Banacek gets the call when a revolutionary new car - the Phoenix - (and the flatcar to which it was attached) disappear from a moving train en route to Boston. While a business rival may be responsible, a hateful investigation rival tries to beat Banacek to the punch in solving this mystery. Key to figuring it out seems to be the poor treatment of a beautiful lady engineer and the "accidental" death of a hobo.
Did You Know?
William Windom, Percy Rodrigues, and John Fiedler appeared in Star Trek episodes. Peter Mark Richman would appear in an episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation. See more
The helicopter that Banacek takes off in from the train has a registration number of N4795R. When he lands from the same flight, the registration has changed to N7982J. See more
"Read the whole library, my son, but the cheese will still smell after four days." That's an old Polish proverb.
Really? Well maybe it just takes an old Pole to understand it.
No, it means that no matter how much you know, natural laws are natural laws, and you must put your faith in the Boston police.