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Franklin W. Dixon

Author of The Tower Treasure

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About the Author

Franklin W. Dixon Franklin W. Dixon is actually a pseudonym for any number of ghostwriters who have had the distinction of writing stories for the Hardy Boys series. The series was originally created by Edward Stratmeyer in 1926, the same mastermind of the Nancy Drew detective series, Tom Swift, show more the Rover Boys and other characters. While Stratmeyer created the outlines for the original series, it was Canadian writer Leslie McFarlane who breathed life to the stories and created the persona Franklin W. Dixon. McFarlane wrote for the series for over twenty years and is credited with success of the early collection of stories. As the series became more popular, it was pared down, the format changed and new ghostwriters added their own flavor to the stories. Part of the draw of the Hardy Boys is that as the authors changed, so to did the times and the story lines. While there is no one true author of the series, each ghostwriter can be given credit for enhancing the life of this series and never unveiling that there really is no Franklin W. Dixon. (Bowker Author Biography) show less
Disambiguation Notice:

Franklin W. Dixon is a pen name used by a variety of authors writing for the Stratemeyer Syndicate, most famously for the Hardy Boys series. Please do not combine the ghostwriters with this pseudonym.

Leslie McFarlane is one of the better known of the ghostwriters hired by the Syndicate.

Like Nancy Drew, Tom Swift, Bobbsey Twins, and other major Syndicate series, the creator of the character is Edward Stratemeyer. He then wrote outlines and hired ghostwriters. He then edited the books and marketed them. The Syndicate was the owner of the work.

