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Thursday, April 3, 2014

ND Hit And Run Holiday


Been meaning to post this at some point and, what follows is a "spoiler" for those who've never read this book. Only here, I'm just waxing on Nancy's main peril set-up...

The Nancy Drew Files Case #5 (or Nancy Drew Case Files #5, as I like to call it...) First published by Archway in 1986 (I have a fifth edition.) The story centres round Nancy, George and Bess as they take a week off to cruise to Ft. Lauderdale, FLA. Near murder and betrayal follow as was the usual case in this series. This time round, the trio run afoul of human trafficking of illegal immigrants!

Nancy's peril scene here, is completely different than from what appears on the cover of this book and it takes a bit of close reading to discover just how she's tied to the pier. The cover has her clad in a bikini and facing the ocean tide as it quickly comes in. But that where the idea has been changed for the cover. Why? Who knows, really? And it's too bad this series was never illustrated within the books, themselves.


Now then, look at the cover closely...look how Nancy is tied to the pylon and what she's wearing...

Now...here's the real set-up in the story itself (though abbreviated here just so you can get an idea of the action involved...) In the story, Nancy is wearing a summer dress with a waist sash. Keep that sash in mind... ;)

On pg.72 near the bottom, Nancy is K.O.'d in the back of the head but, it's not revealed as to what she was really hit with. She can only guess if it was a rock or club. She sees the dock that she'd been standing on, meeting her, face first, just before she blacks out.

When Nancy wakes up, it is dark and she finds herself in great pain. After clearing her mind, she realises that she's tied to one of the pier's old, wooden pylons. It takes a bit of sleuthing to figure out that she is actually facing the pylon! She is able to crane her neck to see that her arms are stretched over her head, and bound to the pylon with her dress sash. She also finds not only are her feet tied as well but her ankles are crossed! A (presumably) rag is stuffed in her mouth which is over-laid with tape (presumably duct tape but it's not revealed...) Her body is scraped and battered and becomes more so as she struggles to get free, before the tide consumes her.

At one point two men appear and stare down at her but disappear and Nancy figures that by now, she is so far gone that she is hallucinating! As the tide reaches ever higher and by now is up to her shoulders, Nancy finally finds that the rope holding her feet has become loose. She struggles and finally manages to free her feet and then...

...she wraps her feet round the pylon and, inch at a time and with her wrists still tied to the pylon, she is able to shinny up to the water-line mark. By rubbing her sash along (one corner) of the pylon, she is able to finally get loose and shinny the rest of the way up to the dock. Of course, the pylon on the book's cover is round but the story has you thinking it is of the square variety. The whole scene plays out by pg. 79. Special details are given to her many abrasions and at how she uses her legs. Not that I needed any more input on this, mind you...

Toward the end of the book, there is a chase scene with our three heroines in a small boat (in a rain storm, of course), being pursued by the villains, one of which is aiming a high-powered rifle at them! Egads!

The usual "crooks-get-caught-and-a-happy-ending-previals" ends the book. Naturally.

Although the Case Files series was shopped to the 9-12 crowd of girls, a lot of the books seemed way above this. More for the 13-17 crowd. The romance plots especially could get complicated. The violence is non-stop from the first book to the last as well as the political issues imbedded in some of the stories, that the average 9-12 year old girl (or boy) wouldn't get. The perils were much graver than in the original Nancy Drew series of the '30's, '40's and '50's. Just sayin'...

Also, as far as I know and have seen, at least of U.S. versions, this is the only Nancy Drew book (Case Files or original series), that has Nancy bound on the cover, though there are plenty of covers that feature her in some form of peril. There are numerous foreign editions with bondage on the covers but, unfortunately, I've not been lucky to find decent enough scans to share here.

This series was published from 1986-1997 by Pocket Books/Archway and included 124 books, some with photo covers (#112-119) from the failed Nancy Drew T.V. series of the mid-'90's. Nelvana Limited/Marathon (Canada) did that series. I'll be featuring those covers in a later post.

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