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20th century detective Isaac Bell protects a promising aviator from her jealous husband in this remarkable adventure from #1 New York Times -bestselling author Clive Cussler.

It is 1910, the age of flying machines is still in its infancy, and newspaper publisher Preston Whiteway is offering $50,000 for the first daring aviator to cross America in less than fifty days. He is even sponsoring one of the prime candidates-an intrepid woman named Josephine Frost-and that's where Bell, chief investigator for the Van Dorn Detective Agency, comes in.

Frost's violent-tempered husband has just killed her lover and tried to kill her, and he is bound to make another attempt. Bell has tangled with Harry Frost before; he knows that the man has made his millions leading gangs of thieves, murderers, and thugs in every city across the country. He also knows Frost won't be after just his wife, but after Whiteway as well. And if Bell takes the case . . . Frost will be after him, too.

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*Starred Review* It's pretty near impossible not to like a novel that begins: A tall drunk danced alone in the gutter. In the fourth Isaac Bell novel, set in 1910, the Van Dorn Detective Agency's chief investigator is hired by a powerful newspaper publisher to keep his star aviator safe from her own husband (who has already spent time in an insane asylum for killing a man and who has just murdered his wife's lover). Bell, juggling the dual tasks of protecting the flyer and locating her psychopathic husband, soon discovers that very little about this assignment is as straightforward as it first seemed. Full of twists and turns and one whopping big surprise the story should keep readers glued to their chairs. Readers who have tired of Cussler's long-running Dirk Pitt series should definitely give the Isaac Bell novels a try. Intended to conjure up comparisons to Sherlock Holmes, Bell just keeps getting more interesting. Cussler, ably assisted by Scott, demonstrates that he is not only comfortable writing stories set in the past, but that, at this late stage of his career, which has seen both hits and misses, he's also capable of turning out some of his best work. HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: The Cussler machine keeps purring along, with the help of a team of cowriters, of course. His relatively new Isaac Bell series has found an eager audience through three novels, and the fourth will be helped along by aggressive promotion, both traditional and digital.--Pitt, David Copyright 2010 Booklist
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