By Franklin W. Dixon
A swish new hydrofoil is scheduled to begin ferrying passengers among Bayport and Cape Cutlass. yet company enemies of the hydrofoil proprietor have stirred up a hornets’ nest of violent competition between small boat proprietors. Fearing sabotage, he begs Frank and Joe Hardy to protect the Flying Express on her maiden journey. Startling advancements plunge the teenage detectives right into a risky chase through sea, air, and land in pursuit of a gang of hardened criminals who function by means of the indicators of the Zodiac. pressure mounts while the Flying exhibit vanishes – and so does Sam Radley, Mr. Hardy’s expert operative. Peril stalks Frank and Joe’s each strikes as they search out the terrifying gangleader Zodiac Zig and his vicious henchmen.
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Sorry,” Joe stated. “We have been necessarily detained. ” Frank warned him in regards to the raiders, including that he and Joe might journey the hydrofoil every time they'd time, which would now not be usually. Given eyed them shrewdly. “Working on one other case? ” Frank selected to not answer without delay, announcing in simple terms they'd an appointment to maintain. They hastened again to Mr. Hardy, who stood on my own at the marina wharf. “Boys,” he stated, “I referred to as Sam Radley and placed him to paintings at the previous license numbers you observed within the boathouse. He’ll fee them out. That manner we may perhaps get a hold of a repair at the position the place you have been held. ” Sam Radley used to be a talented and hugely in charge detective. “We’re going to paintings on it, too,” Frank stated. “We’ll search for a purple neon signal that throws a glow over the line in the back of the boathouse. i realized it earlier than we have been locked inside of. ” “That’s a good suggestion. in the meantime I’ll come again to Shark Harbor to do a little extra investigating. ” the lads went to the cottage to bathe and wear dry outfits. After a brief breakfast they back to the jetty to invite Mr. Hinkley if he knew the place they can hire a automobile. either boys have been shocked to determine a well-known motor vehicle pulling into the parking quarter. In it have been Callie and Iola. “So—the undesirable pennies have grew to become up as soon as more,” Callie stated breezily as Frank and Joe greeted them with tremendous smiles. “Actually we’re relieved to work out you. It’s no enjoyable brooding about the place on this planet you're! ” “Tell us what happened,” Iola stated. As Frank and Joe similar the newest advancements, Callie wrinkled her nostril. “I imagine you’re lacking probably the most vital clues. Why haven’t you investigated the Decor store? I’d prefer to understand who stole our jackets and manage these dummies. ” “The Decor store? ” Joe acknowledged. “Are you kidding? It’s run via a candy little outdated woman who couldn’t almost certainly be implicated. ” Frank regarded reflective. “I imagine the women have some extent. Let’s no longer leap to conclusions. I vote for a better examine the Decor store. ” “All right,” Joe acknowledged. “But first issues first. i believe we should always search for the neon signal ahead of the rest. ” “There’s just one problem,” Frank stated. “We want transportation. ” Callie grinned. “I comprehend what you’re getting at. ok. Be my visitor and use the auto. We’ll take the hydrofoil domestic. ” “Thanks, Callie. You’re a doll! ” An hour later Frank and Joe have been riding down a dust highway thirty miles from the cape, the section of the coast, as close to as they can pass judgement on, the place that they had been held captive. Frank broke the silence. “This will be with regards to correct. And glance! There’s a purple neon signal with a boathouse in the back of it! ” In daring letters it marketed Calderon’s Shore eating place. where was once approximately abandoned. Frank pulled off the line, parked within the shadow of a few bushes, and led the best way prior the neon signal to the boathouse in the back of the development. The doorways have been open, and a catwalk supplied effortless front. “Wait a second, Joe,” Frank acknowledged. “It’s beautiful darkish in right here. There’s a gentle swap close to the door. Flick—” His foot hit a internet piled up at the ground and he stumbled right into a pool of shallow water.