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Murder in the First-Class Carriage: The First Victorian Railway Killing
 
 
Author
Kate Colquhoun.
Publisher Overlook  
Format hardcover
Product Dimensions 9.25 x 6.25 x 1.25 inches
ISBN 9781590206751
Pages/Publication Date 339/2011
Daedalus Item Code 23780
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(Shortlisted for the Gold Dagger Award) In July 1864, Thomas Briggs was traveling home after visiting his niece and her husband for dinner. He boarded a first-class carriage on the 9:45 pm Hackney service of the North London railway. At Hackney, two bank clerks discovered blood in the seat cushions as well as on the floor, windows, and sides of the carriage. A bloodstained hat, not belonging to Briggs, was found on the seat along with a broken link from a watch chain. Kate Colquhoun tells a gripping tale of a real-life crime that shocked the era, and how the race to identify the killer and catch him as he fled on a boat to America was eagerly followed by the public on both sides of the Atlantic.

"A thrilling book, which reads at times like a good Victorian novel ... an utterly compelling did-he-do-it."Sunday Times (London)

"Journalist Colquhoun has crafted a marvelously suspenseful account of the investigation, a trans-Atlantic manhunt, and the ensuing trial. This is an intriguing story about emerging forensics and also an engaging social history, focusing on how a spectacular crime, the first on a British railroad, riveted public attention."Booklist

 
 
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