Great Train Robbery, The by Michael Crichton A Novel Dust Jacket 1975 266 pages
Great Train Robbery, The by Michael Crichton A Novel Dust Jacket 1975 266 pages

Great Train Robbery, The by Michael Crichton A Novel Dust Jacket 1975 266 pages

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Great Train Robbery, The by Michael Crichton A Novel Dust Jacket 1975 266 pages
 
The Great Train Robbery by Michael Crichton A Novel Dust Jacket 1975 266 pages
Once a month a train leaves London for Paris, laden with gold bullion for the British Army fighting in Russia. The carriage is guarded. The two safes are invulnerable-no way to break into them, four separate keys needed to unlock them. Every possible precaution taken by the authorities.
Then one month the safes arrive in Paris-but the gold is gone.
We know why....We have watched a fantastic plan improvised and carried out by a master criminal-by the handsome, charming, and ruthless Edward Pierce (a rogue aristocrat? a self-educated thug? No one has ever discerned the truth).
We have watched Pierce bring together his accomplices-the beautiful Miriam; the sinister Barlow; the light-fingered Agar. We have seen him corrupt a susceptible train guard, contrive the escape (from an escape-proof prison) of a supreme cat burglar, for the single purpose of lifting two of the keys. We have seen Pierce himself court the proper young woman whose father has the third key ... seen the fourth key "removed" from around the neck of a visitor to an elegant bordello. We have boarded the train with Pierce, seen him forced into desperate action as the express roars toward the Channel. We see him pursued, captured, tried and ... We know-immersed in thieves' strategies, thieves' argot-that this is how it must have been. Michael Crichton, with his unique documentary approach to the novel of suspense, has given us a superb narrative (is it fiction? is it fact?) made even more compelling by the verisimilitude of its compulsively fascinating detail.

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