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 US 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
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