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Skeleton Key

Alex Rider finally has a reason to smile: he is a ball boy at Wimbledon, tennis's most prestigious tournament, and is able to witness all the action from just a few feet away. Boys and girls throughout England should be insanely jealous of Alex and his new summer job --- well, perhaps not. That's because the British teen is investigating a break-in at the Millennium Building, where the players' changing rooms and lounges are located. He eventually discovers that a Chinese gang whose members are involved in a number of criminal activities has infiltrated the tournament and is drugging players competing in the event. After Alex knocks out one of its members and places his body in a refrigerator, the Chinese gang is out for revenge and will do whatever it takes to terminate Alex's life.

It just so happens (coincidentally or not) that Alan Blunt and Mrs. Jones have another case for Alex that will force him to leave the country and escape the wrath of the Chinese gang. This time Alex must travel to Cayo Esqueleto, an island just a few miles south of Cuba, and investigate General Alexei Sarov, a hero of the old Russia who has a serious grudge against the free world. He left his country in disgust when the Soviets withdrew and communism came to an end. Now, in two weeks, the Russian president is scheduled to meet with Sarov on Skeleton Key.

Why on earth would these two men agree to see each other? How far will Sarov go to see his beloved Russia once again be a dominant power? It is up to Alex to save the world from the twisted mind and evil intentions of a madman.

Reviewed by on February 16, 2006

Skeleton Key
(Alex Rider #3)
by Anthony Horowitz

  • Publication Date: January 1, 2006
  • Genres: Fiction, Young Adult 11+
  • Paperback: pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Books
  • ISBN-10: B001N4NHFC
  • ISBN-13: 9780142406144