Footprints Under the Window (Hardy Boys, Book 12)

By Franklin W. Dixon

A plot to thieve a top-secret device important to the us area software poses a difficult case for Frank and Joe Hardy. After rescuing a South American stowaway who mutters a caution approximately “Footprints “ after which vanishes, Frank and Joe notice that files belonging to their well-known detective father are lacking and that footprints linger lower than a window. The younger detective’s look for the diabolical mastermind of the “Footprints” undercover agent ring takes them on a flight to a bunch of islands off the coast of South the United States.

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We of the underground will unseat him at some point! ” the boys roared approval. Frank shot a glance of reduction at Joe and Chet. An underground flow! They have been between neighbors! Colombo and Santilla then shook the lads’ arms cordially. “I am sorry to your disagreeable reception,” stated Colombo, “but now we have regularly to be cautious. ” “Then you suggestion we would be operating for Posada? ” Frank requested. Santilla nodded. “One is usually afraid nowadays within the Huellas. because of this the lips are closed on the town. If Posada knew we meet right here, he may ship his military to overwhelm us! ” Colombo then directed one in all his males to move outdoor and stand shield. “We don't desire to be stuck via surprise,” the chief acknowledged. “Posada’s squaddies frequently seek the jungle. ” Joe requested the Huellans even if the dictator was once the facility in the back of the Footprints ring. “Indeed he's. ” The chief leaned ahead. “But i'm afflicted. My identify, Santilla’s—how do you younger males study those? And what are you aware of Gomez? ” Omitting personal info, the Hardys comparable the occasions which had led them to Baredo. “And in that sea shell, you discovered my identify and Santilla’s? ” he murmured. “Yes,” Frank responded. “Later, a beachcomber led us to the home of a wealthy American in Bayport. We suspect this guy to be desirous about the Footprints plot. His identify is North. ” “North! Orrin North? ” “Yes, the shipowner. You’ve heard of him? ” “Heard of him! ” The bearded chief of the underground held up his arms with delight. “Senor North is our best best friend! ” bankruptcy XVII Homestretch THE Hardys and Chet might scarcely think Colombo’s phrases. Orrin North—an best friend! “Then North isn't really in league with Posada—but is on your underground flow? ” Frank requested. “Certainly. For months he has helped our humans to flee on his send Dorado to the United States. ” Joe checked out Frank. “So Gomez isn’t a undercover agent! ” “No,” Colombo stated. “He is one among our greatest males, despatched to rally American aid. Days again, he via himself escaped to North’s send. yet from what you assert, he's in undesirable difficulty. ” Carlos Santilla’s face confirmed alarm. “Something is incorrect! those humans Gomez requested approximately at your immigration workplace are Huellan refugees who escaped prior on Senor North’s Dorado! ” “They by no means reached the immigration officel” Joe exclaimed. Colombo walked to the window, surprised. “It can't be! ” “Have you heard from any of the refugees considering they escaped? ” Frank requested. “No. For some time we proposal the reason is, of Posada’s mail censorship. yet now,” Colombo further gloomily, “I am no longer so definite. ” The Hardys and Chet exchanged seems to be. Their suspicions of Orrin North have been proven! “North is double-crossing you! ” Joe burst out. Colombo and Santilla stared in surprised disbelief. “He deceives us? ” Santilla acknowledged hoarsely. “Señor Colombo,” countered Frank, “have any of your males been arrested in recent years by means of Posada’s police? ” “Si, final week,” Colombo acknowledged grimly. “We don't know how Posada chanced on them out. ” It was once the reply Frank had dreaded. “I imagine I do—from the Footprints spies! North received the names for Posada from the refugees.

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