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Nancy Drew 51: Mystery of the Glowing Eye Hardcover – January 1, 1974
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Carolyn Keene is a pen name used by a variety of authors for the classic Nancy Drew Mystery series. The first author to use the pseudonym was Mildred Wirt Benson, who wrote 23 of the original 30 books. Other writers who have adapted the "Carolyn Keene" moniker include Leslie McFarlane, James Duncan Lawrence, Walter Karig, and Nancy Axelrod.
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A quick check confirms that Ned has been missing from his fraternity house for several days, and Nancy instantly fears that he's been kidnapped. Joined by Ned's (fairly interchangeable) roommates Burt and Dave, Nancy and her friends George and Bess begin an investigation into Ned's disappearance. But when the helicopter lifts off from Nancy's garden that night, it takes with it any clues or solid leads on where Ned might be.
Nancy begins to suspect that the note about "Cyclops" may have something to do with the mystery that her father has been alluding to, one that leads her to the Anderson Museum in Hager where there have been rumors of university students performing experiments that involve a large, glowing eye. After a few excursions into a nearby swamp, several rides in various helicopters, a hunt around Emerson University, and a rather eventful night in the museum, Nancy suspects that a mysterious red-headed man is behind Ned's disappearance.
This is a decent Nancy Drew mystery, although certainly not the best. The pace is swift and the ideas concerning electromagnetism, robotic helicopters and paralyzing beams of light are certainly fun, and the entire premise is given a degree of personal involvement considering it is Ned whose life seems to be in danger.
There are some annoying elements though: the fact that Carson Drew withholds information about the glowing eye for no discernable reason, the completely superfluous subplot about Marty King, and the fact that everyone is remarkably calm about the fact that Ned has been kidnapped - but then, this is Nancy Drew! She runs rings around the police, is always at the right place at the right time, and solves the case without breaking a sweat.
The ending is a tad anti-climactic, but all in all, it's a fun, frivolous read.
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