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Mystery of the Desert Giant

71.4% complete
1961
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1 - Missing Airmen
2 - The Desert Giants
3 - Clue Hunting
4 - A Warning
5 - The Mob Scene
6 - New Evidence
7 - An Exciting Identification
8 - A Treasure Hunt
9 - The Dust Devil
10 - The River Chase
11 - Stranded
12 - The Escaping Stranger
13 - Spanish Hardys
14 - Exchanging Names
15 - An Important Discovery
16 - The Disguised Cowboy
17 - The Chemical Fog
18 - Sleuthing By Camera
19 - The Attack
20 - Treasure!
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 Hardy Boys (Revised)*
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Hardy Boys (Revised)*   See series as if on a bookshelf
A series of middle grade novels written to appeal to young boys starring two brothers, the sons of a famous detective, solving their own mysteries.  They were written by several people using the pen name Franklin W Dixon.

This series includes the original 58 books starting with The Tower Treasure and ending with The Sting of the Scorpion (1978) and only includes the revisions of the first 38 books.  The copyright dates for these are the revised dates since I consider the originals to be different "books" even though they have the same title.  I have decided to duplicate the titles for this series and the original series since the works in this series.

For the books in this series I've added the "true" author to the list (even if this is questionable) along with the psuedonym Franklin W Dixon that is credited on each book.

1) The Tower Treasure
2) The House on the Cliff
3) The Secret of the Old Mill
4) The Missing Chums
5) Hunting for Hidden Gold
6) The Shore Road Mystery
7) The Secret of the Caves
8) The Mystery of Cabin Island
9) The Great Airport Mystery
10) What Happened at Midnight
11) While the Clock Ticked
12) Footprints Under the Window
13) The Mark on the Door
14) The Hidden Harbor Mystery
15) The Sinister Signpost
16) A Figure in Hiding
17) The Secret Warning
18) The Twisted Claw
19) The Disappearing Floor
20) Mystery of the Flying Express
21) The Clue of the Broken Blade
22) The Flickering Torch Mystery
23) The Melted Coins
24) The Short-Wave Mystery
25) The Secret Panel
26) The Phantom Freighter
27) The Secret of Skull Mountain
28) The Sign of the Crooked Arrow
29) The Secret of the Lost Tunnel
30) The Wailing Siren Mystery
31) The Secret of Wildcat Swamp
32) The Crisscross Shadow
33) The Yellow Feather Mystery
34) The Hooded Hawk Mystery
35) The Clue in the Embers
36) The Secret of Pirates' Hill
37) The Ghost at Skeleton Rock
38) The Mystery at Devil's Paw
39) The Mystery of the Chinese Junk
40) Mystery of the Desert Giant
41) The Clue of the Screeching Owl
42) The Viking Symbol Mystery
43) The Mystery of the Aztec Warrior
44) The Haunted Fort
45) The Mystery of the Spiral Bridge
46) The Secret Agent on Flight 101
47) Mystery of the Whale Tattoo
48) The Arctic Patrol Mystery
49) The Bombay Boomerang
50) Danger on Vampire Trail
51) The Masked Monkey
52) The Shattered Helmet
53) The Clue of the Hissing Serpent
54) The Mysterious Caravan
55) The Witchmaster's Key
56) The Jungle Pyramid
57) The Firebird Rocket
58) The Sting of the Scorpion
© by Grosset & Dunlap, Inc., 1961
No dedication.
"When do you think this mysterious visitor is going to showup?" Chet Morton asked impatiently.
May contain spoilers
"I promise you, if I ever get sour on life again, all I'll need to keep up my spirits will be to remind myself of Frank and Joe Hardy and Chet Morton - three swell fellows!"
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"Miss - oh, miss!" Frank called through the door.  He had caught a glimpse of the secretary's face.  It was tense and frightened.  Frank sensed that something was wrong.  "You must let us in.  We've come from Mrs. Grafton!"

Behind the door, the secretary seemed to hesitate.  "How can I be sure of that?"

"Call her on the phone.  Mention Frank and Joe Hardy!"

For about five minutes the boys waited in the hall.  At last the door opened.  The secretary, an intelligent, pretty young woman, seemed calm now.  Before speaking, however, she locked the door.  No one else was there and a tiny sign on her desk gave the girl's name as Miss Everett.

"I should have known by looking at you boys that you're all right," she apologized.  "But those other men who were here this morning asking about Mr. Grafton gave me such a fright I don't trust anybody.  I'm afraid to leave the door unlocked!"

"What other men?  Not the police!" Joe broke in.

"Oh, no.  Two big, rough-looking men.  They weren't dressed very well and they talked - you know - like thugs.  I wouldn't have let them in, except they said they were hunting for Mr. Grafton, so I thought they might be private detectives."

