Retired private detective and current seventh grader Steve Brixton has a new career: taking out the garbage on Wednesdays for five bucks a week. But it’s hard to leave the old game behind, and on a train trip down the California coast, Steve finds himself pulled back into sleuthing. Soon he’s in over his head in four feet and eleven inches of mystery involving a fleet of priceless automobiles, a deadly assassin (or maybe just a faulty lock on a sauna door), and a secret train car filled with intrigue. Plus there’s a girl involved, which complicates everything. I mean she’s just Steve’s friend. And really, they barely even know each other. It’s not like they’re boyfriend or girlfriend or anything, okay?
Mac Barnett is a New York Times bestselling author of over 22 children’s books, including Leo: A Ghost Story, The Skunk, and The Case of the Case of Mistaken Identity, as well as the Brixton Brothers mystery series. He lives in Berkeley.
Arte Johnson is best known for his Emmy Award–winning work on Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In. His other television credits include The Dukes of Hazzard, Fantasy Island, and Love, American Style.