The Twisted Claw (Hardy Boys #18)

By Franklin W. Dixon

A sequence of museum thefts release the Hardy Boys in this baffling secret. infrequent collections of old pirate treasure are being stolen, so Frank and Joe are requested to stake out the Black Parrot, a suspicious freighter docked in Bayport Harbor. This whirlwind chase after a self-styled pirate king within the Caribbean stronghold of the Empire of the Twisted Claw makes a gripping story of suspense and excessive experience.

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Take the prisoners to the east tower room! ” Cartoll commanded. “I nonetheless imagine we oughta learn the way they came first! ” Rawlin protested. “There can be others! ” “It’s visible they got here by way of boat or plane,” Cartoll concluded. “Have your males behavior a seek of the realm once it truly is mild. ” “If basically there has been a way to warn Tiller,” Frank notion frantically as he and his brother have been led away by means of the guards. The east tower room used to be positioned on the most sensible of a protracted, winding stone stairway. one of many guards unlocked the door and ordered the lads within. the opposite one introduced a few bread and a jug of water, then the door was once close at the back of them. whilst their eyes grew conversant in the gloom, they have been startled to determine an aged guy with shaggy grey hair and a beard seated at a wood desk. “Are you prisoners of Cartoll too? ” he requested in a vulnerable voice. “I haven't noticeable you earlier than. ” “Yes,” Frank responded glumly. “And who're you? ” “Leroy Ellis. ” Frank and Joe checked out one another in shock, then Frank brought himself and his brother. “Any relation to Clay Ellis? ” he further. “He’s my son. you recognize him? ” “We’ve met him now not in the past. Why are you a prisoner? ” “Because I refuse to assist Cartoll along with his loopy schemes. And I’m getting used as a hostage so my son won’t visit the professionals. ” “So that’s why Clay wouldn’t let us know anything,” Joe stated, munching on a section of bread. “Perhaps you could let us know what’s occurring round here,” Frank acknowledged. “Who is that this Cartoll? ” The outdated guy defined that Cartoll used to be the great-great-great grandson of a infamous eighteenth-century pirate who had demonstrated a state at the island. “We examine him and his Empire of the Twisted Claw in an previous book,” Joe interrupted. “If you’re conversant in that a part of the story,” Ellis stated, “I’ll deliver you brand new. ” He defined that he came across the island greater than a yr prior to whereas crusing his ketch round the Caribbean. He was once followed by way of his son, who used to be on holiday from his activity as radioman for a credible delivery company. They have been inspired with the outdated constructions of the village and the friendliness of the natives. in the course of their remain, Cartoll arrived at the island and declared himself inheritor to his ancestor’s state. He compelled the natives to be his topics and revived the Empire of the Twisted Claw. “He’s mad and needs to be stopped! ” Ellis insisted. “What in regards to the Parrot ships? ” requested Frank. The outdated guy scowled. “Cartoll owns the ships and makes use of them for smuggling reasons. It’s that scoundrel’s method of financing his so-called royal corporations. ” Frank went on, “Do you recognize why he’s so decided to get his palms at the DeGraw collec tion? ” “It’s one other of his loopy quirks,” Ellis spoke back. “The goods in that assortment have been owned by way of the unique pirate king. They have been being introduced right here to the island via a galleon while a unexpected typhoon got here up and sank the send. ” “And now Cartoll thinks the stuff belongs to him as a consequence of inheritance? ” Joe queried. The previous guy nodded. “Of path the assumption is absurd.

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