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The Scarlet Lake Mystery

Harold L. Goodwin

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. . .Sit down and wait," he said. "We'll have these for you in five minutes."

Rick looked his surprise. "Can you process the pictures that fast?"

"Don't have to. This is a Polaroid camera."

Rick joined Scotty on a wooden bench. "I expected a barbed-wire fence. But there's no fence at all."

"The whole desert is a fence, I guess," Scotty surmised. "The only access roads are probably guarded, and the only other ways to get into the base would be by foot or horseback. No one could make it on foot, and anyone on horseback would attract instant attention."

Scotty probably was right, Rick thought. Still, it wasn't at all what he expected.

In a few moments the guard was back. He handed them laminated plastic badges with their names and pictures. At the bottom of Rick's were the numbers one, two, and three. Scotty's badge had only the numbers two and three.

"What do these mean?" Rick asked.

"Those are the areas . . . Read More

Community Reviews

I love these mysteries, but this one is my favorite! I had no clue that he was going to get stuck in the rocket. Trying to figure out who the earthman was was very fun. It would be very scary to get stuck in a ghost town where hardly anyone goes, and you have to wait for somebody to come and find...more

Fun adventure with lots of action. Mystery keeps you going for an unusual conclusion. Series has lots of excellent adventures.

The Scarlet Lake Mystery is the thirteenth Rick Brant adventure, and is one of my favorites in the series. It was published in 1958, a most excellent year if I do say so myself. Rick and Scotty go to work on a project at an experimental rocket installation in Nevada with Dr. Gordon in order to tr...more

Definitely one of the more interesting Rick Brant adventures. The rocket described is very close to the much-later Space Shuttle, and the remote-control-from-ground aspect reminds me of the Russian Buran (itself modeled after the Space Shuttle).

My favorite bit in the novel is where Rick explains...more

A great little adventure story: not too demanding, but enjoyable. It's refreshing to read books from the days where science was treated with such respect, and where America took pride in the people who gave it technical superiority.