Michael Crichton knows a thing or two about writing successful novels. In "The Great Train Robbery," he certainly grabs a historical idea, climbs on board, and is off down the tracks at a fast pace. Edward Pearce, a gentleman who has turned rogue, is the mastermind being one of the most famous heists in history. In making this the suspenseful journey that it is, Crichton gives us a complete picture of Victorian England, especially the seamier--and quite likely realistic--side of London. It is the Industrial Revolution in all its glory--and its drawbacks. How Pearce and his accomplises are able to pull off this robbery is a fascinating story; it is a story full of clever machinations,indeed.
This report prepared by Bill Hobbs