Stephen Karlson (shkarlson) wrote in 50bookchallenge,
Stephen Karlson
shkarlson
50bookchallenge

  • Mood:

HACKING THE NETWORK.

It didn't begin with the Internet.  Frank L. Packard's The Wire Devils, which the University of Minnesota reissue describes as "A Classic Mystery Novel of the American Railroad" has a band of thieves more intent on robbing trains than on blackmailing politicians or running terror rings, and yet the techniques of hijacking the network (back in the day, the railroad's Morse telegraphs) and sending coded messages are familiar.  And there is enough of the atmosphere of Railroad Magazine short stories and Bedwell and Dellinger fiction to make it as much a railroad story as an early twentieth century techno-thriller.  That despite author Packard being a Montreal man more familiar with the New York Central and Hudson River than with the American West in which he set it, if the place names and previous locations of the principal characters are any indication.  Quick read, and a change of pace from my usual fare for Book Review No. 16.

(Cross-posted to Cold Spring Shops.)

Tags: crime fiction, fiction, historical mysteries, technology
Subscribe

  • Book #14: North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell

    North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell My rating: 4 of 5 stars This book opens with the heroine, Margaret Hale, being uprooted from her idyllic…

  • Book 31 - 2019

    Book 31: The Land Before Avocado: Journeys in a lost Australia by Richard Glover - 269 pages Description from bookdepository.co.uk: There's…

  • Book #11: Kiss of the Spider Woman by Manuel Puig

    Kiss of the Spider Woman by Manuel Puig My rating: 4 of 5 stars This book was written in Argentina in 1976, and feels way ahead of its time.…

  • Post a new comment

    Error

    Anonymous comments are disabled in this journal

    default userpic

    Your reply will be screened

    Your IP address will be recorded 

  • 0 comments