Clive Cussler – The Chase

Clive Cussler, The Chase is the only Clive Cussler novel not to include NUMA and follow the same theme as the other Cussler books.  The book is based in the early 1900’s in the West of America where the butcher bandit is terrorising towns, robbing banks and leaving no witnesses.

Here’s the inside blurb of the book

April 1950: The rusting hulk of a steam locomotive rises from the deep waters of a Montana lake. Inside is all that remains of three men who died forty-four years before. But it is not the engine or its grisly contents that interest the people watching nearby. It is what is about to come next . . .

1906: For two years, the western states of America have been suffering an extraordinary crime spree: a string of bank robberies by a single man who cold-bloodedly murders any and all witnesses and then vanishes without a trace. Fed up by the depredations of the “Butcher Bandit,” the U.S. government brings in the best man they can find-a tall, lean, no-nonsense detective named Isaac Bell, who has caught thieves and killers coast to coast.

But Bell has never had a challenge like this one. From Arizona to Colorado to the streets of San Francisco during its calamitous earthquake and fire, he pursues what is quickly becoming clear to him is the sharpest criminal mind he has ever encountered, and the woman who seems to hold the key to the bandit’s identity. Using science, deduction, and intuition, Bell repeatedly draws near only to grasp at thin air, but at least he knows his pursuit is having an effect. Because his quarry is getting angry now, and has turned the chase back on him. The hunter has become the hunted. And soon it will take all of Isaac Bell’s skills not merely to prevail . . . but to survive.

I really enjoyed this book, a great read.  As this is a stand alone story Clive Cussler was able to freely write without having to fit into the boundaries of previous books.  It is also interesting to see him write a book based in the past rather than a present time story.

A great read ranking 4 out of 5 on Amazon, I hope Clive Cussler writes another Van Dorn detective agency story soon!

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