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Overview

Detective Isaac Bell returns in a remarkable new adventure from the #1 New York Times bestselling series.

It is 1902, and a bright, inexperienced young man named Isaac Bell, only two years out of his apprenticeship at the Van Dorn Detective Agency, has an urgent message for his boss. Hired to hunt for radical unionist saboteurs in the coal mines, he is witness to a terrible accident that makes him think something else is going on…that provocateurs are at work and bigger stakes are in play.

Little does he know just how big they are.

Given exactly one week to prove his case, Bell quickly finds himself pitted against two of the most ruthless opponents he has ever known—men of staggering ambition and cold-bloodedness who are not about to let some wet-behind-the-ears detective stand in their way.

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The sixth installment of the Isaac Bell series takes us back to the beginning of his investigating career. The year is 1902 and young Isaac has been assigned by his detective agency bosses to go undercover at a mine coal to dig up evidence against union saboteurs. An accident that he himself witnesses, however, makes him radically reevaluate the possibilities that there might also be provocateurs in his midst. A realistic historical setting and gobs of suspense; now in mass-market paperback and NOOK Book.

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Bestseller Cussler and Scott explore the origins of their series hero in the exciting sixth Isaac Bell adventure (after 2012’s The Thief). In 1902, Bell’s employer, the Van Dorn Agency, dispatches the private detective to West Virginia, where he’s to go undercover as a coal miner and ferret out the identities of saboteurs looking to do damage to the Gleason Consolidated Coal & Coke Company on behalf of a union outraged by the ultrahazardous working conditions. When a train accident leads to fatalities, the Pinkertons finger union organizer Jim Higgins as the person responsible. Bell is baffled as to how the chain that connected the lead coal car to the engine could have been fractured in plain view of hundreds of workers without anyone, including himself, seeing anything. The action flows swiftly, and the authors do a good job depicting the work conditions and the class warfare of the time. Agent: Peter Lampack, Peter Lampack Agency. (Mar.)
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Cussler and company add to his fifth series, following the handsome young investigator Isaac Bell as he goes solo for the first time on a case for the Van Dorn Detective Agency. The year is 1902, and Bell is undercover in West Virginia investigating sabotage in a mine owned by ruthless John "Black Jack" Gleason, owner of the Gleason Consolidated Coal & Coke Company. The tall, blond-haired Bell stands out among hard-worn immigrant mining crews, all the more so since he is nearly killed while attempting to stop a runaway train of tipple cars. Cussler and Scott dig up interesting historical scene-setting factoids, including references to esoteric classic automobiles, Pittsburgh's posh Duquesne Club, and the history of massacres and brutal strikebreaking as unions begin to organize. The action shifts from the dangerous depths of a coal mine to Wall Street, to a confrontation in a tunnel being dug for the New York subway and to a riverboat battle between two paddle-wheelers. There are deft characterizations--Bell's detective crew, Kisley and Fulton, explosives and muscle; Wish Clarke, a "crack sleuth" occasionally in the bottle; Bell's nemesis, Henry Clay, illegitimate offspring of a bohemian artist, rejected Van Dorn protégé and now an amoral double agent; Jim Higgins, pacifist union organizer, and his beautiful, firebrand radical sister, Mary; and Archibald Angel Abbott IV, master of disguise--and the requisite hard-boiled dialogue like, "[You'll] be waiting in Hell for the next batch to come down and tell you who was laughing. Drop 'em and elevate!" Clay morphs into Claggart, agent provocateur allied with nefarious monopolist manipulator Judge James Congdon, and Bell ricochets from West Virginia to Pittsburgh, New York City and Cincinnati, leaving in his wake gun battles, knife fights and explosions--it helps that he's heir to a Boston banking fortune, has friends with private railcars and need not rely on expense accounting--working to prevent Clay-Claggart-Congdon from instigating a war that will wipe out striking miners and their families. Classic Cussler, offering action in an interesting setting.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780399161773
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 3/5/2013
  • Series: Isaac Bell Series , #6
  • Pages: 384
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.25 (h) x 1.25 (d)

Meet the Author

Clive  Cussler

CLIVE CUSSLER is the author or coauthor of more than fifty previous books, including twenty-two Dirk Pitt® adventures, eleven NUMA® Files adventures, nine Oregon® Files books, six Isaac Bell thrillers, and five Fargo novels. His most recent New York Times bestsellers are The Mayan Secrets, Zero Hour, and Mirage. His nonfiction works include Built for Adventure: The Classic Automobiles of Clive Cussler and Dirk Pitt, plus The Sea Hunters and The Sea Hunters II; these describe the true adventures of the real NUMA®, which, led by Cussler, searches for lost 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. He lives in Connecticut.

Biography

Cussler began writing novels in 1965 and published his first work featuring his continuous series hero, Dirk Pitt, in 1973. His first non-fiction, The Sea Hunters, was released in 1996. The Board of Governors of the Maritime College, State University of New York, considered The Sea Hunters in lieu of a Ph.D. thesis and awarded Cussler a Doctor of Letters degree in May, 1997. It was the first time since the College was founded in 1874 that such a degree was bestowed.

Cussler is an internationally recognized authority on shipwrecks and the founder of the National Underwater and Marine Agency, (NUMA) a 501C3 non-profit organization (named after the fictional Federal agency in his novels) that dedicates itself to preserving American maritime and naval history. He and his crew of marine experts and NUMA volunteers have discovered more than 60 historically significant underwater wreck sites including the first submarine to sink a ship in battle, the Confederacy's Hunley, and its victim, the Union's Housatonic; the U-20, the U-boat that sank the Lusitania; the Cumberland, which was sunk by the famous ironclad, Merrimack; the renowned Confederate raider Florida; the Navy airship, Akron, the Republic of Texas Navy warship, Zavala, found under a parking lot in Galveston, and the Carpathia, which sank almost six years to-the-day after plucking Titanic's survivors from the sea.

