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Necropolis Railway, The (Jim Stringer, Steam Detective)
Andrew Martin
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The Necropolis Railway

Jim Stringer, Steam Detective

By Andrew Martin.

Softcover, 256 pages, 6x9. 2007.

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"Bright and ambitious, young Jim Stringer moves from the English countryside to London deter- mined to become a railway man. It is 1903, the dawn of the Edwardian age, when steam runs the nation and the railways drive progress.

"Jim can’t believe his luck to have gotten his foot in the door at South East Railway, run out of Waterloo Station. He finds, however, that his duties involve a graveyard shift, literally—a railway line that takes coffins from London morgues to the gigantic new cemeteries being dug in the city’s outskirts. He also learns that his predecessor had disappeared and that his coworkers seem to have formed an instant loathing for him. Forced to live by his wits and to arrive at his own deductions—assisted by his landlady, for whom he falls— he tries to figure out what is going on before he is issued a one-way ticket on 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, author of The Professor and the Madman and The Map That Changed the World

"A classy potboiler . . . in the best traditions of Dickens and Collins (let alone Christie and Chandler)." --The Times (London)"