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Hardy Boys (Fictitious characters)

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Works: 756 works in 1,998 publications in 3 languages and 199,376 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Juvenile works  Detective and mystery fiction  Christmas stories  Young adult works  Spy stories  Upside-down books  Action and adventure fiction 
Classifications: PZ7.D644, FIC
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Publications about Hardy Boys (Fictitious characters)
Most widely held works about Hardy Boys (Fictitious characters)
    The wailing siren mystery by Franklin W Dixon( Book )
    12 editions published between 1967 and 2002 in English and German and held by 3,274 libraries worldwide
    Caught in their motorboat the Sleuth by a sudden storm at sea, Frank and Joe Hardy are helpless when the engine conks out. Drifting farther from shore amid the tumultuous waves, the boys are relieved to see the lights of a yacht. But their SOS is ignored. The shrill sound of a siren fills the night air. Moments later, a helicopter drops an object alongside the Sleuth. To the young detectives' astonishment it proves to be a wallet containing two thousand dollars. The next day their close pal Chet Morton rushes to the Hardys' home to report that the Morton farm truck carrying a shipment of high-powered rifles belonging to his uncle, a big-game hunter, has been stolen. These two apparently unconnected events are clues in a tangle of mystery which turns out to be one of the detective brothers' most exciting adventures. - Flyleaf
    The Bombay boomerang by Franklin W Dixon( Book )
    15 editions published between 1964 and 2005 in English and Icelandic and held by 3,021 libraries worldwide
    Frank and Joe Hardy become involved in a case affecting national security when Joe dials a wrong telephone number and gets the Pentagon. Two words -- "Bombay boomerang"--That the boys hear before the line goes dead plunge them into a whirlpool of danger and intrigue. At the same time, their father is investigating the baffling thefts of mercury shipments occurring along the Atlantic seaboard. The celebrated detective finds himself up against a murderous gang who nearly dispose of him in a cask at the bottom of Baltimore harbor. Frank and Joe's astute sleuthing ability not only saves Mr. Hardy's life, but also links the mercury thefts to the top-secret Super S missile mysteriously stolen from a government arsenal. In a race against time the three Hardys foil a diabolical scheme to create widespread havoc in the United States. Pulse-pounding excitement fills every page of this suspense thriller. - Flyleaf
    What happened at midnight by Franklin W Dixon( Book )
    20 editions published between 1931 and 2012 in English and held by 2,671 libraries worldwide
    Frank and Joe have eight hours in which to locate a bomb designed to blow up Billington Resort
    The secret of the caves by Franklin W Dixon( Book )
    12 editions published between 1929 and 2017 in English and held by 2,519 libraries worldwide
    Triggered by the disappearance of a brilliant young professor, this mystery takes the Hardy boys first to Kenworthy College, where they find a puzzling message on an examination paper. But then their pal Chet Morton, with his new metal detector, and buddy Biff Hooper, turn up a clue that sends the young detectives on an exciting search in another direction -- to the Honeycomb Caves, on the seacoast. A hot-tempered hermit who considers the caves his private domain complicates this seacoast mystery and challenges every sleuthing skill Frank and Joe possess. The case that their famous detective father is working on -- suspected sabotage at the new radar station near the Hardys' hometown of Bayport -- further complicates the mystery, which grows more baffling with every chapter. After many dangerous encounters, including a nearly disastrous patrol on the stormy ocean, Frank and Joe discover a powerful searchlight in one of the craggy caverns along the seacoast. In the brilliant white glare of the searchlight, the startling secret of the caves is dramatically revealed. - Flyleaf
    The mystery of Cabin Island by Franklin W Dixon( Book )
    10 editions published between 1929 and 2017 in English and held by 2,507 libraries worldwide
    When they are invited to spend Christmas vacation at the private island retreat of wealthy Elroy Jefferson, the Hardy boys become involved in two mysteries: the disappearance of Mr. Jefferson's grandson and the theft of a priceless collection of antique medals
    The great airport mystery by Franklin W Dixon( Book )
    12 editions published between 1930 and 2008 in English and held by 2,450 libraries worldwide
    Valuable electronic parts containing platinum are being stolen from shipments made by Stanwide Mining Equipment Company's cargo planes, and Frank and Joe Hardy are called upon to assist their world-renowned detective father in solving the case
    A figure in hiding by Franklin W Dixon( Book )
    18 editions published between 1937 and 2008 in English and Icelandic and held by 2,398 libraries worldwide
    While investigating the theft of a valuable idol, Frank and Joe enounter a terrified business woman, a walking mummy, and a weird glass eye
