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South by South East (Diamond Brothers) Paperback – 5 Mar 2007
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"Hilariously silly... daft, snappy stuff." (Yorkshire Post)" --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Meet the Diamond Brothers, the world's worst private-detective agency, in this Chandler-esque spoof series from the creator of Alex Rider. eBook available. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Product description
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Private Detective Tim remains as dim as they come. (On the run from the law he stops to ask a policeman the way.) Fourteen year old Nick is again the reason for any success.
Although for young readers, adults will enjoy the tongue-in-cheek allusions. The directions in the title may be different from those of Hitchcock's film, but there is still that crop spraying plane bent on destruction. The head of MI6, Mr. Waverly - was this not the name of the intelligence chief in "The Man From U.N.C.L.E"?
Silly? You bet! Who would wish it otherwise? (I still chuckle about that sufferer from vertigo who faints when Tim calls out, "Hi!".)
Anyway, 10/10 - hope you enjoy it as much as I have.
Nick and Tim go to Amsterdam for this assignment, and as usual have many unrealistic, over the top adventures. Tim seems slightly out of character here: he actually notices something before Nick does, and is quite right to be suspicious of someone whom Nick does not accept as a threat. He also picks up a cue from Nick very quickly. Tim goes to an interview for the position of Head of Security of a bank, which is another big joke, and he is again rightly suspicious where Nick is not. The bank is described as a small, square one-floor building in Pall Mall, more like a high class jeweller than a bank. This is exactly what might be expected in this part of London.
The best witticism is when Nick in desperation bids £1,000,000 for an item at Sothebys: the auctioneer says "You're just a boy", and Nick replies "I know, but I get a lot of pocket money". Anyone of any age will appreciate this and want more of the same.
This time, Tim and Nick Diamond are on the trail of a ruthless killer while on the run from the police. Yes it has a scene in a cornfield. Yes it has Rushmore (read it to find out). It has many more references. And it has the famous Diamond Brothers.
More please Mr Horowitz!
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