Synopses & Reviews
On the ocean liner Mauretania, two European scientists with a groundbreaking new invention are rescued from abduction by the Van Dorn Detective Agency's intrepid chief investigator, Isaac Bell. Unfortunately, they are not so lucky when the thugs attack a second time — and one of the scientists dies. What are the scientists holding that is so precious? Only something that will revolutionize business and world culture — and perhaps something more.
For war clouds are looming, and a ruthless espionage agent has spotted a priceless opportunity to give the German Empire an edge. It is up to Isaac Bell to figure out who he is, what he is up to, and stop him, but Bell may already be too late.
“Bell just keeps getting more interesting. Cussler is turning out some of his best work.” Booklist
Early 20th century detective Isaac Bell protects a promising aviator from her jealous husband in this remarkable adventure from the #1New York Times-bestselling author.
It is 1910, the age of flying machines is still in its infancy, and newspaper publisher Preston Whiteway is offering $50,000 for the first daring aviator to cross America in less than fifty days. He is even sponsoring one of the prime candidates-an intrepid woman named Josephine Frost-and that's where Bell, chief investigator for the Van Dorn Detective Agency, comes in.
Frost's violent-tempered husband has just killed her lover and tried to kill her, and he is bound to make another attempt. Bell has tangled with Harry Frost before; he knows that the man has made his millions leading gangs of thieves, murderers, and thugs in every city across the country. He also knows Frost won t be after just his wife, but after Whiteway as well.And if Bell takes the case . . . Frost will be after him, too.
About the Author
Clive Cussler is the Grand Master of Adventure, and author or coauthor of more than forty previous books, including twenty-one Dirk Pitt® novels, most recently Crescent Dawn
; nine NUMA® Files adventures, most recently Devil’s Gate
; eight Oregon Files books, most recently The Jungle
; the Isaac Bell historical thrillers, most recently The Thief
; three Fargo adventures, most recently The Kingdom
; and young adult novels, most recently, The Adventures of Hotsy Totsy
. His nonfiction works include Built for Adventure, The Sea Hunters
, and The Sea Hunters II
; the latter two describe the true adventures of the real NUMA®, which, led by Cussler, searches for ships of historic significance. With his crew of volunteers, Cussler has discovered more than sixty ships, including the long-lost Confederate submarine Hunley. He lives in Arizona.
Justin Scott's twenty-four novels include The Shipkiller and Normandie Triangle; the Ben Abbott detective series; and five modern sea thrillers published under his pen name Paul Garrison.