Books: Clickety-Clack

THE TAKING OF PELHAM ONE TWO THREE

by JOHN GODEY 316 pages. Putnam. $6.95.

Glamorous trains are disappearing fast, in fact as well as fantasy. About the only vehicle left for adventure on rails is the big-city subway. It can rattle along divertingly enough, as in the famous chase sequence in the movie The French Connection. But as used in a novel like The Taking of Pelham One Two Three, the subway car as dramatic conveyance produces the sinking, shrinking feeling of a subgenre in decline. Once we roared across frontiers on the Orient...

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