What ho, Hardy Boys!
Frank and Joe Hardy are out on a camping trip with their friends, Chet Morton and Biff Hooper, when they get an urgent call from their father, the famous detective Fenton Hardy. Fenton has been injured while in the midst of important case involving a dangerous hijacking, smuggling felon named Big Al. Fenton is certain that Big Al is holed up somewhere in Lucky Lode planning his next raid, and Fenton wants Frank and Joe to be his eyes and ears in the case.
Frank and Joe agree, but end up using not only their eyes and ears, but also their brains and fists. But will they catch Big Al and solve the long-standing mystery of the missing gold?
Okay, first off, can I say how much I love the setup of the Hardy Boys? Frank and Joe are amateurish detectives who, thanks to the talent and prowess of their father, get to be involved in lots of high-profile cases in a way that makes sense because of that connection. They work together and instead of Fenton acting as a negative or “restraining” influence, he is the first to urge his sons to do what is needed in the fight for justice. THANK YOU FRANKLIN DIXON.
Also, why did you name one of your main characters after yourself? Sorry, I just had to ask.
The supposition of a house being haunted is brought into the story, but the Hardys quickly disprove that. Also mentioned are “tommy-knockers” which, again, the Hardys discount.
Conclusion. Fun – perhaps my favorite Hardy Boys story thus far.
Review © 2014 Laura Verret