The Flickering Torch Mystery (Hardy Boys, Book 22)

By Franklin W. Dixon

Unexplainable aircraft crashes close to an airport at the East Coast plunge Frank and Joe Hardy right into a extraordinary case. From the instant Frank and Joe discover a radioactive engine in an aircraft junkyard, unforeseen risks strike like lightning. regardless of the repeated makes an attempt on their lives, the teenage detectives pursue their research, getting to know very important clues and others that offer the answer to at least one of the main baffling mysteries the men and Mr. Hardy have ever encountered.

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To any extent further you’re our agent. ” The Hardys contacted Biff and Tony. Biff provided to force all of them in his father’s station wagon. “Good,” Frank instructed him. “We’ll meet at our condominium approximately seven-thirty. We’re due on degree at 9 o‘clock sharp. And incidentally, Biff, Joe and that i will put on disguises so don’t panic if you happen to see us! ” whereas looking forward to night, Frank and Joe made up our minds to take advantage of the afternoon to make an aerial look for the mysterious van that Joe had visible at Pete Guilfoyle’s position. They drove to the airport for his or her aircraft and Frank piloted the craft north alongside the coast. He flew in from the ocean and drifted lazily over the Marlin Crag Cliffs. Then he turned around low over Beemerville, the place the Flickering Torch stood out essentially at the street. “See whatever fascinating? ” Frank requested as he became earlier Beemerville. “Lots of automobiles, vehicles, and trailers, yet no enormous van,” Joe answered. “Negative right here, too. I’ll head again for Marlin Crag. The woods are greater there. solid position to conceal a automobile that dimension. ” The cliffs loomed up on their horizon back. They observed the surf under pounding opposed to the rocks and hurling spray excessive within the air. Frank flew out to sea after which again. without notice Joe approximately jumped out of his seat. “I see it, Frank! ” he exclaimed. “That van down there among the bushes on the finish of the lane! It’s an identical form and colour because the one I hitched a trip on. ” Frank dived down and turned around low over the automobile. at the part of the van, glowing within the sun, have been the phrases: cellular X-RAY. “No doubt approximately it now,” Frank agreed. “That’s the van we’re after! ” He headed towards the airport and requested the regulate tower at Marlin Crag for clearance. while he obtained it, he got here in for a fast touchdown. After parking their craft, the men raced to a car-rental workplace. inside mins they have been rushing towards the woods. Joe was once on the wheel. He became off the road onto a mud highway, the wheels determining up a cloud of airborne dirt and dust. attaining the lane, the automobile jolted into an open house and careened to a cease. where the place the van were used to be empty! “It’s gone,” Joe stated. “Have we bought the fitting place? ” Frank requested. “I’m confident. ” “Then it would be someplace close to here,” Frank acknowledged. “We’ll cruise until we discover it. ” Joe swung the auto round and so they roared again alongside the airborne dirt and dust street, bouncing alongside and scouting the woods as they went. unexpectedly Joe cried, “There it's! ” He stepped at the brakes and pointed up a facet direction the place an important car used to be parked dealing with them. the motive force had raised the hood and was once tinkering with the engine. Joe drove instantly to the spot and parked, dealing with the van, bumper to bumper. “This man isn’t going to make any sneak getaway,” he muttered. “Unless he can fly that van over us! ” because the boys jumped out, the fellow lifted his head. He used to be thick-set and had a rugged face. “Hold every little thing! ” Frank ordered. “What’s this all approximately? ” the driving force requested in shock. “We’d wish to comprehend what you’ve obtained on your van,” Joe advised him. “What’s it to you? ” “Just say we’re curious,” Frank acknowledged. “The police will be , too,” Joe extra.

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