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The mark on the door de Franklin W. Dixon
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The mark on the door (1934 original; edició 1934)

de Franklin W. Dixon

Sèrie: The Hardy Boys (13)

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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.
Membre:CockayneFarmstead
Títol:The mark on the door
Autors:Franklin W. Dixon
Informació:New York, Grosset & Dunlap [c 1934]
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The Mark on the Door de Franklin W. Dixon (1934)

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Frank and Joe Hardy encounter a dangerous stranger who’s stolen a friend’s boat. They recover the boat and discover a submarine. How did one of those get into the waters around Bayport, and does it have anything to do with the mysterious note that the Hardys receive warning them to beware of the mark on the door?

This is a Hardy Boys book—of course it does. The usual thoroughly implausible adventures ensue for the boys, this time in Mexico as they track down a mysterious gang. I liked that the Hardys’ plane showed up in this one (after just reading The Ghost at Skeleton Rock, which also features the plane) and amused myself by imagining the man on the cover of this book as Clint Eastwood in the Dollars trilogy. The story did move quickly, but there were a few obviously didactic passages, and the portrayal of the Mexican characters danced close to stereotype. Not as terrible as it could have been, but not my favourite. ( )
  rabbitprincess | Oct 5, 2020 |
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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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