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This is the 16th volume of Applewood Books reproductions of the Original Hardy Boys-Just as You Remember Them. Originally published in 1937, A Figure in Hiding was ghostwritten by Leslie McFarlane. Its dustjacket art and frontispiece were illustrated by Paul Laune. In A Figure in Hiding, Frank and Joe help their father round up a dark and sinister man posing as an eye surg This is the 16th volume of Applewood Books reproductions of the Original Hardy Boys-Just as You Remember Them. Originally published in 1937, A Figure in Hiding was ghostwritten by Leslie McFarlane. Its dustjacket art and frontispiece were illustrated by Paul Laune. In A Figure in Hiding, Frank and Joe help their father round up a dark and sinister man posing as an eye surgeon, who promises shady cures to his unsuspecting victims.


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This is the 16th volume of Applewood Books reproductions of the Original Hardy Boys-Just as You Remember Them. Originally published in 1937, A Figure in Hiding was ghostwritten by Leslie McFarlane. Its dustjacket art and frontispiece were illustrated by Paul Laune. In A Figure in Hiding, Frank and Joe help their father round up a dark and sinister man posing as an eye surg This is the 16th volume of Applewood Books reproductions of the Original Hardy Boys-Just as You Remember Them. Originally published in 1937, A Figure in Hiding was ghostwritten by Leslie McFarlane. Its dustjacket art and frontispiece were illustrated by Paul Laune. In A Figure in Hiding, Frank and Joe help their father round up a dark and sinister man posing as an eye surgeon, who promises shady cures to his unsuspecting victims.

30 review for A Figure in Hiding

  1. 4 out of 5

    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 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 mysterious symbols and superstition from the earlier adventure, The Mark on the Door. Hopefully, #17 will be more exciting!

  2. 4 out of 5

    Scott

    In this installment, Frank and Joe Hardy receive a cryptic warning from an informant and are set on the trail of a mysterious medical facility. When I was a kid my grandparents regularly gifted me Hardy Boys books for my birthday and/or Chanukkah (and this second-hand copy I've just read has an inscription to a boy from his grandmother as well!) I had quite a few of them, but I only read a couple. It may have been because I was more interested in fantastic fiction at the time, or maybe I was "sav In this installment, Frank and Joe Hardy receive a cryptic warning from an informant and are set on the trail of a mysterious medical facility. When I was a kid my grandparents regularly gifted me Hardy Boys books for my birthday and/or Chanukkah (and this second-hand copy I've just read has an inscription to a boy from his grandmother as well!) I had quite a few of them, but I only read a couple. It may have been because I was more interested in fantastic fiction at the time, or maybe I was "saving" them (even early bibliophiles have to make sure they will always have plenty of books to read.) Or it might have been, as I've (re-?)discovered, that the books simply didn't have enough depth to hold my interest. The Hardy Boys (and Nancy Drew) books were an assembly-line creation, always the exact same length, which doesn't leave much room for embellishment or you know, character development. It's all action, all the time and the characters, including the Hardys, might as well be just props to move the plot along. We know the brothers like baseball, and their friend Chet might have an eating disorder (and they are kind of mean to him!) but there's not much else and it's hard to feel for them as real people. The book does have a quaint sort of charm, but was too bare-bones to be immersive in any way. The back cover recommends the series for ages 10-14 but I'd move that bracket down a bit. By the time I was 12 or so I was reading regular books (that were not written specifically for children). I'd say they'd be good for kids who might think reading is boring and need the non-stop action to hook them. Others might find them lacking, as I did. Addendum: I've just re-read about the history of the Hardy Boys line. I knew that they had been revised over the years to account for changes in social sensibilities, but am also reminded that they were simplified, essentially dumbed-down from the original versions, beginning in 1959 (which would include this 1965 edition.) No doubt I would have enjoyed the original a bit more.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Jessaka

    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 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 doing this to me. Back to the Hardy Boys. Just after the movie lets out one of the boys sees that it is being help up, and then sees that the thief is getting away, so he pursues him. Too late. The thief got away with $900.00. That was a fun read from start to finish. what a way to spend a Saturday, reading this book, watering the yard and planting four new plants. Note: 1937 printing of book.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Jamesrotz

