Who Wrote It?: Franklin W. Dixon
C’mon, Who Really Wrote it?: Leslie McFarlane in 1929
Was It Revised?: Yes, in 1964 by Andrew E. Svenson
Cover: Rudy Nappi, yellow and red yet again, but this time green is prominent and the background is daytime with the beach. As always the boys are watching something, this time the hermit by the caves. Not bad.
Setting: In Bayport some of the time, but south along the Atlantic coast for the cave story, and north for a brief time at a university.
Where’s Fenton This Time?: He sticks around Bayport while the boys travel. Fenton is supposed to protect a transmitting tower above Bayport. Fenton, you had one job!
Which Chums Show Up?: Chet, Tony, Biff, Iola, Callie. For once Iola and Callie get to do some detective work! But they don’t get to do much, and frankly are stereotypically female in the writing, unfortunately. They deserve better.
What’s Chet’s Hobby This Time?: Metal detecting. Boy does it come in handy!
Aunt Gertrude’s Dessert: No pie for you! Gertrude merely shows up toward the end for a spinning wheel minor subplot.
Plot: A young woman wants to find her brother who has disappeared from university. Investigating this, the boys stumble onto a smuggling operation.
Review: I dunno, this one seems odd to me even though it’s like all the others in several ways. Frank and Joe investigate something, someone tries to hurt them, they investigate, they get attacked, they reach the end of the story and do something heroically suicidal in order to figure out the mystery, they get captured, heeeeeeer’s Fenton, the end. Just didn’t flow. Mr. Svenson only rewrote this one and the Melted Coins, so maybe I’m just noticing the different tone of the writing.