This is the eighth book in the historical fiction series featuring Detective Isaac Bell, chief operative of the early twenteith century Van Dornan Detective Agency. My husband and I listened to the unabridged Audiobook on our vacation, and very much enjoyed this book, even though I accuse Bell of being of demigod status.
The Van Dorn Agency in 1904 is investigating reports that John D. Rockefeller and Standard Oil eliminate competition ruthlessly. For Bell, the investigation quickly becomes personal, due to the actions of an assassin who appears to be an expert at long range with a rifle.
During Bell’s investigation, he meets the two daughters of an oilman who was bought out by Standard Oil; one is a sufferagete who promotes the cause with her own hydrogen hot-air balloon, and the other is a newspaper reporter. As Bell is (at this point in his life) quite single, he is smitten by both sisters, who seem to pop up everywhere he goes in the course of his quest to find and stop the assassin.
This was a very good addition to the series, and I wish a long life to Clive Cussler and Justin Scott so that they can continue the series.
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