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The Great Train Robbery by Michael Crichton
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Jan 20, 2010


The true story of The Great Train Robbery of 1855 (all caps because it is that famous). This is just a great, fun story. Shades of The Wild Wild West, Oliver Twist and Sherlock Holmes. Michael Crichton takes us on a step-by-step trek through the planning and execution of the greatest train robbery of all time. You will think the cast of characters was picked from a Broadway play – the safecracker; the “judies” (ladies of the evening); the socialite; the chimney sweep (able to crawl in and out of tight spaces) turned crook; the pub owner whose diverse patrons, strangely, all have dogs (?)and all the rest. Lots of the twists and turns of a good true crime story. The actual robbery took place over 100 years ago; Michael Crichton wrote about it over 35 years ago - but the writing is fresh and fun.
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