May 8, 2016

The Great Train Robbery by Michael Crichton

Title:  The Great Train Robbery
Author:  Michael Crichton
Pages:  281
Genre:  Thriller
Publisher:  Ballantine, 1975
Series:  Stand Alone

Synopsis:  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....

Review:  This book is based on real events.  It's full of great little details about what it was like, living in Victorian London.  It's written like a historical account, except that it's also very approachable and exciting.

I had too much going on this week to give this book the full attention it deserves, but it is a fast read with plenty of great characters, most of which are based on true people.

Rating:  7 / 10


  1. I loved this book...which I only picked up because I enjoyed the movie with Sean Connery & Donald Sutherland so very much. Glad to see that you enjoyed it too. If you ever get the chance, the movie is well worth seeing.

  2. I vaguely remember loving this book as a teenager. I should pick it up again.


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