patterson has inherited—okay, stolen—a heist job from a now-dead fellow inmate. Hoping to go straight after this theft, Nick enters his fence’s hotel room to find him dead and a scared Hailey standing over the body. Meanwhile, history professor and Paul Revere expert Adrian Jensen receives a surprise delivery from his colleague and intellectual nemesis, Charles Walker, less than 24 hours before Charles meets his demise. Charles’s discovery throws Hailey, Nick, and Adrian together into the most dangerous adventure of their lives—one that will change their lives or get them killed.
VERDICT Fans of alternative history thrillers will enjoy this recommended adventure novel, which is already optioned for film.
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