    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 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 its a secret code and pasage into a the gang and they have to protect it becaues it leads to the crime of the stealing of the idle. this idle has a curse to whoever took it . and the hardy boys who narmes are frank hardy and the brother joe hardy have to find it . these storys are intense.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Josiah

    3.5 stars, it got a little bit confusing at the first 10 chapters, but chapters 10-20 got really exciting and action packed, overall a great read. I would recommend. Edit: I just finished reading the first edition, and it’s so much better. I could understand the whole mystery the whole time and I was never confused. If you were given the choice between first is revised editions, choose first for a figure in hiding...

  6. 4 out of 5

    David Allen Hines

    As I progress along at mid-life re-reading the 190 Hardy Boys books of my youth, I was pleased to read A Figure in Hiding. It is a great classic Hardy Boys tale, and despite being one of the earliest adventures, has aged well. The Hardys tackle a multi-faceted mystery, that includes vandalism to a speedboat, a wealthy man hiding in fear for his life, a rehabilitation facility where criminals go to have plastic surgery to change their appearance, and a mysterious glass eye that hold a secret radi As I progress along at mid-life re-reading the 190 Hardy Boys books of my youth, I was pleased to read A Figure in Hiding. It is a great classic Hardy Boys tale, and despite being one of the earliest adventures, has aged well. The Hardys tackle a multi-faceted mystery, that includes vandalism to a speedboat, a wealthy man hiding in fear for his life, a rehabilitation facility where criminals go to have plastic surgery to change their appearance, and a mysterious glass eye that hold a secret radio transmitter, among other challenges. The action is non-stop, the story plausible, Mr. Hardy also makes an appearance, and one can imagine even today such events happening. Any fan of the classic series will enjoy this well-written, interesting and action-filled story!

  7. 4 out of 5

    Nathaniel

    I think that this book was like the others. It was adventurous and exciting in most of the parts. It also had some intense moments!!!! I would recomened this book!!!!!!

  8. 4 out of 5

    Virginia

    Reading a Hardy Boy story is like visiting my childhood. I really enjoyed the humor, excitement, and mystery of this book. The overall delivery was well written. 5/5

  9. 5 out of 5

    Anushka R.

    Things I liked about this book: - it had Chet in it - the father and son(s) relationship in being detectives - plot

  10. 5 out of 5

    Jerry

    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 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.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Ianm

    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.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Joe Stevens

    Review of the Original. My favorite author PG Wodehouse has a mystery author in one of his novels claim that the only reason the detective in his mystery novels ever solves a crime is because of sheer coincidence. This Hardy Boys book takes this concept to heart. Everything seems to happen randomly in this story as coincidence piles on coincidence. Someone is lured to another city for reasons never explained, someone happens to be someone else's unknown relation as needed by the plot, the boys av Review of the Original. My favorite author PG Wodehouse has a mystery author in one of his novels claim that the only reason the detective in his mystery novels ever solves a crime is because of sheer coincidence. This Hardy Boys book takes this concept to heart. Everything seems to happen randomly in this story as coincidence piles on coincidence. Someone is lured to another city for reasons never explained, someone happens to be someone else's unknown relation as needed by the plot, the boys avoid certain death at random for unexplained reasons and the mystery that opens the book is never solved. There are lots of fun Hardy boys books in the series, but this one is a flop. Leslie McFarlane is the credited writer but it feels very odd compared to his earlier stories. The next book is understood to be a cowriting credit with John Button who wrote the next several and the strangest of the early Hardy Boys stories. Edna Stratemeyer did the outline of four of the six Hardy Boys books starting with this one and then vanished from the Hardy Boys library forever. Some accounts of the syndicate seem to indicate that Edna was becoming less interested in the writing and just wanted her share of the profits. After she left Leslie McFarlane would return. Could the oddity of the half dozen books starting with this one be credited in no small part to Edna's increasing boredom with the series and hence some very odd outlines and editing?

