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The Chase by Clive Cussler (review by Andrew R. ’17)

The Chase (Isaac Bell, #1)The Chase by Clive Cussler
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A historical thriller set in 1906, The Chase follows the efforts of master detective Isaac Bell to capture and arrest the Butcher Bandit, a notorious bank robber who cold heartedly murders any witnesses to his crimes. Eventually, as the detective draws closer to his quarry, Bell’s own life is endangered as the outlaw turns his attention to his pursuer. A true page-turner, this novel is difficult to put down; each chapter brings new peril to the protagonist and his assistants. In addition, the author includes extraordinary detail, extensively describing each new character in a way that ultimately enriches the novel. While I normally dislike romantic books, the few love scenes did not bother me or distract from the action, and sometimes even added to the suspense. Fans of detective or suspense stories will enjoy The Chase, whether or not they normally read historical fiction. – Andrew R. ’17

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