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When thieves hijack a collection of stuffed animals from a country auction, Frank and Joe Hardy pursue the getaway car and are drawn into a thrilling mystery. The recently acquired interest of their best pal, chubby Chet Morton, in taxidermy as a hobby adds fresh twists to the puzzle.
Frank and Joe find themselves in a cattle-rustling tussle when a prized horse is snatched from a nearby ranch in this exciting Hardy Boys equestrian adventure.The Wild West hits the East Coast when Welch's Annual Rodeo and Wild West Show arrives in Bayport. Frank and Joe are enjoying the show's historic reenactments, rodeo events, and even an exhibition of the Welch family's prize-winning horse, Hondo. When the brothers catch several ranch hands trying to steal Hondo, they manage to stop it. Though very grateful for their intervention, the Welch family is now shorthanded for the cattle drive back to their dude ranch! So Chief Olaf "volunteers" the Hardys to help out. The brothers' long-dormant horse-riding skills slowly come back to them as they make their way down the quiet rural roads toward the ranch. But as they're finally getting the hang of it, a group of dirt bike-riding cattle rustlers surround the herd--and take Hondo! Will the Hardy Boys lasso the horse thieves--or will this be their final showdown?
Frank and Joe are accompanying their friend Jackson to Indianapolis to view the train collection of one of the most well-known collectors in the U.S. While visiting, they assist the train collector in keeping his building from being demolished, and rescue him when he is kidnapped, as well as solving the theft of his entire train collection.
With only the slender clue of an arrow-shaped tie clasp, Frank and Joe Hardy pick up the trail of a cunning gang of thieves responsible for a wave of jewelry-store holdups.
Racing cars! Mystery! Adventure! These elements combine to give Frank and Joe Hardy one of the most dangerous and intriguing cases of their careers. It all starts when their father, Fenton Hardy, is engaged by an experimental race car and motor designer to investigate a series of mysterious accidents. Three of his drivers have crashed because the windshields of their cars were suddenly crazed, thus cutting off forward vision. Frank and Joe uncover one slim clue. Each of the drivers had seen a signpost marked danger shortly before his accident. The young detectives investigate, only to discover that the signposts have vanished. What happened to them? And what sinister purpose did they serve. The attempted theft of a secret experimental motor and the kidnapping of a famous race horse are part of this thrilling case, which proves to be as sinister as the signposts themselves.
SKIN & BONES SELLS EVERYTHING FROM ANACONDA SKINS TO OSTRICH SKELETONS--BUT SOMEONE'S TRYING TO TRASH THE BUSINESS! Cody Chang's San Francisco store could be considered creepy--Skin & Bones sells animal skulls, fish skeletons, reptile skins, and more. Business is booming, but when Frank and Joe visit the shop, Cody tells them he's been the victim of a string of burglaries, computer thefts, and threatening messages. The Hardys immediately pinpoint a suspect--a criminal who was once caught in a sting by Cody's father, a policeman. Now there's danger everywhere for Frank and Joe, from a cable car accident, to the dense redwood forests of Muir Woods, to the foggy, ice-cold waters off Alcatraz. The brothers are running hard and thinking fast--and up against a smart, desperate enemy ready to skin them alive!
The Hardys concoct a clever caper just for kicks and get caught in a crooked con game!
Frank and Joe go to Florida to investigate the sabotage of a satellite launch and uncover a theft ring involving sea animals.
When an important space mission is sabotaged at Cape Canaveral, the Hardy boys are called in to investigate.
From the back of the book: FRANK AND JOE TAKE A SHOT AT #1...WHILE SOMEONE ELSE TAKES A SHOT AT THEM. THE HARDYS AND THEIR HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL TEAM, THE DAYPORT BOMBERS, ARE GETTING READY TO PLAY FOR THEIR CHAMPIONSHIP. ONE MORE VICTORY WILL PUT THEM ON TOP. BUT SOMEBODY'S GOT A DIFFERENT GAME PLAN! BLAST THE BOMBERS OUT OF CONTENTION BY KNOCKING FRANK AND JOE OUT OF THE WAY...FOR GOOD. BUT MORE THAN A BASKETBALL GAME IS AT STAKE. THE BOYS ARE CONVINCED THEY'RE FACING A BIG-LEAGUE SABOTEUR, A MYSTERIOUS CRIMINAL KINGPIN WILLING TO GO ALL OUT TO BLOW THEM AWAY. THE CLOCK IS RUNNING DOWN, AND IF FRANK AND JOE DON'T MAKE THE RIGHT MOVES, THEY COULD RUN OUT OF TIME...AND OUT OF LUCK! ======== From inside the book: Slam Dunk Sabotage Frank leaned over to Biff, who was sucking in deep breaths and gulping down his power drink. "It's up to you and me, big guy," he said. "If we can just hold on to the lead-" "Aaaaaghh!" Biff suddenly cried out. He clutched at his stomach, his face white as death. The plastic bottle he held slipped from his fingers, spilling the power drink on the gym floor. Lurching off the bench, Biff managed to stagger a couple of feet, his body crouched over. "Biff!" Frank yelled, jumping up to help. But before he could reach his friend, Biff folded in a spasm of pain. His legs went out from under him, and he crashed to the floor with a sickening thud!
