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Detroit Lakes Public Library J HOR (Text) 33500008604928 Main Available -
Moorhead Public Library J HOR (Text) 33500008604902 Main Available -

Record details

  • ISBN: 0142402192 (pbk.)
  • Physical Description: 191, 8 p. ; 20 cm.
  • Publisher: New York : Puffin Books, 2004, c1995.

Content descriptions

Summary, etc.: After his older brother, a fledgling private detective, agrees to safeguard a package for a dwarf who does not live long, thirteen-year-old Nick scampers to solve the mystery while also trying to stay one step ahead of an assortment of thugs.
Target Audience Note:
Ages 8 up.

  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2004 September #2
    Gr. 4-8. Thirteen-year-old Nick is the younger (and brighter) half of the Diamond Brothers, the world's worst detective agency. Dwarf Johnny Naples becomes their client, entrusting the two with a mysterious package (a box of Malteser chocolates) just before he is killed, leaving Tim Diamond, literally, holding the gun. With Tim in jail, Nick is forced to solve the case--hopefully before someone murders him, too. Originally published in Britain (where it was also released in film and television versions), this pays homage to the "hard-boiled-detective-with-a-snappy-comeback" genre and to The Maltese Falcon book and film that the title spoofs. Horowitz's classic cast of quirky villains-- including The Fat Man, Gott and Himmel, Beatrice von Falkenberg, and the Professor--and nonstop action and clever, deadpan humor ensure the novel will be a popular choice. ((Reviewed September 15, 2004)) Copyright 2004 Booklist Reviews.

Author Notes

Anthony Horowitz is perhaps the busiest writer in England. He has been writing since the age of eight, and professionally since the age of twenty. He writes in a comfortable shed in his garden for up to ten hours per day. In addition to the highly successful Alex Rider ongoing series of books, he has also written episodes of several popular TV crime series, including Poirot, Murder in Mind, Midsomer Murders, and Murder Most Horrid. He has written the television series Foyle's War, which aired in the United States, as well as the libretto of a Broadway musical adapted from Dr. Seuss's book, The 5,000 Fingers of Dr. T. He penned the script for the film The Gathering, which was released in 2003, starring Christina Ricci. Horowitz has also written the Diamond Brothers series.

Subject: Brothers Fiction
London (England) Fiction
England Fiction
Humorous stories
Mystery and detective stories

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