The Spy (Cussler novel)

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
  (Redirected from The Spy (Clive Cussler))
Jump to: navigation, search
The Spy
The Spy cover (Cussler).jpg
First paperback edition
Author Clive Cussler & Justin Scott
Country United States
Language English
Series Isaac Bell tales
Genre Thriller novel
Publisher Putnam
Publication date
June 1, 2010
Media type Print (hardcover)[1]
Pages 448 pp (first edition, hardcover)
ISBN 0-399-15643-7 (first edition, hardcover)
Preceded by 'The Wrecker (2009)
Followed by 'The Race (2011)

The Spy is an Isaac Bell adventure tale, the third in that series. The hardcover edition was released June 1, 2010. Other editions were released on different dates.[which?][citation needed]

Plot[edit]

This novel is set in 1908, as international tensions are rising and moving the world toward war. A notable American battleship gun designer dies in what is thought a sensational suicide, but his daughter has no doubt he was murdered. She turns to the legendary Van Dorn Detective Agency to investigate and clear her father's name. Owner Joseph Van Dorn assigns his chief investigator, Isaac Bell, to the case. Bell quickly realizes the designer appeared to have been murdered. More suspicious deaths among engineers involved in the design of a new American dreadnought battleship follow. Even Van Dorn agents, including Bell, are attacked and Bell realizes an elusive spy is orchestrating all the havoc. In this story, Bell becomes pitted against British, German and Japanese spies. His quest to get to the bottom of the intrigue leads him to find his elusive spy leading his mission of sabotage and murder right under his nose.[citation needed]

Reception[edit]

The Spy reached the USA Today best-selling book list on June 10, 2010, and remained on the list for twelve weeks, at one point reaching number sixteen on the list.[2] The Book Reporter website said in early 2011, "The ship-shape writing duo heaps on more excitement and thrills than a Coney Island roller coaster ride."[3] The Citizen, a Key West, Florida, daily newspaper said of The Spy, "Clive Cussler and Justin Scott have succeeded in writing another page-turning historical thriller filled with suspense and great period detail."[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ This book has also been released as a Kindle Edition, as a paperback and as various audio and CD editions.
  2. ^ USA Today online, at http://books.usatoday.com/book/clive-cussler-justin-scott-the-spy/l20809 .
  3. ^ L. Dean Murphy, "The Spy: An Isaac Bell Adventure," Jan. 23, 2011, Book Reporter website, at http://www.bookreporter.com/reviews/the-spy-an-isaac-bell-adventure .
  4. ^ David and Nancy Beckwith, "'The Spy' by Clive Cussler and Justin Scott," Dec. 19, 2010, The Citizen online, at http://keysnews.com/node/28595 .