Frank and Joe join the local ice hockey team. After practice one day, an ice skater accuses Joe of stealing her good luck charm. Without her small stuffed animal, she can't possibly skate in the upcoming competition. It's the Hardy brothers to the rescue. One illustration per chapter.
To track down an arsonist, Frank and Joe go undercover as firefighters in this sizzling new mystery. Fires have ravaged three buildings owned by Donald Pierce, and he asks the Hardy Boys to help him find the culprit.
The Hardy boys investigate an anonymous tip that someone is planning to sabotage Bayport's annual fireworks celebration.
CAN THE HARDYS PASS THIS EXTREME TEST OF ENDURANCE AND SKILL? Making it to the finish line of the high-endurance Fire Creek Mountain Race is going to be a real challenge for the Hardys. The five demanding events include downhill mountain biking, kayaking, cross-country hiking and climbing, biking through the city streets of Montreal, and a high-speed SeaZoom race on Lake Champlain. But when dangerous accidents begin to interfere with the events, the stakes get higher. The Hardys, along with their friends and crew, Chet Morton and Jamal Watkins, learn that they have a secret competitor--one who's using the race for a very unsporting purpose, and who will do whatever it takes to win!
Frank and Joe bring their detective skills to the athletic arena in this all-new Hardy Boys Secret Files mystery!It's time for Field Day at Bayport Elementary and all the kids are excited! Whatever grade wins gets a pizza party, and the person with the highest personal score also gets a special prize. But when the field equipment is sabotaged the day before the events are supposed to start, it looks like Field Day might not happen after all--unless someone can find out who is behind the mess of ruined rackets, tangled jump ropes, and flattened balloons. Can Frank and Joe crack the case and save Field Day?
BIG BROTHER IS WATCHING--BUT SOMETIMES CAMERAS DON'T TELL THE WHOLE TRUTH! College student Jake Martins is in trouble, and the Hardys volunteer to help out. Securitech, the firm where Jake works, is wiring the city to catch wrongdoers. But to pass one of his courses, Jake may have to reveal some secret information, and now he's in a bind.When security cameras keep going off-line and more criminal activity gets city officials up in arms, Jake is the main suspect. Someone's cracking the codes in the system--and it's up to the Hardys to get the criminals in focus!
Can Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys stop the curtain from crashing down on a new Broadway spectacular?The producers of a huge new Broadway musical are worried about their star, a TV actress who has been receiving death threats. When the actress gets sick right before opening night, her understudy has to go on for her--and nearly dies in an "accident" on stage. So the producers call in the Hardy Boys to get to the source of the trouble. Baffled by all the backstage backstabbing, the Hardys call Nancy and ask her to come to New York and help them out. When she arrives, they realize that Nancy is a dead ringer for the lead actress, so they arrange for her to replace the injured understudy. Can the three supersleuths put an end to the accidents plaguing the show? Or is the curtain about to come down once and for all?
During Mr. Hardy's investigation of a ruthless gang of terrorists, Frank and Joe witness an explosion in the sky near an airborne dirigible owned by Quinn Air Fleet. <P><P>The young detectives look into a clue that takes them into a new animal park outside Bayport, where they are lured into a trap by an unknown enemy. Problems arise for the park owner as he receives pressure from a competitor and a real-estate firm to sell out. Strange occurrences at the park also frighten the visitors and animals. Frank and Joe take up the case despite fore warnings.
During Mr. Hardy's investigation of a ruthless gang of terrorists, Frank and Joe witness an explosion in the sky near an airborne dirigible owned by Quinn Air Fleet. They decide to look into the matter.
While still in New York City, Frank and Joe decide to answer a newspaper ad. South American Antiquities hires the Hardys to recover a small statue. When the boys arrive at the company's South American offices they stumble upon the idol almost instantly. But the idol is snatched away just as fast. A pursuit leaves the Hardys emptyhanded. Eventually the Hardys search leads them to Easter Island where they learn the idol had originated. But the idol shouldn't have never left Easter Island, now Frank and Joe must find it and return it to the islanders, while making sure to catch the crooks and not anyone innocent.
