The Taking of Pelham 123

The Taking of Pelham 123

by John Godey

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Four men take a New York City subway train hostage--along with all of its passengers. Their demands are simple: deliver $1 million, or the men will start killing hostages. Fast-paced and intensely psychological, this novel tells the story from the point of view of each of the hijackers--revealing each man's motivations, desperations, and fatal flaws.

Tensions build as the four hijackers begin to fight among themselves--and the passengers take advantage of their weakness. Despite their meticulous planning, the kidnapping attempt starts to go awry--and the hijackers' escape seems impossible. Made into a blockbuster movie in 1974 starring Walter Matthau and Robert Shaw, and remade in 2009 with Denzel Washington and John Travolta, this novel will have you on the edge of your seat until the last page.


John Godey is the alias of Morton Freedgood (1913–2006), an American novelist born in New York City. While working in public relations for 20th Century Fox, Paramount, and other film companies, he published numerous short stories in magazines such as Esquire and Cosmopolitan. He published more serious novels under his own name, and used the alias "John Godey" to write crime novels.

It was under his alias that his writing saw the most success. Some of his most successful works include A Thrill a Minute with Jack Albany, a series that later became a Disney movie; and The Taking of Pelham 123, a 1973 best seller later made into a blockbuster motion picture.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940148570646
Publisher: RosettaBooks
Publication date: 08/02/2013
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 373
Sales rank: 652,216
File size: 2 MB

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The Taking of Pelham 123 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Prop2gether on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A thriller dated by its ties to then-current political and social history, but still exciting in chasing down the bad guys. The movie to see for this is the original with Walter Matthau as the transit cop, Robert Shaw as Mr. Blue leading the gang (consisting of Martin Balsam, Hector Elizondo, and Earl Hindman) and Matthew's dad, James Broderick as the conductor. The film is tighter than than book and ends more satisfactorily, but nonetheless, this is an intriguing crime to consider.
don28 More than 1 year ago
if you saw the movie, this is much better
otterly More than 1 year ago
Years ago, I read this book, and also saw the movie it inspired. This is an interesting premise and fairly well thought out. THe group of four men are well prepared and make a good team. One can learn quite a bit about hos a subway operates. The mayor makes a good character, sick as he is, with one scene having him barin his butt for a shot from his doctor. This is not an easy thing to do--logistics wise--a million dollars for a group of subway riders. I might read other books, and yes--I think it would work for a book group.
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