- Mass Market Paperback: 352 pages
- Publisher: Avon (November 5, 2002)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0060502304
- ISBN-13: 978-0060502300
- Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 4.3 x 1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 269 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #777,371 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Great Train Robbery Mass Market Paperback – November 5, 2002
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"A nineteenth-century version of The Sting...Crichton fascinates us."-- The New, York Times Book Review --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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In teeming Victorian London, where lavish wealth and appalling poverty live side by side, one mysterious man navigates both worlds with perfect ease. Rich, handsome, and ingenious, Edward Pierce charms the most prominent of the well-to-do as he cunningly orchestrates a masterpiece of crime -- the most daring train robbery 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....
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Set in mid-19th century London, this novel is half historic travelogue through all strata of Victorian society and half an interesting roller-coaster ride on setting up and carrying through the infamous heist.
The period dialogue gave me trouble in more than one occasion at first but after a while you get used to it and you barely notice it. This is one of the early works of Crichton and although some of his flaws as a writer are present, so are most of his strengths: the secondary characters are barely fleshed out; on the other hand, his acute perception, solid research and multifocal vision does not pause before shattering long-held misconceptions and prejudices.
I would have liked it to be more like a novel, with richly crafted characters and settings.
I had a hard time with a lot of the period slang, a glossary would've been welcome. Modern dictionaries did not help with a lot of the jargon used in this book. Other than that, it was an enjoyable read.
This book is part history and part novel. Those who love a good heist will revel in the intricate planning and multiple layers of this crime. Pierce is a charismatic figure and it's impossible not to respect his intelligence as you read of his exploits. His crew is less remarkable but each is selected to play a smaller part and they play it well. At a little over 300 pages, this is not a long book and that helps maintain a brisk pace that serves the story well. There are no major lulls or boring parts that you would want to skim through.
My only complaint with The Great Train Robbery is that Crichton went a little overboard with the criminal jargon of the age. Presumably to lend authenticity, he has larded the dialogue with phrases like "... he speaks a wave lag from Liverpool, and he can voker romeny." A little of this is probably a good thing, but a little also goes a long way.
I'm not a big fan of Michael Crichton since I've enjoyed a few of his books but didn't care for at least as many others. He hit the mark with this one, though, and it should appeal to many people. Those interested in heists, trains, Victorian England, crime fiction, or just light entertainment should all find satisfaction here. It's not perfect, but it's well worth the short time it takes to read.
...Anywhooo. Not without some small embellishments to the true story to make an already exciting heist story even more appealing to a broad audience, this is a great read that blends meticulously clever detail, interesting and nefarious characters, and a compelling picture of the seedy underbelly of society against the backdrop of Victorian London.
Three cheers. Will recommend and re-read.
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