From the back of the book: Mind games While attending an international summer school at England's Oxford University, the Hardys learn just how much times have changed. Frank's roommate, Pyotr Zigonev, is the USSR junior chess champ, and he has become a pawn in an international power play. But just as the boys rally to Zigonev, they discover that the CIA has joined forces with the KGB! The American and Soviet spy masters are out to foil a master of terrorism, and Frank and Joe and Zigonev are caught in the middle. One false move and they'll lose the ultimate game-a danger-packed contest played out in the cold gray shadows of Stonehenge. =============== From inside the book: DARK ALLEY "May we help you?" Frank asked the two men who had stepped out of the darkened alley. The older of the two stared at Frank, then turned his gaze to Ziggy and Petra. "Yes, you can." Then, like a snake uncoiling to strike, the man pulled a small blackjack from his pocket and struck Joe on the chin. Joe staggered to the side, slamming into Frank, and both of them lost their balance and fell to the ground. The younger man grabbed Petra and pulled her into the alley. "Hey!" Ziggy yelled, and burst into the alley. Frank and Joe jumped up and followed him. A bright glint of steel drew Joe's attention to the man who held Petra. Joe saw that one hand covered her mouth and the other held a switchblade to her throat. Joe started toward the younger man. "Don't try it, mate," the older man growled from behind him, "or we'll kill the girl."
On a visit to Germany, the Hardy brothers investigate the theft of plans for a newly invented submarine and the mysterious disappearance of valuable coins and paintings.
From the back of the book: The killer conspiracy Working undercover for an Atlanta airline, the Hardys have uncovered an international terrorist ring-the Assassins-bent on high-stakes smuggling and cold-blooded murder. But who is in control? What is their ultimate aim? Who will be the next to die? The dangerous truth lies in the rough and rugged wilderness of faraway Alaska.... The perilous passage north takes Frank and Joe into the heart of a titanic struggle. The Assassins are preparing to square off against the ultrasecret government agency, the Network, and it is a battle in which no one is safe-and no one can be trusted. Caught in a treacherous cross fire, the boys have only one ally, the beautiful Gina Abend, and even she may be leading them into a fatal trap! ============ From inside the book: ROAD TO NOWHERE Joe slammed his foot down on the kick starter, and the dirt bike roared. He motioned to Gina, and she hopped on behind him. The engine screamed as Joe raced toward the oncoming Jeep. At the last second, he swerved to veer past the Jeep, turning onto a rutted trail that disappeared in the trees. "Are they still following us?" he yelled. "Yes!" Gina told him. "And they're gaining!" Now Joe knew he was going to have to push the bike to the limit. He crouched low over the handlebars and leaned hard into a sharp turn. "Look out!" Gina screamed as they came out of the curve. Joe's head reared back, and he slammed on the brakes when he saw a second Jeep blocking the trail. Two men wearing camouflage jumpsuits stood in front of the Jeep. The submachine guns in their hands told Joe this was the end of the line.
The Hardy brothers go to Big Thicket, Texas, to investigate attempts on the life of a naturalist trying to preserve the area wildlife in the face of threats from timber and oil interests.
From the back of the book: Ticketed for disaster! A sophisticated ring of luggage thieves has put a choke hold on Eddings Air, threatening to ground the young airline for good. Working undercover as baggage handlers, the Hardys agree to scope out the airline's center of operations in Atlanta. But their welcome is less than cordial-Frank and Joe discover that they too may be headed for a crash landing! From the complex of tunnels beneath the airport to the enigmatic pasts of the airline's employees, the boys are drawn into a labyrinth of sabotage and deceit. Picking up clues to a conspiracy extending far beyond a few missing suitcases, they begin to suspect that much more than the future of Eddings Air is at stake. A scheme is in place, a plot about to unfold, in which murder is only the beginning. ============ From inside the book: CAROUSEL OF CRIME Where was Frank? Joe had checked the luggage area and the security office, but there was no sign of his brother. He headed back to the baggage claim area to check once more for Frank. Joe worked his way through the crowd, searching each face for Frank's. A startled shout made Joe stop and turn. There was some kind of commotion close to the carousel. He pushed his way through the gaping onlookers to the edge of the conveyor belt. Joe expected to see a suitcase sprung open, spewing somebody's underwear on the floor. He wasn't prepared to see a limp figure in blue coveralls sprawled on the moving carousel. His eyes widened and his heart started to pound as the conveyor belt carried the body closer to him. Joe instantly recognized the lanky form even though it was facedown on the carousel. It was Frank!
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