The Great Train Robbery
Title: The Great Train Robbery
Author: Michael Crichton
The time is Victorian London with all its lavish wealth and appalling poverty. In the thriving underworld of London, we meet Edward Pierce, a handsome young man of good breeding. Pierce believes he can rob a fast moving train carrying the payroll for Crimean War troops. The train safe is supposed to be uncrackable.
“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 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….