Isaac Bell infiltrates the no-holds-barred world of the early auto industry—and almost ends up a highway fatality himself—in the thrilling action-adventure novel from the #1 New York Times-bestselling author.
In 1903, the automobile industry is in its infancy, but growing rapidly—and a young Van Dorn private detective named Isaac Bell notices something curious. An unusual number of independent automobile engineers are being killed in race-car wrecks, factory accidents, and saloon brawls—and their best patents and systems being snapped up the Consolidated Motor Company, a powerhouse syndicate run by two hard-charging brothers.
Posing as a race driver with a particularly fast car, Bell infiltrates race meets from Paris to Daytona to Garden City, and learns along the way that the brothers have a slogan: "If all else fails, buy out his widow." He will soon come to know the truth of that all too well.