The year is 1911. Chief Investigator Isaac Bell of the Van Dorn Detective Agency has had many extraordinary cases before. But none quite like this.
Hired to find a young woman named Anna Pape who ran away from home to become an actress, Bell gets a shock when her murdered body turns up instead.
Vowing to bring the killer to justice, he begins a manhunt which leads him into increasingly more alarming territory. Anna Pape was not alone in her fate - petite young blond women like Anna are being murdered in cities across America.
And the pattern goes beyond the physical resemblance of the victims - there are disturbing familiarities about the killings themselves that send a chill through even a man as experienced with evil as Bell. If he is right about his fears, then he is on the trail of one of the greatest monsters of his time.
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Best Bell adventure yet!
Cutthroat - cut out of my library
Generally very well read by Scott Brick, who is always a pleasure to listen to. Just a shame that the authors have either got bored with the Isaac Bell series, or completely let him down. The previous 9 books in the series are some of my favourite reads, with well thought out plot lines, and historical descriptions that really bring the characters and era to life. Not so "The Cutthroat". Isaacs boss, as a businessman, would never have allowed the resources to be used, with no client, to investigate what is clearly a police matter. Descriptions of the characters mode of travel, always a high point for me, were sadly missing, also, as was any real depth to all the characters. In the end, for the first time ever with a Cussler book, I gave up on it about half way through.
This is not to say that The Cutthrat has put me off other books in this genre, or indeed series, but I do hope that the next one is back on form.
Not the readers fault, but no character was well written enough in this book to be enjoyable.
The only redeeming quality of this book will be to the authors and publishers bank balances. Come on guys, get back to the quality of the earlier books in this series, please.
- JASON M.