Double Crossing

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Pocket Books, 1988 - Juvenile Fiction - 214 pages
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Frank and Joe Hardy go undercover on a Caribbean cruise to catch a thief--and Nancy Drew is also aboard. Nancy soon stumbles onto a case of her own, and the only to solve the mysteries is for the teens to team up. Soon, Frank, Joe and Nancy are cruising straight for danger!

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Nancy, "How's Callie?" Frank, "She's great. She--"
He didn't finish sentence. Nancy Drew KNOWS about Callie Shaw? What happened when Name Above the Title Nancy met Last in the Cast Callie
Nancy flying home to River Heights, has day lay-over at island resort, passing through lobby encounters Frank and Joe Hardy with Callie Shaw. She assumes she's their Bess or George but soon finds out she's---well--CALLIE.
"Oh, SURE I help them--you know, waving good-bye, wishing them good luck [Devil's Paw], warning them be careful [Hooded Hawk], suggested Tony's rec room for meeting [Spiral Bridge], gave Frank fruit punch when hit in the head by bad men {Short-Wave Mystery], help them relax during the case, party, dance, sodas, the beach, stufff like that--THAT'S important."
Hardys cringe with embarrassment. Joe later explains don't have on cases, "she's A GIRL--" bystanders pry Nancy's hands off his throat..Joe explains she's Clueless Callie, among fiascos pretended to faint saying saw mouse (Flickering Torch), babbled to crook posing as salesman about barbecue he blew up (Clue in the Embers) setting Iola's hair on fire (reason not with them--hair still growing back, still mad). Nancy concludes Callie "nice sweet girl" but for a case "a guppy in a tank of pirhanas."
Nancy decides stay over week-end. Case suddenly erupts--jewelry store burgalized of $1,000,000 gang hiding, preparing to flee. Frank tells Callie must go home, too dangerous, be too valuable hostage, gang sure to grab Frank explains "Great Escape," routine when case happens on trips to let Callie feel important, Covert Callie having '"adeventure," ,actually get her out of harm, and Hardy's, way, "Nice sweet girl, but for crime fighter if we're North Pole top, she's not even South Pole bottom. Callie on a case--- like a guppy in tank of pirhanas."
Gang DOES kidnap Callie, think she's Nancy, let her go when finds out she isn't "This is my first kidnapping--how am I doing?" she asks. "Very well," Leader says. As for keeping Leader says, "Why bother, she's not Nancy Drew, she's Callie Shaw, she NOT WORTH ANYTHING." When Callie cries at that Leader apologizes, "Your Daddy loves you very much." "I know," Callie smiles at thought.. Calllie happy was bound, gagged--now member of The Club, people tied up in Hardy cases. Iola joined back in Ghost of Skeleton Rock, always lorded it over her. Frank and Joe not sure, mistake, discuss, give her benefit of doubt if gang learned Frank;s girlfriend "might, possibly, " kept her.
Callie was knocked out, suddenly reveals computer-like recall of Hardy cases from devotedly listening to Frank, applies details to current clues, 100% predicts. Leads Frank, Joe, Nancy to gang--and tied up WITH A TIME BOMB!
Leader, who liked Callie, still not know who she is, angry, "What right have you got to get this nice, sweet, girl into this mess. So what else do you do for kicks--drop a guppy in a tank of pirhanas?" Boys free themselves, defuse bomb, Callie says happy for them lived down disgrace of While the Clock Ticked being saved by Chet Morton. "Who's he?" Nancy asks--fact covered up, THEY seen as heroes.
Computer Callie reports gang's options flee by speedboat (Secret of Caves), ship (Phantom Frighter), plane (Great Airport Mystery). Split up, Nancy, Callie sent to least-likiest--"too obvious," Frank says, wanting keep Callie from harm--airport, THEY'RE THERE!. Callie waves good-bye--what she's best at. Nancy calls police, Leader speeds away directly at Nancy--CALLIE WITH FL;YING LEAP SAVES NANCY!
Callie hit in head again, loses computer recall, memory of case, Nancy. Joe suggests hitting in head when needed, but Frank,prefers girl who gave him punch--Caring Calie.


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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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