Two Crafty Criminals!: and how they were Captured by the Daring Detectives of the New Cut Gang

Front Cover
Random House Children's Books, May 8, 2012 - Juvenile Fiction - 288 pages
5 Reviews
Benny Kaminsky and Thunderbolt Dobney lead a rag-tag gang of neighborhood rowdies. Their territory is the New Cut on London's South Bank—a place bristling with swindlers, bookies, pickpockets, and the occasional policeman. And their aim is to solve crimes.

When counterfeit coins start showing up in their neighborhood, Thunderbolt fears his own father may be behind the crime. But his friends devise a way to trap the real culprit. Then the gang takes on the case of some stolen silver. They have just two clues—a blob of wax, and an unusually long match. But even this slippery thief is unmasked by the determined kids of the New Cut.

Filled with silly sleuthing, improbable disguises, crazy ruses, and merry mayhem, these stories are action-packed romps from one of the best storytellers ever—Philip Pullman.


From the Hardcover edition.
 

What people are saying - Write a review

User ratings

5 stars
1
4 stars
3
3 stars
1
2 stars
0
1 star
0

LibraryThing Review

User Review  - themulhern - LibraryThing

Another excellent period novel which also emulates the literature of the period. It's a bit like "Count Karlstein" and a bit like "The Tin Princess" in that way. The pterodactyl bet at the end is a clever allusion to Conan Doyle's "The Lost World". Read full review

LibraryThing Review

User Review  - leftik - LibraryThing

The volume contains two adventures, both of which are enjoyable, witty and smart. Are they The Golden Compass? Of course not. But if you're a fan of Pullman's other short stories, you won't be ... Read full review

Contents

ONE Dippys Ambition
5
Two Arrest
21
FIVE Hiccups Wasps and Straw
83
SEVEN A Victim of the Spanish Inquisition
115
A PRIZE OF 5 WILL
212
carnage that lined the wallsthroats being cut heads
268
Copyright

Other editions - View all

Common terms and phrases

About the author (2012)

PHILIP PULLMAN is one of the most acclaimed writers working today. He is best known for the His Dark Materials trilogy (The Golden Compass, The Subtle Knife, The Amber Spyglass), which has been named one of the top 100 novels of all time by Newsweek and one of the all-time greatest novels by Entertainment Weekly. He has also won many distinguished prizes, including the Carnegie Medal for The Golden Compass (and the reader-voted "Carnegie of Carnegies" for the best children's book of the past seventy years); the Whitbread (now Costa) Award for The Amber Spyglass; a Booker Prize long-list nomination (The Amber Spyglass); Parents' Choice Gold Awards (The Subtle Knife and The Amber Spyglass); and the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award, in honor of his body of work. In 2004, he was appointed a Commander of the Order of the British Empire.
 
It has recently been announced that The Book of Dust, the much anticipated new book from Mr. Pullman, also set in the world of His Dark Materials, will be published as a major work in three parts, with the first part to arrive in October 2017.  
 
Philip Pullman is the author of many other much-lauded novels. Other volumes related to His Dark Materials: Lyra’s Oxford, Once Upon a Time in the North, and The Collectors. For younger readers: I Was a Rat!; Count Karlstein; Two Crafty Criminals; Spring-Heeled Jack, and The Scarecrow and His Servant. For older readers: the Sally Lockhart quartet: The Ruby in the Smoke, The Shadow in the North, The Tiger in the Well, and The Tin Princess; The White Mercedes; and The Broken Bridge.
 
Philip Pullman lives in Oxford, England. To learn more, please visit philip-pullman.com and hisdarkmaterials.com. Or follow him on Twitter at @PhilipPullman.

Bibliographic information