Jim Stringer
Created by Andrew Martin

A train man to the core, JIM STRINGER finally becomes an official "private eye" (after acting as an amateur sleuth in his first two adventures) when he's given the title of railroad detective for the Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway in The Lost Luggage Porter, the third book in this entertaining series set in turn-of-the-(last)-century England.

There are several cozyish touches, including plenty of soap about Jim and his on-going relationship with his suffragette girlfriend (later wife) Lydia, but there's more than enough gritty steam, two-fisted action, and moral dilemmas in his cases to leave a pleasant hard-boiled aftertaste.

In fact, it reminds me, both in its approach and historical sweep, of Allan Levine's Sam Klein.


Report respectfully submitted by Kevin Burton Smith.

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