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As Van Dorn private detective Isaac Bell strives to land a government contract to investigate John D. Rockefeller's Standard Oil monopoly, the case takes a deadly turn. <P><P>A sniper begins murdering opponents of Standard Oil, and soon the assassin--shooting with extraordinary accuracy at seemingly impossible long range--kills Bell's best witness, a brave and likable man. Then the shooter detonates a terrible explosion that sets the victim's independent refinery ablaze.Bell summons his best detectives to scour the site of the crime for evidence. Who is the assassin and for whom did he kill? But the murders--shootings, poisonings, staged accidents--have just begun as Bell tracks his phantom-like criminal adversary from the "oil fever" regions of Kansas and Texas to Washington, D.C., to the tycoons' enclave of New York, to Russia's war-torn Baku oil fields on the Caspian Sea, and back to America for a final, desperate confrontation. <P>And this one will be the most explosive of all.
Detective Isaac Bell returns in the extraordinary new adventure in the #1 New York Times-bestselling series. It is 1920, and both Prohibition and bootlegging are in full swing. When Isaac Bell's boss and lifelong friend Joseph Van Dorn is shot and nearly killed leading the high-speed chase of a rum-running vessel, Bell swears to him that he will hunt down the lawbreakers, but he doesn't know what he is getting into. When a witness to Van Dorn's shooting is executed in a ruthlessly efficient manner invented by the Russian secret police, it becomes clear that these are no ordinary criminals. Bell is up against a team of Bolshevik assassins and saboteurs--and they are intent on overthrowing the government of the United States.
From the author of The Shipkiller, Nine Dragons and The Cossack's Bride comes a multi-layered seafaring odyssey combining action, drama and adventure amid turbulent Atlantic tides.
"HardScape" and "StoneDust," the first Ben Abbott novels, established Ben as one of the most engaging and canny investigators to have appeared in a long time.
In the picturesque village of Newbury, Connecticut, Benjamin Abbott III is scrambling to save his family's recession-battered real estate agency when a New York City detective offers him five thousand dollars to video a beautiful new resident, Rita Long, who is cheating on her husband. Hire a pro, says Ben. But the detective has done his homework. Scion of one of Newbury's first families, Ben Abbott has come home from triumph and shame, having graduated Annapolis, served with Naval Intelligence, and flourished as a Wall Street player in the go-go 1980's until an insider trading charge landed him in Leavenworth Penitentiary. Broke now and itching for a little action, Ben takes the job against his better judgment, and in a flash--the flash of gunfire--he finds himself enmeshed in the murder of Rita Long's boyfriend. Shortly after, Ben's cousin and boyhood friend, Renny Chevalley, is found dead in the cockpit of a plane filled with cocaine Seeking answers to the two deaths, Ben finds himself--and, once again, his good name--at mortal risk.
When a gaudy mausoleum invades the 300-year-old cemetery in Newbury, Connecticut, Ben Abbot is not happy. But no one expected Brian's body to be in his mausoleum, 50 years ahead of schedule.
Even the cozy New England town of Newbury, onnecticut, is not immune to the relentless spread of McMansions carpeting the countryside. Ben Abbott, realtor and private detective, is so incensed that he refuses to sell them. That Ben is not the only citizen of Newbury who is provoked by over-sized, ugly, wasteful houses becomes apparent when the corpse of Billy Tiller, Newbury's greediest developer, is discovered underneath his bulldozer. The young and troubled eco-activist Jeff Kimball, who is arrested while sitting at the controls of the bulldozer, protests his innocence. Connecticut's state's attorney sees the opportunity to prosecute an open-and-shut TV murder trial that will vault him into the U.S. Senate. While Ira Levy, the small-town criminal defense lawyer hired by Jeff's hip-hop mogul father, longs to impress movers and shakers in New York City. Ben Abbott, deep in debt to Attorney Levy for an expensive horse he gave to 12-year-old Alison, is forced to pay off the debt by trying to prove Jeff Kimball innocent of a crime that State Police Major Crime Squad Lieutenant Marian Boyce styles "perpetrator on bulldozer on victim." It looks that way, says Ben Abbott. But in what order did they really stack up?
