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The Chaseby Clive Cussler
Synopses & Reviews
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.
"Cussler takes a breather from his several ongoing series with this historical thriller set in the western states, circa 1906. The U.S. government hires the renowned Van Dorn Detective Agency and its equally renowned lead agent, Isaac Bell, to capture the bank robber known as the Butcher Bandit. The Butcher has gunned down 38 men and women and two children, leaving behind neither witnesses nor clues. Bell heads the manhunt and finally figures out the Butcher's true identity, which is when the real chase begins. Unfortunately, Cussler's style is patterned on the clunky dialogue ('I pray you catch the murdering scum') and improbable characters of the period's dime novels, and his in-depth research makes his descriptions sound like advertising. Once San Francisco gets hit by the 1906 earthquake and the principals climb aboard a pair of fire-breathing locomotives, the novel cranks up a head of steam and some high-speed thrills." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"The details of early 20th-century America and the novel's thrill-a-minute pace will add another best seller to his résumé. Highly recommended." Library Journal
"Thin characters, fat plot-holes, sluggish pacing and Cussler's signature clunky prose." Kirkus Reviews
"Without question, the best thing about any novel by Clive Cussler is that the reader is hooked by the end of the first chapter. Another given is that you will be introduced to many forms of transportation, most of them unique, historic and classic. The Chase, a stand-alone historical thriller, is no exception." Bookreporter.com
In this stand-alone novel by the #1 "New York Times"-bestselling author of the Dirk Pitt adventures, a no-nonsense detective is on the trail of the sharpest and deadliest criminal mind he has ever encountered: a serial robber who murders any and all witnesses. Available in a tall Premium Edition.
A remarkable adventure from the limitless imagination of Clive Cussler.
Clive cussler is back with a stand-alone novel that ?cranks up a head of steam and some high speed thrills.?(Publishers Weekly)
A no- nonsense detective is on the trail of the sharpest and deadliest criminal mind he has ever encountered: a serial robber who murders any and all witnesses in cold-blood.
About the Author
Clive Cussler is the author or coauthor of thirty-three books, including nineteen Dirk Pitt novels, most recently Treasure of Khan; seven NUMA Files adventures, most recently The Navigator; four Oregon Files books; and three works of nonfiction. He lives in Arizona.
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