The story is told first hand, taking place after the mystery has happened by Jimmy Carson (given the alias name of Operative 3) who is the sidekick of "Barclay" Brains Benton. Together they attend school and run the Benton and Carson International Detective Agency.
I have enjoyed the fast pace, the fact that the school genius is also a baseball pitching star ( a bit out of the standard). I have also liked the fact that the person telling the story isn't the main character but his sidekick. It shows that he can idolise the points of the main character while showing his own flaws.
I managed to read 2 other books whilst still reading this book. It interested me enough to keep reading but not enough to make it a priority. I out that down to 2 possible reasons. 1) It didn't have a major female character I could relate to. 2) the ending I felt was drawn out, the pair new the bad guys, knew how they did things but the story still made excuses to keep going. In some ways it seemed like they had to get to their word quota.