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The Thief (Isaac Bell Adventures)by Clive Cussler
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The new thriller in the #1 New York Timesand#150;bestselling Isaac Bell series from grand master of adventure Clive Cussler.
and#160;As Van Dorn private detective Isaac Bell strives to land a government contract to investigate John D. Rockefellerand#8217;s Standard Oil monopoly, the case takes a deadly turn. A sniper begins murdering opponents of Standard Oil, and soon the assassinand#151;shooting with extraordinary accuracy at seemingly impossible long rangeand#151;kills Belland#8217;s best witness, a brave and likable man. Then the shooterand#160;detonates a terrible explosion that sets the victimand#8217;s independent refinery ablaze.
Bell summons his best detectives to scour the site of the crime for evidence. Who is the assassin and for whom did he kill? But the murdersand#151;shootings, poisonings, staged accidentsand#151;have just begun as Bell tracks his phantom-like criminal adversary from the and#147;oil feverand#8221; regions of Kansas and Texas to Washington, D.C., to the tycoonsand#8217; enclave of New York, to Russiaand#8217;s war-torn Baku oil fields on the Caspian Sea, and back to America for a final, desperate confrontation. And this one will be the most explosive of all.
Detective Isaac Bell returns in the extraordinary new adventure in the #1 New York Timesbestselling series.
It is 1920, and both Prohibition and bootlegging are in full swing. When Isaac Bells boss and lifelong friend Joseph Van Dorn is shot and nearly killed leading the high-speed chase of a rum-running vessel, Bell swears to him that he will hunt down the lawbreakers, but he doesnt know what he is getting into. When a witness to Van Dorns shooting is executed in a ruthlessly efficient manner invented by the Russian secret police, it becomes clear that these are no ordinary criminals. Bell is up against a team of Bolshevik assassins and saboteurs—and they are intent on overthrowing the government of the United States.
On the ocean liner Mauretania, two European scientists with a dramatic new invention are barely rescued from abduction by the Van Dorn Detective Agency's intrepid chief investigator, Isaac Bell. Unfortunately, they are not so lucky the second time. The thugs attack again-and this time one of the scientists dies. What are they holding that is so precious? Only something that will revolutionize business and popular culture-and perhaps something more.
For war clouds are looming, and a ruthless espionage agent has spotted a priceless opportunity to give the Germans an edge. It is up to Isaac Bell to figure out who he is, what he is up to, and stop him. But he may already be too late . . . and the future of the world may just hang in the balance.
About the Author
Clive Cussler is the author of many New York Times bestsellers, most recently The Race and Devil's Gate. He lives in Arizona.
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