  13. 4 out of 5

    Jordan G

    The book I read is “A Figure In Hiding.” A Figure In Hiding is by the Hardy Boys have a huge series of books. The lexile level for this book is 750L. In the book A Figure in Hiding there is two main character's are Frank and Joe. There are on a mission to find out who did the Jewelry Sina. Then the got into a different mystery with the glass eye. To find out more good read the book. The setting really impacted Frank and Joe’s discovery’s. They can go to different cities because they have more pe The book I read is “A Figure In Hiding.” A Figure In Hiding is by the Hardy Boys have a huge series of books. The lexile level for this book is 750L. In the book A Figure in Hiding there is two main character's are Frank and Joe. There are on a mission to find out who did the Jewelry Sina. Then the got into a different mystery with the glass eye. To find out more good read the book. The setting really impacted Frank and Joe’s discovery’s. They can go to different cities because they have more people to talk to instead of being in one town and the next being an hour away. “Someone dropped a glass eye. p. 10” This dialogue is very important. It is what the story is based off of everything wraps around this glass eye. I really liked this book it has good action. The book always has good cliffhangers which all good mystery books should have. The ending was unexpected but it was the best part of the book by far. But the book was easy to read for me. The book wasn’t predictable at all. Franklin W. Dixon the author did a good job of spacing everything out and not to give out too many hints. Go read a Figure in Hiding its a awesome book.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Book collector

    Ok this isn't a specific review of the books. There are quite a few hardy boys books and I read them over a period of several years but that was around 30-35 years ago now. Some I remember clearly and I will be specific about those at the end of this part of the review. This section is really an overview of the series. Franklin w. Dixon was of course a syndicate name. A name used over many years on the hardy boys books. My father read them during the fifties, they started during the forties and Ok this isn't a specific review of the books. There are quite a few hardy boys books and I read them over a period of several years but that was around 30-35 years ago now. Some I remember clearly and I will be specific about those at the end of this part of the review. This section is really an overview of the series. Franklin w. Dixon was of course a syndicate name. A name used over many years on the hardy boys books. My father read them during the fifties, they started during the forties and by the end of the the 1980's I'd collected a full set up to around number 90 along with the first 25 or so casefiles books. They were enjoyable books. Fairly simple, but generally well written mysteries. They followed a basic pattern. The hardy boys father would either disappear working on a case or go off to work a case, the boys would get involved in a curious but not terribly threatening mystery in which they and their friends would regularly be captured, escape, repeat as needed. They would end with the boys in danger and then their father would turn up, save them and reveal they had both been working the same case. There are variations on the pattern of course and don't get me wrong I'm not knocking the familiar tropes of the series, that's what made these books fun to read. Some books were brilliant, some weaker but I rarely read one that was poor. All were well written by the various authors behind the dixon name. Now I'm going to digress for a moment. I had a problem with kids books when I was a kid. They weren't very exciting. But there was a reason that I felt this. In the 1970's through really up until the Harry Potter phenomenon in the late 1990's (be thankful for Rowling, as her success has paved the way for the brilliant children's book landscape we now have) children's books were fairly tame. I was spoiled when I was young. I love a TV show called doctor who. It began in the UK in 1963 and from 1973 fans of the show had the target doctor who books. These were adaptations of the TV stories. I started reading them at the age of 7. They spoiled kids books for me. Why? Because they were full of death. Characters actually died there was genuine threat with those books. Most kids literature at this period didn't do that. So I found myself reading adult books from the age of 12. Jack Higgins, Ian Fleming, Alistair maclean, Agatha Christie and more. I still read kids books, the hardy boys were a favourite of my father's so I happily read them. It's odd but I probably read more kids books now than i did as a kid! The kids books then were tame. They could be fun, but tame. The hardy boys series was the same. Fun but tame. Exciting but not threatening. Not really. The books tried to address this with the hardy boys casefiles. Slightly more adult, with greater threat. But by then I drifted away from new hardy boys books onto other things but I have a great affection for the series. And that's what this review is about. It's to give those wanting to try these books a idea of what to expect. The stories are fast paced. Normally featuring an intriguing mystery. Female characters can be a bit weak, especially in the early books but that's a sign of when they were written. There's action, humour and ghosts, smugglers, and lots of intriguing mystery all resolved well. The ghosts are always explained and the bad guys always caught. The hardy boys books are nostalgic fun. I spent many years enjoying them and have very fond memories of them.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Stacey Adams

