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- KurzbeschreibungDetective Isaac Bell is back in an extraordinary new adventure in the 1 New York Times bestselling series.<br>It is 1921, and Prohibition is in full swing even as millions still imbibe and ruthless criminals get rich overnight by selling them booze. Cops, Feds, and Coast Guardsmen are all susceptible to bribery. But when Bell's boss and lifelong friend Joseph Van Dorn is shot and near-fatally wounded while chasing bootleggers, he enters the fray.<br>Bell promises Van Dorn that he will try to save the detective agency from the corrupting effects of Prohibition. But when the first witness to Van Dorn's shooting is executed in a ruthlessly efficient manner invented by the CHEKA, the Russian Communist secret police, Bell finds himself combating men far more deadly than ordinary criminals. And he's about to fight a one-man war...
- AutorClive Cussler,Justin Scott
- SerieBerkley Books
- VerlagPenguin LCC US
- Seiten448 Seiten
- Gewicht234 g
- Leseprobe1<br>Two men in expensive clothes, a bootlegger and his bodyguard, dangled a bellboy upside down from the Hotel Gotham's parapet.<br>The bodyguard held him by his ankles, nineteen stories above 55th Street. It was night. No one saw, and the boy's screams were drowned out by the Fifth Avenue buses, the El thundering up Sixth, and trolley bells clanging on Madison.<br>The bootlegger shouted down at him, "Every bellhop in the hotel sells my booze! Whatsamatter with you?"<br>Church spires and mansion turrets reached for him like teeth. "Last chance, sonny."<br>A tall man in a summer suit glided silently across the roof. He drew a Browning automatic from his coat and a throwing knife from his boot. He mounted the parapet and pressed the pistol to the body- guard's temple.<br>"Hold tight."<br>The bodyguard froze. The bootlegger shrank from the blade pricking his throat.<br>"Who the-"<br>"Isaac Bell. Van Dorn Agency. Sling him in on the count of two." "If you shoot, we drop him."<br>"You'll have holes in your heads before he passes the eighteenth floor . . . On my count: One! Pull him up. Two! Swing him over the edge . . . Lay him on the roof- Are you O.K., son?"<br>The bellboy had tears in his eyes. He nodded, head bobbing like a puppet.<br>"Go downstairs," Isaac Bell told him, sliding his knife back in his boot and shifting the automatic to his left hand. "Tell your boss Chief Investigator Bell said to give you the week off and a fifty-dollar bonus for standing up to bootleggers."<br>The bodyguard chose his moment well. When the tall detective reached down to help the boy stand, he swung a heavy, ring-studded fist. Skillfully thrown with the full power of a big man's muscle behind it, it was blocked before it traveled four inches.<br>A bone-cracking counterpunch staggered him. His knees buckled and he collapsed on the tar. The bootlegger shot empty hands into the sky. "O.K., O.K."<br>The van Dorn detective agency-an operation with field offices in every city in the country and many abroad-maintained warm relations with the police. But Isaac Bell spotted trouble when he walked into the 54th Street precinct house.<br>The desk sergeant couldn't meet his eye.<br>Bell reached across the high desk to shake his hand anyway. This particular sergeant's father, retired roundsman Paddy O'Riordan, augmented his pension as a part-time night watchman for Van Dorn Protective Services.<br>"How's your dad?" Paddy was doing fine.<br>"Any chance of interviewing the bootlegger we caught at the<br>Gotham?"<br>"The big guy's at the hospital getting his jaw wired." "I want the little one, the boss."<br>"Surety company paid his bond."<br>Bell was incensed
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