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Originally intended to be the last Hardy Boys book written, The Sting of the Scorpion is the 58th in the series of popular Hardy Boys books written predominantly for teenage boys. The books are released under the pseudonym Franklin W Dixon but are written by a number of different ghost writers. This particular adventure features our heroes, brothers Frank and Joe Hardy, sons of supersleuth Fenton Hardy, as they once more become embroiled in some strange investigation their dad is working on. It seems quite an easy thing to fall back on, and this is a clever element of the books in general. The fact that their dad is a detective makes it a lot easier to formulate plots, and it can make it a little bit more believable.
Here, Frank and Joe help their dad when they witness an explosion linked to the case he is working on. The clues lead back to a zoo, where all is not what it seems. The mystery deepens and I actually found myself not having a clue as to where the story was going. Normally, I can suss out what is going to happen before it does, but this one was particularly well crafted, and made it all the more enjoyable. I do still have little disappointment every time Fenton Hardy allows his teenage boys to get involved in a dangerous case, but these do provide for fictional role models for the readers.
The Hardy Boys books are written with teenage boys in mind, and when I was part of the intended audience I thoroughly enjoyed all of them. Now I am a little older, I find the storylines tend to be rather unbelievable. The fact that two teenage boys could be 'hired' to sole international and dangerous crimes seems unlikely, but then, this is fiction and I try not to let this element of it spoil it for me.
The Sting of the Scorpion is currently available from amazon for next to nothing, as are the majority of Hardy Boys books.
Book Series: The Hardy Boys