    Again the Hardy boys and their father have intertwining mysteries to solve. A stolen idol, a strange glass eye, a home for the rich and infirm, a hydrofoil boat and more make up a figure in hiding. Most of this book takes place close to the Hardy's home in Bayport. Chasing the bad guys, getting bonked on the head and looking for clues Frank and Joe have their work cut out for them in this mystery. Their poor convertible gets crashed more than once. Chet takes a job as a fitness instructor which Again the Hardy boys and their father have intertwining mysteries to solve. A stolen idol, a strange glass eye, a home for the rich and infirm, a hydrofoil boat and more make up a figure in hiding. Most of this book takes place close to the Hardy's home in Bayport. Chasing the bad guys, getting bonked on the head and looking for clues Frank and Joe have their work cut out for them in this mystery. Their poor convertible gets crashed more than once. Chet takes a job as a fitness instructor which is a point of humor for his friends. Even Aunt Gertrude gets attacked, bound and gagged trying to thwart a robbery. High adventure and intrigue abound in this tome.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Rex Libris

    The new fat farm is the cover for a place where felons can get plastic surgery to change their identities. The farm is run by a gang that uses an evil eye to scare people, and the actual glass eyes they have are actually miniature Morse code senders and receivers. Ever willing to put their noggins on the line, both Frank and Joe get the KO (as do numerous other people!). Book - 2 Series - 25

  17. 5 out of 5

    Hannah Belyea

    After receiving a mysterious message from a blind peddler, Frank and Joe end up helping their father with the search for a stolen idol - but could the truth and the dangers lurking before them really be connected to the glass eye they found? Dixon keeps young readers guessing with another intriguing tale chock-full of action and close calls! Can the boys figure out the connection between the strange mark of an evil eye popping up around town with their latest case?

  18. 4 out of 5

    Jason

    I can't remember a Hardy Boys Mystery with this many twists and turns! A great ride with Frank & Joe (with a healthy assist from Chet!). What starts as a simple mission of getting background for their Dad, turns into the hunt for a missing statue, a search for a dangerous gang, and figuring out what to do with the glass eye! Great fun! I can't remember a Hardy Boys Mystery with this many twists and turns! A great ride with Frank & Joe (with a healthy assist from Chet!). What starts as a simple mission of getting background for their Dad, turns into the hunt for a missing statue, a search for a dangerous gang, and figuring out what to do with the glass eye! Great fun!

  19. 4 out of 5

    Jack

    Ate these up as a kid and usually got them as gifts for birthdays, Christmas and other events. This edition would be quite dated now and I believe they have updated the books. The author was a pseudonym for a plethora of writers who contributed to this series.

  20. 5 out of 5

    K

    It was good, I liked it more the first time but now they seem much less complex, I figured out what was gonna happen before the halfway point. Don’t get me wrong I will always love these books. I’m not reading it for the mystery this time, I’m reading it for the memories.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Kevin Findley

    A bit above average mystery with a glass eye, phony health clinics, and Chet Morton right in the middle of it all. The books with Chet tied into the plot are always better for some reason. A good book for kids and anyone interested in jumping into the series. Find it. Buy it. Read it!

  22. 5 out of 5

    Malin

    2.3 stars.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Emily V

    The beginning was a little confusing but the book got better as it progressed.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Ethan Hulbert

    I only wish that current criminals would name themselves such things as "The Goggler Gang". This was a pretty good book. I only wish that current criminals would name themselves such things as "The Goggler Gang". This was a pretty good book.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Catherine Hawthorn

    A glass eye...wow, was this an interesting mystery. Language, Abuse and Lust: 5 stars

  26. 4 out of 5

    Jwchef196

    NAIL BITING STORY! FRANKLIN W. DIXON IS ONE OF THE BEST AUTHORS OF ALL TIME!!

  27. 5 out of 5

    Fudail Karolia

    good.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Hunter

    I read one original Hardy Boys book per summer because that’s how mature I am.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Craig

    Fairly standard entry in the series, a little action, a little mystery and a successful case.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Enos

    great

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