Private Detective Isaac Bell crosses some of America's harshest terrain in pursuit of the most twisted killer yet, in the latest action-packed historical blockbuster from Sunday Times bestseller Clive Cussler.
Women are being brutally murdered all over America . . . it's going to take an extraordinary mind to uncover the truth before it's too late.
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 blonde 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.
An intriguing premise Jack the Ripper is alive and well and rampaging across early-20th-century America boosts bestseller Cussler's 10th Isaac Bell adventure (after 2016's The Gangster, also coauthored with Scott). Wealthy industrialist William Pape asks Bell, the Van Dorn Detective Agency's chief investigator, to look for his missing 18-year-old daughter, Anna, who has run away from her home in Connecticut to become an actress in New York. When Anna turns up butchered in her Manhattan boarding house room, Bell's investigation leads him to the bodies of other young women, all of whom have slashed throats and strange markings carved into their skin. Bell persuades his boss that, even though they have no actual client, it's their duty to bring the perpetrator to justice. The detective finds that the killer, now known as the Cutthroat, has a connection with a traveling play, a modernized version of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. Fans of historical action novels will find a lot to like.
not the most readable novel. Story slow and difficult to follow.