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Mystery of the Flying Express
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Original edition
Author Franklin W. Dixon
Illustrator Paul Luane
Country United States
Language English
Series Hardy Boys
Genre Detective, mystery
Publisher Grosset & Dunlap
Publication date
January 1, 1941
Media type Print (hardback & paperback)
Pages 192 pp
Preceded by The Disappearing Floor 
Followed by The Clue of the Broken Blade 

The Mystery of the Flying Express is Volume 20 in the original The Hardy Boys Mystery Stories published by Grosset & Dunlap.

This book was written for the Stratemeyer Syndicate by John Button in 1941. Between 1959 and 1973 the first 38 volumes of this series were systematically revised as part of a project directed by Harriet Adams, Edward Stratemeyer's daughter. The original version of this book was rewritten in 1970 by Vincent Buranelli and retitled to Mystery of the Flying Express.


Revised edition

After the new hydrofoil they are guarding, the Flying Express, is stolen, the Hardy Boys face frequent danger in solving a mystery involving criminals who operate by signs of the zodiac. Eventually they are kidnapped and taken to the Flying Express, but Chet manages to escape and uses their car's emergency light to alert the Coast Guard at which point the boys foul the hydrofoil's propellers and stop the ship.

Original edition

The Hardy boys help their father locate a foreign spy camp hidden somewhere in the western United States. In the original edition, the Flying Express is a daily passenger train used by the spies to send secret messages.

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