Hardy Boys 26: The Phantom Freighter

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Penguin, Jan 1, 1947 - Juvenile Fiction - 192 pages
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When eccentric Thaddeus McClintock invites Frank and Joe Hardy to accompany him on a sea voyage, the teenage investigators become entangled in a web of mystery. Who is trying to block the three from securing reservation on freighter ships that carry passengers? The determined efforts of Frank and Joe lead to a hazardous game of wits with a ring of slippery smugglers and to a dramatic confrontation on the high seas. Here is an exciting, action-filled mystery that will keep the reader on edge with suspense.

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As USUAL, threw away good chance to ENDANGER CALLIE SHAW,,overhearing threat against Frank.. Would add to the drama,suspense, concern for a girl---especially one as pretty as she!
.Great Hardy
Taboo denyng girls any real roles beyond briefly socializing, waving good-bye, wishing luck in stories constantly, frustratingly, STUPIDLY, shut off such options, opportunities, ulyimately denied Hardys greatest feat of a hero---saving the girl. (Ned Nickerson was more hero!) It made inevitable accepting, actually preferring, Frank and Joe made fools being mocked by Callie and Iola at horrible end of already bad-enough While the Clock Ticked instead of being heroes saving Callie from the bomb---see HOW, my reviews of both versions, first scrolling down from second, click.THIS ONE could have ESPECIALLY used it---widely considered one of the VERY WORST Hardy novels. And Frank got tied up AGAIN.
Scene where girls suddenly appeared CHANGED---JUST IOLA:
"We came up to see how you were doing."
" 'We'? Callie's here too? Where is she?" asks Frank.
Iola explains how Callie had overheard man at train station threatening Frank.
He's getting impatient, "So---where's Callie?"
"I'm getting to that," Iola explained. "She stayed to keep her eye on him while I went for you."
" Please Frank, I KNEW it was a BAD idea, I TOLD her so, but you know how STUBBORN she can be," Iola says defensively. "I thought it best to find you soon as possible."
Frank knows Callie wants to show she can help him. He apologizes. "How long has it been?"
"About an hour."
Getting to station 15 minutes, search for 10, no sign of Callie, unaccounted for now 90 minutes, or the threatening man. Fearing she followed him Hardys, Chet, Iola head to taxi dispatcher desk.
He's on the radio, "Ohhh, no..."
"Sir," Frank says "We think a friend is in trouble."
Dispatcher looks up, grim.
"A girl?"
Frank is shocked,, "How--- did--- you know?"
Dispatcher explains a cabbie just called----girl may be in trouble at the docks, need to call police!..
Iola, trembles with fear for her friend... Frank asks to speak to him first.
When the cabbie returns 20 minutes later, confirms he followed another cab with Callie, "I thought she just catching up with someone, I can't tell you how bad I feel about this.". Reached docks, the man went into warehouse. "She handed me the fare. I was shocked, I told her in no uncertain terms this was no place for a girl----I have a daughter her age----that I felt so strongly I was driving her back, even forfeit the fare, if necessary. But she just dropped the fare beside me then got out before I could get turned around."
Iola starts crying.. Frank mutters under breath helplessly, "Oh, the little fool!"
Cabbie feells guilty but Frank assured him it was not his fault. Showing his concern, wanting to help, for free he drives Frank, Joe, Chet---Iola, stays with the dispatcher--- to the warehouse.
Inside, they search---nothing.
Their last hope of finding Callie is gone!
Frsustrated, Frank brings fist down on a crate lid---SUDDENLY, MOANING, BANGING, INSIDE!
The crook had spotted her amateur attempt at watching him, lured her into trap."Leave the detecting to the Hardys," Callie shamefacedly admits he taunted, as he was dropping the lid on her. She had passed out, just luckily awakened by Frank's frustrated pounding on lid!.
The silence of drive back to station to put Callie, Iola on train home was broken only once---"You are a very foolish girl," the cabbie said, bitterly, "and a lucky one to have friends like these."

Selected pages


A Strange Substitute
The ThreeCornered Scar
No Passengers
More Disappointment
The Morton Special
A Weird Tale
Missing Letters
Frank in Trouble
Stolen Tickets
Harrowing Experience
Mrs Harrison Again
Spy in the Shadows
The Abandoned Farm
Success and Failure
Danger at the Carnival CHAPTER XVIII YoullNever Come Back CHAPTER XIX Crowfeet CHAPTER XX Captured

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Franklin W. Dixon is a pen name used by a variety of authors writing for the classic series The Hardy Boys. The first and most well-known "Franklin W. Dixon" was Leslie McFarlane, a Canadian author who contributed 19 of the first 25 books in the series. Other writers who have adopted the pseudonym include Christopher Lampton, John Button, Amy McFarlane, and Harriet Stratemeyer Adams.

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