Public Enemy Number Two (Diamond Brothers Series #2)

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Thirteen-year-old Nick Diamond is in prison! Framed for a jewel heist, quick-thinking Nick finds himself sharing a cell with public enemy number one: Johnny Powers. Nick’s only chance of clearing his name is to nail the Fence, the country’s master criminal. But to do that, he needs to break out—which is where his bumbling older brother, Tim, comes in. Nick’s not so sure he’ll make it to his fourteenth birthday!

When thirteen-year-old Nick is framed for a jewel ...

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Thirteen-year-old Nick Diamond is in prison! Framed for a jewel heist, quick-thinking Nick finds himself sharing a cell with public enemy number one: Johnny Powers. Nick’s only chance of clearing his name is to nail the Fence, the country’s master criminal. But to do that, he needs to break out—which is where his bumbling older brother, Tim, comes in. Nick’s not so sure he’ll make it to his fourteenth birthday!

When thirteen-year-old Nick is framed for a jewel robbery, he and his brother, the bumbling detective Tim Diamond, attempt to clear his name by capturing the master criminal known as the Fence.

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Thirteen-year-old Nick Simple leads a life that is anything but simple. First, he refuses to help a Scotland Yard investigator who wants him to go undercover in order to get information from the fifteen-year-old hardened criminal Johnny Powers, who is also known as Public Enemy Number One. Shortly thereafter, Nick finds himself framed and coincidently, sharing a cell with Johnny. Nick is a likeable and believable character. He cleverly pretends to befriend Johnny and the two of them escape the facility together. They join up with others and enter a dangerous underground world. Nick is brave and intelligent, but a great deal of dumb luck is what helps him to escape Johnny's band of thugs and ultimately to get the information needed to clear himself and crack a major case. The quick pace and fast action in this book make it difficult to put down. This book is the second in a series called "The Diamond Brothers Mysteries." The talented and popular author, Anthony Horowitz, is well known for the "Alex Rider Adventures" series. 2004 (orig. 1997), Philomel Books/Penguin, Ages 10 up.
—Denise Daley
VOYA
First published in the U.K. in 1986 and subsequently made into a film called variously Diamond's Edge and Just Ask for Diamond, The Falcon's Malteser is the first in Horowitz's long-running Diamond Brothers Mystery series, now being reissued in an Americanized edition. Herbert Simple, who was fired from the London police department for stupidity and who is a coward to boot, is trying to scratch out a living as the world's worst private detective under the rather romantic name of Tim Diamond. Fortunately his thirteen-year-old brother, Nick, the book's narrator, is made of sterner and smarter stuff. When a mysterious dwarf leaves a package in their hands for safekeeping and is then found murdered, the Diamond brothers leap-or perhaps stumble-into action. The package, it turns out, contains a box of malted milk balls, the Maltesers of the title. Several of the most important criminals in London, among them a near-anorexic known as the Fat Man and a pair of hitmen named Gott and Himmell, apparently believe it to be the key to millions of dollars in diamonds. The book features some nice word play, and Horowitz takes great pleasure in parodying the various cliches of film noir and the hardboiled detective novel, although many of these references will be lost on the story's intended audience. On the other hand, more sophisticated teen readers might wonder why British kids in London are paying for things in dollars and cents. In the sequel, Public Enemy Number Two, Nick Diamond is framed for a jewelry heist and finds himself behind bars, sharing his cell with Johnny Powers, public enemy number one. Nick must break out of jail in order to clear his name and catch the guy who set himup, but he has only his incompetent brother to depend on, which means that things do not look good. The Diamond Brothers stories are invariably funny and full of excitement. Mystery readers with a sense of humor will enjoy both tales and look forward to further books in the series. VOYA CODES: 4Q 3P M J (Better than most, marred only by occasional lapses; Will appeal with pushing; Middle School, defined as grades 6 to 8; Junior High, defined as grades 7 to 9). 2004, Philomel, 224p., Ages 11 to 15.
—Michael Levy
School Library Journal
Gr 5-8-In this second book in the series, 13-year-old Nick Diamond refuses to be enlisted in Chief Inspector Snape's plan to make him the undercover cellmate of the notorious Johnny Powers in order to worm out the name of the Fence, the 15-year-old's partner in crime. But when Nick is mysteriously caught with a famous jewel in his pocket during a class field trip and he is arrested, tried, and sent to Strangeday Hall for young offenders with great expediency, it becomes clear to him that the Scotland Yard inspector wouldn't take no for an answer. Nick soon finds himself fleeing prison with Johnny and sneaking around London's underground to save himself (and his hapless brother, Tim). Horowitz has a knack for puns and humor, and he successfully combines it with a nonstop action mystery that has everything from hydraulically controlled buses to secret caverns. A readable and exciting adventure.-Lynn Evarts, Sauk Prairie High School, Prairie du Sac, WI Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780142402184
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 7/8/2004
  • Series: Diamond Brothers Series , #2
  • Pages: 208
  • Sales rank: 231,630
  • Age range: 9 - 12 Years
  • Lexile: 580L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.08 (w) x 7.74 (h) x 0.57 (d)

Meet the Author

Anthony Horowitz

Anthony Horowitz has been called “the busiest writer in Britain” by a major British newspaper—and with good reason. He is passionate about his work, often writing ten hours a day as he tries to balance multiple careers as a novelist, playwright, and screenwriter for television and movies. He is also the author of The Devil and His Boy and the Alex Rider Adventures.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 4, 2005

    Public Enemy Number Two

    I Loved it! Nick's a smart-alecky, sarcastic, kid brother of Tim, the most idiotic person ever to walk on this planet. Nick's in jail for something he didn't do, (Thanks to TIM) and he's gotta get out. Whn he does, he's in mahor trouble. He's got save Tim's life, stop himself from getting blown up, escape an underwater hideout, and find out who The Fence is. Awesome!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 30, 2004

    Horowitz, Best Writer since Rowling!

