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The Mystery of the Disappearing Floor (Hardy Boys Mystery Stories) Paperback – 11 Jun 1992
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One of the novels featuring Frank and Joe, crime-fighting sons of the famous detective, Fenton Hardy. A notorious jewel thief is in town, and the boys are sure he's up to no good. But the crook's sinister hideout has a weird and dangerous secret.
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What I found interesting was how the writers from the Hardy Boys TV show got ideas for their "The Disappearing Floor" episode, from this book, even though the stories are totally different. For example, the fake snarling electric dog in the book, the fake wolves in the TV show. The outside entrance to the mansion on both the book and TV episode. The missing professor and making him believe that spies were after his invention, in both the book and TV show. In both the book and the TV show, the professor was working on his invention to help the US, and really wasn't a bad guy. That's about all I can remember.
And, this story didn't follow the pattern of many of the other stories which is to have Mr. Hardy on a case, and the boys finding a mystery, only to find out later that they're all working on the same mystery, just from different angles. But, the book did follow the other pattern of other Hardy Boy books. That is, that the police and Fenton Hardy show up at the end to corral the crooks and save the boys. Though this time the boys had subdued the crooks already, and didn't need their help.
I definitely recommend this one.
My children loved them, too and each of them set the goal of reading
the entire series by age 12, and they did!
Now, it is my grandson's turn. He is 6 and his father has begun to
read the Hardy Boys books to him.
Although I could complain about the newer editions, if chosen carefully,
they still are worthy of being read.