The Assassin (Isaac Bell Series #8)

The Assassin (Isaac Bell Series #8)

by Clive Cussler, Justin Scott


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The new thriller in the #1 New York Times–bestselling Isaac Bell series from grand master of adventure Clive Cussler.
 As Van Dorn private detective Isaac Bell strives to land a government contract to investigate John D. Rockefeller’s Standard Oil monopoly, the case takes a deadly turn. A sniper begins murdering opponents of Standard Oil, and soon the assassin—shooting with extraordinary accuracy at seemingly impossible long range—kills Bell’s best witness, a brave and likable man. Then the shooter detonates a terrible explosion that sets the victim’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 murders—shootings, poisonings, staged accidents—have just begun as Bell tracks his phantom-like criminal adversary from the “oil fever” regions of Kansas and Texas to Washington, D.C., to the tycoons’ enclave of New York, to Russia’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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780399171758
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 03/03/2015
Series: Isaac Bell Series , #8
Pages: 416
Product dimensions: 6.30(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.70(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Clive Cussler is the author of dozens of New York Times bestsellers, most recently Ghost Ship, The Eye of Heaven, and Havana Storm. He lives in Arizona.
Justin Scott’s novels include The Shipkiller and Normandie Triangle; the Ben Abbott detective series; and modern sea thrillers published under his pen name Paul Garrison. He is the coauthor, with Clive Cussler, of six previous Isaac Bell novels. He lives in Connecticut.


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

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What People are Saying About This

From the Publisher

“The Isaac Bell series continues to tell compelling stories. Tidbits of history are sprinkled throughout the narrative, and it’s fun to filter out fictional characters and events from historical facts.”—Associated Press
“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. With his combination of mental and physical prowess, Isaac Bell could easily become a sort of superhero (imagine a blending of Sherlock Holmes and Doc Savage), but the authors do a nice job of keeping him from crossing that line. Another fine entry in a strong series. Cussler is a perennial A-lister, popularity-wise, and his Isaac Bell novels are the pick of his prodigious litter.”—Booklist
“[A] laudable historical action novel.”—Publishers Weekly
Praise for THE STRIKER
“[Might] be the best yet in the series by Clive Cussler and Justin Scott . . . The history of the unions in early 20th-century America along with the hazardous working conditions of the coal mines would be fascinating reading. Add a James Bond style flair with sabotage and villainy and the end result is a great action thriller.”—Associated Press
“Fans of the Isaac Bell series will note the same exciting storytelling and vivid early twentieth-century setting, but they’ll also note something different: even though it’s set only four years earlier than the first Bell novel (2008’s The Chase), the book features a much different Isaac: younger, more impetuous, less calmly analytical . . . this origin story (every hero needs one) will give Bell’s fans a fresh look at their favorite private investigator.”—Booklist

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The Assassin 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 48 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love this series
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book starts on fire and stays on fire from start till finish! Definitely on of the best Isaac Bell novels yet! Fooled me till the very end!
BarneyVC More than 1 year ago
This is the worst of th Issac Bell series so far. The plot is confusing. Teh main characters do not seem to have the same continuity from the previous books. I do not advise anyone to bother with this book. This seems to be just a bad attempt to continue the series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a great book to the best series ever made. Everyone should read it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Dragged on a bit at times but overall was worth reading.
Koufax More than 1 year ago
Can't give a good review to a guy that doesn't even write his own books any more. Writes an outline then lets the other guy write it and he takes the credit, most people don't know that when a guy lists someone else on the cover. Patterson and Cussler are the worst at this scam.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A must read and a very rewarding read. You will want to read more about Isaac Bell's adventures as a private detictive.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Lots of twists and turns
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Another outstanding read thanks ?? Clive.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Classics Issac Bell!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was an ok read. Not really up to Clive Cussler standard. Very shallow and predictable plot. I figured it out less than half way through.....and Sherlock Holmes I am not!!!
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Excellent, fast paced and entertaining
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love the time period details. A great story.
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Virginiaw More than 1 year ago
As always this is a good story featuring Isaac Bell. I like the later books with his wife the best but this was still a good reading about the trains.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A turn of the page at the turn of the last century, where oil barons connived like they do at the turn of this century
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navsgt More than 1 year ago
Fast paced , easy read. Cussler outlines great stories.