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The Great Train Robbery

by Michael Crichton

      In the bustling city of London, England a man boldly plans to take the Victorian upper class citizens by surprise in one of the most infamous crimes of the century. Edward Pierce, a man without any tangible ties to the past, presents himself among the Victorian elite as a gentleman. He pulls off this ruse with daring and ease, charming the ladies with his attentions and pulling the gentlemen in his favor with favors in turn. All the while, he is manipulating the lowest of the low criminal classes and employing their talents as pick-pockets, safecrackers, and snakesmen to help him accomplish a monumental heist, "The Great Train Robbery."

In this book Michael Crichton draws a beautiful picture of 19th century Victorian London, England. He captures the feeling of the streets and their dangerous complexities. The criminal mind and the jargon of the time is presented in an easily understandable manner that excites the reader and provides one with the feeling of involvement in the plotting of the Robbery itself. If you are looking to sit down and read a book that you can't put down, this is definitely high up on my list.

The Book

Harper Collins
October 28, 2008 (originally published in 1975)
Mass Market Paperback
Historical suspense / thriller [Victorian London]
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The Reviewer

Christopher Brock-Farrington
Reviewed 2008
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