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The Cutthroat (Isaac Bell Series #10)

The Cutthroat (Isaac Bell Series #10)

by Clive Cussler, Justin Scott

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Isaac Bell may be on the hunt for the greatest monster of all time in the newest action-adventure novel from #1 New York Times–bestselling author Clive Cussler.
The year is 1911. Chief Investigator Isaac Bell of the Van Dorn Detective Agency has had many extraordinary cases before. But none quite like this.

Hired to find a


Isaac Bell may be on the hunt for the greatest monster of all time in the newest action-adventure novel from #1 New York Times–bestselling author Clive Cussler.
The year is 1911. Chief Investigator Isaac Bell of the Van Dorn Detective Agency has had many extraordinary cases before. But none quite like this.

Hired to find a young woman named Anna Pape who ran away from home to become an actress, Bell gets a shock when her murdered body turns up instead. Vowing to bring the killer to justice, he begins a manhunt which leads him into increasingly more alarming territory. Anna Pape was not alone in her fate—petite young blond women like Anna are being murdered in cities across America.

And the pattern goes beyond the physical resemblance of the victims—there are disturbing familiarities about the killings themselves that send a chill through even a man as experienced with evil as Bell. If he is right about his fears, then he is on the trail of one of the greatest monsters of his time.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
An intriguing premise—Jack the Ripper is alive and well and rampaging across early-20th-century America—boosts bestseller Cussler’s 10th Isaac Bell adventure (after 2016’s The Gangster, also coauthored with Scott). Wealthy industrialist William Pape asks Bell, the Van Dorn Detective Agency’s chief investigator, to look for his missing 18-year-old daughter, Anna, who has run away from her home in Connecticut to become an actress in New York. When Anna turns up butchered in her Manhattan boarding house room, Bell’s investigation leads him to the bodies of other young women, all of whom have slashed throats and strange markings carved into their skin. Bell persuades his boss that, even though they have no actual client, it’s their duty to bring the perpetrator to justice. The detective finds that the killer, now known as the Cutthroat, has a connection with a traveling play, a modernized version of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. Fans of historical action novels will find a lot to like. Agent: Peter Lampack, Peter Lampack Agency. (Mar.)
From the Publisher
Praise for The Gangster

“Cussler’s thrilling ninth Isaac Bell adventure pits Bell against Antonia Branco, who’s outwardly a respectable New York City businessman, but is in fact a ruthless crime boss . . . A fascinating and suspenseful plot.” —Publishers Weekly

“As usual, the latest Bell thriller combines a vivid historical environment with a top-notch story and enjoyable, realistic characters. Bell, the detective whose nimble intellect often gets him out of tight situations, is one of Cussler’s most engaging protagonists, and the series remains fresh and exciting.” —Booklist

“Cussler has written another wonderful historical thriller. The action is fast and thoroughly enjoyable.” —Library Journal

Praise for the Isaac Bell Novels

“Cussler and Scott have written another wonderful page-turner. This is historical action-adventure fiction at its rip-roaring best!” —Library Journal (starred review)

“As always in this series, the novel is very exciting, with excellent pacing and some very well-drawn characters. Cussler is a perennial A-lister, popularity-wise, and his Isaac Bell novels are the pick of his prodigious litter.” —Booklist

“The Isaac Bell series is a fun jaunt into America’s past and the books are a wonderful examination of life in the early twentieth century.” —Associated Press

The Assassin is . . . action-movie-paced entertainment.” —Kirkus Reviews

Library Journal
Back for a tenth outing following The Gangster, a No. 1 New York Times best seller on the print, ebook, and combined lists, early 20th-century detective Isaac Bell is tasked with finding a young woman named Anna Pape, who's run off to become an actress. (If only.) Alas, she turns up dead, as do other young women resembling Anna nationwide.
Kirkus Reviews
It's No. 10 in the Cussler and Scott (The Gangster, 2016, etc.) series chronicling the adventures of rich man-sleuth Isaac Bell and the Van Dorn Detective Agency as the 20th century dawns.It's 1911, and Bell's promised a Connecticut millionaire he'll find his daughter, a young woman who left the lap of luxury and went missing among the wanna-be actors, money-grubbing producers, and crooked agents of New York City's theater district. Bell finds her, but too late. The girl's been murdered. Bell is distraught, angry, and now feels compelled to catch her killer. Soon Van Dorn's research group unearths other murders with similar modus operandi—laid open with a large knife, up close and personal—from as far away as Jack the Ripper's London to New York and to cities across the country as far as Los Angeles. Tracing the elusive killer, Bell forms a "Cutthroat Squad," a double-handful of tougher-than-nails Van Dorn detectives. Bell and squad soon figure out the murders are occurring wherever a touring theater group is presenting the play Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. The narrative makes stopovers at the Savile Club in Mayfair and NYC's Knickerbocker Hotel, and as with nearly every Cussler tome, contemporary gadgetry—a Morkrum Printing Telegraph, an Atlantic 4-4-2 Deaver-built locomotive—adds authenticity to the period setting. It's an action-packed, fast-moving, but not especially gory story, with pauses for Bell to use his fists or .45 or flaunt his wealth. Famous folk like Caruso make cameos, but Bell, an engrossing-enough meld of Dudley Do-Right and James Bond, and his cohort of detectives get their man. Despite an awkward transition or two and a bit of padding (there's a recipe for Welsh rarebit), the Bell series hits the right note for those who like crime fiction with a unique setting.

Product Details

Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
Isaac Bell Series , #10
Sales rank:
Product dimensions:
6.38(w) x 9.31(h) x 1.38(d)

Meet the Author

Clive Cussler is the author of more than fifty books in five bestselling series, including Dirk Pitt, NUMA Files, Oregon Files, Isaac Bell, and Fargo. His life nearly parallels that of his hero Dirk Pitt. Whether searching for lost aircraft or leading expeditions to find famous shipwrecks, he and his NUMA crew of volunteers have discovered more than seventy-five lost ships of historic significance, including the long-lost Confederate submarine Hunley, which was raised in 2000 with much press publicity. Like Pitt, Cussler collects classic automobiles. His collection features more than eighty examples of custom coachwork. Cussler lives in Arizona and Colorado.

Justin Scott is the author of thirty-one novels, including The Shipkiller and Normandie Triangle; the Ben Abbott detective series; six thrillers under his pen name Paul Garrison; and his coauthorship with Cussler of The Wrecker, The Spy, The Race, The Thief, The Striker, The Bootlegger, The Assassin, The Gangster, and The Cutthroat. Scott lives in Connecticut.

Brief Biography

Phoenix, Arizona
Date of Birth:
July 15, 1931
Place of Birth:
Aurora, Illinois
Pasadena City College; Ph.D., Maritime College, State University of New York, 1997