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Super
 
 
Author
Jim Lehrer.
Publisher Random House  
Format hardcover
Product Dimensions 8.5 x 5.75 x 0.9 inches
ISBN 9781400067633
Pages/Publication Date 209/2010
Daedalus Item Code 31071
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In its heyday, the Santa Fe railroad's Super Chief was known as the "Train of the Stars" for the wealthy and famous passengers it often carried—as it does in this delightful mystery novel from PBS political commentator Jim Lehrer. Embarking from the Windy City in April 1956 for its voyage across the Plains to Tinseltown, the Super is hosting Darwin Rinehart, a once-great Hollywood producer whose most recent movie was a flop; ailing millionaire Otto Wheeler, making what he knows will be his last trip on the great train; Clark Gable, notorious for his drinking and womanizing on the Super; and the former president himself, Harry Truman. As they pull out of Dearborn Station, the passengers can't possibly imagine what lies ahead, for as the train gains speed, a series of deadly events unfolds.

"Many of Lehrer's 19 previous novels showcased his abiding love for simpler times: mid-20th-century America, the small-town Midwest, and the intercity bus lines of that time and region. This time out, he focuses his attention on the Super Chief, the luxurious Sante Fe Railroad train that carried the rich and famous from Chicago to Los Angeles in just over 39 hours.... It's Lehrer in typically fine form: wonderful detail about railroad operations and life on the Super; small prairie towns that owed their existence to the Sante Fe; Hollywood's worries about television; rail's apparent lack of worry about airlines; gossip about Gable's prodigious womanizing; and concerns about radiation from nuclear tests in Nevada. Remarkably, however, the book's central events are true, as Lehrer testifies in an epilogue. Lehrer is a national treasure, and Super is ... super."—Booklist

 
 
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