Title: Without a TraceHardy Boys #31 - Without a Trace
Author: Franklin W. Dixon
Pages: 153
Reading Level: 8-12
Star Rating: ★★★

Hello, Hardys!

The Story.

Investigating the deaths of a couple of cows isn’t exactly the kind of job the Hardy boys would have chosen for themselves, but their father, Fenton, owes rancher Roy Carlson a good turn. So off they go to the great land of Texas, where they find that the death of some cattle isn’t the most serious thing that’s happened. Roy’s ranch hand, Jerry Greene, has disappeared as well, and mysterious sounds and lights have appeared around the ranch.

Why is so much care being taken to plague Roy’s ranch? And is the secret of the ranch important enough to demand the deaths of the Hardys?

Discussion.

In this story, Frank and Joe encounter “Caprock Charlie”, who lives in the wilds and seems to hold to some form of Native American religion. He mysteriously pops in and out of the picture, talking about omens, etc. Evolution is referenced twice, once in relation to the movements of a particular snake, and again in reference to the age of an oil pocket.

Joe manages to catch the eye of a cute girl who happens to have a lot of the information the Hardys need to solve their case. Also, when searching a bunkhouse, they find “posters of several appealing young movie stars”.

Conclusion. I enjoyed this one better than The Deadliest Dare or Too Many Traitors, Still read the originals first.

Review © 2014 Laura Verret

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