Frank, Joe and Chet fly off to the California desertland to search for a man who disappeared under mysterious circumstances. Did he leave by his own choice or was he kidnapped? Also, Mr. Hardy investigates a group of criminals who are counterfeiting government checks. Recommended for ages 8 to 14.
In a search for the missing Willard Grafton, Frank Hardy and younger brother Joe, encounter a gang of criminals intent on defrauding the US government, and are lead across California and even into Mexico.
Franklin W. Dixon is a pen name used by a variety of authors writing for the classic series, The Hardy Boys. The first and most well-known "Franklin W. Dixon" was Leslie McFarlane, a Canadian author who contributed 19 of the first 25 books in the series. Other writers who have adopted the pseudonym include Christopher Lampton, John Button, Amy McFarlane, and Harriet Stratemeyer Adams.
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