Southern Cross

Southern Cross

by T. C. Isbell


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Southern Cross by T. C. Isbell

Not the typical spy murder mystery, Southern Cross is a unique tale of double agents, espionage, revenge, and murder leading investigators from a morgue in Manhattan to the SS Southern Cross, a passenger liner sailing from New York to Cuba. Forced to use limited resources, a doctor from San Francisco and a young Paris police inspector scramble to uncover a vicious murderer before another passenger is killed, and before the ship docks in Havana and five-hundred travelers flood the pier.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780984661008
Publisher: Mystery Alley Books
Publication date: 10/11/2011
Pages: 330
Product dimensions: 5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.74(d)

About the Author

My family moved around when I was young. I'd like to say we were one step ahead of the law, but that wouldn't be true. Life wasn't that exciting. I was a service brat. In the sixties we settled in San Diego. I served six years in the US Navy with most of that time spent on the USS Enterprise as a nuclear plant operator. After my discharge, I attended college and graduated with a degree in mechanical engineering. In the early eighties I moved to Bremerton, Washington and worked at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard until I retired in 2005.

Like many authors, I started writing in high school. In the sixties and seventies I wrote short stories and poems influenced by those turbulent times. During the eighties, I wrote articles for The Rodder's Bulletin, a monthly newspaper for car enthusiasts. Retirement has given me time to pursue my passion for writing. Southern Cross is the first in a series of historical thrillers set in the period just before the United States officially enters World War II. Icarus Plot, the second book in the series, is a work in progress. I enjoy painting pictures with words, bringing characters to life, and watching what happens. Sometimes they surprise even me. Authors of fiction are entertainers and I hope you will be entertained by Southern Cross and my other books.

I am a member of the Pacific Northwest Writers Association and International Thriller Writers (ITW). For information on my works in progress go to my website,

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Southern Cross 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Dawson59 More than 1 year ago
What happens when a rogue Abwehr officer decided to settle a personal agenda against all, whether friend or foe, are suspected of murdering his/her lover? I must say, this book will keep your attention as the story pushes itself along at an excellent pace. The writing style is clear, concise and clean. Very nice. My only concern was the later chapters when the plot started spiraling together. It seemed a bit flat in places with maybe too many unnecessary chapters. In other words the fire started fizzling as the the climax approached. Other than that, I thoroughly enjoyed the read and will probably be checking out the next one in the series.
George_Matthew_Cole More than 1 year ago
It's just before the outbreak of World War 2. Spies are jockeying to place their countries in an advantageous position. German agent Chris Schulte is devious and cold-blooded. Killing is no more than removing obstacles. As this master spy does dirty work under the radar, others desperately seek to uncover the truth about the dead bodies piling up. T. C. Isbell has created a compelling mystery thriller on his first outing. Once you read a few chapters, you will be hooked. The outcome is not clear until the very end. It will be impossible to put down this book until you know what happens. This author has a bright future. I expect that his sequel novel "Icarus Plot" will also impress.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The story is fast moving with enough twists to intrest the well read mystery and spy novel reader, and historically accurate enough for those that have that interest. The detail of the locations and surroundings were vivid enough that I could almost taste the diesel or feel the filth. Overall will read again and recommend to my family and friends.