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The Mark on the Door by Franklin W. Dixon

The Mark on the Door (1934)

by Franklin W. Dixon

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The search for a stolen boat leads the Hardy brothers to Mexico where they become involved with a band of Indians and a strange smuggling operation.
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Take a long look at that cover, because that's one of the least offensive things about the text of this book.

The Hardy Boys have taken their beloved power boat out for a cruise when a dusky foreigner comes speeding out of the fog, hits them, and keeps going. Some quick action on the boys' part saves their lives and limits the damage done to the boat, but such actions are hardly those of a gentleman.

Determined to get satisfaction, the boys inquire after the boat and discover that it was a rental and the man is unknown in town. Disappointed, the boys go where the action is in Bayport: the city courthouse, to see the ongoing trial of the company that had been selling fraudulent stock in Mexican oil.

The place is packed, of course, and the boys arrive in time to hear the case being delayed because a star witness has gone missing. They also see the dark foreign man! In tracking him, the boys discover his link with the fake oil stocks, his gifting of sickly hairless dogs, and his penchant for carving his sigil on doors. As a reward for their sleuthing, their father takes them along on the search for the missing witness and they end up in Mexico.

This was a difficult one to read. The book relies on the trope that the only good foreigner (Mexicans in Mexico are foreigners, fyi) is a rich one and the only good Native Americans are full-blooded strong and silent types. A lot of disdain is given to the "half-breeds" that live in hovels and caves.

The only reason this gets a full star at all is that after the boys are captured by a gang and mistreated by those cads and Frank and Joe's bluster is met with laughter. They ask their Indian guide what will happen to them out in this desert (where nobody knows where they are).

Die, probably.

Which, yes. Finally. Thank you, realism.

There was very little else to redeem this book. I imagine the 1960s rewrite scrapped the lot.

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  ManWithAnAgenda | Sep 28, 2019 |
  SteppLibrary | Mar 8, 2017 |
Frank and Joe spot a submarine off the coast of Maine. A man from the area appears to have been taken hostage by this vessel. In the meantime, Fenton Hardy is heading to Mexico to investigate an international criminal. Joe, Frank, and their friend go along, knowing that a similar submarine has been spotted off Mexican waters. They discover several area kidnappings. There's probably too much coincidence and too much access to the inner workings of crimes for the series to really be believable, but it's still a fun and adventure-filled read. I think that even today, upper elementary and younger middle school readers will find much to enjoy, even if it was written before the age of cell phones which would certainly add an entirely different twist on this read. ( )
  thornton37814 | Mar 7, 2014 |
This is t he only Hardy Boys book I read. I had access to no other, else I would have read more of them. ( )
  Schmerguls | Sep 7, 2013 |
This is a very good book. Frank and Joe spot a submarine in the lake that is there illigaly. When they dicide to investigate, it brings them to Mexico. When in Mexico the boys run into a big group of Mexicans who everyone in the village is scared of. While investigating they get captured by the group.

I LOVE this book!!!!!! ( )
  sports-star | Oct 4, 2011 |
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