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A Figure in Hiding (Hardy Boys #16)

3.73  ·  Rating Details ·  1,317 Ratings  ·  36 Reviews
A blind peddler's warning and a glass eye plunge Frank and Joe Hardy into a baffling case.
ebook, 192 pages
Published May 1st 1937 by Penguin Group (USA) (first published 1937)
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Michael Finocchiaro
While still a fun adventure of intrigue and sleuthing where Frank and Joe team up with their father Fenton Hardy to capture a dangerous gang of thieves with the help of Chet as well as Tony and Biff (plus guest appearances by the sweethearts Iola and Callie), this was not one of my son and I's favorite episodes. It did feature a hydrofoil boat (probably a novelty at the time when it was written in the 50s), but it lacked any real danger to the Hardys and kind of borrowed the idea of warnings via ...more
May 19, 2016 Jessaka rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Hardy Boys and their friend Chet go to watch a movie with the same name as the title of this book. After sitting down in the movie house Chet sees that he is sitting next to his sister. Yuck! My brother was 4 years older than me and used to make me walk a block ahead of him. It had a two-fold purpose. 1. He did not wish his friends to see me with him; and 2. I could save him a quarter by buying his ticket for him. Mine cost twenty-five cents. He could have lead me into a life of crime by doi ...more
Feb 14, 2011 Jamesrotz rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I am happy about this book. I gave it a ten out of ten or on this website 5 out of five because i like the Hardy boys. Its for boys who like adventure and like having fun. it gets you into the story like you actually there fighting bad guys, driving a car, getting kidnaped and driving there boat. i gave it a ten out of ten becaus the author is good, he wrote tons of these hardy boys books adventures because he likes people imagining what it is like to be them. ilike this one because of the eye i ...more
Sep 09, 2016 Jerry rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is merely more of the same as the previous books...but, that isn't a bad thing. Fans of this series probably know what to expect; if you're unfamiliar with it, let's just say these books are mysteries with plenty of excitement and adventure, plus squeaky clean content. Though these books may be marketed for kids, adults may enjoy them as well.
This book was leisurely paced and suspenseful with a ton of mystery added. The mystery really comes in when the blind peddler gives them the message about the eye and they find it on the boat and later in the book when it starts ticking.
May 24, 2017 Malin rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
2.3 stars.
Joy Gerbode
Another fun and easy reading mystery

“A Figure in the Hiding” is like a mystery book. When you turn to the first page of the book it tells you that the Hardy boys are approached by a blind peddler with a warning for their father Fenton Hardy. To me this makes the mood of the story weird. I say this because when I picture this in real life I can’t imagine this happening. If this ever happened to me in life, the situation would be weird.

How could a blind man that I have never talked to give me a card with a cat eye drawn on it, a
Catherine Woodman
The classic boy detectives by Frank Dixon--I read ALL of them in my younger years, one I ran out of Nancy Drew books. The Hardy Boys are brother amateur detectives, aspiring to follow in their famous father's footsteps. Frank Hardy is the elder of the two and has dark hair. Joe Hardy is the younger brother, and has blond hair and blue eyes. The stories are an unaging series, in which Frank and Joe are always 18 and 17 years of age, respectively. In the original series the brothers were a younger ...more
Sep 22, 2013 Linda rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a book from a boys' mystery series and the version I read was the original 1937 text. It was a bit bizarre! A quack Dr. that goes to people's homes and charges them money to perform a fake operation on their eyes to restore sight? Really? How gullible were people in the 1930s? And brave to have one man do surgery alone in their house without anesthesia or helpers. One thing I learned in this book is that coincidences are astounding! Every time there's a person mentioned as being a long-l ...more
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I think the Hardy Boy books helped me with learning deductive and inductive skills. I had to work through logic. Who knew? I enjoyed all these books.
Sep 05, 2015 Kristofer rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In which the Chet-is-fat jokes get old again, crooks turn to plastic surgery to avoid the cops, and things get genuinely spooky.

This is how you write a goddamn Hardy Boys book.
Partridge Public
Sep 20, 2007 Partridge Public added it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: JF Dix
Shelves: juniorfiction
Dixon, Franklin W.
Jun 26, 2011 Ian rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The book I'm currently reading to my sons...they love the Hardy Boys!
Aug 23, 2013 Ron rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent series for young readers - highly recommended.
I read these books when I was 10 - 15 years of age.
Marts  (Thinker)
May 25, 2009 Marts (Thinker) rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: hardy-boys-books
The Hardy Boys get into a mystery after recieving a mysterious message.
Oct 14, 2015 Jenny rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

This book is absolutely thrilling, especially for ages 8-12! I highly recommend this book and all others in this series.
Gabrielle Link
Jan 25, 2016 Gabrielle Link rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I like this book!
Jeff Noble
A Figure in Hiding by Franklin Dixon (?)
Ruthie Jones
Jul 25, 2010 Ruthie Jones rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read the Hardy Boys books (and Nancy Drew) when I was a child. The stories are old fashioned, but that's why I like them so much.
Jul 31, 2015 R.A. rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: middle-grade, mystery
This doctor is a scary man.
May 22, 2012 Kolan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
read when I was 10 through 13
Jan 25, 2012 PWRL marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012-new
Valkyrie Oracle
My book has the same cover as shown in this listing but was published in 1993.
Aug 02, 2016 Jeanann rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Beginning to think millions were shortchanged by Hardy Boys adventures in comparison with Nancy Drews.
fathimathu nahila
this is the first book of hardy boys that i read...nd this made me much impressed ;)
Abigail P
Oct 12, 2010 Abigail P rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a good mystery. You will sit on the edge of your seat till you’re done. The Hardys solve the mystery of the Goggler Gang. It is a good book. If you like mysteries, read this book.
Meadow Frisbie
Sep 29, 2009 Meadow Frisbie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Mystery Lovers
Shelves: mystery
The "doctor" works as an eye doctor...but who is he really? They Hardy Boys have their suspicons of a differnt kind...

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Franklin W. Dixon is the pen name used by a variety of different authors (Leslie McFarlane, a Canadian author, being the first) who wrote The Hardy Boys novels for the Stratemeyer Syndicate (now owned by Simon & Schuster). This pseudonym was also used for the Ted Scott Flying Stories series.
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