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Jim Cummings Or, The Great Adams Express Robbery by A. Frank (pseud.) Pinkerton is a thrilling crime novel that will keep readers hooked from start to finish. Set in the late 19th century, the story takes us on an exhilarating ride through the world of daring heists and cunning detectives.

The plot revolves around the infamous Adams Express Robbery, an audacious crime that has shaken the nation. When Jim Cummings, a skilled and resourceful thief, becomes the main suspect, he embarks on a journey to clear his name. The author masterfully weaves together elements of mystery, action, and suspense, making every chapter an adrenaline-fueled adventure.

Pinkerton's protagonist, Jim Cummings, is a complex and intriguing character. Despite his criminal tendencies, readers can't help but empathize with him as he navigates a dangerous world where trust is a luxury he can't afford. His cat-and-mouse game with the determined Pinkerton detective tasked with bringing him to justice adds an extra layer of excitement to the story.

One of the highlights of the novel is Pinkerton's meticulous attention to detail. The author's knowledge of historical events and settings shines through, transporting readers to an era of steam-powered trains and dusty saloons. The authenticity of the setting enhances the immersive experience, allowing readers to feel fully immersed in the story.

The pacing of the novel is steady, with twists and turns that keep readers guessing and the pages turning. Pinkerton skillfully balances action-packed sequences with moments of emotional depth, giving readers a more comprehensive understanding of the characters' motivations and desires.

While the novel's primary focus is on the adrenaline-fueled chase, Pinkerton also addresses broader themes of loyalty, redemption, and the thin line between right and wrong. Through the characters' choices and struggles, readers are challenged to reflect on the nature of justice and morality.

Although some aspects of the plot could be seen as predictable, the overall execution and the depth of the characters make up for it. Pinkerton's storytelling skills are evident, and his ability to paint vivid scenes and create engaging dialogues is commendable.

In conclusion, Jim Cummings Or, The Great Adams Express Robbery is a gripping crime novel that will captivate fans of the genre. A. Frank Pinkerton's writing style and attention to historical accuracy make this a must-read for anyone seeking a thrilling adventure set in the past. Whether you are a fan of fast-paced action or enjoy uncovering the psychology of complex characters, this book has something for everyone.

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With a portrait of the notorious Jim Cummings and illustrations of scenes connected with the great robbery

By Frank Pinkerton

Vol. I, March 1887. The Pinkerton Detective Series, issued monthly, by subscription, $3.00 per annum.




In the rear room of a small frame building, the front of which was occupied as a coal office, located on West Lake street, Chicago, three men were seated around a square pine table. The curtains of the window were not only drawn inside, but the heavy shutters were closed on the outside. A blanket was nailed over the only door of the room, and every thing and every action showed that great secrecy was a most important factor of the assembly.

The large argand burner of a student's lamp filled the small room with its white, strong light, The table was covered with railroad time tables, maps, bits of paper, on which were written two names a great number of times, and pens of different makes and widths of point were scattered amidst the papers,

One man, a large, powerfully built fellow, deep chested, and long limbed, was occupied in writing, again and again, the name of "J.B. Barrett." He had covered sheet after sheet with the name, looking first at a letter before him, but was still far from satisfied... Continue reading book >>

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