The Chase: Isaac Bell Series, Book 1
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Turn-of-the-century detective Isaac Bell pursues a blood-thirsty bank robber—and perhaps one of the world's first sociopaths—in the first novel in the #1 New York Times-bestselling series. In 1906, the western states of America suffer a string of bank robberies by a single man who then cold-bloodedly murders any and all witnesses, and vanishes without a trace. Fed up by the depredations of "The Butcher Bandit," the U.S. government brings in the best man it can find: a tall, lean, no-nonsense detective named Isaac Bell, who has caught thieves and killers from coast to coast. But Bell has never had a challenge like this one. From Arizona to Colorado to the streets of San Francisco during its calamitous earthquake and fire, he pursues a fiend who seems to draw pleasure from the challenge and a woman who may to hold the key to the man's identity. As Bell begins to suspect a new term used among top psychologists, sociopath, may describe his target, the Butcher Bandit turns the chase around on him. The hunter becomes the hunted. And soon, it will take all of Bell's skills not merely to prevail . . . but to survive. Filled with intricate plotting, Cussler's signature dazzling set pieces, and not one but two extraordinary villains, The Chase is the master working at the height of his powers.
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In 1906, the western states of America suffer a string of bank robberies by a single man who then cold-bloodedly murders any and all witnesses, and vanishes without a trace. Fed up by the depredations of "The Butcher Bandit," the U.S. government brings in the best man it can find: a tall, lean, no-nonsense detective named Isaac Bell, who has caught thieves and killers from coast to coast.

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Filled with intricate plotting, Cussler's signature dazzling set pieces, and not one but two extraordinary villains, The Chase is the master working at the height of his powers.
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        Cussler takes a breather from his several ongoing series with this historical thriller set in the western states, circa 1906. The U.S. government hires the renowned Van Dorn Detective Agency and its equally renowned lead agent, Isaac Bell, to capture the bank robber known as the Butcher Bandit. The Butcher has gunned down 38 men and women and two children, leaving behind neither witnesses nor clues. Bell heads the manhunt and finally figures out the Butcher's true identity, which is when the real chase begins. Unfortunately, Cussler's style is patterned on the clunky dialogue (“I pray you catch the murdering scum”) and improbable characters of the period's dime novels, and his in-depth research makes his descriptions sound like advertising. Once San Francisco gets hit by the 1906 earthquake and the principals climb aboard a pair of fire-breathing locomotives, the novel cranks up a head of steam and some high-speed thrills.

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        Starred review from September 1, 2007
        Cussler takes a break from his various adventure series ("Dirk Pitt," "NUMA Files") to conjure up a historical standalone that will please longtime fans and thrill new ones. In 1906, the American West is still expanding. With the cities still distant from one another, a ruthless criminal nicknamed "The Butcher Bandit" takes advantage, robbing banks, killing all witnesses, and seemingly disappearing into thin air. Recruited to end the crime spree is Isaac Bell, one of the best outlaw hunters in the country. His adversary proves to be exceptionally cunning, and Bell will have a tough time not only proving the identity of the killer but also staying alive long enough to catch him. Cussler clearly had a lot of fun writing this. The details of early 20th-century America and the novel's thrill-a-minute pace will add another best seller to his résumé. Highly recommended for all popular fiction collections. [See Prepub Alert, "LJ" 7/07.]Jeff Ayers, Seattle P.L.

        Copyright 2007 Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

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The first adventure featuring turn-of-the-century detective Isaac Bell follows the determined private investigator as he pursues a blood-thirsty bank robber and perhaps one of the world's first sociopaths in the launch of this #1 New York Times-bestselling series.

In 1950, the rusting hulk of a steam locomotive rises from the deep waters of a Montana lake. And with it, the bloody deeds of a criminal mastermind from the turn of the twentieth century are brought to the surface.

In 1906, the western states of America suffer a string of bank robberies by a single man who then cold-bloodedly murders any and all witnesses, and vanishes without a trace. Fed up by the depredations of "The Butcher Bandit," the U.S. government brings in the best man it can find – a tall, lean, no-nonsense detective named Isaac Bell, who has caught thieves and killers from coast to coast.

But Bell has never had a challenge like this one. From Arizona to...
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