Wrecker by Clive Cussler
Series: Isaac Bell - Detective Series
Published 11/17/09 by Putnam hardcover / $27.95
audacious new historical thriller from the #1
New York Times-bestselling author and grand master
The Chase, Clive Cussler introduced an electrifying
new hero, the tall, lean, no-nonsense detective
Isaac Bell, who, driven by his sense of justice,
travels early-twentieth-century America pursuing
thieves and killers . . . And sometimes criminals
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, and Bell 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 revolutionary determined to displace the "privileged
few"? A criminal mastermind engineering some
as yet unexplained scheme?
he is, whatever his motives, the Wrecker knows
how to create maximum havoc, and Bell senses that
he is far from done - that, in fact, the Wrecker
is building up to a grand act unlike anything
he has committed before. If Bell doesn't stop
him in time, more than a railroad could be at
risk - it could be the future of the entire country.
with intricate plotting and dazzling set pieces,
The Wrecker is one of the most entertaining thrillers