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A Figure in Hiding (The Hardy Boys #16) Hardcover – May 1, 1937

4.2 out of 5 stars 22 customer reviews
Book 16 of 58 in the Hardy Boys Series

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About the Author

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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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 7
  • Lexile Measure: 750L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Grosset & Dunlap; Revised ed. edition (May 1, 1937)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0448089165
  • ISBN-13: 978-0448089164
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.7 x 7.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #256,512 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By A Customer on September 30, 2001
Format: Hardcover
This review concerns the original 1937 edition. Frank and Joe aid their father in rounding up an unscrupulous, phony surgeon, who dupes his victims by promising miracle cures for their eyesight problems. The book is well-written and the action level isn't bad, but there is no real mystery to solve. Frank and Joe aren't trying to find out who did what, or where something is hidden or what this gang is up to; they are just trying to get evidence that this surgeon is a crook. For this reason, I found that the book never really made me curious to find out what was coming next. The book is really good from pages 192-204, but unfortunately that isn't enough to make this a great book. I'd only recoomend this one to true Hardy Boys fans.
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As Hardy boys mysteries go, this one is less thrilling than the others. The mystery revolves around eye symbols, and a gang called the Goggler Gang, also known as the Evil Eyes. The gang used simple hand symbols to alert fellow gang members when to stay away or when everything was okay. Then there was the mysterious eye the Hardy boys found on a hydrofoil, the Sea Spook.

This mystery begins with a blind peddler passing a mysterious note to the boys after a baseball game. The cryptic note read, "WATCH OUT FOR THE FIRST SIGNS OF BAD EYESIGHT!" Scribbled in pencil on the opposite side of the card was "Tell FH!" The boys rightly assume that they should tell their father, Fenton Hardy.

Soon the boys are encountering eye signs everywhere. Since the boys persist in investigating a group that they learn is called the Goggler Gang, someone arranges for an accident that was to murder the boys and the blind peddler. The gang tries several times to warn the boys, without (of course) success. As the boys persist in their investigations they encounter a gang of suspicious characters, and Malcolm Izmir, who is apparently an ordinary businessman. Yet, Izmir seems to turn up far too often during the boys' investigation. The boys also find a mysterious fake eye while on the hydrofoil Sea Spook. The boys realize that the eye is probably part of their mystery, but they do not understand how it is related.

As with most Hardy boys' mysteries, the excitement builds to the end. Even Fenton Hardy is in danger when the Goggler Gang discovers that he has been spying on them. Fortunately ever-faithful friend Chet Morton helps save the day, along with the always timely Chief Collig.

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I chose this rating because I like A Figure in Hiding. I listened to it on talking book and it was awesome. I like the fact that there's an Oriental artifact in the book. I don't know who I would recommend this product to.
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I have been a reader of the Dixon series since I was a little boy. Although the books have changed a little to keep up with the times. this is a great series, and this book is no exception. After all these years it keeps you on the edge of your seat wanting more.
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This is one of the Hardy's most suspenseful mysterys. With their car almost running over one of their father's informers and falling of a cliff. This is great book for mystery lovers looking for a good Hardy Boys book.
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I like this book because it has a lot of suspenseful scenes and this book invites you to read more. I recommend reading this book to everyone. I want more books in the series and it's the perfect book for English students.
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The Hardy Boys and their friends are in for a riveting mystery of deception and crooked business men with cryptic messages and ancient curses and glass eyes.
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This was an interesting book because it had a lot of action. I love all hardy boys books but this was one of the best books I've read
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