The Taking of Pelham One Two Three Author:John Godey "Command Center, your train has been taken. Do you read me? the time is now 2:13. The money must be in our hands in one hour. If it isn't, thereafter for every minute past the deadline we'll kill one hostage. Have you got that?" — The train started it's run from Pelham Bay Park at 1:23 P.M. ("Pelham one two three" in subway parlance). Longman had... more » boarded as far uptown as Eighty-sixth Street and taken up his position; Steever got on at the Fifty-ninth Street Station; then Joey Welcome at Times Square. When Ryder stepped alongside the front car at Twenty-eighth Street and shoved his gun against the motorman's head there was not turning back...
Hijack a subway? Absurd! It had begun many weeks earlier as an innocent conversational game between an ex-mercenary soldier who missed the challenge of tactical planning and command and an out-of-work subway motorman with brains and a strong need for appreciation. But as Longman's technical knowledge of the subway system resolved Ryders's every challenge to the feasibility of execution and escape, absurdity faded in the face of logic and conversation became a plan that was irresistibly workable-a plan that would produce one million dollars in cold cash for the hijackers or result in the cold blooded execution of innocent hostages.
As the clock ticks off the minutes to disaster, a great city mobilizes to face the crisis and hijackers, hostages, policemen, subway workers, and public officials emerge as very real individuals. The inner workings of the city itself-the mayor's office, the Transit Authority, the Federal Reserve Bank, the TV and newspaper chains-add to this novel's unique vibrancy and dramatic sense of reality.
With chilling authenticity and expertise, John Godey gives reality to the supercrime of the century and evokes the throbbing energies of New York City even as he involves the reader in the same spiraling tension that holds his characters.« less