The year is 1911. Chief Investigator Isaac Bell of the Van Dorn Detective Agency has had many extraordinary cases before. But none quite like this.
Hired to find a young woman named Anna Pape who ran away from home to become an actress, Bell gets a shock when her murdered body turns up instead.
Vowing to bring the killer to justice, he begins a manhunt which leads him into increasingly more alarming territory. Anna Pape was not alone in her fate - petite young blond women like Anna are being murdered in cities across America.
And the pattern goes beyond the physical resemblance of the victims - there are disturbing familiarities about the killings themselves that send a chill through even a man as experienced with evil as Bell. If he is right about his fears, then he is on the trail of one of the greatest monsters of his time.
©2017 Clive Cussler (P)2017 Penguin Books Ltd.
The Cutthroat is right up there with The Wrecker as the best of the Bell series. After a couple of what I considered weaker stories in the last books, Cussler really found form again here.
Taking place across North America, The Cutthroat is a fantastic murder/mystery based around the theatre/film industry - involving one of the UK's most notorious serial killers!
The story is standalone, so you don't necessarily have to read the previous books in order to enjoy this, however I do find that knowledge of previous adventures/characters etc does help.
Really, I can't recommend The Cutthroat enough. Cussler and Bell back to their best for sure.
I love the Clive Cussler books and have been reading them since the NUMA originals. The Van Dorn agency books haven't disappointed and neither did this audio version. A few dodgy pronunciations here and there are the only reason I didn't give it 5 stars for performance, oh and the slightly off putting tendency to do an accent for some characters and not others..
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