The Baghdad Railway Club [NOOK Book]

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Baghdad 1917. Captain Jim Stringer, invalided from the Western Front, has been dispatched to investigate what looks like a nasty case of treason. He arrives to find a city on the point of insurrection, his cover apparently blown - and his only contact lying dead with flies in his eyes. As Baghdad swelters in a particularly torrid summer, the heat alone threatens the lives of the British soldiers who occupy the city. The recently ejected Turks are still a danger - and many of the...

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The Baghdad Railway Club

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Overview

Baghdad 1917. Captain Jim Stringer, invalided from the Western Front, has been dispatched to investigate what looks like a nasty case of treason. He arrives to find a city on the point of insurrection, his cover apparently blown - and his only contact lying dead with flies in his eyes. As Baghdad swelters in a particularly torrid summer, the heat alone threatens the lives of the British soldiers who occupy the city. The recently ejected Turks are still a danger - and many of the local Arabs are none too friendly either.

For Jim, who is not particularly good in warm weather, the situation grows pricklier by the day. Aside from his investigation, he is working on the railways around the city. His boss is the charming, enigmatic Lieutenant-Colonel Shepherd, who presides over the gracious dining society called The Baghdad Railway Club - and who may or may not be a Turkish agent. Jim's search for the truth brings him up against murderous violence in a heat-dazed, labyrinthine city where an enemy awaits around every corner.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780571282029
  • Publisher: Faber and Faber
  • Publication date: 6/5/2012
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 580,013
  • File size: 350 KB

Meet the Author

Andrew Martin is a journalist and novelist. The Baghdad Railway Club is the new book in his much-loved 'Jim Stringer' series which began with The Necropolis Railway in 2002. The third and fourth books in the series, Murder at Deviation Junction and Death on a Branch Line, were shortlisted for the Ellis Peters Historical Crime Award and, in 2008, Andrew Martin was shortlisted for the CWA Dagger in the Library Award.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 8, 2014

    Thick with atmosphere

    In the midst of WWI, Captain Jim Stringer accepts an undercover assignment in Baghdad soon after the British have expelled the Turks (allied with Germany) from the city. His assignment is to determine whether someone amidst the British forces might be guilty of treason. Unfortunately, upon arrival, the person who raised the charges is found murdered.

    Stringer is in a difficult position. He is left to act solo in that he has no idea whom he can trust and whom he cannot. That precludes his consulting by telegraph with London in that he might end up revealing his identity to the wrong party. Adding to the tension, the Arabs in the city are on the point of insurrection. If those problems are not enough, he is recruited to go on a railway excursion to the north where both Arabs and Turks threaten.

    The strengths of the book are the ever present sense of danger and the vivid portrayal of life in Baghdad during the British occupation (from a British point of view). The weakness is that the plot moves just a bit sluggishly.

    Overall, well worth reading for its portrayal of life in Baghdad for the British during the early days of their occupation.

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