It is 1907. Train wrecks, fires and explosions sabotage the Southern Pacific Railroad's Cascades express line. Desperate, the railroad hires the fabled Van Dorn Detective Agency. Van Dorn sends in its top investigator, Isaac Bell. Bell quickly discovers that a mysterious saboteur haunts the hobo jungles of the West. Known as The Wrecker, he recruits accomplices from among the down-and-outs to attack the railroad, killing them afterward. The Wrecker travels 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 and what does he want? Is he a striker? An anarchist? A criminal mastermind engineering some as-yet unexplained scheme? Whoever he is, whatever his motives, The Wrecker knows how to create maximum havoc. Bell senses that he is far from done - indeed, it would seem that The Wrecker is building up to a grand act unlike anything committed before. If Bell doesn't stop him in time, the entire future of the country could be at risk.
Clive Cussler is the author or co-author of a great number of international bestsellers, including the famous Dirk Pitt(R) adventures, such as Arctic Drift; the NUMA(R) Files adventures, most recently Medusa; the Oregon Files, such as Corsair; and the Isaac Bell historical thrillers, which began with The Chase. He lives in Arizona. Justin Scott is the author of twenty-three thrillers and mystery novels, written under his own name and the pen names Paul Garrison, J. S. Blazer and Alexander Cole. He has twice been nominated for the Edgar Allan Poe Awards given by the Mystery Writers of America. He lives in Connecticut.