The Bootlegger

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Penguin Publishing Group, 2014 - Fiction - 403 pages
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When Detective Isaac Bell's mentor is shot, the turn-of-the-century investigator traces the attack from a booze-smuggling operation back to a team of international saboteurs in this #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 while leading the high-speed chase of a rum-running vessel, Bell swears to him that he will hunt down the men responsible. But Bell 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.
In a trail that leads from the ravages of post-World-War-I Europe to the speakeasies of New York, to the lawless streets of Detroit and Florida s lavish beachside resorts, Isaac tracks the footsteps of a enterprise more ingenious and far-reaching than any he has ever known. For this is no mere bootlegging operation, but a powerful international organization with the very downfall of America in its sights . . ."
 

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User Review  - TJCams - LibraryThing

This was a fast paced, historically/geographically accurate adventure taking place during the American prohibition era, featuring mafia like characters, rum runners, international intrigue, and quite ... Read full review

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User Review  - jamespurcell - LibraryThing

Not his best, very predictable almost formulaic. The Toff, Simon Templar and Lord Peter Wimsey did the languid, rich sleuth with more aplomb and greater depth of character than Isaac. Great descriptions of armament and vehicles of the era kept me hanging in to finish but it was a slog. Read full review

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Contents

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Section 2
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Section 3
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Section 4
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Section 5
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Section 6
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Section 7
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Section 8
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Section 23
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Section 24
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Section 27
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Section 28
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About the author (2014)

Clive Cussler is the author or coauthor of over fifty previous books in five bestselling series, including Dirk Pitt , NUMA Files, Oregon  Files, Isaac Bell, and Sam and Remi Fargo. His nonfiction works include Built for AdventureThe Classic Automobiles of Clive Cussler and Dirk Pitt, and Built to Thrill:More Classic Automobiles from Clive Cussler and Dirk Pitt, plus The Sea Huntersand The Sea Hunters II; these describe the true adventures of the real NUMA, which, led by Cussler, searches for lost ships of historic significance. With his crew of volunteers, Cussler has discovered more than sixty ships, including the long-lost Confederate ship Hunley. He lives in Colorado and Arizona. 
 
Justin Scott's novels include The Shipkiller and Normandie Triangle; the Ben Abbott detective series; and modern sea thrillers published under his pen name, Paul Garrison. He is the coauthor with Clive Cussler of five Isaac Bell novels. He lives in Connecticut.

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