The Iron Horse

The Iron Horse

Book - 2007
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Casemate Publishing
‘Historical crime writing of the first order, replete with authentic period detail, a vivid cast of characters, and a plot that makes for compulsive reading’ -- Good Book Guide

Blackwell North Amer
Derby Day at Epsom Downs. A multitude of people crowd to watch the races: dukes and dustmen, bishops and beggars, privileged ladies and prostitutes--the gamut of Victorian society and a hotbed for crime and crooks of all kinds. With the nation a-flutter in the run up to this national event, a disembodied head is discovered on a passenger train at Crewe; the first in a murky course of events that takes in murder, fraud and race-fixing. Detective Inspector Robert Colbeck and his assistant are assigned to the case and are soon snarled up in a web of skullduggery stretching across the country. They are forced to ask themselves, just how much is someone prepared to hazard to win?

Publisher: London : Allison & Busby, 2007
ISBN: 9780749080808
Branch Call Number: M MARSTON
Characteristics: 334 p.


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Jan 08, 2018

Author Edward Marston has created an intricate plot of ambition, greed, revenge, and broken hearts that keeps the reader engaged to the final page. The criminal activity takes place against the backdrop of the stark contrasts of the Victorian era such as sharp class structure, wide economic inequality, rapid urbanization, and challenged social and religious values. When is Detective Inspector Robert Colbeck going to propose to Madeleine Andrews? [The summary (above) is incorrect as the head is revealed on a railway station platform several weeks prior to the Derby Week horse races.]

Sep 09, 2014

This addition to the Railway Detective series involves horse race fixing as well as a man's head found while a train's baggage is being unloaded. Leeming and Colbeck are at their best matching up the head with its body, and finding out how the most important race of the year is being fixed, when it appears the owners of the lead contenders are hiding and guarding their horses to prevent any tampering.


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