Eddie Red, the NYPD's youngest crime-solving hero, smells trouble. Could he be the target of the elusive art thief Lars Heinrich, whose last robbery he ruined? If so, why won't the police let Eddie help on the case? What are they hiding from him? In the thrilling third installment of the Eddie Red Undercover series, Eddie will need some luck of the Irish as he races against the clock (and bombs and runaway subway cars) to stop what could be one of the greatest heists in history
My son thoroughly enjoyed this book, as did I. I thought it was cleverly done. A well-developed plot line that provided challenge for the reader to follow. I appreciated that some of the clues they were given to follow were written out in the book. Gave my lad a chance to see if he could solve it as well.
My son liked the character of Eddie Red (12 years old), and like him, disliked the original code name given to hm by the police and thought the adjustment was MUCH better. :) I thought Eddie's friend Jonah an interesting character... busy as beaver, quirky lad. Both boys draw in other children to help them solve the mystery of Lars and the Doom at Grant's Tomb.
We came late to this series and my lad is wondering if we'll be able to read the first two books as well. We are going to see if we can find them at the library.
It's a good book with smart, talented young people. I do wish that the parents were presented in a more positive light. The police characters seemed pretty real to me except at the end with Bovano didn't want to listen to Eddie but was finally convinced to do so.
I have to admit to being curious as to what book four will reveal... Who is the mysterious FOX? Will Eddie ever figure it out?
The book closes with a chapter on cryptography. A cryptographer is a person who studies codes. There are so many different types of codes. To that end I discovered this rather neat site you might want to explore.