By Franklin W. Dixon
A shady earlier continually results in a gloomy future.
While attempting to aid Annie Shea, the gorgeous new lady on the town, Joe unintentionally runs down her previous boyfriend, Phil. Joe's in a good spot, yet Annie turns out afraid to aid. Then the Hardy's research that Phil is the leading suspect in a million-dollar diamond theft and Annie will be involved.
But whilst Annie is abducted the brother detectives swing into motion. They keep on with her to the lair of America's so much notorious gem thief, Cutter. Outnumbered, the Hardys tackle the diamond man's gang in an all-out attempt to avoid wasting Annie -- and transparent Joe of homicide.
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In Jewish scripture, there's a legend: There are thirty-six righteous humans on the earth. The thirty-six shield us. with out them, humanity could perish. however the thirty-six have no idea they're the selected ones.
In Beijing, a monk collapses in his chamber, useless. A fiery mark—a tattoo? a burn? —spreads throughout his again and down his backbone. In Mumbai, a liked economist, a guy who served the bad, dies all at once. His corpse unearths an identical image. comparable deaths are mentioned round the world—the sufferers all humanitarians, all with a similar dying mark. In Venice, an enterprising Italian policeman hyperlinks the deaths, tracing the proof. who's killing stable humans around the globe?
In Copenhagen, police are getting ready for an international weather summit once they obtain the Interpol alert. the duty falls to veteran detective Niels Bentzon: locate the “good people” of Denmark and warn them. yet Bentzon is a guy who's knowledgeable to work out the worst in humanity, now not the great. one after the other, individuals are crossed off his record. He senses their secrets and techniques and wrongdoings.
Just as Bentzon is able to hand over, he meets Hannah Lund, a super astrophysicist mourning the demise of her son and the implosion of her marriage. With Hannah’s aid, Bentzon starts to piece jointly the puzzle of those far-flung deaths. A development emerges. it's, they observe, a superbly completed plan of homicide. there were thirty-four deaths—two extra to come back if the legend is right. in line with the development, Bentzon and Hannah can expect the time and position of the ultimate murders. The deaths will take place in Venice and Copenhagen. And the time is now.
A shady earlier constantly results in a gloomy future.
While attempting to support Annie Shea, the gorgeous new lady on the town, Joe by chance runs down her previous boyfriend, Phil. Joe's in a decent spot, yet Annie turns out afraid to aid. Then the Hardy's study that Phil is the major suspect in a million-dollar diamond theft and Annie can be involved.
But while Annie is abducted the brother detectives swing into motion. They keep on with her to the lair of America's such a lot notorious gem thief, Cutter. Outnumbered, the Hardys tackle the diamond man's gang in an all-out attempt to avoid wasting Annie -- and transparent Joe of homicide.
Egad! Is sunlight Pons simply Sherlock Holmes in cover? good, that's chronologically most unlikely, yet he could be the well-known grasp detective's lengthy misplaced son. Pons is, in fact, August Derleth's affectionate tribute to Conan Doyle's literary construction, a willing and quirky brain fixing ratings of mysteries and murders in early 20th Century Britain observed through his trustworthy assistant and Boswell Dr.
Frank Clemons, an ex-cop grew to become inner most detective, faces a couple of puzzling instances at the suggest streets of latest York City.
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I've heard him tell about it a hundred times; he was always telling it. He heard the shot fired and ran to the corner of the building and sent one glance at the site and saw what had happened - and don't tell me that in that short time someone could have come out of the building and run away, because they couldn't. ' he appealed to Inspector Block. 'No,' said Block. 'In that short time, anyone shooting, from the window where the gun was could hardly even have reached the top of the stairs. ' ^ 'Well, all right, so he saw them both fall and he saw the crowd swing round and stare up at the building, so he knew where the shot must have The Scapegoat 27 come from and he turned bade and ran into the building and up the stairs.
And what about the threatening letters ? Besides, he said it himself - over and over, as the lady says. He'd have known if he'd had such an enemy, but he said it himself. " ' He appealed to the woman. ' 'Yes, of course. You called me close. ' She shuddered. T h e blood was coming up, bubbling up out of his mouth. They were the last words he spoke. "Thank God they only got me. "' 26 Great Detective Stories 'And -so he died - for my sins,' said the Grand Mysterioso, and again he was silent. But he's not sorry, really, thought the young man, crouched in his sofa corner, watching the big handsome old face heavy with sadness, and yet spread over with a sort of unction of selfsatisfaction.
So - all sorts of good reasons to the man : you're in clanger; this idiot, whoever he is, might try something funny. ' 'I think,' said Block slowly, *that all the way along, this was a crime arising out of opportunity. And here was the first opportunity. The months passed, the baby was born, Robbins fumed and was sick with ; angej; he couldn't just go and beat up the seducer - he was in the police, and die police wouldn't stand for that sort of thing; and more important, he wasn't going to let the world know of this shame.
Witness to Murder (The Hardy Boys Casefiles, Book 20) by Franklin W. Dixon