In September, 1998, NUMA - which turns over all artifacts to state and Federal authorities, or donates them to museums and universities - launched its own web site for those wishing more information about maritime history or wishing to make donations to the organization. (www.numa.net).

In addition to being the Chairman of NUMA, Cussler is also a fellow in both the Explorers Club of New York and the Royal Geographic Society in London. He has been honored with the Lowell Thomas Award for outstanding underwater exploration.

Cussler's books have been published in more than 40 languages in more than 100 countries. The author lives in Arizona.

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Cussler worked for many years in advertising and was responsible for coming up with Ajax's "White Knight" commercial catchphrase, "It's stronger than dirt."

The Board of Governors of the Maritime College, State University of New York, considered Cussler's 1996 nonfiction book, The Sea Hunters, equivalent to a Ph.D. thesis and awarded Cussler a Doctor of Letters degree in 1997.

Cussler is a fellow in the Explorers Club of New York and the Royal Geographic Society in London, and has been granted the Lowell Thomas Award for outstanding underwater exploration.

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

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  • Posted March 9, 2013

    Clive Cussler is a wonderfully talented writer who enables reade

    Clive Cussler is a wonderfully talented writer who enables readers to escape the boring drudgery of present politics and political correctness. Please remember,  if it was not for tough guys like this the USA would not be what it is today.  God bless misogynistic heroes like this.  

    7 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 29, 2013

    recommended

    Not Cusslers best but an interesting read with regard to coal mining history. Action was good.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 11, 2013

    Clive gives you the feel of being there where ever the story go


    Clive gives you the feel of being there where ever the story goes. The action just keeps going,but gets to be old after a while good chases bad guy  with the good guy getting the girl every time. At least he keeps away from what society has become gross  and keeps your intrest. Keep up the good work Clive

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 19, 2013

    The Striker Not A Strike Out !

    This Isacc Bell story takes you back to an earlier time when he was still learning his craft, but it does so without taking away any of the traits you have come to enjoy about our "American Sherlock".By adding this story to the series, Cussler and Scott invest more in the character, and they do it without taking away from the story in hand. If you like this series, you won't be disappointed.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 1, 2013

    An Engaging Read

    Cussler succeeds again in delivering a great escapist novel. He takes us back to a time when messaging meant telegrams and modern transportation meant railroads. As usual, there is plenty of action, brave heros, fetching heroines and justice is served. However, the situation is far from clear to our hero, Isaac Bell, and his crew as he tries to sort out perpetrators of sabotage in the coal industry and identify an agent provocateur. Cussler's portrayal of the management vs. labor strife of the time is, I believe, an accurate snapshot of the times. Fans of this turn of the 20th century detective will not be disappointed.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 14, 2013

    Another good read!

    As always I was excited to get my hands on another Clive Cussler book, and as always I wasn't disappointed! I loved the story line about Isaac's early days. I hope we get more of the story behind the story.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 19, 2013

    By far one of the best yet in this series about Isaac Bell. Ful

    By far one of the best yet in this series about Isaac Bell. Full of action, adventure, suprises and humor. Very well told and described during that early time in the coal miner's plight in and around Pittsburgh. It almost takes you back to the early 1900's. A true page turner, which I found hard to put down. Nice little surprise at the end. Well worth adding to your intellect and library.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 18, 2013

    Excellent

    Anither great Issac Bell story

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 9, 2013

    Love his books!

    I haven't read this book yet but I am sure I will enjoy it. I always enjoy what he writes.

    3 out of 13 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 5, 2013

    H

    Ass

    3 out of 26 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 6, 2013

    Yuck

    Cussler's novels are poorly written, offensive, and completely misogynistic. How anyone publishes his dreck is beyond belief.

    2 out of 38 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 4, 2013

    Very nice read

    The book was well done, a nice addition to the .Bell series.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 2, 2013

    Highly recommend

    If you like Clive Cussler and the adventures of Isaac Bell, you must read this. He combines a fast paced adventure with very interesting historical events. The writing is accurate, colorful and fun. You feel like you are in the mines and camps supporting the miners. Isaac is young and just starting out his career as a detective, but he learns fast. I have read everything Clive Cussler has written and pre order his books so I don't miss a thing.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 29, 2013

    Another Clive Cussler masterpiece. Can't wait for episode #7

    I love the back story of Issac Bell. Clive Cussler has once again given his readers what they want. At least this reader is very happy to see Issac as an inexperienced young dectective who is learning the ropes of from the best of the Van Dorn Detective Agency. The story is set in coal country in 1902. Strikers, Owners, Bankers all find themselves being weighed down by the union verses non-union troubles of the day. . . Take a ride on the Reading Railroad or on the barges sailing the three river

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 10, 2013

    Band Barnes and noble

    You suck. Borders was better

    1 out of 21 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 31, 2014

    fun read

    good story a lot of action and a good plot. the book moves along at a good pace and doesn't bogged down in to much detail. there are a lot of charactors but you don't lose track of who' who. issac bell is the ultimate do gooder good guy

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 23, 2014

    Good read and to person who put $15 its only $10

    Another great read by clive cussler. A must read to anybody who loves clive cussler like me. We cant get enough clive cussler book

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 19, 2014

    Great book

    I just love his store line around the 1900 It was a time that America was become great. And to have stores around events that really happened it just fun reading

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 9, 2014

    Highly Recommended

    Another GREAT Story from the MASTER - Clive Cussler !!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 28, 2014

    15 bucks? No thanks

    Does'nt write like the old cussler anyway.

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