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Product Details

  • Series: An Isaac Bell Adventure (Book 7)
  • Hardcover: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Putnam Adult; 7 edition (March 4, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0399167293
  • ISBN-13: 978-0399167294
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.4 x 1.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (787 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #18,008 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Booklist

In the seventh Isaac Bell novel, it looks like Bell’s life is about to fall into chaos. His boss, Joseph Van Dorn—head of the Van Dorn Detective Agency, a fictionalized version of the Pinkerton operation—has been shot and could die. There was a witness, but he is killed before Bell, one of Van Dorn’s key operatives, can interview him. Prohibition is the law of the land, but, thanks to corruption in the country’s police forces (not to mention in the Van Dorn agency itself), the criminal element is perhaps more powerful than ever before. Can Isaac find out who’s responsible for nearly killing Van Dorn and bring down an organization that has nothing less than anarchy in America as its goal? As always in this series, the novel is very exciting, with excellent pacing and some very well drawn characters. With his combination of mental and physical prowess, Isaac Bell could easily become a sort of superhero (imagine a blending of Sherlock Holmes and Doc Savage), but the authors do a nice job of keeping him from crossing that line. Another fine entry in a strong series. HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: Cussler is a perennial A-lister, popularity-wise, and his Isaac Bell novels are the pick of his prodigious litter. --David Pitt

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Praise for The Bootlegger
 

“Cussler and Scott have written another wonderful page-turner . . . This is historical action-adventure fiction at its rip-roaring best!”—Library Journal (starred review)

“The Isaac Bell series continues to tell compelling stories. Tidbits of history are sprinkled throughout the narrative, and it’s fun to filter out fictional characters and events from historical facts.”—Associated Press

“As always in this series, the novel is very exciting, with excellent pacing and some very well drawn characters. With his combination of mental and physical prowess, Isaac Bell could easily become a sort of superhero (imagine a blending of Sherlock Holmes and Doc Savage), but the authors do a nice job of keeping him from crossing that line. Another fine entry in a strong series. Cussler is a perennial A-lister, popularity-wise, and his Isaac Bell novels are the pick of his prodigious litter.”—Booklist
 
“[A] laudable historical action novel.”—Publishers Weekly

Praise for The Striker
 
“This adventure might be the best yet in the series. The history is fascinating reading. Add a James Bond style flair with sabotage and villainy, and the end result is a great action thriller.”--Associated Press

“Interesting historical scene-setting facts; action that shifts from the dangerous depths of a coal mine to Wall Street, to a confrontation in a tunnel being dug for the New York subway and to a riverboat battle between two paddle-wheelers; deft characterizations; and hard-boiled dialogue. Classic Cussler."--Kirkus Reviews
 
“The Isaac Bell series is by far the most interesting and enjoyable of Cussler’s novels. They continue to show him at his best, commercially and literarily."--Booklist
 
“Exciting…The action flows swiftly, and the authors do a good job depicting the work conditions and the class warfare of the time.”--Publishers Weekly

More About the Author

Clive Cussler began writing novels in 1965 and published his first work featuring his continuous series hero, Dirk Pitt(R), in 1973. His first non-fiction, The Sea Hunters, was released in 1996. The Board of Governors of the Maritime College, State University of New York, considered The Sea Hunters in lieu of a Ph.D. thesis and awarded Cussler a Doctor of Letters degree in May, 1997. It was the first time since the College was founded in 1874 that such a degree was bestowed.
Cussler is an internationally recognized authority on shipwrecks and the founder of the National Underwater and Marine Agency, (NUMA) a 501C3 non-profit organization (named after the fictional Federal agency in his novels) that dedicates itself to preserving American maritime and naval history. He and his crew of marine experts and NUMA volunteers have discovered more than 60 historically significant underwater wreck sites including the first submarine to sink a ship in battle, the Confederacy's Hunley, and its victim, the Union's Housatonic; the U-20, the U-boat that sank the Lusitania; the Cumberland, which was sunk by the famous ironclad, Merrimack; the renowned Confederate raider Florida; the Navy airship, Akron, the Republic of Texas Navy warship, Zavala, found under a parking lot in Galveston, and the Carpathia, which sank almost six years to-the-day after plucking Titanic's survivors from the sea.
In September, 1998, NUMA - which turns over all artifacts to state and Federal authorities, or donates them to museums and universities - launched its own web site for those wishing more information about maritime history or wishing to make donations to the organization.
In addition to being the Chairman of NUMA, Cussler is also a fellow in both the Explorers Club of New York and the Royal Geographic Society in London. He has been honored with the Lowell Thomas Award for outstanding underwater exploration.
Cussler's books have been published in more than 40 languages in more than 100 countries. His past international bestsellers include Pacific Vortex, Mediterranean Caper, Iceberg, Raise the Titanic, Vixen 03, Night Probe, Deep Six, Cyclops, Treasure, Dragon, Sahara, Inca Gold, Shock Wave, Flood Tide, Atlantis Found, Valhalla Rising, Trojan Odyssey, Black Wind, Treasure of Kahn and Arctic Drift (the last three with his son, Dirk Cussler) as well as The Chase; the nonfiction books The Sea Hunters, The Sea Hunters II and Clive Cussler and Dirk Pitt (R) Revealed; the NUMA(R) Files novels Serpent, Blue Gold, Fire Ice, White Death, Lost City, Polar Shift, The Navigator and Medusa (written with Paul Kemprecos); and the Oregon Files novels Sacred Stone and Golden Buddha (written with Craig Dirgo) and Dark Watch, Skeleton Coast, Plague Ship and Corsair (written with Jack Du Brul).
Clive Cussler lives in Arizona.

