Who Wrote It?: Franklin W. Dixon
C’mon, Who Really Wrote it?: Leslie McFarlane in 1935
Was It Revised?: Yes, in 1961 by James Buechler, one of three he did and the first since While the Clock Ticked.
Cover: Rudy Nappi, red and yellow in a sea of blue and green and alligators, oh my! Looks like a hurricane in the background too. No easy swim for these lads.
Setting: Bayport and Georgia. Mostly Georgia. This is Frank and Joe go south.
Where’s Fenton This Time?: Jamaica. With the missus. Oh, don’t worry, Mr. Deux Ex Fenton shows up in Chapter XX as usual and saves the day. Poor Mrs. Hardy never does get a normal vacation.
Which Chums Show Up?: Chet, the honorary Hardy Boy by this point.
What’s Chet’s Hobby This Time?: Ain’t got none. Again.
Aunt Gertrude’s Dessert: She’s not in the picture here as the boys spend almost the entire time in Georgia. Missed her chance for a nice pecan pie!
Plot: A newspaper editor from Georgia is sued for libel and seeks the Hardy’s help. Down to Georgia they go where they find a feud between two branches of a family that live on a pond that might be more than a pond, he said, but not in any innuendo type of sense, but in a Hardy Boys a-mystery-that-lasts-hundreds-of-years-will-be-cleared-up-by-us-in-a-week sense.
Review: Doesn’t have quite the gripping end of While the Clock Ticked, and in the end these bad guys sing like canaries in a particularly good mood. It’s mostly one of those why-is-everybody-trying-to-scare-us-off type of stories, with hidden treasure, old southern feuds, and no doubt grits.
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