Against the Rules

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Simon and Schuster, 1997 - Juvenile Fiction - 150 pages
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WHEN A MURDERER BREAKS RANKS, IT'S UP TO NANCY TO TAKE COMMANDNancy, Bess, and George have been invited to the Stafford Military Academy's gala centennial celebration, a weekend of dining and dancing with good-looking guys in uniform. But the festivities take an ugly and tragic turn when one good soldier -- Sergeant Stephanie Grindle -- becomes a casualty . . .of murder!Nancy's escort, Captain Nicholas Dufont, has the potential to be a major distraction. But this case requires all of her attention. Behind the military facade, Stafford is a hotbed of hidden rage and secret scandals. And someone at the academy is on a personal mission: Do anything to stop Nancy Drew from uncovering the truth!
 

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Contents

1 SECRETS CAN KILL
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2 DEADLY INTENT
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3 MURDER ON
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4 SMILE AND SAY MURDER
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5 HIT AND RUN HOLIDAY
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6 WHITE WATER TERROR
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7 DEADLY DOUBLES
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8 TWO POINTS TO MURDER
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76 THE PERFECT PLOT
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77 DANGER ON PARADE
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78 UPDATE ON CRIME
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79 NO LAUGHING MATTER
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80 POWER OF SUGGESTION
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81 MAKING WAVES
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82 DANGEROUS RELATIONS
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83 DIAMOND DECEIT
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9 FALSE MOVES
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10 BURIED SECRETS
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11 HEART OF DANGER
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16 NEVER SAY
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17 STAY TUNED FOR DANGER
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19 SISTERS IN CRIME
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31 TROUBLE IN TAHITI
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35 BAD MEDICINE
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36 OVER THE EDGE
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37 LAST DANCE
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41 SOMETHING TO HIDE
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43 FALSE IMPRESSIONS
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45 OUT OF BOUNDS
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46 WIN PLACE OR
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49 PORTRAIT IN CRIME
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50 DEEP SECRETS
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51 A MODEL CRIME
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53 TRAIL OF LIES
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54 COLD AS
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55 DONT LOOK TWICE
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56 MAKE NO MISTAKE
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57 INTO THIN
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58 HOT PURSUIT
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59 HIGH RISK
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60 POISON
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61 SWEET REVENGE
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62 EASY MARKS
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63 MIXED SIGNALS
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64 THE WRONG TRACK
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65 FINAL NOTES
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66 TALL DARK AND DEADLY
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68 CROSSCURRENTS
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70 CUTTING EDGE
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71 HOT TRACKS
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72 SWISS SECRETS
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73 RENDEZVOUS IN ROME
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74 GREEK ODYSSEY
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75 A TALENT FOR MURDER
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84 CHOOSING SIDES
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85 SEA OF SUSPICION
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86 LETS TALK TERROR
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87 MOVING TARGET
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88 FALSE PRETENSES
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89 DESIGNS IN CRIME
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90 STAGE FRIGHT
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91 IF LOOKS COULD KILL
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92 MY DEADLY VALENTINE
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93 HOTLINE TO DANGER
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94 ILLUSIONS OF EVIL
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95 AN INSTINCT FOR TROUBLE
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96 THE RUNAWAY BRIDE
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97 SQUEEZE PLAY
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98 ISLAND OF SECRETS
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99 THE CHEATING HEART
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100 DANCE TILL YOU
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101 THE PICTURE OF GUILT
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102 COUNTERFEIT CHRISTMAS
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103 HEART OF
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104 KISS AND TELL
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105 STOLEN AFFECTIONS
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106 FLYING TOO HIGH
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107 ANYTHING FOR LOVE
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108 CAPTIVE HEART
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109 LOVE NOTES
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110 HIDDEN MEANINGS
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111 THE STOLEN KISS
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112 FOR LOVE OR MONEY
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113 WICKED WAYS
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114 REHEARSING FOR ROMANCE
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115 RUNNING INTO TROUBLE
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116 UNDER HIS SPELL
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117 SKIPPING A BEAT
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118 BETRAYED BY LOVE
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119 AGAINST THE RULES
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Carolyn Keene was the pseudonym that Mildred Wirt Benson and Walter Karig used to write Nancy Drew books. The idea of Nancy Drew came from Edward Stratemeyer in 1929. He also had other series, that included the Hardy Boys, but he died in 1930 before the Nancy Drew series became famous. His daughters, Harriet and Edna, inherited his company and maintained Nancy Drew having Mildred Wirt Benson, the original Carolyn Keene, as the principal ghostwriter. During the Depression, they asked Benson to take a pay cut and she refused, which is when Karig wrote the books. Karig's Nancy Drew books were Nancy's Mysterious Letter, The Sign of the Twisted Candles, and Password to Larkspur Lane. He was fired from writing more books because of his refusal to honor the request that he keep his work as Carolyn Keene a secret. He allowed the Library of Congress to learn of his authorship and his name appeared on their catalog cards. Afterwards, they rehired Benson and she wrote until her last Nancy Drew book (#30) was written in 1953, Clue of the Velvet Mask. Harriet and Edna Stratemeyer also contributed to the Nancy Drew series. Edna wrote plot outlines for several of the early books and Harriet, who claimed to be the sole author, had actually outlined and edited nearly all the volumes written by Benson. The Stratemeyer Syndicate had begun to make its writers sign contracts that prohibited them from claiming any credit for their works, but Benson never denied her writing books for the series. After Harriet's death in 1982, Simon and Schuster became the owners of the Stratemeyer Syndicate properties and in 1994, publicly recognized Benson for her work at a Nancy Drew conference at her alma mater, the University of Iowa. Now, Nancy Drew has several ghostwriters and artists that have contributed to her more recent incarnations.

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