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Derailed by James Siegel

5 Ratings: 3.4
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Product Description Advertising director Charles Schine is just another New York commuter, regularly catching the 8.43 to work. But the day he misses his train is the day that changes his life. Catching the 9.05 instead, he can't help but be drawn by … see full wiki

Author: James Siegel
Genre: Suspense
Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
Date Published: May 2003
1 review about Derailed by James Siegel

Tension Right Up to the End!

  • Mar 21, 2009
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Charlie Shine an ad executive takes the Long Island Railroad to work every day. One day he meets a leggy Lucinda on the train through a mix-up with his train ticket. The two start-up a conversation and pretty soon are meeting each other on the train. Lucinda tells Charlie she is in an unhappy marriage and Charlie who is married himself debates having an affair with her. Of course the temptation is too great for him so they schedule a daytime tryst in a downtown, shaddy hotel. At the end of their activity, they are surprised by a mugger who robs Charlie and rapes Lucinda. Both not wanting their spouses to find out, decide to say nothing to the police.

The mugger (Mr. Vasquez) aware that they will take no action against them, starts to blackmail Charlie to get whatever additional wealth that he has. The rest of the book is difficult to talk about without a lot of spoilers but let's say that Charlie gets involved with a murder and that things are definitely not the way Charlie perceives them.

I really liked this book because of the non-stop tension throughout and I have ridden the same train as Charlie and lived in some of the neighborhoods that are described by the author. Having enjoyed this book, I immediately went out and got Detour, by the same author, which also seems excellent. Mr. Siegel looks like an excellent writer of the thriller and I highly recommend his works!

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March 22, 2009
Is this the book that the movie (by the same name) was based on? Sounds exciting; the plot reminds me Hitchcock's Strangers on a Train!
March 22, 2009
You are correct. The movie was changed to Chicago from New York. Also, the book went in to great detail how Charlie goes after the bad guy, which wasn't in the movie. Overall the book was way better!
 
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