Series

Works by Franklin W. Dixon

The Tower Treasure (1927) 3,986 copies
The House on the Cliff (1927) 3,177 copies
The Secret of the Old Mill (1927) 2,921 copies
The Missing Chums (1928) 2,607 copies
Hunting for Hidden Gold (1928) 2,443 copies
The Shore Road Mystery (1928) — Author — 2,129 copies
The Secret of the Caves (1929) 1,744 copies
The Mystery of Cabin Island (1929) 1,735 copies
The Great Airport Mystery (1930) 1,589 copies
What Happened at Midnight (1931) 1,534 copies
While the Clock Ticked (1932) 1,371 copies
Footprints Under the Window (1933) 1,259 copies
The Mark on the Door (1934) 1,165 copies
The Sinister Signpost (1936) 1,157 copies
The Twisted Claw (1939) 1,120 copies
The Disappearing Floor (1940) 1,110 copies
The Hidden Harbor Mystery (1935) 1,077 copies
The Secret Warning (1938) 1,047 copies
A Figure in Hiding (1937) 1,038 copies
The Clue of the Broken Blade (1942) 959 copies
The Secret of Skull Mountain (1948) 929 copies
The Melted Coins (1944) 902 copies
The Flickering Torch Mystery (1943) 884 copies
The Secret Panel (1946) 867 copies
The Short-Wave Mystery (1945) 862 copies
The Phantom Freighter (1947) 861 copies
The Wailing Siren Mystery (1951) 845 copies
The Haunted Fort (1965) 832 copies
The Ghost at Skeleton Rock (1957) 824 copies
The Secret of Pirates' Hill (1956) 820 copies
The Mysterious Caravan (1975) 785 copies
The Viking Symbol Mystery (1963) 768 copies
The Secret of Wildcat Swamp (1952) 765 copies
The Hooded Hawk Mystery (1954) 762 copies
The Yellow Feather Mystery (1953) 759 copies
The Arctic Patrol Mystery (1969) — Author — 748 copies
The Clue in the Embers (1955) 740 copies
The Crisscross Shadow (1953) 740 copies
The Mystery at Devil's Paw (1959) 736 copies
The Shattered Helmet (1973) 727 copies
The Witchmaster's Key (1976) 692 copies
The Masked Monkey (1972) 666 copies
The Jungle Pyramid (1977) 661 copies
The Bombay Boomerang (1970) 641 copies
Danger on Vampire Trail (1971) 637 copies
The Firebird Rocket (1978) 614 copies
The Sting of the Scorpion (1979) 509 copies
Omnibus 001, 002 (1987) 467 copies
Night of the Werewolf (1979) 354 copies
Mystery of the Samurai Sword (1979) 313 copies
The Pentagon Spy (1980) 306 copies
Dead on Target (1987) 288 copies
Extreme Danger (2005) 240 copies
The Mummy Case (1980) 237 copies
Evil, Inc. (1987) 214 copies
The Apeman's Secret (1980) 210 copies
The Vanishing Thieves (1980) 208 copies
The Lazarus Plot (1987) 205 copies
Deathgame (1987) 191 copies
The Stone Idol (1977) 181 copies
Running on Fumes (2005) 162 copies
The Submarine Caper (1981) 161 copies
The Crowning Terror (1987) 159 copies
Boardwalk Bust (2005) 158 copies
Thrill Ride (2005) 157 copies
Passport to Danger (2003) 155 copies
New Year's Evil (1991) 151 copies
Brother Against Brother (1988) 150 copies
Shock Waves (1989) 150 copies
The Outlaw's Silver (1981) 150 copies
The Four-Headed Dragon (1981) 149 copies
Cult of Crime (1987) 148 copies
Edge of Destruction (1987) 148 copies
Ghost Stories (Hardy Boys) (1984) 147 copies
In Self-Defense (1990) 147 copies
Warehouse Rumble (2004) 144 copies
The Infinity Clue (1981) 140 copies
Hardy Boys Boxed Set 1-6 (1998) 138 copies
Game Plan for Disaster (1982) 138 copies
See No Evil (1987) 137 copies
Trapped at Sea (1982) 134 copies
The Billion Dollar Ransom (1982) 131 copies
Tic-Tac-Terror (1982) 130 copies
The Genius Thieves (1987) 127 copies
The Voodoo Plot (1982) 123 copies
Track of the Zombie (1982) 123 copies
Hostages of Hate (1987) 122 copies
Operation: Survival (2005) 122 copies
Dangerous Games (1989) 120 copies
Scene of the Crime (1989) 120 copies
The Last Laugh (1990) 118 copies
The Crimson Flame (1983) 118 copies
Sky Sabotage (1983) 117 copies
Terror on Tour (2007) 117 copies
The Skyfire Puzzle (1985) 116 copies
The Blackwing Puzzle (1984) 113 copies
Rocky Road (2005) 111 copies
Burned (2005) 110 copies
The Number File (1988) 110 copies
Omnibus 001, 003, 044 (2004) 107 copies
Omnibus 154, 159, 164 (2002) 107 copies
A Killing in the Market (1988) 107 copies
Too Many Traitors (1988) 107 copies
Nowhere to Run (1989) 106 copies
Cave-In! (1983) 104 copies
Castle Fear (1990) 104 copies
Collision Course (1989) 103 copies
Perfect Getaway (1988) 103 copies
Double Exposure (1988) 100 copies
Top Ten Ways to Die (2006) 99 copies
The Borderline Case (1989) 98 copies
Witness to Murder (1988) 98 copies
Trouble in the Pipeline (1989) 98 copies
Without a Trace (1989) 97 copies
The Borgia Dagger (1988) 96 copies
The Roaring River Mystery (1984) 95 copies
Flight Into Danger (1900) 95 copies
Cast of Criminals (1989) 94 copies
Danger Zone (1990) 93 copies
