- "Hot money always burns a thief."
- — Tag-line, from front cover
Nightmare in Angel City is the 19th book in The Hardy Boys Casefiles series. It was first published by Archway Paperbacks (an imprint of Simon & Schuster) in September 1988.
From End of Casefiles #18-- Callie Shaw, Frank's girlfriend, is away at UCLA taking a video course. When she phones pleading for help, both Hardys fly to California -- but Callie has disappeared! It seems she has footage of a policeman beating a street person called Patch, and now the cop's out to get her -- and the tape. With the help of street people, Frank and Joe locate Callie. Then they search Patch's shack. There they find old newspaper clippings about a ten-million-dollar robbery where the money was never recovered. The Hardys and Callie dig deeper, thier investigation leading them to a prestigious mmovie studio and to a star-studded Hollywood party, where they make a horrifying discovery. When the old-time criminal sets his dogs on the trio, will Callie's video camera be protection enough?
From back cover -- Callie Shaw disappears while shooting a video for her summer class at UCLA. Frank and Joe drop everything and fly out to look for her. The moment they start to investigate, the situation explodes. During their search of Callie's room, someone greets then with a firebomb. Finally, the brother detectives track Callie to an abandoned factory, where she's hiding out among a band of street people. But finding Callie is just the beginning of a desperate race to uncover a killer. From Hollywood movie studios to the haunts of the street people, Frank and Joe follow a trail of blood money -- until it comes to a dead end!