"Hunting for Mr. Grafton?" The Hardy boys exchanged looks of surprise.

"Yes.  Then, as soon as they were in, they got rough and made me show them Mr. Grafton's letters and records!"  The pretty girl pointed to bruises on her wrists as evidence.

"They wouldn't have acted tough if they were on the up-and-up," Joe said indignantly.  "Did you call the police?"

Miss Everett shook her head.  "The men said they'd make me sorry if I breathed a word about them to anybody!"

"It must be the same gang that's been bothering us," Joe deduced.

"Maybe," his brother returned thoughtfully.  "But why are these two looking for Grafton if as we suspect, they may be holding him?  Could another gang be trying to get him away from the ones who have him?"

 

Added: 03-Aug-2022
Last Updated: 27-Feb-2024

Publications

 01-Jul-1964
Grosset & Dunlap, Inc.
Hardback
In my libraryHas a cover imageBook Edition Cover
Date Issued:
Cir 01-Jul-1964
Format:
Hardback
Pages*:
182
Internal ID:
43475
ISBN:
Unknown
Country:
United States
Language:
English
Credits:
Rudy Nappi  - Cover Artist
This Emblem Leads You
to Adventure!
LOOK FOR IT ON
THE COVERS OF THE EXCITING
HARDY BOYS
MYSTERY STORIES
by F. W. Dixon


All boys from 10 to 14 who like lively adventure stories. packed with mystery and action, will want to read every one of the Hardy Boys stories listed here.  Sons of a famous American detective, the Hardy boys help solve many thrilling cases after school hours and during vacations, as they follow up the clues they unearth in their quest to bring criminals to justice.

How Many of These Books Do You Own?


   

        THE TOWER TREASURE
        THE HOUSE ON THE CLIFF
        THE SECRET OF THE OLD MILL
        THE MISSING CHUMS
        HUNTING FOR HIDDEN GOLD
        THE SHORE ROAD MYSTERY
        THE SECRET OF THE CAVES
        THE MYSTERY OF CABIN ISLAND
        THE GREAT AIRPORT MYSTERY
        WHAT HAPPENED AT MIDNIGHT
        WHILE THE CLOCK TICKED
        FOOTPRINTS UNDER THE WINDOW
        THE MARK ON THE DOOR
        THE HIDDEN HARBOR MYSTERY
        THE SINISTER SIGNPOST
        A FIGURE IN HIDING
        THE SECRET WARNING
        THE TWISTED CLAW
        THE DISAPPEARING FLOOR
        MYSTERY OF THE FLYING EXPRESS
        THE CLUE OF THE BROKEN BLADE
        THE FLICKERING TORCH MYSTERY
   

   

        THE MELTED COINS
        THE SHORT-WAVE MYSTERY
        THE SECRET PANEL
        THE PHANTOM FREIGHTER
        THE SECRET OF SKULL MOUNTAIN
        THE SIGN OF THE CROOKED ARROW
        THE SECRET OF THE LOST TUNNEL
        THE WAILING SIREN MYSTERY
        THE SECRET OF WILDCAT SWAMP
        THE CRISSCROSS SHADOW
        THE YELLOW FEATHER MYSTERY
        THE HOODED HAWK MYSTERY
        THE CLUE IN THE EMBERS
        THE SECRET OF PIRATES' HILL
        THE GHOST AT SKELETON ROCK
        THE MYSTERY AT DEVIL'S PAW
        THE MYSTERY OF THE CHINESE JUNK
        MYSTERY OF THE DESERT GIANT
        THE CLUE OF THE SCREECHING OWL
        THE VIKING SYMBOL MYSTERY
        THE MYSTERY OF THE AZTEC WARRIOR
        HARDY BOYS DETECTIVE HANDBOOK
   



GROSSET & DUNLAP Publishers NEW YORK 10, N.Y.
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Spine number: 8940

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Author(s)

James Buechler  

Franklin W Dixon  
Birth: 04 Oct 1862 Elizabeth, New Jersey, USA
Death: 10 May 1930 Newark, New Jersey, USA

Notes:
Edward L Stratemeyer (1862-1930), owner of the Stratemeyer Syndicate, created Joe and Frank Hardy, as well as many other series characters in children's literature.  He hired authors to write stories from his outlines and to agree never to reveal that they, and not the non-existant Mr Dixon, wrote the books.

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  • Synopses marked with an asterisk (*) were generated by an AI. There aren't a lot since this is an iffy way to do it - AI seems to make stuff up.
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  • When listing chapters, I only list chapters relevant to the story. I will usually leave off Author Notes, Indices, Acknowledgements, etc unless they are relevant to the story or the book is non-fiction.
  • Page numbers on this site are for the end of the main story. I normally do not include appendices, extra material, and other miscellaneous stuff at the end of the book in the page count.






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