The Great Train Robbery

The Great Train Robbery

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"A nineteenth-century version of THE STING...Crichton fascinates us." THE NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW In teeming Victorian London, where lavish wealth and appalling poverty live side by side, Edward Pierce charms the most prominent of the well-to-do as he cunningly orchestrates the crime of the century. Who would suspect that a gentleman of breeding could mastermind the daring theft of a fortune in gold? Who could predict the consequences of making the extraordinary robbery aboard the pride of England's industrial era, the mighty steam locomotive? Based on fact, as lively as legend, and studded with all the suspense and style of a modern fiction master, here is a classic caper novel set a decade before the age of dynamite--yet nonetheless explosive....
Publisher: New York : Knopf: distributed by Random House, 1975.
ISBN: 9780440130994
Characteristics: xvii, 266 p. ;,22 cm.


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Sep 14, 2017

A Victorian era Ocean's Eleven. Enjoyable if you can get past the writing style.

Jan 15, 2016

Good historical account, but I was a little bored by it. I liked his other books better. I was waiting for some action and it just lacked the punch of his other novels.

Mar 23, 2014

I read this more than twenty years ago and thoroughly enjoyed it. However not sure why it's listed under 'new books'. Jude

Feb 15, 2012

The Great Train Robbery --- by Michael Crichton -----
This work of historical fiction by the prolific fiction writer perhaps best known for having penned the classic Jurassic Park has based this novel on an event that really took place in Britain during the middle of the nineteenth century. This is a time with which none alive today have first-hand experience. Creighton meticulously sets the stage for us by instructing us in the social structure, every-day life, especially among the lower classes of this time. The protagonist speak in the argot of their time and place and station: some of the language may be beyond our reach, at least at first. There is a mega dose of suspense as the groundwork is laid for this audacious deed. And yes, the robbery is pulled off with complete success. It is what happens afterwards that is the undoing. But to tell you about that would be to rob you of the suspense. This is a book well worth reading.

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