Saturday, September 25, 2010


by Jim Lehrer

In this novel, author and PBS anchor, Jim Lehrer, turns back the pages of the calendar back to 1956. Train travel has not yet given way to air travel. Lehrer sets this story on the luxury train called the Super Chief, nicknamed "The Train of Stars" because it carried many celebrities from Los Angeles to Chicago. Passengers are pampered on the 39-hour journey between the two cities. On this fateful journey people die under questionable circumstances. Jack Pryor, a detective for the Santa Fe railroad, must find out the facts, while keeping noted passengers such as Clark Gable and Harry Truman alive. Readers who enjoy nostalgic visits to a simpler time will find this book an enjoyable read. Travel was more leisurely, some might even say more civilized. Passengers dined in elegant dining cars as they rolled across the countryside and they stretched out for the night in sleeping cars. [If you enjoy this, you may also wish to try Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie and Strangers on a Train by Patricia Highsmith.] -- recommended by Donna G. - Virtual Services Department

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