The Necropolis Railway: A Jim Stringer Mystery

Andrew Martin, Author . Harcourt $14 (246p) ISBN 978-0-15-603068-7

First published in the U.K. in 2002, Martin's U.S. debut offers smooth prose, but suffers from its callow, 19-year-old protagonist, Jim Stringer. In 1903, Stringer leaves York for London to make something of himself on the railway, a consuming passion of his for years. Despite his letter of reference from a director of the London and South Western Railway, Stringer receives a hostile reception at Necropolis Railway and is soon delegated to dirty scut work connected with the transport of coffins to nearby cemeteries. When he learns his predecessor mysteriously disappeared, Stringer pursues an amateur investigation that turns dangerous after several people turn up dead. Basil Copper made better use of the creepy, atmospheric Necropolis Railway setting in his 1980 novel, Necropolis , and the almost impossibly naïve Stringer stumbles on the truth rather than displaying genuine cleverness. (Jan.)

Reviewed on: 11/13/2006
Release date: 01/01/2007
Genre: Fiction
Paperback - 231 pages - 978-0-571-22878-2
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