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This Train - James Grady


Blurb (from publisher, No Exit Press ):

This Train races us through America's heartland, carrying secrets. There is treasure in the cargo car, along with an invisible puppeteer. There is a coder named Nora, Mugzy, the yippy dog, and Ross, the too-curious poet. On board, it's a countdown to murder…

On this train there is a silver madman, a targeted banker, and crises of conscience. This train harbors the "perfect" couple's conspiracies, the chaos of being a teenager, and parenthood alongside the wows of being nine. There is a widow and a wannabe, and the sleaziest billionaire.

On this train, there is the suicide ticket, the bomb, sex, love, and loneliness. The heist. Revenge. Redemption.

This Train is a ticking clock, roaring through forty-seven fictional hours of non-stop suspense and action, through the challenges of now: Racism. Sexism. Global warming. What it means to be alive.

This train carries all of us. All aboard!

This really is a rollercoaster of a read, mixing characters, plots and events across the passengers on the train and their journey. It was interesting to look at how linear the train's journey was, on tracks and in one direction, whilst amongst the various passengers, the interactions and suspense about where they were going and what might happen jumped, twisted and turned at every chapter and the ending went in a completely different way to what I expected!

It's written in a unique way, and at several points I had to re-read pages to check I had read what I thought and make sure I had it straight in my head, but it's so vivid and rich in character, that you get drawn into the different stories as it progresses and used to the unusual narration.

Not like anything I had read before, I thoroughly enjoyed and would recommend this as a thriller to stcick with, and which will eventually have you racing to read the ending and find out what happens.

My thanks to No Exit for a copy of the book to review.

Find out more and buy a copy at their website,

The Author:

James Grady is a longtime author of thrillers, police procedural and espionage novels. He graduated from the University of Montana School of Journalism in 1974. During college, he worked for United States Senator Lee Metcalf of Montana as an staff member.

From 1974 - 1978 he was an investigative journalist for the famous muckraker Jack Anderson. Best known as the author of Six Days of the Condor, which was adapted to film as Three Days of the Condor starring Robert Redford in 1975.

James Grady has gone on to write almost a dozen more novels in the thirty-eight years since Six Days of the Condor was published.

This Train is his latest, out now. Find out more at

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Review by Rich Simpson (@richreadalot) December 2022. All views my own.

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