By Franklin W. Dixon
Why is a filthy rich sportsman so anxious by means of the serpent layout on a mysterious balloon that he begs Frank and Joe Hardy to guard him? And who stole the traditional life-size chess king that is to be provided to the winner of the area chess championship? goals of diabolical enemies, Frank and Joe discover a clue that leads them around the Pacific to Hong Kong to assist the police break a world felony association.
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S. A. THE HARDY BOYS® is a registered trademark of Simon & Schuster, Inc. GROSSET & DUNLAP is a hallmark of Grosset & Dunlap, Inc. library of Congress Catalog Card quantity: 73-13373 eISBN : 978-1-101-07664-4 http://us. penguingroup. com bankruptcy I A Runaway Balloon “YOUR father sounded desperate,” Aunt Gertrude stated, having a look nervous. “He wishes you to fulfill him at 4 o’clock within the foyer of the deal with inn at Oak Knolls. higher hurry! ” Frank and Joe Hardy had simply arrived domestic from a swim on the Bayport pool whilst their agitated aunt met them on the kitchen door. the phone message appeared blameless adequate, yet Aunt Gertrude constantly feared the worst for her recognized detective brother Fenton. “Oh, yes,” she persevered, “he pointed out the note Falcon. What does that suggest? ” “Falcon! Holy crow, Frank, let’s cross! ” Joe steered excitedly. the lads bolted out the door and into their automobile. Joe took the wheel they usually sped off. Falcon was once a mystery note utilized by the 2 younger detectives and their father. It intended risk forward. yet what used to be the risk Fenton Hardy had foreseen of their assembly? They mulled it over as they hit the rate restrict and arrowed alongside the street due west from Bayport. Mr. Hardy had no longer pointed out any new case. accordingly, if there has been threat, it had sprung up abruptly. Frank and Joe have been nervous. Dark-haired Frank, who used to be eighteen, glanced at his watch. “Three o’clock. we should always make it in time. ” Joe, a blond seventeen-year-old, nodded. “I simply desire it doesn’t rain. may possibly sluggish site visitors. ” The sky, which were vivid and sunny throughout the morning, had grew to become ominously grey within the west and a cold wind started to burn up the past due June warmth. “Looks like a hurricane is heading our way,” Frank stated. “And traffic’s slowing already. however it can’t be as a result of the climate. i ponder what occurred. ” “I bet there’s been an twist of fate. ” Joe craned his neck out the window for a greater glance. yet all he may well see used to be a line of automobiles relocating at a snail’s speed. Horns have been honking impatiently. Then site visitors stopped thoroughly. humans begun stepping out in their vehicles, and Joe did a similar. without notice his eyes grew vast in amazement. “Frank! I see the difficulty! ” “What is it? ” “A balloon! Flying lovely low and coming towards the line. Everybody’s stopped to examine it. ” Frank reached into the glove compartment and grabbed binoculars which the men saved convenient. He jumped out to test the green-and-white striped balloon. Like an enormous pendulum, it whipped dangerously backward and forward. “It needs to be stuck in a few form of loopy wind current,” Frank stated. “Here, have a look, Joe. ” Now the balloon was once not more than 100 yards away. Joe fascinated by the 2 passengers placing desperately to the perimeters of the basket. “What are they going to do? ” he cried out. “Land at the street? ” unexpectedly the balloon veered to definitely the right, coming to relaxation in a box beside the line no longer faraway from the Hardys. Frank pulled the auto over to the facet. “Come on, Joe. perhaps we will be of a few support. ” loads of different motorists had an analogous notion, and shortly an incredible crowd raced around the pasture to the place the balloon was once progressively deflating.