In this, their first adventure, Chet and Bernie investigate the disappearance of Madison, a teenage girl who may or may not have been kidnapped, but who has definitely gotten mixed up with some very unsavoury characters. A well-behaved, gifted student, she didnt arrive home after school and her divorced mother is frantic. Bernie is quick to take the case – something about a cash flow problem that Chets not all that clear about – and hes relieved, if vaguely suspicious, when Madison turns up unharmed with a story that doesnt add up. But when she disappears for a second time in a week, Bernie and Chet arent taking any chances; they launch a full-blown investigation. Without a ransom demand, theyre not convinced its a kidnapping, but they are sure of one thing: something smells funny.
By (author) Spencer Quinn