In teeming Victorian London, where lavish wealth and appalling poverty exist side by side, one mysterious man navigates both worlds with perfect ease ...Show synopsisIn teeming Victorian London, where lavish wealth and appalling poverty exist side by side, one mysterious man navigates both worlds with perfect ease. Rich, handsome and ingenious, Edward Pierce preys on 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 would 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 novel, set a decade before the age of dynamite - yet nonetheless explosive...Hide synopsis
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I had read this book before and thought it was a masterpiece. I decided that I wanted it in hardback so that I could reread it whenever I wanted and not end up with a paperback in tatters. The copy of the book itself was in great shape, as well as the jacket cover. As for the tale itself, Crichton, as usual, really did his homework of the times of the 1850s, in particular in England. He writes his characters as an artist might paint it, with great detail. The bits of conversation ring with the different sounds of the people involved, from all the walks of life. This author could always make the reader feel as if one was really there. The story is told as a reporter might write it. It is very involved, but Crichton always leaves you understanding the devious plot, with suspense, and also the occasional humor. I consider this book to be a Michael Crichton "Classic".
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