Keith Robertson represents the best in what I like to call "small town adventures". Many people know his Henry Reed series (or they should!) but I've recently discovered a second series.
The Carson Street Detectives, Neil Lambert and Swede Larsen, are the epitome of the small town adventure spirit. They have initiative, stamina, curiosity, and think nothing of a few twenty-mile bike rides in pursuit of their goal! In The Money Machine, a harmless joke played on a friend lets them in on a counterfeiting ring - and some eccentric and dangerous characters. If you love laid-back adventure, humor, and some guys with initiative, meet the Carson Street Detectives!
Verdict: The cover shown here is truly horrible. The hardback cover is actually not bad - you might even get some 3rd and 4th graders to read it if they're strong readers. If you have a copy in your library, don't weed it just yet. Used copies are easily available for your personal collection as well.
ISBN: N/A; Published September 1969 by Viking; Borrowed from the library; Added to my personal wishlist