Books: The Over-the-Hill Mob

THE TRAIN ROBBERS by Piers Paul Read; Lippincott; 320 pages; $10.95

As Casey Stengel used to say, "You could look it up." Says the Guinness Book of World Records: "The greatest recorded train robbery occurred between 3:03 a.m. and 3:27 a.m. on August 8, 1963, when a General Post Office mail train from Glasgow, Scotland, was ambushed at Sears Crossing and robbed at Bridego Bridge at Mentmore, near Cheddington, Buckinghamshire, England. The gang escaped with about 120 mailbags containing £2,631,784 worth of bank notes being taken to London for pulping. Only £ 343,448 had...

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