Crichton has such range. This book dives deeply into the vernacular of Victorian England - "putter-uppers", "screwsmen", "barkers" and does so in a way rich with history and explanation without detracting from the overall story. So different from Jurassic Park which is so different from Rising Sun. Anyway, a great story that takes you through a lot of quick side trips explaining the times.
4 stars out of 5
Like all MIchael Crichton books...this one's good and a fast read.The movie is great after you've read the book. Imagine Sean Connery as the main character!
Based on a true story set in 1854, a stunning re-creation of victorian England's most famous crime, and the society that spawned it.
I really loved this! It's non-fiction, but reads like a novel complete with dialogue!
I saw the movie first, and loved having the actors in my head when I read the book. I think that seeing the movie, which was pretty accurate, first really helped me visualize some of the crazy events that happened and the sneaking around the thieves did.