Who Wrote It?: Franklin W. Dixon
C’mon, Who Really Wrote it?: Leslie McFarlane in 1928
Was It Revised?: Yes, in 1962 by James Beuchler
Cover: Rudy Nappi, a rough night on the bay, Frank and Joe providing classic bright red and yellow contrasts to the dark sky and water.
Setting: Bayport again! My, still lots of crooks in this town.
Where’s Fenton This Time?: Bayport again, but busy working on his case (would you believe it intersects with the boys’ case?) so he is mostly out of the picture.
Which Chums Show Up?: Chet, Callie, Iola, Tony, Biff, Jerry — Hey, they’re in the title, so they might as well show up.
What’s Chet’s Hobby This Time?: Getting kidnapped…
Aunt Gertrude’s Dessert: Nothing! They eat, but Gertrude doesn’t make them anything. What was she thinking?
Plot: Bank robbers, costume parties, mistaken identities, hermits, shantytown dwellers. Chet and Biff get kidnapped, and thus the title.
Review: Pretty good. A serious situation with their best friends getting kidnapped, and this leads to some very good detective work. A more realistic tale. This story moves nicely.
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