is 1907—a year of financial panic and labor unrest. Train wrecks, fires, and
explosions sabotage the Southern Pacific Railroad’s Cascades express line and,
desperate, the railroad hires the fabled Van Dorn detective agency. Van Dorn
sends in his best man, Isaac Bell, who quickly discovers that a mysterious
saboteur haunts the hobo jungles of the West, a man known as the Wrecker, who
recruits accomplices from the down-and-out to attack the railroad—and then
kills them afterward. The Wrecker traverses the vast spaces of the American
West as if he had wings, striking wherever he pleases, causing untold damage
and loss of human life. Who is he? What does he want? Is he a striker? An
anarchist? A criminal mastermind engineering some unexplained scheme?
he is, whatever his motives, the Wrecker knows how to create maximum havoc, and
Bell senses that he is far from done. If Bell doesn’t stop him in time, the railroad won’t be the only thing at risk …
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