The Great Train Robbery Author:Michael Crichton "A nineteenth-century version of THE STING...Crichton fascinates us." — THE NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW — 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 bre... more »eding 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....« less
This true story was a fascinating read. I especially liked reading about England in the 1850's, the crime element and how they operated. Criminals lived by their wits and not always successful. I would recommend this book.
Just read this for the second time, and it was just as interesting. Crichton, as usual, teaches you more than you ever thought you'd learn about an esoteric subject, in this case, Victorian England. This is not sci-fi, and it's better than the movie.