The Lost Luggage Porter Paperback
Part of the Jim Stringer series
In York, Winter, 1906 - two brothers have been shot to death.
Meanwhile, Jim Stringer meets the Lost Luggage Porter, humblest among the employees of the North Eastern Railway company.
He tells Jim a tale which leads him to the roughest part of town, a place where the police constables always walk in twos.
Jim is off on the trail of pickpockets, 'station loungers' and other small fry of the York underworld.
But then, in a tiny, one-room pub with a badly smoking fire, he enters the orbit of a dangerous, disturbed villain who is playing for much higher stakes...
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 336 pages
- Publisher: Faber & Faber
- Publication Date: 03/05/2007
- Category: Crime & mystery
- ISBN: 9780571219049
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Review by riverwillow
This is a better read than either of the first two books. Firstly there is much less about trains, which is good news for me, as Jim Stringer is now a railway detective working out of York. Also the mystery part of the novel works well and is actually thrilling as Jim gets entangled in a series of crimes that may or may not be linked. As before the period feels beautifully evoked and this time we get to see more of his family.
Review by ngmcd
York sounds a very dangerous place according to this book. Stringer, the Steam Detective, gets in over his head here as he becomes involved in a criminal gang out to rob the railway. This reader got the impression that Martin didn't know how to end the story - the shoot out at the end isn't terribly convincing.Still, these books do help dispel any merry nostalgia about steam railways.