The Bootlegger is the seventh of Clive Cussler's bestselling Isaac Bell novels.
It is 1920. Prohibition and bootlegging are in full swing.
When Joseph Van Dorn is shot and nearly killed while in pursuit of a rum-running vessel, his friend and employee, Isaac Bell, swears to him that he will hunt down the lawbreakers. But Bell doesn't know what he is getting into. When a witness to the shooting is executed in a manner peculiar to the Russian secret police, it becomes clear that these were no ordinary bootleggers.
Bell is facing a team of Bolshevik assassins and saboteurs - and they are intent on overthrowing the government of the United States.
An adventure laced with secret cargo and assassins, The Bootlegger is the seventh of Clive Cussler's Isaac Bell novels, and follows The Spy, The Thief and The Striker.
Praise for Clive Cussler:
Cussler is hard to beat - Daily Mail
The guy I read - Tom Clancy
The Adventure King - Sunday Express
The Prohibition era provides the backdrop for bestseller Cussler's spirited seventh Isaac Bell adventure (after 2013's The Striker, also coauthored with Scott), in which Comintern agents scheme to take over America. Soviet operator Marat Zolner has set up a bootlegging business on the East Coast designed to reap massive profits to fund the Bolshevik plot. Using a powerful, well-armed speedboat named Black Bird, Zolner and his cronies wreak havoc on rumrunners and the U.S. Coast Guard alike. After Joseph Van Dorn, founder of New York's Van Dorn Detective Agency, gets shot up in a running gunfight on the high seas, Isaac, Van Dorn's chief detective, takes control of the investigation, which ranges around the world before the final, fiery confrontation with Zolner back in New York. Early books in this series were near parodies of period potboilers, but more recent entries will impress thriller readers as laudable historical action novels.