The Wrecker

The Wrecker

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Penguin Putnam
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. And only private detective Isaac Bell can stop him...



Random House, Inc.
Detective Isaac Bell travels the early-twentieth-century American railways, driven by a sense of justice and a determination to stop a new mastermind reigning terror on a crucial express line in this #1 New York Times-bestselling series.

A year of financial panic and labor unrest, 1907 sees train wrecks, fires, and explosions sabotage the Southern Pacific Railroad’s Cascades express line. Desperate for help the railroad hires the fabled Van Dorn Detective Agency. Van Dorn’s best man, Isaac Bell, quickly discovers a mysterious saboteur haunting the hobo jungles of the West. Known only as the Wrecker, he recruits vulnerable accomplices from the down-and-out to attack the railroad, and then kills them afterward. The Wrecker traverses the vast spaces of the American West as if he had wings, striking wherever he pleases, causing untold damage and loss of human life. Who is he? What does he want? Is he a striker? An anarchist? A revolutionary determined to displace the “privileged few”? A criminal mastermind engineering some as yet unexplained scheme?

Whoever he is, whatever his motives, the Wrecker knows how to create maximum havoc, and Bell senses that he is far from done—that, in fact, the Wrecker is building up to a grand act unlike anything he has committed before. If Bell doesn’t stop him in time, more than a railroad could be at risk—it could be the future of the entire country.

Baker & Taylor
Investigating a series of attacks on the Southern Pacific Railroad's Cascades express lines, Detective Bell learns of the existence of an elusive saboteur who recruits and murders his own accomplices while engineering schemes of maximum havoc.

Baker
& Taylor

Investigating a series of attacks on the Southern Pacific Railroad's Cascades express lines, Detective Bell learns of the existence of an elusive saboteur who recruits and murders his own accomplices while engineering schemes of maximum havoc. Reprint. A best-selling novel.

Publisher: New York : Berkley Books, 2010, c2009
Edition: Berkley premium ed
ISBN: 9780425237700
0425237702
Characteristics: 562 p. : ill., maps ; 20 cm
Additional Contributors: Scott, Justin

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mammothhawk229e
Jul 20, 2017

Writing style more akin to the cliffhanger weekly cinema shorts.

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JihadiConservative
Sep 06, 2013

Fun book. However, I am already getting tired of Cussler. His stories get to repetitive!

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annschnerre
Jun 26, 2013

fast-moving, set in the early 1900s railroad boom-time. halfway thru we discover who's doing the crimes, but the detective doesn't...how it's resolved--can't tell! worth a read.

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Shelley51
Oct 18, 2012

Good but dwelled to much on bridge details

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pmcash
Jul 21, 2011

If you enjoy Clive Cussler's other books, eg Dirk Pitt, you will also enjoy this series. Looking forward to readirng more of them.

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JihadiConservative
Sep 06, 2013

Violence: way more than the first book and really brutal

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JihadiConservative
Sep 06, 2013

Sexual Content: not as much as book 1

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JihadiConservative
Sep 06, 2013

Coarse Language: some...

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Mar 26, 2011

It is 1907, a year of financial panic and labor unrest. Train wrecks, fires, and explosions sabotage the Southern Pacific Railroad’s Cascades express line and, desperate, the railroad hires the fabled Van Dorn Detective Agency. Van Dorn sends in his best man, and Bell quickly discovers that a mysterious saboteur haunts the hobo jungles of the West, a man known as the Wrecker, who recruits accomplices from the down-and-out to attack the railroad, and then kills them afterward. The Wrecker traverses the vast spaces of the American West as if he had wings, striking wherever he pleases, causing untold damage and loss of human life. Who is he? What does he want? Is he a striker? An anarchist? A revolutionary determined to displace the "privileged few"? A criminal mastermind engineering some as yet unexplained scheme?

Whoever he is, whatever his motives, the Wrecker knows how to create maximum havoc, and Bell senses that he is far from done - that, in fact, the Wrecker is building up to a grand act unlike anything he has committed before. If Bell doesn’t stop him in time, more than a railroad could be at risk - it could be the future of the entire country

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