- The Chase -
Putnam (November 6, 2007)
Hardcover 416 pages
editor in chief Neil Nyren, "November marks
Clive Cussler's first standalone. The Chase, a
historical adventure thriller, revolves around
the 1906 San Francisco earthquake and fire. It
will also be the first book Cussler has not cowritten
with another writer in four years,
turn of the century adventure novel about a ruthless
bank robber, who leaves no one alive behind robbing
bank after bank by non intrusively first blending
into a town, then fading away unnoticed, therefore
not missed by a soul. Justice is pursued by Isaac
Bell, a charismatic detective, wealthy enough to spend
his days in leisure, but too young for inactivity,
whose vocation in life is catching criminals who think
their wits give them license to break the law and
get away with it. Cussler is in his best form and
setting aside Dirk Pitt, does not seem a setback at
all. Those with a taste for fast cars will not be
disappointed as Clive masterfully shifts to locomotives
chase. Step by step he tantalizes the reader to an
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 . . .
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.
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.
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
Clive Cussler is the author or coauthor of thirty-three
books, including nineteen Dirk Pitt(r) novels, most
recently Treasure of Khan; seven NUMA(r)Files adventures,
most recently The Navigator; four Oregon Files books;
and three works of nonfiction. He lives in Arizona.
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