Disaster for Hire (1989) 93 copies
Running on Empty (1990) 92 copies
Strategic Moves (1990) 92 copies
The Dead Season (1990) 90 copies
Danger Overseas (2008) 89 copies
Shield of Fear (1988) 88 copies
Endangered Species (1992) 88 copies
Dirty Deeds (1991) 87 copies
Blood Money (1989) 87 copies
The Deadliest Dare (1988) 86 copies
Line of Fire (1988) 84 copies
Thick As Thieves (1989) 84 copies
Height of Danger (1991) 83 copies
Street Spies (1988) 82 copies
Against All Odds (1995) 81 copies
The Sky Blue Frame (1988) 81 copies
Blood Relations (1988) 80 copies
The Shadow Killers (1988) 80 copies
Secret Cargo (1900) 80 copies
Danger on the Diamond (1988) 80 copies
Panic on Gull Island (1991) 78 copies
The Demon's Den (1984) 77 copies
Omnibus 053 - 066 (1974) 76 copies
Slam Dunk Sabotage (1996) 75 copies
Danger on the Air (1989) 74 copies
The Swamp Monster (1985) 74 copies
Martial Law (2006) 74 copies
Spark of Suspicion (1989) 73 copies
Mission: Mayhem (1994) 73 copies
Countdown to Terror (1989) 72 copies
Fright Wave (1990) 72 copies
The Secret of Sigma Seven (1991) 72 copies
Club Dread (2009) 71 copies
Terminal Shock (1990) 71 copies
The Prime-Time Crime (1991) 70 copies
The Mummy's Curse (2006) 70 copies
Final Cut (1989) 70 copies
Nightmare in Angel City (1988) 69 copies
In Plane Sight (2002) 69 copies
The Mystery in the Old Mine (1993) 69 copies
Robot's Revenge (1993) 68 copies
Typhoon Island (2003) 68 copies
Blown Away (2006) 67 copies
Deep Trouble (1991) 67 copies
The Serpent's Tooth Mystery (1988) 66 copies
Diplomatic Deceit (1990) 65 copies
False Alarm (1994) 65 copies
The Money Hunt (1990) 64 copies
Hurricane Joe (2006) 64 copies
Double Jeopardy (2003) 64 copies
Dungeon of Doom (1989) 64 copies
Training for Trouble (2000) 63 copies
Day of the Dinosaur (1994) 63 copies
A Game Called Chaos (2000) 63 copies
Flesh and Blood (1990) 63 copies
The Smoke Screen Mystery (1990) 63 copies
The End of the Trail (2000) 62 copies
Hidden Mountain (2004) 62 copies
The Phoenix Equation (1885) 62 copies
Foul Play {Casefiles} (1990) 62 copies
The Hypersonic Secret (1995) 61 copies
Tagged for Terror (1993) 61 copies
The Caribbean Cruise Caper (1999) 61 copies
Fear on Wheels (1991) 61 copies
Inferno of Fear (1994) 60 copies
The Pacific Conspiracy (1967) 60 copies
Program for Destruction (1657) 60 copies
Tricks of the Trade (1990) 60 copies
Mystery on Makatunk Island (1703) 60 copies
Law of the Jungle (1995) 60 copies
Web of Horror (1991) 59 copies
Bayport Buccaneers (2007) 59 copies
Trouble in Paradise (2006) 59 copies
The Castle Conundrum (1999) 59 copies
Highway Robbery (1990) 58 copies
Deprivation House (2008) 58 copies
Power Play (1991) 57 copies
Breakdown in Axeblade (1989) 57 copies
No Mercy (1992) 57 copies
Danger in the Extreme (1998) 57 copies
Sabotage at Sports City (1992) 57 copies
Mayhem in Motion (1992) 57 copies
Beyond the Law (1991) 56 copies
Trouble at Coyote Canyon (1993) 56 copies
Three-Ring Terror (1991) 56 copies
House Arrest (2008) 56 copies
Cave Trap (1741) 56 copies
Hazed (2007) 55 copies
Foul Play (2007) 55 copies
Wipeout (1989) 55 copies
Death and Diamonds (2007) 54 copies
Toxic Revenge (1994) 54 copies
Radical Moves (1992) 53 copies
Omnibus 001 - 003 (1959) 53 copies
Skin & Bones (2000) 53 copies
Trouble in Warp Space (2002) 53 copies
Murder at the Mall (2007) 52 copies
Wanted (2006) 52 copies
Hardy Boys Set (1998) 51 copies
Terror on Track (1991) 51 copies
The Demolition Mission (1992) 51 copies
Uncivil War (1991) 51 copies
Tricky Business (1988) 50 copies
Rough Riding (1992) 50 copies
Lethal Cargo (1989) 49 copies
Poisoned Paradise (1993) 49 copies
Danger Unlimited (1993) 49 copies
Crime in the Kennel (1995) 49 copies
Choke Hold (1991) 48 copies
The Missing Money Mystery (1985) 48 copies
Cross-Country Crime (1995) 48 copies
Grave Danger (1992) 48 copies
Rigged for Revenge (1992) 47 copies
The Desert Thieves (1996) 47 copies
Feeding Frenzy (2008) 47 copies
Maximum Challenge (1995) 47 copies
The Test Case (2002) 47 copies
The Treasure at Dolphin Bay (1994) 46 copies
Daredevils (2000) 46 copies
Acting Up (1996) 46 copies
Farming Fear (2004) 45 copies
Carnival of Crime (1993) 45 copies
Wreck and Roll (2004) 45 copies
Sidetracked to Danger (1995) 45 copies
Ghost of a Chance (2001) 44 copies
The Dangerous Transmission (2004) 44 copies
Reel Thrills (1994) 44 copies
Survival Run (1993) 44 copies
Deadfall (1992) 43 copies
Racing to Disaster (1994) 43 copies
Fire in the Sky (1997) 43 copies
Speed Times Five (2002) 42 copies
Spiked! (1991) 42 copies
Comic Con Artist (2008) 42 copies
Blood Sport (1996) 42 copies
