By Franklin W. Dixon
Infrequently do magicians display their expert secrets and techniques. as a result Frank and Joe Hardy are surprised while a well known magician, the exceptional Hexton, bargains to bare the key of his “Vanishing guy Act” and invited Mr. Hardy to be the topic. while their detective father fails to reappear, his sons are confident that anything sinister is afoot, regardless of Hexton’s insistence that Mr. Hardy is enjoying a comic story on them. whereas desperately trying to find their father, Frank and Joe locate themselves operating with SKOOL, a U.S. association of mystery brokers pitted opposed to UGLI, a world ring of spies stealing executive secrets and techniques locally and across the world. The younger detective’s gripping adventures culminate in a dramatic climax after they unmask the key agent on Flight a hundred and one.
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Slowly the balloon drifted towards the fortress. The pilot published fuel and eased all the way down to a decrease altitude. simply then a pointy, metal sound pierced the evening air. Ping! “The grapnel simply made touch with the citadel wall,” Frank saw. “What’s that? ” Chet whispered as he and the Hardys heard a faint scraping sound. Frank peered over the part of the gondola. “The grapnel is being dragged up the part of the wall,” he murmured. “It isn’t catching carry. ” They floated over the courtyard towards the other wall. With a lurch the balloon got here to a halt. “We’ve made it,” Joe whispered excitedly. “The grapnel stuck. ” “So a long way so good,” Frank stated tensely. “Now, over the aspect and down the rope. I’ll cross first. ” “Good success, lad! ” the pilot referred to as. the men waited for a second to ensure the coast was once transparent. Then Frank eased himself over the part of the gondola and acquired a good grip at the line. He hung precariously above the floor for an rapid, then started to slide down. decreasing himself lightly onto the stone rampart, he peered during the darkness and listened. He then signaled for Joe and Chet to keep on with. after they have been down, they freed the grapnel. The balloon drifted off into the darkness. the 3 groped their method alongside, ultimately coming to a flight of stone steps. Frank carefully led his partners down the steps into the courtyard less than. “There’s the sunshine i noticed from the air,” Chet whispered, pointing around the courtyard. “And the door correct subsequent to it's partly open,” Joe saw. the men crept ahead slowly until eventually they reached the door. Frank eased it open wider. Peering within, they observed a protracted, dimly lighted hall which prolonged deep into the fortress. It was once coated with matches of armor fastened on low, wheeled systems. “I don’t see anyone around,” Joe whispered. “Let’s cross in. ” At periods alongside the hall have been huge wood doorways with gigantic iron hinges. because the younger sleuths neared the tip, they heard muffled voices coming from a room. Its door was once a bit of ajar. Slowly they stalked towards it and Frank seemed within. Clustered round an important oak desk have been Hexton, Vordo, Bleeker, Arnold, Ross, and the fast twins. Hexton’s voice carried during the establishing. “Now get this directly, Vordo. You all recognize the format of Nairn Loch Manor? ” “Every detail,” Vordo answered. “No mistakes,” Hexton acknowledged harshly. “You particularly, Bert and Lou. ” The twins nodded. “Then it’s all set,” Hexton stated. “Day after the following day we’ll have in our palms the main priceless choice of jewels in Scotland! ” Frank stiffened. So Hexton did plan to thieve the Nairn Loch assortment earlier than it went on reveal! the boys stood as much as go away, their chairs scraping at the stone flooring. immediately Frank motioned Joe and Chet to retreat down the hall. Chet hesitated ahead of a go well with of armor. “What are you doing? ” Joe whispered. “Getting myself a weapon. ” Chet started to tug at a mace. A steel gauntlet pulled free and crashed to the stone ground. The sound echoed during the hall like a burst of thunder. The door creaked open and the lads sprang from the room.