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Jumping at any opportunity to impress his supervisor, Jim agrees to investigate a standard assault in a nearby town. But when his train home hits a snowdrift and a body is discovered ...

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From the author of The Necropolis Railway, The Blackpool Highflyer, and The Lost Luggage Porter comes another thrilling mystery featuring railway detective Jim Stringer. It is winter 1909, and Jim desperately needs his anticipated New Year’s promotion in order to pay for a nurse for his ailing son.
Jumping at any opportunity to impress his supervisor, Jim agrees to investigate a standard assault in a nearby town. But when his train home hits a snowdrift and a body is discovered buried in the snow, Jim finds himself tracking another dangerous killer. Soon he is on a mad chase to find the suspect, trailing him to the furnaces of Ironopolis and across the country on a dangerous ride to the Highlands. As pursuer becomes pursued, Jim begins to doubt he will ever get his promotion—or that he will survive this case at all.

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PRAISE FOR THE JIM STRINGER MYSTERIES
 

“No matter how deeply Jim plunges into the poverty and filth of England’s industrial age, he never loses his sense of wonder at the monstrous beauty of its great machines.”—Marilyn Stasio, New York Times Book Review

“Fairly bursts with energetic prose . . . Andrew Martin succeeds brilliantly at re-creating a railwayman’s lot.”—Seattle Times


 
 

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In Martin's solid fourth Edwardian-era whodunit to feature railway detective Jim Stringer (after 2008's The Lost Luggage Porter), a blizzard forces the train on which Stringer, his wife and young son are riding home to York one cold December day to stop at a remote station. When workmen find the remains of photographer Paul Peters in a nearby storage building, a length of rope dangling from the roof beam above the body, Stringer discounts the obvious explanation that the man hanged himself. After Stringer realizes the exposures in Peters's camera are missing, he getsA on the trail of a secretive upper-class society whose ranks had been dwindling until it went out of existence a year earlier. If he solves the murder, Stringer might just get promoted to sergeant. While the revelation of the crime's motive may disappoint some mystery fans, the period atmosphere and railroad lore provide ample compensation. (Jan.)

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  • ISBN-13: 9780156034456
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 1/6/2009
  • Series: Jim Stringer Series , #4
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 5.30 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

ANDREW MARTIN was a Spectator (London) Young Writer of the Year and has written for the Guardian , the Daily Telegraph , and Granta . He has a weekly column in the New Statesman . He lives in London.

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  • Posted March 29, 2010

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    I agree with the other reviewer about the time it takes to get the story to the dramatic part, but nevertheless this is well worth reading if instant gratification is not a requirement. If it is, then rent Die Hard IV, which I recommend...

    If you already like this series, then this is a gold mine.

    I enjoyed the storytelling, especially the author's ability to transport one to a convincingly real very early 20th century Britain, with his knowledge of what life was like back then for someone not in the moneyed class. Add to that the main characters complex relationship with his wife, his dealings with other policemen and his boss, and the series in general. Mercifully the storytelling has developed to the point when it's not all about steam engines, yet they are still there.

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    I love trains. This book features an English railroad detective in the glory days of railroads one hundred years ago. Everything is all set then? No. The lack of action. So tedious I wish I hadn't started the book. I did finish it, however, but I lent it to a friend who is an avid reader, loves mysteries, and she couldn't get more than a third into it. This book could have been so much better if the author would just get things moving faster.

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