Crichton's 1975 airport thriller ages surprisingly well (40 years old!), being still readable to the modern TV/video game addict choked up on Ritalin, caffeine, Citalis etc.
at times verging upon non-fiction in depth of detail and authoritarian voice, this novelization of the 1855 Great Gold Robbery from a moving train reminds the contemporary reader of the impact of this crime on Victorian culture/sensibilities, and evokes a bygone era with the speed and pacing of a Al Pacino movie.
apparently inspiration enough for the Alive! the Story of the Andes writer to follow up this book in 1978 with his own draft of the same story. [b:The Train Robbers|353470|The Train Robbers|Piers Paul Read|http://d.gr-assets.com/books/1280113585s/353470.jpg|343679] (imitation is the sincerest form of flattery...)
2011 non-fiction account exists as well.
well-detailed, and has the Crichton hallmark of "authentic level of research / science / history"