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Public Enemy Number Two (Diamond Brothers #2)

3.95 of 5 stars 3.95  ·  rating details  ·  2,119 ratings  ·  91 reviews
Framed for a jewel robbery, quick-thinking thirteen-year-old Nick Diamond finds himself sharing a prison cell with Johnny Powers, juvenile delinquent and Public Enemy Number One. Suddenly, Nick is Public Enemy Number Two! His only chance at breaking out of jail is his older—and much dimmer—brother Tim. He's possibly the world's worst private detective, but Nick has no choi ...more
Hardcover, 208 pages
Published July 8th 2004 by Philomel Books (first published 1987)
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Nick Diamond, a normal teenager, get framed for a jewel robbery. Nick finds himself in a prison cell with Jonny Powers, one of the most wanted. Nicks only way of escaping out of jail is is older brother Tim. He's possibly the world's worst private detective, but Nick has no choice. Nick has to bring Jonny Powers to justice to get out of jail. Will Nick escape jail? Read more to find out.
Really good book recommend for 10 to 15 although some adults may enjoy it. Very fast moving and exciting!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

" In the end I was accused of theft, assault, trespassing, criminal damage, and cruelty to animals. The lion survived, by the way. It was on the operating table for six hours to remove the carbuncle. The bad news for the surgeon was that it woke up after five. "

A total page turner, Public Enemy Number Two is jam packed with action, humor and thrill which will leave you with a huge grin on your face, after you have finished it.
Public Enemy Number Two is the second book in Diamond Brothers
Awa Lowe
I just finished reading the book Public Enemy Number Two. I really liked this book too.One reason I really liked this book was because the crime and lies. On page number 21 Snape and Boyle set Nick up, by faking a whole robbery. They faked the robbery because they wanted him to be close to Johny powers and find out who Johny is selling his robberies too,(which they call the fence). The police thought Nick would be a good person since they really know him and he does not like them, so they just ...more
Dimitri Kizer
Public Enemy Number Two was a very good book. I enjoyed it a lot. It was very adventurous and humorous. It always kept you guessing. It also has a really good story plot.
The exposition of the story is a boy named Nick gets asked to help the police. But to help the police he has to go to jail and befriend the public enemy. The rising action is when Nick is framed for taking the jewels from the museum. After the police finally catch him he is put in jail. The climax is when Nick breaks out with
Terence Hwang
I think this was the best book i ever read before.I recommend it to my fellow friends in school and they also love it.
Mar 31, 2008 Lizzy added it
this book looks boring but is actually very intresting
Kim Dyer
While this novel was very funny and made a nice light read, it unfortunately paled in comparison with the Falcon's Malteser. This novel was much more of a straight thriller and lost a lot of the film noir references that made the first book so unique and interesting. Gone are the femme fatales and stoic hitmen - even Herbert gets a reduced role this time around. The main focus on the story is Nick and his mission to befriend a teenage gangster.

The twists of this story were also a little disappoi
I always read other reviews before I write mine, just to see what others thought of the book. It was interesting to see that for the most part younger readers, for whom this series was meant, tended to rate it higher than the adults who read it. Well, I'm a much older adult and I was enchanted by this wild tale, that is probably mostly improbable but not impossible in a book that is not science fiction. Like the first book in this series, there is a lot of puns, plays on words, and humor.

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Apr 27, 2008 Malcolm rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: anyone who likes a mstery
Public Enemy Number Two is a mystery novel by Anthony Horowitz. It is part of the Diamond Brothers series, which focuses on Nick Diamond, a fourteen year old boy who lives with his private detective brother. In this book, Nick is framed for a jewel robbery by two police men who want him to get near a convict named Johnny Powers. While in jail, Nick shares a cell with Powers, and becomes involved in his escape plans. After escaping, Nick and Tim are caught in the middle of a gang war between Pow ...more
Full of humor and suspense Public Enemy Number Two is a book you will love. Very few people are able to use humor well, and Anthony Horowitz is one of them. he mixes both humor and mystery and makes an amazing book. the second book of the Diamond Brother series is twice as interesting and twice as good as the first book. this time Nick is framed by the police after refusing to work for them and is known as public enemy numer two now. He was expected to go into prison and find out who the fence w ...more
Mark Soone
Not sure what I rated the first book in this series, but I thought this was better....hopefully my ratings are consistant but in reality so much of it seems to be mood based rather than a set criteria. I would call this 3.5, but couldn't justify 4 stars so I rounded down.

