From literary classics like The Murder on the Orient Express, to modern bestsellers like The Girl on the Train, the railway has long been a favourite setting for mystery and thriller fiction. And we can see why: the anonymity, the transitoriness, the crowds – all make for the perfect setting to commit a crime, with an easy getaway built in.
The detectives in our thrillers below encounter crimes on the New York subway, a late-night train to Bath, and – potentially one of the worst train experiences imaginable – the discovery of a severed head on the London Tube.
That’s when it rolled out, under their feet, causing people to yell and jump aside. It rolled one way and then, as the train lurched again, back down the middle of the aisle. The woman was suddenly on her feet, eyes wide, screaming at the top of her lungs. People all around were surging away, leaping aside, as a space cleared around the object that now came to a halt back at Ruby’s feet. She wasn’t sure what she was looking at. It looked like somebody’s head, lying on the floor, staring up at her. She didn’t understand how that could be. Then she too began to scream.Extract from THE HEIGHTS by Parker Bilal
These fast-paced thrillers are the perfect distraction for your next long train journey. Happy travels and happy reading!
NIGHT TRAIN TO MURDER – Simon R. Green
When Ishmael Jones is asked to escort a VIP on the late-night train to Bath, it would appear to be a routine case. Ishmael’s mission is to ensure that he arrives safely. But when a body is discovered in a locked toilet cubicle, Ishmael Jones has just 56 minutes to solve a seemingly impossible crime before the train reaches its destination.
THE HEIGHTS – Parker Bilal
The chilling discovery of a severed head on the Tube draws Cal Drake back to the case he failed to solve four years ago. At the same time, a young student from the Gulf goes missing. Could the two cases be linked? As PIs Crane and Drake investigate, they are plunged into the dark underworld of London and international crime.
THE HOOK – Tim O’Mara
Maurice ‘MoJo’ Joseph’s body is found with an arrow sticking out of its back atop Raymond Donne’s school. MoJo had seemingly turned his life around and was soon to be a father, but a bag of heroine on his person and he’d been conducting work behind his employer’s back. Was he really clean, or was there more to his actions?