The Secret Agent on Flight 101 (The Hardy Boys, No. 46)
Franklin W. Dixon
Rarely do magicians reveal their professional secrets. Consequently Frank and Joe Hardy are amazed when a well-known magician, the Incredible Hexton, offers to reveal the secret of his “Vanishing Man Act” and invited Mr. Hardy to be the subject. When their detective father fails to reappear, his sons are convinced that something sinister is afoot, despite Hexton’s insistence that Mr. Hardy is playing a joke on them. While desperately searching for their father, Frank and Joe find themselves working with SKOOL, a U.S. organization of secret agents pitted against UGLI, an international ring of spies stealing government secrets domestically and internationally. The young detective’s gripping adventures culminate in a dramatic climax when they unmask the secret agent on Flight 101.
Gertrude’s trying out a new recipe for beef stew.” “Well—okay, but I’ll have to make it fast. I want to get home in time for supper!” Chet then assumed a nonchalant air. Strolling slowly around the room, he began to whistle softly. The boys watched as he extended his arms in front of him, then clenched his left hand into a fist. From it, with his right hand, he drew out a vivid purple silk scarf, followed by a train of varicolored kerchiefs. “Bravo!” Joe said, clapping loudly. “Great trick,
Good heavens! That’s incredible, I must say. Yes! The boys and I will start for the airport straight off!” “What is it?” Frank asked. “Somebody has cut the external control cables on McHugh’s plane,” he answered. “He wants to see us right away.” While Dell stayed behind, the inspector and the boys leaped into a police car and drove to the field. McHugh, in a furious mood, stood glowering beside his plane. “Can you no’ find the brigand who did this?” he shouted. “I’d like to get my hands on
“Which way do we go?” “Golly!” Chet gasped. “Do you fellows remember which passage Hexton and his men brought us through?” “I didn’t realize there was more than one,” Frank admitted. “It was too dark to see.” “This is like a maze.” Joe shook his head in bewilderment. Using his flashlight, Frank led the others through one of the passageways, up flights of stone steps, through places where the ceiling was so low that they almost had to crawl, then along several sharp turns that completely
he called, and hurried off. Frank and Joe fervently hoped they might be included, but first they were called upon to solve the Mystery of the Whale Tattoo. “Now, fellows,” Mr. Hardy said with a grin, “I suggest we call Jack Wayne and have him fly all us SKOOL boys home.” “SKOOL boys? What do you mean?” Chet asked. The secret agent grinned. “I think you’ve all earned places in the organization as junior members!”
rubbed his chin, “but he packs a lot of power.” “What’ll we do now?” Joe asked. Frank thought for a moment. “We’ll check the list of cities scheduled on Hexton’s tour. If we can trail him without his knowing it, we might trap him into revealing where he took Dad.” “I still have a copy of the playbill from his last show,” Joe recalled. “I believe his tour schedule is listed in it.” “Good thinking,” Dell remarked. He instructed the boys to call him if they wanted help. Then he boarded a plane