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Great Train Robbery, the (1975) [Novel]
by Michael Crichton Rating: Weighted - 6.8 / Average - 6.7 of 10 (14 votes) (Rate!)
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Summary (From the publisher):

In teeming Victorian London, where lavish wealth and appalling poverty live side by side, one mysterious man navigates both worlds with perfect ease. Rich, handsome, and ingenious, Edward Pierce charms the most prominent of the well-to-do as he cunningly orchestrates the crime of his 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....

Original title: The Great Train Robbery
Original languages: English


Genre: FictionCrime and MysteryCrime/Caper


  • Dedication: "To Barbara Rose"


Edition #1: Great Train Robbery, the

Great Train Robbery, the (1975)
Edition Details:

Language: English

  • "A nineteenth-century version of THE STING.. Crichton fascinates us." New York Times Book Review
  • "A work of intelligence and craftmanship... Written with grace and wit." Los Angeles Times
  • "One gorgeous read." The Boston Globe
  • "Fascinating... Crichton's performance is remarkable." The Cleveland Plain Dealer
  • "A nice Victorian flavor... Crichton makes it all work because he has such a good eye for the 'the [sic] illuminating detail.' When Teddy Burke goes out to pick a pocket on the Strand, he doesn't just reach into someone's coat pocket and fumble around. He dips is quarry on the fly while a 'stickman' walks nearby to take the 'pogue' from him once it's been 'snaffled,' and a pair of 'stalls' walks [sic] ahead and behind to create a diversion." The New York Times Book Review
  • "Charming... Stuffed with little essays and digressions on Victorian trains, slang, technology, burial customs." Newsweek
  • "Unquestionably great research... The Great Train Robbery proved to certain thinking citizens that maybe—just maybe—progress did not necessarily imply moral as well as material advancement." Best Sellers
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The Great Train Robbery (1995)

Format: Paperback
Place of publication: London
Publisher: Arrow
ISBN: 9780099482413
Dimensions: x x in
Pages: 281

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The Great Train Robbery (1987)

Format: Paperback
Place of publication: New York, NY
Publisher: Dell Publishing
ISBN: 9780440130994
Pages: 266

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