Hardy Boys 11: While the Clock Ticked
A banker who has been receiving threatening notes enlists the help of the Hardy boys. Before long, the young sleuths find themselves entangled in the investigation of a notorious band of thieves.
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While the Clock Ticked"----
This should HAVE ENDED THE HARDY SERIES DEAD IN ITS TRACKS!
What kind of so-called "heroes" walk TWICE blindly into traps, helpless, BOUND, GAGGED, FACING CERTAIN DEATH, WAITING FOR "A MIRACLE TO SAVE THEM NOW"?
A "hero" does not wait for a "miracle," HE Is "the miracle." He is not "saved" HE saves!
In the end the Hardys had to be SAVED by, of all people, CHET MORTON. He had ice cream spilled all over him, is "plumb, " "chunky," actually "EEEK"ed , but in end who was REAL Hero? Who were real FOOLS?
Then with NO shame the Hardys accepted the cheers, praise, reward while Chet was brushed off with thanks "for his ASSISTANCE."
But the GIRLS KNOW TRUTH, party was a COVER-UP by them,,bought off Chet with turkey--they were LAUGHING AT, TAUNTING HARDYS getting even being ditched at the dance. "CALLIE GIGGLED"-- what a comedown but inevitable when you start from the premise here Hardys are NOT HEROES--when you are facing certain death through OWN blunders and have to be SAVED, freed from rope and gags by likes of Chet Morton TWICE you are NOTHING BUT A FOOL!
And can't admit it--A COWARD!
Yet there was a GREAT story here if there were two OTHERS bound, gagged with the time-bomb to be saved.
One is banker Raymond Dalrymple--he's the target. But he's only motivation. The other's the drama.
The other--Callie Shaw.
YOU READ RIGHT --A GIRL!
BOUND, GAGGED, IN A HARDY STORY!
TURN HARDYS FROM FOOLS WHO COULDN'T SAVE THEMSELVES TO PERFORMING GREATEST ACT OF A HERO--
Bank IN BAYPORT
November, dark early
No hidden room. Purdy House called "Taj Mahal" for eccentric garden FROM INDIA
Chet OUT! Party Morton Farm (Hardys, Callie at movies) CHETastrophe---unexpected crowd, parking crushed crops, house wrecked, police, riot, demolition derby of cars, mass arrests, Chet "grounded." "If that fat fool rubbed two quarters of common sense together, he wouldn't squeeze out a penny's worth," comments Aunt Gertrude.
Dalrymple depressed, wife's death, IGNORING THREATS, secretary appeals to Hardys.
Jensen, riverfront crime boss, . suspect, bank redevelopment threatening hold on harbor. Hardys investigate area, run-ins, close calls, NEVER TIED UP.
Found faded bank document. Car trouble, fixing, Frank phones Callie, lives close by, dash to bank--Dalrymple alone--fetch the original file, get later--she walks into kidnapping of banker!
CALLIE SHAW, BOUND, GAGGED!
REAL ENEMY--former employee Dalrymple sent to prison for embezzlement, explains plan blow him, gang up, rob bank with second gang blow up also, leave letter saying Dalrymple did, ruin town, reputation as Man Who Built Bayport..
Enemy sets bomb 90 minutes, 8:00PM, CALLIE SHOCKED, explains, "In prison, time ticks away, empty, useless, like you're DEAD. In prison now, Dalrymple, life sentence no hope for parole--experiencing 'Death While the Clock Ticks.'"
Hardys realize Callie missing when Mrs. Shaw calls, "bring Callie home for dinner."--words "helping Frank" made think Callie THERE..
Bank, Hardys find requested file identifying Enemy, dirt print fertilizer FROM INDIA revealing location of captives, race hour through storm, untie Callie, banker, shout warning to gang, all run as Purdy House EXPLODES!
Enemy, Jensen, unaware first gang hired provide safecrackers, arrested entering bank next morning. Police find bomb meant for Jensen, he faints.
Callie had lamented about always bit part status, "Girls just have to stay home." Now, adoring smile, "I'll be content 'to stay home.'"
"Well," Frank said with matching smile, "not ALL the time, I hope."
A MISSING CLIENT
A DANGEROUS TICKING
THE SLIPPERY ROOFTOP
A NARROW ESCAPE
THE SECRET ROOM
THE SHADOWY FIGURES
A SUSPICIOUS CAPTAIN