A highly detailed, intellectually fascinating novel of wheeling and dealing among European expatriates in Hong Kong. As the 1997 "Turnover" of Hong Kong from Britain to the People's Republic of China approaches, Victoria Mackintosh, heir to Scottish trading firm Mackintosh Farquhar, is caught up in the efforts of her father, Duncan, to help Tang, a procapitalism Chinese reformer hoping to take power as premier. Duncan has key evidence of wrongdoing against Two-Way Wong, a Chinese businessman seeking economic and political control of the city through his connections to the hardliner premier Chen. But Duncan is killed; in his will he leaves the company in joint charge of Vicky and Vivian Loh, his mistress. Ignoring shrewd Vivian's advice, Vicky jumps into new business deals and begins a risky affair with Wong's playboy son Steven. That liaison leads to a confrontation with Two-Way against the backdrop of the increasing chaos in Hong Kong society.
World War II has just broken out. A brilliant Nazi saboteur-- code name: the Otter, son of Abwehr director Wilhelm Canaris-- prowls America. His first masterstroke: capsizing by arson in New York harbor the 1,000-foot Normandie, the super-liner-turned-troopship that could have outrun Germany's U-boats. Naval architect Steven Gates determines to raise the Normandie, put her back into the war. The Otter determines to raise the stakes: sink the Queen Mary, 12,000 troops aboard. Method: a sequestered mini-U-boat. Result: the blocking of New York harbor to Allied ships for the duration. The odds: a thousand to one-- exactly to the Otter's liking. Gates probes the treacherous, upended labyrinth of Normandie's sunken hull, marveling at her ingenious construction, and suddenly discerning the Otter's design for disaster, not only for the Allies' war effort but for himself, as he touches off a manhunt that nearly costs him the love of the only woman who can save him.
From the bestselling author of Normandie Triangle, here is a romantic historical thriller about a young American naval lieutenant who almost singlehandedly changes the course of modern history. Kenneth Ash, naval attache to the American ambassador in London, is also a friend of two powerful cousin Royals who reigned during World War I-- King George of England and Kaiser Wilhelm of Germany. Ash's most secret mission: to kidnap a third cousin, the Czar of Russia, to make possible President Wilson's desire to bring the United States into the war on the side of the Allied powers. In pursuit of his mission, Ash gets involved with top level, murderous currents and cross-currents, involving the three European monarchs, Rasputin, the President of the United States, Teddy Roosevelt and a surpassingly lovely Russian ballerina, who is at once his greatest obstacle and most compelling ally. Here is a masterpiece of storytelling-- a stunning blend of history and fiction, featuring a very special and singular kind of American hero.
One man wants to destroy the world. <P> One man can save it. <P> Isaac Bell is on the case.<P> It is 1908, and international tensions are mounting as the world plunges toward war. When a brilliant American battleship gun designer dies in a sensational apparent suicide, the man's grief-stricken daughter turns to the legendary Van Dorn Detective Agency to clear her father's name. Van Dorn puts his chief investigator on the case, and Isaac Bell soon realizes that the clues point not to suicide but to murder. And when more suspicious deaths follow, it becomes clear that someone-an elusive spy-is orchestrating the destruction of America's brightest technological minds. . . and the murders all connect to a top- secret project called Hull 44. But that is just the beginning. As the intrigue deepens, Bell will find himself pitted against German, Japanese, and British spies, in a mission that encompasses dreadnought battleships, Teddy Roosevelt's Great White Fleet, Chinatown, Hell's Kitchen, and the Brooklyn Navy Yard. Isaac Bell has certainly faced perilous situations before, but this time it is more than the future of his country that's at stake- it's the fate of the world.
The second novel in the Ben Abbott series. The Fisks' party, a "sleepover" for select couples, remains the talk of the town long after Reg Hopkin's body turns up. For Reg may have paid the party a visit. Ben, who used to play backyard baseball with Reg and all the party guests, takes up the case.
It is 1902, and a bright, inexperienced young man named Isaac Bell, only two years out of his apprenticeship at the Van Dorn Detective Agency, has an urgent message for his boss.<P><P> Hired to hunt for radical unionist saboteurs in the coal mines, he is witness to a terrible accident that makes him think something else is going on...that provocateurs are at work and bigger stakes are in play.Little does he know just how big they are.Given exactly one week to prove his case, Bell quickly finds himself pitted against two of the most ruthless opponents he has ever known--men of staggering ambition and cold-bloodedness who are not about to let some wet-behind-the-ears detective stand in their way.
