By Franklin W. Dixon

Not often do magicians exhibit their specialist secrets and techniques. for this reason Frank and Joe Hardy are surprised while a well known magician, the wonderful Hexton, deals 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 shaggy dog 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 global ring of spies stealing govt secrets and techniques regionally and the world over. The younger detective’s gripping adventures culminate in a dramatic climax after they unmask the key agent on Flight one hundred and one.

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The Manor is to be maintained by way of the Scottish belief as a historic shrine,” Burns defined. “When they started to renovate it a number of months in the past, a employee found an impressive selection of jewels hidden underneath the ground. it's acknowledged they have been put there approximately 400 years in the past. ” “I consider studying in regards to the discovery in a newspaper again home,” Frank recalled. “The worth of the gathering is taken into account moment in simple terms to the crown jewels within the Tower of London. ” “Precisely,” the inspector spoke back. Joe checked out the clipping and educate price ticket back. “Do you think that Hexton and his UGLI males can be making plans to thieve the gathering? ” “I don’t know,” Inspector Clyde admitted. “We need to give some thought to that hazard, in fact. however the position might be so seriously guarded that any thieves should be stuck. ” “Why may Timken visit Edinburgh by means of educate? ” Joe requested. “I may still imagine the thieves could use a motor vehicle for a fast getaway. ” “Most most likely they will,” Frank stated. “Maybe Timken was once purely being despatched there to case where for Hexton. ” “Exactly the realization I got here to,” Inspector Clyde declared. “Now they’ll need to use another person. ” Joe snapped his arms. “Perhaps that’s the place Ross was once heading. ” “We’ll check,” Clyde instructed him. Frank used to be considerate for a number of seconds, then acknowledged, “Probably Hexton, together with his sleight-of-hand skill, will do the particular stealing. ” The dialog became to the explanation the men had come to Scotland—to get into Hexton’s citadel. Inspector Clyde paced the ground in proposal. “The query is still, simply how do you be ready to do this? ” “Perhaps one other reconnaissance flight will provide us an idea,” Frank prompt. “Let’s alert McHugh. ” “Oh! ” Burns acknowledged speedy. “He isn’t to be had in the mean time. He’s off ballooning. ” “He’s what? ” Joe requested, with a questioned expression. “Ballooning,” the manager constable repeated. “McHugh belongs to a membership of fans who pass darting approximately in baggage choked with scorching air. Jolly reliable enjoyable, they suspect, except they get stuck in a tree, or on a church spire. They’re having a race someplace close to Perth. ” “What a ball! ” Chet burst out. “I’d prefer to see that. ” “Hold on! ” Frank installed. “That solves our challenge. We’ll balloon into Hexton’s citadel! ” bankruptcy XVII evening assault INSPECTOR Clyde laughed. “See right here, my expensive fellow. You’re now not fascinated with ballooning into Hexton’s stronghold, are you? ” “I know it sounds fantastic,” Frank admitted. “But not less than it’s worthy discussing with McHugh. ” Joe scratched his head dubiously. “Hexton’s guards are absolute to spot a balloon. ” “Maybe now not if we drop in at night,” Frank responded. Chet pointed a made up our minds finger at his acquaintances. “Don’t imagine you are going to get me to journey in a single of these outsized basketballs! ” Joe grinned. “Okay. besides, I don’t think there’s sufficient scorching air in Scotland to boost you off the floor! ” a bit later the lads rented a motor vehicle and drove to the location of the race. On a grassy simple a couple of miles west of Perth, greater than fifty balloons of all sizes and shapes have been getting ready for the competitions.

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