The Wrecker

Release Date: 
October 26, 2010
Publisher/Imprint: 
Berkley
Pages: 
562
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“The Wrecker is a truly magnificent historical adventure with a relentless pace, speedy as the trains it describes, populated by noble heroes and dastardly villains. If you enjoy solid adventure with an authentic historical background, this is one book you do not want to miss. Kudos to Justin Scott; we can’t wait to read the next book in this entertaining series.”

The year is 1907 and Southern Pacific Railroad is on the verge of completing the last section of its Cascades express line. It is a project the company is heavily invested in and, should it fail, would mean their ruin. When a brilliant saboteur known as the Wrecker begins wreaking havoc and destruction on the line, causing multiple deaths in the process, the company is thrown into turmoil.

The president and owner, Osgood Hennessy, finally hires the famous Van Dorn Detective agency to hunt down the Wrecker and bring him to justice before he totally destroys their operations. Because of the high-profile status of his client, Joe Van Dorn assigns his best agent, Isaac Bell, to the case. The hunt is on.

This book is a fast-paced thriller pitting two cunning intellects against each other, with the Wrecker having the advantage since his true identity is unknown to the determined investigator. From one end of the sprawling continent to the other, Bell and the Wrecker play a deadly cat-and-mouse game like grandmasters at a chess tournament, each moving his pieces skillfully and with deadly intent.

Soon both are aware there can only be one victor in this contest—only one who will survive their final conflict.

The Wrecker is a truly magnificent historical adventure with a relentless pace, speedy as the trains it describes, populated by noble heroes and dastardly villains. If you enjoy solid adventure with an authentic historical background, this is one book you do not want to miss. Kudos to Justin Scott; we can’t wait to read the next book in this entertaining series.