Customer Reviews

Good action and fast read.
Dr. Edward J. Kennedy
The books are well researched and always blend exciting stories with rich historical detail of that time.
macoffkilter
Finished the book in one sitting, it was hard to put it down.
Antonio J Rodella

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

30 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Robert Steven Thomas TOP 1000 REVIEWER on March 4, 2014
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Most novels by Clive Cussler routinely become a slam-dunk success. The collaboration on this new book with writer Justin Scott (pen name: Paul Garrison) also being a very successful author himself, makes this particular novel outstanding. Set during the 1920s prohibition era, Scott’s research and contributions make the story come alive with historically accurate detail and texture. I found the main characters to be believable and entertainingly original. The plot held my attention through its many twists and unpredictable turns. The action is fast-paced with very few slow chapters. If you’ve read any of Cussler’s novels prior to this one you’ll have a good idea of what to expect. If not, “The Bootlegger” is as good a place to start as any. It is highly representative of his best work. Finish this book and you’ll very likely want more of his titles in your library.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By LITHUANIAN FIRST GENERATION USA on March 13, 2014
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The accuracy of the historical presentation presents the facts of the USA and most interestingly the international actions of the actions in Russia as well as Germany. These facts are often lost on what brought Balkin residents to the USA at that time .mostly to the mines to work. FAST ACTION AND PRESENTATION WERE EXCELLENT.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By gene benedict on March 25, 2014
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The Issac Bell series is some of Clive Cussler's best work. The Bootlegger does not disappoint. Mr. Cussler has developed the Issac Bell character to where he ranks among the best of the best! I look forward to the next Bell adventure! I highly reeccommend this book and all previous books in this series.
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Marcus A. Lewis VINE VOICE on March 15, 2014
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I have been following the Isaac Bell series since it first debuted with "The Chase" (2007). And it's been like a fun roller coaster ride for me. I have enjoyed some more than others. My favorite novel still remains "The Wrecker" from 2009. However, "The Bootlegger" is a much-welcomed addition. The action sequence in the final pages of the book is one of the best. But it's not the plot I want to focus on, rather it's the characters. I think Pauline Grandzau has gone from essentially a walk-on role in "The Thief" (2012) to a real star here. I could be wrong, but I think Cussler& Scott are setting up readers for a spinoff of this series with Pauline and her new assistant Asa Somers working out of the Van Dorn office in Berlin. Isaac Bell readers, weigh in and tell me what you think.

A hat tip, as always, to Roland Dahlquist for his artwork that graces the pages in "The Bootlegger."
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Achates on April 13, 2014
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I've read all the Bell novels and this one is similar in many ways. Overall a good thing. The historical information was really interesting, as always, and was presented in an easy to read way. I especially enjoyed the references to Detroit and The Purple Gang. The ramifications of prohibition are laid out in this book in a thought provoking manner.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Russell Ford on April 11, 2014
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Very slow read. If you are interested in the bootlegging history prohibition in the USA, you would probably love this.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By StuckNCorona on April 8, 2014
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This is probably the best of the Bell Novels.

Life in the prohibition era East Cost, attempted murder of the head of the Van Dorn agency, corrupt Detectives and Police Officers, Bootleggers, Anarchists and Pre-World War II Germany. How could it not be a great read?

Clive Cussler and Justin Scott have done it again.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By dave pepper on April 8, 2014
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Very well written; does not lag, but moves from scene to scene until the final showdown. Hard to put down at night and stayed up very late several nights.
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