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Public Enemy Number Two (Diamond Brother Mysteries) Paperback – July 8, 2004
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Grade 5-8–In this second book in the series, 13-year-old Nick Diamond refuses to be enlisted in Chief Inspector Snape's plan to make him the undercover cellmate of the notorious Johnny Powers in order to worm out the name of the Fence, the 15-year-old's partner in crime. But when Nick is mysteriously caught with a famous jewel in his pocket during a class field trip and he is arrested, tried, and sent to Strangeday Hall for young offenders with great expediency, it becomes clear to him that the Scotland Yard inspector wouldn't take no for an answer. Nick soon finds himself fleeing prison with Johnny and sneaking around London's underground to save himself (and his hapless brother, Tim). Horowitz has a knack for puns and humor, and he successfully combines it with a nonstop action mystery that has everything from hydraulically controlled buses to secret caverns. A readable and exciting adventure.–Lynn Evarts, Sauk Prairie High School, Prairie du Sac, WI
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About the Author
Anthony Horowitz has been called "the busiest writer in Britain" by a major British newspaperand with good reason. He is passionate about his work, often writing ten hours a day as he tries to balance multiple careers as a novelist, playwright, and screenwriter for television and movies. He is also the author of The Devil and His Boy and the Alex Rider Adventures.
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Most of the usual elements that I have learned to expect in the Diamond Brothers' adventures are present, with a few small variations. For example, when they are out of money with nothing to eat except beans on toast and Tim gets an advance from a new client, he actually buys some ingredients and cooks a meal instead of getting takeaway food. When he first found the Purple Peacock Ming Vase, which was what he had been retained to do, I was expecting Tim to accidentally break this expensive vase or use it as a weapon, but it is Nick who wants Tim to hit someone with it, and Tim who can't bring himself to do it. I expect that many readers will be shocked by Nick's command and surprised and delighted with Tim's refusal. They will be disappointed but probably not too surprised by an incident near the end of the story.
People who enjoy the references to areas of London in these stories get some interesting information about the tunnels under the river Thames in east London, although one thing that comes to mind is that part of this story could not be written today: there is a very good description of Wapping High Street and the surrounding area as it used to be, but it has changed greatly in recent years. I would love to see these stories published with illustrations that show the featured London venues.
I recommend this book for kids of all ages. This book is also good for both boys and girls. It is filled with action, suspense, and makes you want to keep reading because you want to know what is going to happen next.
Anthony Horowitz is a very good author. He has written many books, some belong to the Alex Rider series. The entire series is great and I loved reading all his books. Also, all his books are filled with action and are written for kids of all ages. They are understandable and you will know what is going on the whole time. That's what makes the reader want to read more. Reading his books will make a complete book collection.
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