When a $100,000 bracelet is stolen in Boston, Massachusetts in 1913, it's impossible to imagine that it might end up in the secluded mountain village of Claggett Cove. But as suspicious circumstances arise, one adventurous 13-year-old -- the 6-foot, 4-inch tall rascal Lanky Lonagan -- allows his curiosity to get the better of him. Several suspicious strangers have arrived in the Cover of late, and Lanky and his friend Woodrow suspect one after the other, even several of them at once, of being in league as a gang of thieves. Pursuing clue after clue in search of the truth, Lanky quickly finds himself knee-deep in tracking down the priceless jewelry that once belonged to Empress Catherine the Great of Russia ... as well as a $1,000-dollar reward!
About the Author
He launched his professional career as a theater director by directing twenty-six shows back to back in four seasons at the Little Theatre of Savannah in Georgia. That was followed by thirty-one years as a college professor, chairing theatre programs at Gardner-Webb University and Mars Hill University.
As a playwright, he has written about fifty plays covering a wide spectrum of styles and genres, among them The Clown and The Spelling Bee, both of which are widely performed before young audiences.
Lanky-a 6'4", 13-year-old boy in a 1913 mountain town-was born in the author's musical "A Belonging Place," in which a country story-teller makes up stories about the character to amuse three local children during long winter nights. Both the fabulist and "his" Lanky stories reappeared in the play's sequel, "Wednesday's Children," and Jones brought Lanky to life as an onstage character in his one-act play, "The Blabbermouth" (www.dramaticpublishing.com). Ever since, both adults and children have appreciated the tales' country flavor, moral uprightness, and the character of a boy who constantly screws up while trying-and eventually succeeding-to make things better.
Table of Contents
1. Reward: $1,000 To Catch a Thief
2. Someone Hiding in the Shadows
3. An Uneasy Lunch at Monte Vista
4. A Serious Accident
5. The Greenhole
6. More About the Man on the “WANTED” Flier
7. A Major Discovery
8. Woodrow Forms a Plan
9. Breaking and Entering
10. Felicity’s Story
11. White Cat on a Hot Tin Roof
12. A Game of Cat and Mouse
13. Locked in a Boxcar
14. The Crook Shows His Hand
15. Outwitting the Villain
16. Lanky’s Decision
APPENDIX: The Characters and the Stories in Which They Appear