Detective Isaac Bell returns in the remarkable new adventure in the #1 New York Times-bestselling series. It is 1902, and a bright, inexperienced young man named Isaac Bell, only two years out of his apprenticeship at the Van Dorn Detective Agency, has an urgent message for his boss. Hired to hunt for radical unionist saboteurs in the coal mines, he is witness to a terrible accident that makes him think that something else is going on, that provocateurs are at work and bigger stakes are in play. Little does he know just how big they are. Given exactly one week to prove his case, Bell quickly finds himself pitted against two of the most ruthless opponents he has ever known, men of staggering ambition and cold-bloodedness . . . who are not about to let some wet-behind-the-ears detective stand in their way.
An invention that could change the world... <P> A ruthless agent that could destroy it... <P> Only Isaac Bell can save it. <P> On the ocean liner Mauretania, two European scientists with a groundbreaking new invention are rescued from abduction by the Van Dorn Detective Agency's intrepid chief investigator, Isaac Bell. Unfortunately, they are not so lucky when one of the thugs attacks a second time. What are the scientists holding that is so precious? Something that will revolutionize business and world culture--and perhaps something more. <P> For war clouds are looming, and a ruthless espionage agent has spotted an opportunity to give the German Empire an edge in the coming conflict. It's up to Isaac Bell to figure out who he is, what he's up to, and stop him. <P> But Bell may already be too late.
A partly-constructed tunnel under the East River is not the place one would expect to be the scene of world-shattering events, fame, fortune, lights, camera ... ACTION. Dick Creegan, sandhog, didn't expect to find it there either. Until he took a look at some funny looking rocks. He should have looked the other way because those "rocks" were the beginning of: --a conspiracy of sandhogs against the combined forces of the government of the City of New York --a dazzling debut of amateur crooks and unexpected new careers --a race between a tugboat and a Volkswagen --the heisting of a smuggled treasure which is in turn moved away by ship, covered by blacktop, uncovered, re-heisted and ... invested. In Treasure for Treasure, Justin Scott has given us another wildly funny story of what happens when the Devil whispers into the ears of good, ordinary New York citizens-- in this case Dick Creegan and bulky friends, his girl Jeannie with her acting career and her incredibly large animal companion, Howard, and some of the many and fatal friends pursuing them after they strike their own waterlogged Treasure of the Sierra Madre. This is a story of love, courage, true grit and incredible bumbling. Once again, readers across the country will find confirmation of what they so ardently believe -- that in New York the Devil is only as far away as the nearest subway.
Set sail again on the most wonderful adventure tale ever told-- now told anew. The outline of the original Treasure Island remains, but it now features a 1950's setting and a fresh take on the characters. Scott's Treasure Island can be read as a thrilling modern adventure story, or as homage to the Stevenson classic. Either way, readers will experience great storytelling.
Ranging from Manhattan to Moscow and Leningrad, dipping into politics, business and espionage, Scott distinguishes this satisfying variation on the formulaic romantic suspense tale with details of corporate finance and the fur trade. Natalie Stuart left a career in investment banking to start a business with, and then marry, Wallace Nevsky, a dashing figure in the fur industry. They are wildly successful and happy until Wallace is shot by a beautiful young woman who calls him a traitor. Natalie musters all her skills and contacts to keep the business, determined to find out just whom Wallace had betrayed. Boardroom politics and her need to learn more about her husband's death and life take her to the Soviet Union where she is soon entangled in a multilayered plot to put an end to Gorbachev, glasnost and perestroika. With elegance, intelligence and pluck, Natalie outwits the KGB, the Soviet militia, the CIA and the barons of Wall Street to thwart the coup, hold on to her company and serve her country. Like a female James Bond, Natalie Stuart Nevsky is utterly unbelievable and just as entertaining.
A man known only as the Wrecker is sabotaging the Southern Pacific Railroad's Cascades express line. Whoever he is, whatever his motives, he's building up to a grand act unlike anything ever committed before. <P><P>And only private detective Isaac Bell can stop him...
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