Item description for The Sinister Signpost (Hardy Boys, Book 15) by Franklin W. Dixon...
Overview The Hardy boys investigate a connection between the strange things that happen to the windshield of a high speed motor car when it goes past a signpost and the owner of the car's motor whose horse disappears.
Publishers Description Originally published in 1936, the 15th book in the Hardy Boys series continues the Applewood program of reissuing these nostalgic classics in facsimile editions.
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Studio: Applewood Books
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 1.25" Width: 5.5" Height: 7.75" Weight: 0.88 lbs.
Release Date Nov 5, 2004
Publisher Applewood Books
ISBN 1557092737 ISBN13 9781557092731
Availability 0 units.
More About Franklin W. Dixon
Franklin W. Dixon was the pseudonym devised by Edward Stratemeyer for the author of a series of mystery books he was developing which became the Hardy Boys series. The first book, The Tower Treasure, originally published in 1927, was written by Leslie MacFarlane who went on to write 19 more, including #2 through #16. In all, there are 58 titles in the original Hardy Boys Mysteries series published between 1927 and 1979 written by 17 different men and women. Many of the books were later revised, adding another four "Franklin W. Dixons" to the total.
Reviews - What do customers think about The Sinister Signpost (Hardy Boys, Book 15)?
The Hardy Boy's Nov 30, 2007
I've been purchasing the hardcover Hardy Boys books for my 7-year-old grandson. I've purchased through book #15 and I cannot keep up with his supply of reading materials. I think it's great that the Hardy Boy's are still popular. By today's standard the books are reasonably priced, I do wish that I had kept the books I had as a child to pass on to my own children.
"Death Beyond The Red Hand!" Sep 26, 2007
Ditto what Mr. Busse said about the Applewood reproductions, and this review concerns the original (1936) text/version.
There are two major mistakes that readers of the Hardy Boys series routinely make: 1) Not reading (& many times not even knowing about) the ORIGINAL, unrevised versions of the text. In almost every case, the original editions were much superior, and 2) Not researching the books, and assuming that all the HB volumes are basically of equal quality. This is very untrue, and the thing to do is to be selective. These two pitfalls must be avoided if one really wants to enjoy the classic Hardy Boys at their best.
I have researched and then read several installments in the venerable series which enjoy the highest reputations among true and informed HB aficionados. Next I applied my own personal evaluation to each book. In my opinion, they don't come any better than #15 - "The Sinister Sign Post".
Besides having all the endearing earmarks that HB fans have come to expect from the best of Frank & Joe's adventures, TSS adds one more element more effectively than any other volume I know of -- Horror! The chapter entitled "The Sinister Sign Post" (same as the book title) is some of the best and most thrilling writing in the history of the Hardy Boys. The twitching, seemingly living, glowing red hand is what enabled the story to creep beyond the boundaries of mere 'thrill' and verge (just a bit) into the regions of terror. Great stuff!
Highly recommended for adventurous boys (or girls) -- and men (or women) who still are such in their hearts!
Hats off to Applewood for its beautiful HARDY BOYS facsimile editions Jul 31, 2007
This is the 15th book in Applewood's facsimile editions series of the ORIGINAL Hardy Boys books. Applewood is reproducing these books from original mint/near mint copies of the originals so we not only have an exact copy of the original book with original artwork but also the original glossy dust jackets.
These are beautiful books to behold and to hold. What a great way to start a collection of some of America's classic books for young people.
It's even more exciting if you read the books in chronological order because as the 20th century moves forward so do developments in technology in the Hardy Boys books. I've read the first 80 Hardy Boys books in the original editions which show wear and tear and remain in my library but these new beauties have their own special display area.
The Depression-Era Original Was Better Aug 16, 2006
This, number fifteen in the series, is a pretty good book. But the one originally written during the 1930s was even better.
Asa Sydney, the villain, had the pallor of the implacable enemy of democracy. He was overtaken by a strange, alien vision of a better society. It was not criminal conduct just for the money, but to advance some vaguely suggested fifth column activity in the united states.
Which brings up a great paradox. "Sinister" means evil or threatning in this context. But consider that the word is Latin for "left." Was Dixon, so far ahead of his time in so many ways, warning us about the communist menace he might have seen brewing, despite Roosevelt's soon-to-occur alignment with them during World War II? The sign post pointed left, by definition; in the original, it also lit up in red and glowed, that way, very menacingly at night.
It's not too hard to discern Dixon's real purpose here: it's a call to action.
Of course, the sign might also be interpreted as "merging traffic" or, perhaps, "red light violators photo enforced." But maybe that's too big an extension of the concept.
The Sinister Signpost Mar 6, 2006
Mr. Alden has invented an experimental car motor, but someone is trying to steal it! Frank and Joe Hardy can handle it. Frank and Joe try to solve the case with their father, Fenton Hardy. Frank and Joe work in Mr. Alden's facility disguised as workers, hoping to find out who's behind the case. Mr. Alden's experimental cars always seem to crash, with the windshield crazing and all. Every location that these cars crash at seemed to have a signpost with the word "Danger" on it. Will the Hardys solve the case? You'll have to read it to find out!
I'd give this book a Five Star rating. I think that it's one of the best Hardy books I've ever read. I hope you read it.