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Title:
Mystery of the flying express / by Franklin W. Dixon.
ISBN:
9780448089201
Publication Information:
New York : Grosset & Dunlap, [1977]

©1977
Physical Description:
177 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm.
Contents:
Stargazer -- First warning -- Hot merchandise -- A near miss -- The mysterious artist -- Collision course! -- Diver's peril -- An unheeded horoscope -- A buddy lost -- Beware of the claw! -- An unequal match -- Baiting a trap -- Disappearing act -- Anchors aweigh! -- Under the bed! -- Clever clues -- Zodiac Zig -- A growing suspicion -- Key to a capture -- End of the road.
Abstract:
After the new hydrofoil they are guarding is stolen, the Hardy boys face frequent danger in solving a mystery involving criminals who operate by signs of the zodiac.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR MG 5.1 5.0 5677.
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Summary

A sleek new hydrofoil is scheduled to start ferrying passengers between Bayport and Cape Cutlass. But business enemies of the hydrofoil owner have stirred up a hornets' nest of violent opposition among small boat owners. Fearing sabotage, he begs Frank and Joe Hardy to guard the Flying Express on her maiden trip. Startling developments plunge the teenage detectives into a dangerous chase by sea, air, and land in pursuit of a gang of hardened criminals who operate by the signs of the Zodiac. Tension mounts when the Flying Express vanishes - and so does Sam Radley, Mr. Hardy's skilled operative. Peril stalks Frank and Joe's every moves as they hunt down the terrifying gangleader Zodiac Zig and his vicious henchmen.


Author Notes

Franklin W. Dixon Franklin W. Dixon is actually a pseudonym for any number of ghostwriters who have had the distinction of writing stories for the Hardy Boys series. The series was originally created by Edward Stratmeyer in 1926, the same mastermind of the Nancy Drew detective series, Tom Swift, the Rover Boys and other characters. While Stratmeyer created the outlines for the original series, it was Canadian writer Leslie McFarlane who breathed life to the stories and created the persona Franklin W. Dixon. McFarlane wrote for the series for over twenty years and is credited with success of the early collection of stories.

As the series became more popular, it was pared down, the format changed and new ghostwriters added their own flavor to the stories. Part of the draw of the Hardy Boys is that as the authors changed, so to did the times and the story lines. While there is no one true author of the series, each ghostwriter can be given credit for enhancing the life of this series and never unveiling that there really is no Franklin W. Dixon.

(Bowker Author Biography)