Maxwell's Train


284 pages
ISBN 0-00-222859-9





Reviewed by Ray Covell

Ray Covell was a librarian in Kelowna, British Columbia.


If you are an aficionado of thrillers, you will enjoy Maxwell’s Train. It is an exciting story of a train robbery, filled with action from Prologue to Epilogue — an ingenious tale of the frequently frustrated plans of Harry Maxwell to steal a fortune from the U.S. Treasury’s Railway Post Office car. The Night Owl leaves Washington, D.C., en route for New York City with $35 million in new notes and several unexpected passengers. How the train comes to stop on Stoney Creek bridge in the Selkirk Mountains of British Columbia, three days and three thousand miles later, is a fascinating story that includes hijacking and hostage-taking. The inability of VIA and Amtrak, as well as the F.B.I. and the R.C.M.P., to cope with terrorism is well documented; the terrorism is made more vivid by the infinite attention to details of the North American rail system and the U.S. Treasury currency shipments.

If you enjoy an action-packed story, read Maxwell’s Train.


Hyde, Christopher, “Maxwell's Train,” Canadian Book Review Annual Online, accessed April 18, 2024,