Darkness Falls (1994) 42 copies
Motocross Madness (2005) 41 copies
Gold Medal Murder (2010) 41 copies
Haunted (2008) 41 copies
The Giant Rat of Sumatra (1991) 40 copies
The Alaskan Adventure (1996) 40 copies
Murder House (2008) 40 copies
Dead of Night (1993) 39 copies
Hot Wheels (1994) 39 copies
Real Horror (1993) 39 copies
No Way Out (2004) 39 copies
Pushed (2007) 39 copies
Kidnapped at the Casino (2007) 39 copies
Illegal Procedure (1995) 39 copies
Open Season (1992) 38 copies
High Speed Showdown (1996) 38 copies
Rock'n'Roll Renegades (1992) 38 copies
Trick-or-Trouble (2002) 38 copies
Dead Man in Deadwood (1994) 38 copies
No Way Out {Casefiles} (1993) 38 copies
The Spy That Never Lies (2000) 37 copies
Cold Sweat (1992) 37 copies
Rock 'n' Revenge (1991) 37 copies
Bad Rap (1993) 37 copies
Crime in the Cards (2001) 37 copies
Hide-and-Sneak (2002) 37 copies
Winner Take All (1994) 36 copies
Trouble Times Two (2001) 36 copies
The Secret of Skeleton Reef (1997) 36 copies
Past and Present Danger (1841) 36 copies
Sabotage at Sea (1994) 35 copies
The Cold Cash Caper (1996) 35 copies
Trial and Terror (1997) 35 copies
Final Gambit (1992) 35 copies
A Taste for Terror (1971) 34 copies
One False Step (2005) 34 copies
Kickoff to Danger (2001) 34 copies
A Will to Survive (1999) 34 copies
Galaxy X (2009) 34 copies
Cliff Hanger (1996) 34 copies
Double Trouble (2008) 33 copies
True Thriller (1995) 33 copies
The Feathered Serpent (1984) 33 copies
Eye on Crime (1998) 33 copies
Killer Mission (2009) 32 copies
Stress Point (1997) 32 copies
Bad Chemistry (1996) 32 copies
Lost in Gator Swamp (1997) 30 copies
Peak of Danger (1995) 30 copies
Danger on Ice (1984) 30 copies
Frame-Up (1995) 30 copies
Wrong Side of the Law (1995) 30 copies
The X-Factor (2009) 30 copies
X-plosion (2009) 30 copies
The Emperor's Shield (1997) 29 copies
Pure Evil (1995) 29 copies
The Crisscross Crime (1998) 29 copies
Bonfire Masquerade (2011) 29 copies
Shock Jock (1995) 28 copies
Road Pirates (1993) 28 copies
Virtual Villainy (1994) 27 copies
Double Deception (2009) 27 copies
Sheer Terror (1993) 27 copies
Screamers (1993) 26 copies
Private Killer (2009) 26 copies
Killer Connections (2010) 26 copies
The Last Leap (1996) 26 copies
Terror at High Tide (1997) 26 copies
The London Deception (1999) 25 copies
Campaign of Crime (1995) 25 copies
Omnibus 011, 012 25 copies
The Rocky Road to Revenge (1998) 25 copies
The Ice Cold Case (1998) 24 copies
Omnibus 002, 037, 058 (2004) 24 copies
The Mark of the Blue Tattoo (1997) 24 copies
Double Down (2008) 23 copies
Lost Brother (2010) 23 copies
Deadly Engagement (1994) 23 copies
Movie Menace (2011) 22 copies
Blown Away {Casefiles} (1996) 22 copies
The Children of the Lost (2010) 22 copies
Stage Fright (2012) 21 copies
The Alaskan Mystery (1985) 21 copies
Murder By Magic (1995) 21 copies
Competitive Edge (1996) 21 copies
Fast Break (1996) 20 copies
River Rats (1997) 19 copies
Clean Sweep (1996) 19 copies
Wild Wheels (1995) 19 copies
Sky High (1996) 19 copies
High-Wire Act (1997) 18 copies
Survival of the Fittest (1997) 18 copies
Casefiles Omnibus 038 - 040 (1998) 18 copies
Movie Mayhem (1800) 17 copies
Moment of Truth (1996) 15 copies
Movie Mission (2011) 14 copies
Omnibus 062 - 064 (1986) 13 copies
Forever Lost (2011) 13 copies
Dead in the Water (1998) 13 copies
Omnibus 006, 009, 028 (1994) 13 copies
Omnibus 059 - 061 (1979) 13 copies
Absolute Zero (1997) 12 copies
Omnibus 065 - 067 (1987) 11 copies
Omnibus 056, 057 (1989) 11 copies
Omnibus 002, 011, 014 (1981) 10 copies
The Viking's Revenge (1997) 10 copies
Omnibus 038, 039, 042 (1992) 8 copies
Omnibus 016, 017 (1992) 7 copies
Omnibus 010, 015, 035 (1991) 7 copies
Omnibus 021, 031, 037 (1993) 7 copies
Omnibus 022, 040, 047 (1984) 6 copies
Omnibus 019, 030, 043 (1983) 6 copies
Omnibus 012, 015 (1982) 6 copies
Omnibus 005, 007, 032 (1993) 5 copies
Omnibus 068 - 070 (1988) 4 copies
Omnibus 043, 048 (1994) 4 copies
Omnibus 006 - 010 (2012) 4 copies
Omnibus 086, 087, 089 (1995) 4 copies
Hardy Boys 4 copies
Omnibus 044, 047 (1993) 4 copies
Omnibus 023, 045 (1994) 3 copies
Duel with Death 3 copies
Omnibus 005, 012, 032 (1994) 2 copies
Omnibus 006, 009 (1995) 2 copies
Omnibus 011, 041 (1995) 2 copies
Omnibus 005, 008 (1973) 2 copies
Omnibus 005, 006 (1963) 2 copies
Omnibus 052 - 057 (2003) 1 copy
Omnibus 004 - 006 (2003) 1 copy
Omnibus 015, 016 (1968) 1 copy
Omnibus 059 - 062 (1980) 1 copy
Omnibus 049 - 054 (1999) 1 copy
Omnibus 043 - 045 (2002) 1 copy
Omnibus 019, 040 (1994) 1 copy
Omnibus 034, 046 (1995) 1 copy
Omnibus 101, 107 (1993) 1 copy
Omnibus 093, 103 (1992) 1 copy
Omnibus 016 - 020 (1988) 1 copy

