The Ghost at Skeleton Rock

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Grosset & Dunlap, 1957 - Juvenile Fiction - 177 pages
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A cryptic message from their famous detective father and a note concealed in a ventriloquist’s dummy lead Frank and Joe Hardy on a dangerous search to the tropical islands in the Caribbean. There the teenage detectives are constantly beset by vicious henchmen of a criminal mastermind. Danger stalks the boys’ every move, once in an isolated sugar mill, another time in a shark-infested sea. But when Frank and Joe come face to face with the ghost at Skeleton Rock, it will be as much of a surprise to the reader as it was to the young detectives themselves.

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Historic for Hardy Boys for this line on Page 38:
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"IOLA......LYING ON THE FLOOR, BOUND AND GAGGED!"
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THE FIRST TIME ONE OF THE HARDY GIRLFRIENDS WAS EVER BOUND AND GAGGED!..
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And the LAST for over 50 regular novels!
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The ONLY girl tied up FOR 50 YEARS!..
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While Hardys were tediously trussed up DOZENS of times, not ---but have----to mention Chet, AGAIN, Father, Biff, uncounted other male characters, Callie had been unfairly passed over HER ONE CHANCE FOR OVER 60 YEARS in #6 Shore Road Mystery--should have been buddy-breathed away by frogman---instead a HALF-DOZEN MEN AND BOYS ended up bound and gagged. BOTH girls allowed to ESCAPE from spies disappointingly for what a good story their rescue would have made---THE ONLY CHANCE EVER FOR BOTH TOGETHER TO BE TIED UP---- in #7 Secret of Caves, while again, unfairly, for no good reason or having anything to do with plot, FRANK and JOE were attacked by mistake by college fraternity pranksters and ones to find themselves---NOT AGAIN!--- BOUND AND GAGGED!
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Even here this obvious Taboo about girls was not so much triumphantly broken as just bent, with obvious reluctance---the scene was crooks had broken into Morton house after something Chet had, no way around Iola being tied up with whole family, her presence downplayed, Mrs. Morton got more attention, she was left out of illustration of scene with a particularly grotesque picture of Chet--sure needed a pretty girl then!
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Iola would be bound and gagged JUST FOUR more times--needing all the way to #89 Sky Blue Frame, then #107 Panic on Gull Island (not actually "seen," just saying, "they untied me"), #133 Crimes in the Kennel, after that clear to Undercover Brothers #17 Murder at the Mall, Callie would be bound and gagged several times in the Casefiles Series but took for regular novels to #112 (!) Demolition Mission.
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Girls SHOULD have been involved, endangered more, bound, gagged, refusal to even consider self-limiting, closed options, unfair, STUPID, would have relieve tedium tying Hardys and Chet, made for better plots, been more heroic to rescue---for PROOF see my reviews, with alternate PLOTS, SCENES, to Secret of Skull Mountain, Phantom Freighter, Yellow Feather Mystery, Secret of the Caves, Shore Road Mystery, Crusade of the Flaming Sword, Spark of Suspicion, Arctic Patrol Mystery, Mystery of the Chijnse Junk, Eye on Crime (to get type in at top), Typhoon Island, Training for Trouble, Wailing Siren Mystery, even----
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WHILE THE CLOCK TICKED.
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Yes EVEN there! For original, find at bottom of other stories, click on it.
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See the great Casefiles #80 Dead of Night, the ONLY rescue-of--kidnapped-girlfriends climax in Hardy history--- though not Iola with Callie but Vanessa Bender--- to SEE, not merely speculate, what-might-could-SHOULD-have been so long, long been before had "Franklin W. Dixon" understood the OBVIOUS to everyone but not , unfortunately, him, fact that the GREATEST act of a hero is NOT to catch the crook, find the treasure, or recover the formula BUT SAVING THE----
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YES!-----
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GIRL!
 

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About the author (1957)

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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