Pretty fast moving adventure, action, slapstick, mystery, classic detective style, lite suspense type of book. Young Nick and his dimwitted brother return in this second installment of the diamond brother mystery series. This ti
Mar 19, 2014 Rikesh rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommended to Rikesh by: Mrs.Chaplin/Library
This book is about 13 year old Nick Diamond who is framed for jewel theft and other crimes and then he is sent to jail. He has to break out of jail and the only help he has is is his cell mate the most dangerous criminal ever known, Jonny Powers and his very own brother Tim Diamond who is also know to be the worst detective ever. After he manages to get out he goes through a lot if risks like diffusing bombs where his brother is trapped, in a underwater tunnel flood. But fortunately in the end h ...more
Ninoshka Garcia
I read this book because it caught my attention that a thirteen year old is in prison for jewel robbery. The problem in this story is that Nick Diamond is in jail for jewel robbery when he goes to jail he finds out that he is sharing cells with Johnny Powers, England's biggest underage criminal. Nick has to try to find a way to escape. He's not sure he will make it out by his fourteenth birthday.
The main characters in Public Enemy Number Two is Nick Diamond and he is important because he trie
Oscar Sharpe
This book as about a boy named Nick Dimond who has been framed for a jewel heist and has been sent to Strangeday Hall, a Juvenile Delinquent prison for young offenders to befriend an inmate Johnny powers, a gang leader known as public enemy number one and through him find out about The Fence, a major gangster that controls all the buying and selling of stolen goods in London with whom Johnny is affiliated with. The main three characters are Nick Dimond, Tim Dimond and Johnny Powers. Nick Dimond ...more
Bon Kats
The book, Public Enemy Number Two, written by Anthony Horowitz, is a very interesting book for most ages and interests. The book begins with the protagonist being set-up by his school enemies to being caught up in a jewelry steal from a museum. He was sent to jail by them, for only one person, find out about ‘Public Enemy Number One’, and about ‘The Fence’. While he was in jail, he found out much more about him, as well as escaping the jail, and hiding in his house, away from the police, alongsi ...more
I absolutely adored these books as a child and was blown away by how well written the story-line and the characters were. Well now that I'm older and more well read, I realize that they're not exactly Shakespeare, but god, that will never make me love these books any less: they were the books that introduced me to reading and showed me how exciting reading could be(which I found extremely difficult as a child). Definitely recommend them for a kids.
This book is about a young boy named Nick Diamond who was framed stealing jewels and sent to a young offender's institution just to make friends with Public Enemy Number 1, Johnny Powers. Nick has to find out who is the person all the gangs sell their stuff to which is the Fence. Nick and Johnny break out of jail and their friendship falls apart. As Johnny tries to kill Nick, they both accidentally destroy all the stuff the gang sold to the Fence. It turns out that The Fence was actually Nick's ...more
Moussa Niang
1) I really enjoyed the book Public Enemy number 2 because the author describes every scene carfully and adds details. For example when Nick was on a class trip and then a necklance landed in his hands. He ran and the author said that he jumped into a lions area and then the warden came and knocked out Nick. Another example is that Johhny tied a white towel in one of the guards mouth and takes him hostage. They bring down the draw brigde and then throw the guard at the others and jump into a car ...more
This book is again about the Diamond brothers. This time the younger brother gets caught up with the police not in a bad way... they actually want him to go to prison to befriend a young master criminal. He doesnt want to go so the police have to do something to him to have a reason to put him in jail. He befriends the criminal then the criminal (since he thinks the younger brother is his friend) tells him about his plan to get out of jail. They break out of jail but now they have the whole coun ...more
Yoon Young
A book Public Enemy Number Two by Anthony Horwitz is about a boy named Nick Diamond solving the problem requested by police. As the title of the book tell, Nick marked as a public enemy number two as he tries to solve the problem. He has overcome many troubles such as accusing of rubbery, prison-breaking, kidnapped by gangsters and almost died by bomb and gun. In the end, he eventually solves the problem and there is also an unexpected truth coming up. The novel is basically an absurd story whic ...more
Kyle Rosenbaum
Public Enemy Number Two is a mystery book by Anthony Horowitz. I just read this book and it was very good. It is mostly about a kid named Nick Simple. He ended up in prison for a jewel robbery. His cell mate is Johnny Powers, which is a criminal. Read this book and find out what happens to Nick Simple.
This book was better than the first one in my opinion and had a lot of adventure. I also really liked how it would sometimes leave you an a cliff hanger.
Stacey Mulholland
This book was ok. If you like quick paced, one explosion after another you'll like this. If you focus on the plot, you won't like it as much. One thing that continued to nag me is how did Nick first know the cops. I thought this was the first book in the series but the author writes as if you already know how the characters are familiar with each other. Why did the parents move to Australia? Another plot thing I didn't like is that I figured out who Fence was half way through the book. I wish I ...more
David Sof 2014
This is the second detective book by Anthony Horowitz, also known for his best selling, Alex Riders. Tim Diamond and Nick Diamonds are poor detectives that find cases to solve for money. Tim created their office, and many times people come for a private spy. Nick, is in prison because he was framed of jewel robbery. sharing a cell with Public Enemy number 1!

I love detective novels, and shows so i can relate my interest in this book.

I rate this book a 5 because Tim is just dumb. Tim is funny and
Jack Wilkin
Jan 03, 2015 Jack Wilkin rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Teens
Recommended to Jack by: School Library
Shelves: crime
Great piece of teen crime fiction. Highly recommend this to teenagers who want to get involved in the crime genre.
Roy Dinson
This was a horror story. This book was wriiten by Anthony Horrowitz
i loved the cover page too!
I found this book to be a great action packed thriller. the author used witty and hilarious dialouge every 14 year old boy would use.I thought the plot was wonderful and full of twists and turns to keep you guessing through the whole book i guarnte you will love this book if you liked the alex rider books.this book only took me a few days to read because i just simply couldn't put it down until the end.My overall rating is a 4.5 OUT OF 5. i would highly recomend this book to all my friends and y ...more
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Anthony Horowitz, OBE is ranked alongside Enid Blyton as "The most original and best spy-kids authors of the century." (New York Times). Anthony has been writing since the age of eight, and professionally since the age of twenty. In addition to the highly successful Alex Rider books, he is also the writer and creator of award winning detective series Foyle’s War, and more recently event drama Coll ...more
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Diamond Brothers (8 books)
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