Who Wrote It?: Franklin W. Dixon
C’mon, Who Really Wrote it?: Leslie McFarlane in 1937
Cover: NOT Rudy Nappi! The only one of this entire series that was by someone else: John Leone. But hey, no matter who does the cover, red and yellow are prominent. This time it’s Frank climbing a tree to see the figure in hiding. It’s an OK cover, kind of static despite it being an action scene.
Setting: Bayport. Nothing but Bayport, that amazing town where crooks stumble over each other stealing every jewel in town.
Where’s Fenton This Time?: Oh, he’s around, but for the first half of the book he’s off on another case. Then he joins the boys on this case, and quickly manages to get caught and in a steamy situation (ya gotta read it to understand that — what, you think there’s going to be sex? In the Hardy Boys?!)
Which Chums Show Up?: Chet, Biff, Tony, Callie, Iola.
What’s Chet’s Hobby This Time?: Physical fitness. BWAAAHAHAHAHA!
Aunt Gertrude’s Dessert: No dessert for you!
Plot: Complicated. Fake eyes, evil eyes (relax, remember the Scooby Doo rule), a health farm where Chet gets a job, stolen cars, a hydrofoil, a stolen jewel, I mean, this plot has everything. Oh yeah, someone is in hiding. But he’s all over the place for most of the story, so good luck trying to figure out who the figure in hiding is.
Review: Despite it all, I kinda like this one. It’s in Bayport, the chums do their chumly things, crooks are all over town, there’s mystery all over town, it’s a fun ride. Not the most memorable one — good luck remembering this plot six weeks later, whereas no one forgets the plot of The Sinister Signpost — but a fun ride. It’s like a movie full of action that is just a fun popcorn flick.