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Common Knowledge

Legal name
pseudonym for any number of ghostwriters
Gender
n/a
Country (for map)
USA
Canada
Relationships
McFarlane, Leslie (wrote as)
Disambiguation notice
Franklin W. Dixon is a pen name used by a variety of authors writing for the Stratemeyer Syndicate, most famously for the Hardy Boys series.

Please do not combine the ghostwriters with this pseudonym.

Leslie McFarlane is one of the better known of the ghostwriters hired by the Syndicate.

Like Nancy Drew, Tom Swift, Bobbsey Twins, and other major Syndicate series, the creator of the character is Edward Stratemeyer. He then wrote outlines and hired ghostwriters. He then edited the books and marketed them. The Syndicate was the owner of the work.

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John Almquist ghostwriter
Leslie H. Morrill Illustrator
Romas Kukalis Cover artist
Walter S. Rogers Illustrator
Paul Laune Illustrator
Leslie McFarlane Introduction
Hoffsten Börje Translator
Marco Rostagno Cover artist
Bill Irwin Narrator
William G. Tapply Introduction
Alf Agdler Translator
Fedora Dei Translator
J. Clemens Gretter Illustrator
Sture Biurström Translator
Björn Sandqvist Translator
Rudy Nappi Illustrator
Jan O. Åström Translator
Kurt G. Möller Translator
Lena Schultz Translator
Lars G. Larsson Translator

Statistics

Works
664
Members
92,781
Popularity
#101
Rating
½ 3.4
Reviews
605
ISBNs
3,062
Languages
16
Favorited
21

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