The Necropolis Railway: A Historical Novel [NOOK Book]

Overview

'A brilliant murder mystery set in Edwardian London about a railway line that runs only to a massive cemetery.' Daily Mirror

When railwayman Jim Stringer moves to the garish and tawdry London of 1903, he finds his duties are confined to a mysterious graveyard line. The men he works alongside have formed an instant loathing for him - and his predecessor has disappeared under suspicious circumstances. Can Jim work out what is going on before he too is travelling on a one-way ...

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The Necropolis Railway: A Historical Novel

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Overview

'A brilliant murder mystery set in Edwardian London about a railway line that runs only to a massive cemetery.' Daily Mirror

When railwayman Jim Stringer moves to the garish and tawdry London of 1903, he finds his duties are confined to a mysterious graveyard line. The men he works alongside have formed an instant loathing for him - and his predecessor has disappeared under suspicious circumstances. Can Jim work out what is going on before he too is travelling on a one-way coffin ticket aboard the Necropolis Railway?

'Guaranteed to make the flesh creep and the skin crawl, a masterful novel about a mad, clanking, fog-bound world.' Simon Winchester

'A murderous conspiracy of a plot graced with style, wit and the sharp, true taste of a time gone by ... So beautifully nuanced and so effortlessly pleasurable to read that you almost want to keep it a personal secret.' Independent on Sunday

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780571252220
  • Publisher: Faber and Faber
  • Publication date: 4/2/2009
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 424,521
  • File size: 326 KB

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 19, 2007

    Three Hours of My Life Are Gone & I Want Them Back

    This was probably the worst book I have read in years. The plot made little to no sense and the author used obscure technical terms without bothering to explain the meanings. For example, I spent most of the book trying to figure out what the heck a footplate was & was never given any hint except that it's part of a steam engine. The hero was a callow, cowardly lump who occasionally used truly foul language regarding women for nothing more than shock value. This book will be boring and offensive to anyone with half a brain and any respect for women. To top it all off, the ending was pulled out of thin air and with very little regard for the intelligence of the reader. Don't waste your time.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 2, 2007

    An enjoyable period piece accidental detective story

    The slang and focus on railroading can be a bit to bear, but at the same time it's rather ambitious and an interesting read. About as close as I will ever come to watching at work the mind of a very early 20th century young Englishman. The character very much seems a product of his times, whatever that might translate into a century later here in America. I look forward to reading the sequel The Blackpool Highflyer. Don't be put off by the negative review. Like the movie Momento just grin and bear it for about 10 minutes, then it takes off and you keep turning the page.

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