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
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.