An NYPD detective is recruited as a rail marshall by a brother cop on the police force of Paris, France, and gets caught up in the crime of the century.
Trainjack is raw-edged excitement ... David Alexander takes the railway thriller to places that it has never gone before.
SUPERCRIME MEETS SUPERTRAIN. Trainjack barrels along at a breakneck pace. The faster this high-speed thriller goes, the better it gets.
SUPERCRIME MEETS SUPERTRAIN. Written with daring verve and accomplished skill, plotted with the deft touch of a master prose stylist, packed with surprises at practically every turn, Trainjack is an exceptional technothriller from one of the top authors in the field.
SUPERCRIME MEETS SUPERTRAIN. Danger and high intrigue make a train connection with espionage, treachery and passion. Alexander has created characters so original they seem to jump right off Trainjack's excitement-packed pages.
TRAINJACK PREVIEW EDITION, PART I. This is the first part of a special preview of Trainjack in two parts. Read Trainjack by David Alexander.
All aboard for a journey into danger by a master of suspense.
The Gare de l'Est was dark. The time was 12:32 A.M. Liveried EuroStar porters rolled on motorized carts across the platform. Lights played strangely in the darkness as the EuroStar Express stood motionless on the track.
The easternmost of Paris's four gares, or railway terminals, was located off the Place de Austerlitz, a name that was itself synonymous with a journey to the east in which French military forces, under Napoleon, clashed with the first of what was destined to be a long line of adversaries.
The EuroStar Express would be traveling east and south. Bucentaur was the product of an Anglo-French-German consortium headquartered in Zurich, Switzerland. The consortium had been set up by the respective governments to develop a trans-European express that would be ready not only for high-speed land routes but also for new tunnels beneath the oceans that would link the continents. The patents on the train's design features were intended to set the standards in train design for the next century at least.
In the bar car, New York City police detective Van Keel, clad in a white tux and smoking a Sobranie Black Russian filtertip, put the final flourishes to an instrumental version of "Stormy Monday Blues," the original Billy Ekstine version that had been much imitated but, in Keel's opinion, never surpassed. Striking a flurry of minor seventh chords, Keel ended with a glissando of triplets in d-minor that lingered in the air for a moment before the final notes died away.
Keel had been playing for almost an hour, beginning his set with Noel Coward's "I'll See You Again," and working his way through the Gershwins' "Nice Work if You Can Get It," then segueing into "An Ace in the Hole," the old thirties dance hall favorite that Keel, by syncopating the rhythm on the downbeat, transformed into something that sounded like a rock tune. Keel caught the trainmaster's eye. Bucentaur's departure was imminent...
Trainjack, a global technothriller by author David Alexander.
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