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Public Enemy Number Two (Diamond Brothers #2)

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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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Apr 21, 2015 Bimran8 rated it liked it
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.
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Feb 08, 2012 Callan rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Really good book recommend for 10 to 15 although some adults may enjoy it. Very fast moving and exciting!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Sep 16, 2012 Twinklesmile rated it really liked it
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" 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
Jul 09, 2012 Awa Lowe rated it it was amazing
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
May 13, 2015 Yousef rated it really liked it
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?
May 26, 2015 Kelly rated it really liked it
Nick Diamond got framed for a robbery. When he arrives in jail, his cellmate is Johnny Powers, one of the most wanted men in the world. Nicks only way of getting out of this is his older brother Tim Diamond. Tim is possibly the world's worst detective. However, Nick has no choice. Nick has to prove Johnny Powers guilty to get out of his hellhole.
Dimitri Kizer
Nov 25, 2012 Dimitri Kizer rated it it was amazing
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
Jun 26, 2016 Chiara rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really like it, fun. This is a good detective series.
Sanjiv B
Dec 11, 2015 Sanjiv B rated it it was amazing
Imagine you are tied to a chair in a locked room with the world's most dangerous criminal ten feet away. Crazy, right? The book Public Enemy Number Two, by Anthony Horowitz is a wild, suspenseful book. I loved this book because it had so much adventure and so many new problems coming up throughout the book.
The main character of this story is a boy named Nick. Nick gets arrested at the beginning of the book for a jewel robbery, which really builds up the suspense. But the truth is: he never act
Terence Hwang
Mar 26, 2008 Terence Hwang rated it it was amazing
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
Mar 02, 2016 ArtemV rated it it was ok
This book is written by Anthony Horowitz. I like the book because it has things going on all the time and people try to solve a mystery. I like mystery stories. In this book there is always some thing happening and after one thing another problem starts and the whole book is like this. I think that this book is a bit hard for my level. It has a lot of hard words. It is also not a book for a five year old kid it will be to hard for him to understand. And he is to yang for death and kill stories.
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
Dec 13, 2013 Linda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.

Jan 15, 2010 Bookworm007 rated it it was amazing
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Apr 27, 2008 Malcolm rated it it was amazing
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
May 27, 2011 Iskreads rated it it was amazing
Shelves: novel-studies
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
Nov 10, 2012 Mark Soone rated it liked it
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 it was amazing
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
Aug 03, 2012 Adama rated it it was amazing
Ninoshka Garcia
Sep 27, 2013 Ninoshka Garcia rated it really liked it
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
Mar 13, 2013 Oscar Sharpe rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
May 08, 2012 Bon Kats rated it it was amazing
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
Feb 18, 2014 Ruby rated it really liked it
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.
May 29, 2013 Alexander rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery, may-2013
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
Sep 23, 2012 Moussa Niang rated it it was amazing
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
Sep 16, 2009 Cameron rated it really liked it
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
Aug 01, 2016 Suzanne rated it liked it
Terrible grammar. Story about young teens, doing feats most adults couldn't accomplish. Two young, unsupervised boys whose parents live on a different continent. It's like the author couldn't decide if it was a fantasy or realistic-fiction genre story.
Yoon Young
Sep 23, 2010 Yoon Young rated it liked it
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
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Anthony Horowitz, OBE is ranked alongside Enid Blyton and Mark A. Cooper 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 recent ...more
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