    The Diamond Brothers are back again! When Nick refuses to help Snape on a *master* plan, he gets framed by him and thrown in jail, and has to play along anyways. The plan is that Nick, will become friends with Johnny Powers to work out who the *fence* is. Hilarious, action-packed, unpredictable with a funny ending, you won't be able to put this book down!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 17, 2013

    Awesome

    I read this book in fourth grade it was awesome i could read every single day anthony hotwitz is my favorite author besides sharon m draper out of my mind i reccomend all of his books 8-12 i hope you enjoy


    Ps green valley is the best school in elem

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 1, 2012

    GREAT BOOK Read falcon's malteser

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 12, 2012

    Love this

    Call me crazy... but i love Johnny Powers.... hes crazed but.... hes just him i will leave it at that.... he needs help... lol... i love all of Anthony Horowitz books so if you have ever read one of his other books read this one if u have never read one of his books... OMG WHAT ARE U WAITING FOR U HAVE TO READ ONE NOW! ~Anthony Horowitz fan #1

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 21, 2012

    Seriously

    I love love love this book!!!!! But stop posting on here whole entire summaries the book. You know, some people might get annoyed at that when they have never read it before and are trying to decide whether to get it or not.

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  • Posted October 11, 2011

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    Very Funny

    I love Anthony Horowitz's humor. This book is listed as reading for young readers, but I am an old reader and enjoyed it immensely.

    The way Nick Diamond solves crimes with (and without) the help of his dimwitted older brother is inspired. Do not read this book on a crowded bus because people will stare at you when you laugh.

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  • Posted March 19, 2011

    Amazing

    you should read it too!!!!!

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  • Posted February 5, 2010

    public enemy number 2

    theteen year old Nick is at a museum learning about new things until he was framed, like a bad painting. He was now on the run, until he got caught. He now has to go to juvie. When he reaches his cell he finds out his roomte is one of the worst guys in the city. He finally finds out a kid from his school framed him and he wants Nick to get his roommate out of jail fast, ASAP. They plan for days until they are ready, they go.

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  • Posted March 27, 2009

    this book is awesome!

    Public Enemy Number Two
    The author of Public Enemy Number Two is a British author from London. Public Enemy Number Two is a great book. This book is real page turner. The genre of this book is action adventure.
    The characters in this novel are really great. The main characters name is Nick Diamond. He is a 13 year old boy and he is really intelligent, and he is really out going. Another character of this book is Tim Diamond. This is nick's older brother who is his last hope in this story, but Tim isn't very smart. One more character is Mr. Palis. This is Tim's French teacher who isn't very nice and he has bad breath twenty four seven.
    The setting in this book is set in modern day London. The setting really sets the mood in the book sometime. I thought the setting in this book was great; it set the mood form me when I read it. The setting isn't really that important to the story's outcome though, but it definitely sets the mood when you read it.
    This book has a life lesson to it. The author is trying to say life is only bad if you look at all of the negativity. Think positive and go out and have an adventure. Don't waste your life doing something you don't want to do, and take more risks and have a lot of fun doing it. You never know what lies around the corner. The book is about adventure and courage.
    The story line of this book is about a 13 year old who lives in modern day London. These two officers named Snape and Boil make him get into prison to find Johnny Powers a hardened criminal and interrogate him until he gives up the name of a modern day criminal known as the fence. He has connection all through out Europe. Even though he has a mission he still has to get out of jail and with his grandpa in the hospital and his stupid brother to be his only hope of getting out. He has a lot to worry about.
    I thought the book was an awesome action packed adventure.
    The book was really great. I loved the book for the characters. They were fantastic I have to give the author credit for that. The thing that I disliked is that it is kind of a mystery novel and I'm not a mystery kind of guy. The story was confusing at some parts but not many. It wasn't all that predictable as I thought it would be. The ending was very exciting and I loved it. I give this book four out of five stars.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2007

    An action filled thriller with plent of twist and turns!

    this is a great book. the action sequences had me turning pages constantly. this is a must read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 8, 2006

    Great!!!

    I thought that this book was great. It was even better than the first one in the series(the falcons maltesters). You can hardly ever tell what is going to happen next. And just like the one before it there was a twist at the end that I would have never seen coming in a million years! Anthony Horowitz is a magician with words. Hope to see amny more books from him!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 30, 2005

    How Good Public Enemy Number Two is

    I feel that public Enemy Number two is a faboulus book. I love the way the book is completely action packed, I reckon it is the best book ever and im only eleven.

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