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By Mac Barnett

For a good detective, the simplest a part of retiring is popping out of retirement.

Retired inner most detective and present 7th grader Steve Brixton has a brand new task: he's taking out the trash for 5 greenbacks per week. yet it’s demanding to go away the previous online game at the back of, and on a educate journey down the California coast, Steve and his top friend, Dana, are pulled right into a secret concerning a fleet of stolen vehicles, a vanishing woman, and a phantom educate automobile. Oh, and there may well simply be a few romance….
     This laugh-out-loud secret is a witty, modern day significant other to the adventures of the Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew that brims with humor and intrigue.

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What approximately him? ” “That’s the auto thief! ” “Hmm,” Dana stated. “Maybe. ” the 2 males exchanged a pair sentences after which walked in contrary instructions. Cy went over to the station’s eating place. The bald guy was once coming for Steve and Dana. Steve yanked The Masterless Apprentice from his chum’s fingers and positioned it in entrance of his face. He peered over the book’s best because the guy walked prior them. “Look,” Steve whispered to Dana. “The birthmark. ” at the man’s neck was once a coffee-colored spot. after which the fellow used to be long past, out at the platform. “Did you spot that? ” Steve stated. “Did you spot the triceratops? ” “I observed an eagle,” Dana stated. Steve missed his friend. “This is the evidence! Cy’s in cahoots with the automobile thieves! ” acknowledged Steve. “They’re most likely going to make an try out at the Phoebus. ” “Should we inform the police? ” Steve shook his head. “Of direction now not. They won’t comprehend what to do—plus in the event that they capture this thief, Cy will deny every little thing and break out. I’ve received a greater idea—we’ll seize the thieves red-handed and work out the place the crowd is stashing the remainder of the Vanderdraaks’ vehicles. ” And turn out to Claire that she used to be fallacious, Steve notion. Dana appeared dismayed. Steve checked out Rick. He used to be strolling round in circles, conversing on his cellphone. “Have you heard of the wood Horse? ” Steve requested. “The what? ” “The wood Horse. ” “Is that just like the malicious program? ” “No, the wood Horse. It’s a vintage sleuthing process. within the Clue of the Vanishing Tire Tracks, Shawn and Kevin try to trace down a number of auto thieves. yet the entire crooks are those rather ace drivers, and whilst the Bailey Brothers chase them, the autos maintain disappearing after this blind curve within the highway. So Shawn and Kevin use the wood Horse: They disguise themselves within the trunk of a sizzling rod and park it the place all of the automobiles hold getting stolen. after which the baddies scouse borrow the automobile, and so they take it again to their hideout—which is in a sea cave—and Shawn and Kevin bust out, take the group all at once, and get well all of the automobiles. ” “That is the Trojan horse,” Dana acknowledged. “Whatever. The Bailey Brothers name it the wood Horse. ” “I’ve by no means heard it referred to as that at any place else. ” “You’re lacking the purpose. the purpose is we will be heroes and holiday this situation extensive open. ” Dana took his ebook again. “I don’t know,” he acknowledged. “It sounds harmful. ” “Of direction it's! ” Steve stated. “Danger is how sleuths understand they’re on target. ” Dana idea for a moment. “Pass,” he acknowledged. “What? ” “Pass. I cross. No thank you. ” “But the wood Horse! ” “I don’t care concerning the wood Horse,” Dana stated. “I don’t care concerning the computer virus. I simply are looking to visit the resort, catch up with all people, and provides my speech approximately cod the following day. ” Steve couldn’t think what he was once listening to. “Cod? Cod? ” Steve shook his head. “Fine. That’s tremendous. you selected her over me. ” “What? ” Dana stated. “Other Dana. You’d really hang around along with her than pass in this event with me. ” “That isn't what this can be about,” Dana acknowledged. “I knew this might ensue. ” “Steve—,” Dana stated, yet Steve wasn’t listening. Rick used to be off the telephone and writing whatever down on the info table.

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