The Railway Viaduct
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As a train speeds over the Sankey Viaduct, the dead body of a man is hurled into the canal below. Inspector Robert Colbeck and Sergeant Victor Leeming take charge of their most complex and difficult case yet. Hampered by the fact that the corpse has nothing on him to indicate his identity, they are baffled until a young woman comes forward to explain that the murder victim, Gaston Chabal, is an engineer, working on a major rail link in France. As the case takes on an international dimension, problems accumulate. The detectives wonder if the murder is connected to a series of vicious attacks on the rail link that is being built by British navvies under the direction of a British construction engineer. Colbeck and Leeming have to survive personal danger, resistance from the French government, broadsides from their Superintendent, and many other setbacks before they solve the crime.
What The Critics Said
‘The book reads excellently and the railway background appears well researched. Strongly recommended to railway enthusiasts and lovers of crime stories'
Journal of the Railway and Canal Historical Society
‘This interesting narrative romps along space and introduces many eccentric but well-drawn characters. Highly recommended'
Antipodean Holmesian Association
‘Marston is recognised as a consummate practitioner of the historical thriller...as vivid and inventive as anything he has produced.’
The Good Book Guide
'An excellent tale, well told, and one which anyone with an interest in railway history will find satisfying'
Friends of the Railway Museum Magazine