Today is release day for Clive Cussler’s new novel The Bootlegger. This is the seventh book in a series of mysteries about Detective Isaac Bell, set in America in the early 1900s. Cussler coauthors this series with Justin Scott.
I’ve read the first four books of this series, and I’ve actually preferred them to the last few Dirk Pitt books I’ve read by Cussler. I don’t read a lot of historical fiction set in the US, but these have been really interesting, and I think this is a series you could pick up in the middle without feeling lost. If that’s not your style (I’m looking at you, Sib!), the first in the series is called The Chase, and it’s definitely worth a read.
Here is what Putnam has to say about The Bootlegger:
Detective Isaac Bell returns in the extraordinary new adventure in the #1 New York Times-bestselling series.
It is 1920, and both Prohibition and bootlegging are in full swing. When Isaac Bell’s boss and lifelong friend Joseph Van Dorn is shot and nearly killed leading the high-speed chase of a rum-running vessel, Bell swears to him that he will hunt down the lawbreakers, but he doesn’t know what he is getting into. When a witness to Van Dorn’s shooting is executed in a ruthlessly efficient manner invented by the Russian secret police, it becomes clear that these are no ordinary criminals. Bell is up against a team of Bolshevik assassins and saboteurs—and they are intent on overthrowing the government of the United States.