    The mark on the door by Franklin W Dixon( Book )
    12 editions published between 1934 and 2008 in English and held by 2,342 libraries worldwide
    The search for a stolen boat leads the Hardy brothers to Mexico where they become involved with a band of Indians and a strange smuggling operation
    While the clock ticked by Franklin W Dixon( Book )
    10 editions published between 1932 and 2006 in English and held by 2,337 libraries worldwide
    The Hardy brothers solve the mystery of the missing inventor and recover some valuable missing jade
    Footprints under the window by Franklin W Dixon( Book )
    6 editions published between 1933 and 2001 in English and held by 2,291 libraries worldwide
    Frank and Joe attempt to foil a ruthless espionage ring in their effort to sabotage the United States space program
    The twisted claw by Franklin W Dixon( Book )
    7 editions published between 1939 and 1997 in English and held by 2,265 libraries worldwide
    The Hardy boys embark on another puzzling mystery when they try to discover who is stealing rare collections of ancient pirate treasure and smuggling them out of the United States
    The hidden harbor mystery by Franklin W Dixon( Book )
    12 editions published between 1935 and 2008 in English and held by 2,250 libraries worldwide
    The Hardy boys investigate a dispute over a mysterious pond and rumors of piracy in Georgia
    The disappearing floor by Franklin W Dixon( Book )
    12 editions published between 1940 and 2008 in English and held by 2,121 libraries worldwide
    While Frank and Joe help their father locate a notorious jewel thief, they also explore the mysterious death of a tycoon's nephew years before
    The crisscross shadow by Franklin W Dixon( Book )
    8 editions published between 1953 and 2007 in English and held by 2,043 libraries worldwide
    The Hardy boys find the missing deed to an Indians' land, prevent a phony salesman from carrying through a reckless scheme, and help their father solve a top-secret case
    Hunting for hidden gold by Franklin W Dixon( Book )
    9 editions published between 1928 and 2017 in English and held by 2,043 libraries worldwide
    Timber wolves, a Rocky Mountain blizzard, and a mine cave-in are only a few of the perils Frank and Joe Hardy encounter during their search for the principal members of a notorious gang responsible for a payroll robbery. In the old Montana mining camp of Lucky Lode, the young detectives puzzle over a series of mysterious events. A piano-playing ghost haunts the long-abandoned dance hall. Eerie blue lights flash from the hilltop cemetery in the dark of night. Strange men arrange a meeting at Shadow of the Bear. A suspect disappears through a curtain of frozen ice. How are these events related to the men who kidnapped the boys in Chicago? Who booby-trapped the helicopter which flew the young detectives to the ghost town? And what ever happened to Bart Dawson who seemingly deserted his gold-mining partners twenty-five years ago? Clue by clue, Frank and Joe cleverly fit into place the scattered pieces of this dangerous puzzle and come up with the astonishing solution. - Flyleaf
    The phantom freighter by Franklin W Dixon( Book )
    8 editions published between 1947 and 2003 in English and held by 2,038 libraries worldwide
    The Hardy brothers embark on a freighter trip under mysterious circumstances and find themselves involved with a smuggling ring
    The secret of the old clock by Carolyn Keene( Book )
    8 editions published between 1949 and 2007 in English and held by 2,028 libraries worldwide
    With only the slender clue of an arrow-shaped tie clasp, Frank and Joe Hardy pick up the trail of the cunning gang of thieves responsible for a wave of jewelry-store holdups. But their investigations are interrupted when a desperate plea for help comes from their widowed cousin who lives on a cattle ranch in New Mexico. Frank, Joe, and their pal Chet Morton fly there immediately. The mysterious disappearance of one cowboy after another has given Crowhead Ranch the reputation of being jinxed, and it is quickly being stampeded toward financial ruin. The young detectives face grave danger before they uncover a cleverly conceived plot engineered by the crooked arrow gang. In a dramatic climax Frank, Joe, and Chet aid law-enforcement officers in smashing the highly organized band of criminals, putting an end both to the troubles at Crowhead ranch and the jewelry-store robberies. - Flyleaf
    The flickering torch mystery by Franklin W Dixon( Book )
    6 editions published between 1943 and 1980 in English and Icelandic and held by 2,021 libraries worldwide
    The Hardy boys and their father solve a mystery involving inexplicable crashes of highspeed race cars being used to test an experimental turbine motor
    The secret of the lost tunnel by Franklin W Dixon( Book )
    7 editions published between 1950 and 2007 in English and held by 2,014 libraries worldwide
    The Hardy boys are confronted with booby traps and flying bullets in their latest mission to vindicate a long-dead Confederate soldier
 
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