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.
Mystery of the Whale Tattoo (Hardy Boys Series #47)by Franklin W. Dixon
One exciting event follows another when Frank and Joe Hardy are hired to apprehend the pickpockets who have been plaguing Solo’s Super Carnival. When their friends Tony Prito and Biff Hooper exhibit a stuffed whale dug up at a construction project, they all but put the carnival out of business. In this thrilling mystery the young detectives pit their wits against a gang of thieves whose bizarre identification, a three-part whale tattoo, proves to be a nearly insolvable riddle.
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This wonderful story is about an Ivory Idol that has been stolen. Biff and Tony have a whale. Solo's Carnival men, Boko the Clown, Rimbrant, and Knocker Felsen are under suspision. Sid Solo has a very big and popular carnival running and when Biff and Chet show off their huge life sized stuffed whale, the croud goes to them. Sid Solo gets furious. Later, a group, Whitey Meldrum, Tim Varney, Baby Face (Vinnie Mirks), and Mug (Mug Stine) get mixed up with it. Frank and Joe almost get killed alive when Varney, Mirks, and Stine try to bury them in a grave alive! Boko has a whale tattoo and so does Rimbrant. The Whale Tattoo society probably holds the answer at that point of the book, but not really. Boko is good at the end, Rimbrant, Varney, Stine, Meldrum, and Mirks are bad. Knocker Felsen ends on cleared from all points of view. A book that you should read!