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The Lost Luggage Porter (Jim Stringer Book 3) [Kindle Edition]

Andrew Martin
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'Unerringly sharp and pioneeringly original, it locks the reader in from start to finish.' Andrew Barrow, Spectator

Winter, 1906. It's Jim Stringer's first day as an official railway detective, but he's not a happy man.

As the rain falls incessantly on the city's ancient streets, the local paper carries a story highly unusual by York standards: two brothers have been shot to death.

Soon Jim enters the orbit of a dangerous, disturbed villain - and discovers that the two murders are barely the start of his plans . . .

'A cracking good thriller.' Independent on Sunday

'Crime narratives dispatched with a Dickensian relish . . . Delectable stuff.' Daily Express

'Has the charm of Alexander McCall Smith's simple-is-good philosophising and its addictive quality.' Metro


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    In The Lost Luggage Porter by Andrew Martin, Edwardian detective Jim Stringer goes undercover into the Yorkshire underworld of drifters, pickpockets and train-robbers.

    About the Author

    Andrew Martin, a former Spectator Young Writer of the Year, grew up in Yorkshire. He has written for the Guardian, the Daily Telegraph, the Independent on Sunday and Granta, among many other publications, and his weekly column appears in the New Statesman.

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    • Format: Kindle Edition
    • File Size: 438 KB
    • Print Length: 340 pages
    • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0571219047
    • Publisher: Faber & Faber Crime; Main edition (2 April 2009)
    • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
    • Language: English
    • ASIN: B002RI91JE
    • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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    • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
    • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #141,010 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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    Andrew Martin grew up in Yorkshire. After qualifying as a barrister, he won The Spectator Young Writer of the Year Award, 1988. Since, he has written for The Guardian, the Daily and Sunday Telegraph, the Independent and Granta, among many other publications. His columns have appeared in the Independent on Sunday and the New Statesman. His Jim Stringer novels - railway thrillers - have been published by Faber and Faber since 2002.

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    6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars A Huge Improvement 16 July 2012
    Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
    Having read the Necropolis Railway and felt a bit disappointed by it, I was a bit reluctant to read another one so soon after. Having not been able to buy a copy of the Blackpool Highflyer (book 2), I opted for The Lost Luggage Porter.

    This book is much better than the Necropolis Railway. There is alot more going on and a little bit less emphasis on train terminology. The book flows very well and it holds your attention because you wonder what Jim Stringer is basically letting himself in for.

    I like the character of Jim's wife even though she's not actually in this story a great deal, she does come across as somebody with a good brain who wants to do something with it.

    Good read, which I would recommend.
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    30 of 32 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars The Glory of Steam 26 July 2006
    Format:Paperback
    The third in Andrew Martin's Edwardian era 'Jim Stringer' novels is the finest so far. Like the earlier books, The Necropolis Railway and The Blackpool Highflyer, this is less an out-and-out thriller than a study of a period and place: the evocation of the time and the landscapes that the naive hero passes through (the grim back streets of York, the countryside beyond the city, the boat train to Paris) is extraordinarliy vivid and intense. Jim Stringer is an almost Palin-esque Northern train obsessive, albeit one who appears to be growing up a bit in this book, even if his wife remains the sharper of the two: this relationship allows for some delicious social comedy, especially in the episode when Jim's father visits the couple and is exposed to his daughter-in-law's progressive attitudes. Furthermore, Andrew Martin has a truly Dickensian eye for the 'killer detail' - the apparently casual, off-centre observation that illuminates a lost world in a tiny phrase. These books are much more than genre fiction and deserve a far wider public.
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    3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars Lost Luggage Porter 26 Feb. 2012
    By Girty
    Format:Paperback
    I like Andrew Martin's detective. I am not a great fan of the genre, but this one appeals to me. He is not really a maverick or outsider in the usual style, apart from an over-fondness for railways and a tendency to act or speak his mind when it might be wiser not to do so. The storylines might not be particularly sophistocated, but what makes these books work is the atmosphere Martin creates, the array of odd yet recognisable characters, and the earthy sense of humour. The Edwardian era is conjured up without excessive detail but with just the right balance of description and an authentic-feeling dialogue. It probably helps to be fond of railways and steam engines, but it is not essential. I think the best works have been the Lost Luggage Porter and the Last Train to Scarborough, and I am enjoying Somme Stations at the moment.
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    1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars Enthralled, reluctantly 22 Jan. 2013
    Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
    I am not a railway enthusiast nor am I particularly fond of crime fiction. But I have read the first 3 Jim Stringer books one after the other (the perils of buying and reading on Kindle!). Why?

    First, Andrew Martin writes really well and his powers of description are fabulous. He brings every milieu vividly to life, and with a few words can describe characters so that you would recognise them if you met them.

    Second, the first person voice allows him to show off his Edwardian English. I bought The Necropolis Railway because I heard Mr Martin on Radio 4 enthusing about Edwardian slang, and he certainly has a splendid grasp of the subject.

    Third, I can't help but be drawn to his main character. Jim is not really likeable but he is terribly believable: stubborn, geeky, more than a bit odd. I particularly liked the way in this book he prevaricates and puts off what he knows he needs to do until he is absolutely driven to it - very realistic, I felt.

    The plots are really quite thin and because Jim (not the world's clearest thinker, unlike his wife) is telling you about them, they mostly seem even murkier than they are. But I go on reading for the sheer enjoyment of the recreation of the historical context.

    I suppose I enjoy these books because they are really well-crafted historical fiction, and not for the crime or railway aspects!
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    2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars Better and better 28 April 2012
    Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
    This set of books get better as you read each one.
    As a mainly "just before I go to sleep" reader this series is ideal. The chapters are not too long and the plots are never too complex.
    Major literary works they are not but as a window on Edwardian life they seem pretty accurate and as a railway enthusiast the background settings are perfect.
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    1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars Third in an engaging and unusual crime series 10 Mar. 2013
    By Peter D
    Format:Paperback
    Having recently read Andrew Martin's chatty history of the tube, 'Underground, Overground', I went back to his Jim Stringer 'Steam Detective' series and re- read number three in this. 'The Lost Luggage Porter' was just as good as I remember it from the first time round. The Edwardian 'voice' of Stringer is really well done, the atmosphere (drab York, exotic Paris) is cleverly and carefully constructed, and the characters (especially the psychopathic criminal, Valentine Sampson) are effectively developed. This is a great and unusual crime series. I would recommend beginning with 'The Necropolis Railway' and reading through the series so that you can see how Stringer and his circumstances change and how he and the world around him develop.
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    3.0 out of 5 stars A Good yarn and an Interesting Howler 17 Oct. 2012
    Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
    Having read the Baghdad Railway Club and enjoyed it I started to read the series in chronological order: I am enjoying them and will make my way through them all in time. The Lost Luggage Porter like its companions is not a thriller but is also not a who-dun-nit. Rather it is a tale that unfolds and lets the reader enjoy a slice of life evolving and a crime being solved - a good yarn which develops slowly and leads to a tense conclusion with all to human and weak characters.

    Other reviewers have bemoaned the emphasis on social description and railway minutiae but in reality they are what makes the stories hang together. My main reason for writing this review, however, is to highlight the fact that along with all these detailed descriptions of life and society at the turn of the 19th/20th centuries he has made one howler. He describes the use of one pound notes in the proceeds of the main robbery. Between the banking Act of 1833 and the introduction of Treasury notes in 1914 at the start of the First World War there were no One Pound notes! The smallest legal tender paper money in that period were Five Pound notes.
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