For decades, Clive Cussler has been delighting readers with novels filled with suspense, action, and sheer audacity. Now he does it again, in one of the wildest, most entertaining historical thrillers in years.
April 1950: The rusting hulk of a steam locomotive rises from the deep waters of a Montana lake. Inside is all that remains of three men who died forty-four years before. But it is not the engine or its grisly contents that interest the people watching nearby. It is what is about to come next . . .
1906: For two years, the western states of America have been suffering an extraordinary crime spree: a string of bank robberies by a single man who cold-bloodedly murders any and all witnesses and then vanishes without a trace. Fed up by the depredations of the "Butcher Bandit," the U.S. government brings in the best man they can find-a tall, lean, no-nonsense detective named Isaac Bell, who has caught thieves and killers coast to coast.
But Bell has never had a challenge like this one. From Arizona to Colorado to the streets of San Francisco during its calamitous earthquake and fire, he pursues what is quickly becoming clear to him is the sharpest criminal mind he has ever encountered, and the woman who seems to hold the key to the bandit's identity. Using science, deduction, and intuition, Bell repeatedly draws near only to grasp at thin air, but at least he knows his pursuit is having an effect. Because his quarry is getting angry now, and has turned the chase back on him. The hunter has become the hunted. And soon it will take all of Isaac Bell's skills not merely to prevail . . . but to survive.
Filled with intricate plotting, dazzling signature set pieces, and not one but two extraordinary villains, this is the work of a master writing at the height of his powers.
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1 . A good introduction to Cussler
Posted December 22, 2009 by Steve C , Rifle, COI have never read one of his books but picked this one out because it involves an era in which I'm interested (1904-06) and the west, where I live. Very pleasant surprise; it was not only very exciting (although it came perilously close to the chasm of unbelievable coincidence) but historically very accurate. Highly recommended
2 . PAGE TURNER
Posted October 25, 2009 by Susan , Alto. NMWhat a plot. If you are a fan of historical novels, this one is great.
3 . A respite from Dirk Pitt
Posted February 25, 2009 by Robert Newman , San Antonio, TexasAlthough I enjoy the Dirk Pitt character in other Cussler novels, Isaac Bell is a breath of fresh air. I really enjoyed the pace of the novel, and I found it hard to put down even as my grandfather clock struck 1:00 a.m. I recommend it to all Cussler fans. (And first time Cussler readers as well).
4 . One of his best!
Posted November 27, 2008 by Ron B , HBCussler at his best! Historically accurate and leaves you wanting to turn another page. Don't start this at night unless you want to stay up late.
5 . LOVED IT!!
Posted March 02, 2008 by Dcoop35 , MichiganI will do my best to say exactly how much I loved this book! I loved the jumping back and forth in time, I loved how historically acurate and yet exciting everything was! You follow different characters and grow to adore them through his witty entendres. Buy this book you wotn regret it!
November 05, 2007
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