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The Hardy Boys, or The Hardy Boys Mystery Stories, is known as the Digest series, so as not to confuse it with its predecessor, the original series which officially has the same name. It was first published in 1979 by Simon & Schuster, and ran for over 25 years before it was discontinued in early 2005.

Publication history

In 1979, after 52 years and 58 titles (and the spin-off, The Hardy Boys Detective Handbook), Grosset & Dunlap lost the rights to publish any new Hardy Boys adventures in a protracted court battle with the Syndicate, and Simon & Schuster took over the publication of the series.

After publishing eight books in 1979 and 80, Simon & Schuster started publishing six new titles a year, and did so until 1986, in this year no books were released. The Digest series resumed publication in 1987.

Being a continuation of the original series, the Digest series was worked on by many of the same authors and was written in very much the same style. The first 27 volumes were published in hardcover and paperback, but all books after that, were published in paperback format only.

In 2005, Grossett & Dunlap released hardcover versions of volumes 59 through 66. These volumes were in the blue glossy flashlight cover format, similar to the original 58 covers. The artwork on these books was from the original Wanderer paperback covers, although severely cropped to fit the covers. To date, there is no news about plans for further Grossett & Dunlap hardcover versions.

Great Britain: Angus & Robertson/Armada

In 1980, Collins lost the rights to reprint anymore Hardy Boys books in hardcover, similar to what had occurred with Grosset & Dunlap in 1979. However, Collins still retained the rights to release all the books, including the new Digest books in paperback under their Armada banner. Because of the rearranging and non-release of two of the Original Hardy Boys, the British version of the Digest series starts with Night of the Werewolf being #57. Also, it appears that Digest #88 Tricky Business was never released by Armada or Angus & Robertson.

In 1980, Angus & Robertson acquired the rights to reprint the Hardy Boys Mystery Stories (Digest) in hardcover. But, Angus & Robertson kept the numbering of the books coherent with that of the Collins numbering system, beginning with #57 Night Of The Werewolf. It is unknown whether Angus & Robertson printed volumes 77 (Sky Sabotage) and 78 (The Roaring River Mystery)[1] since no one has been able to locate any copies.

List of titles

The Digest series is a continuation of the original series, hence the volume numbers start as #59 and ended in 2005 with volume 190.


59. Night of the Werewolf
60. Mystery of the Samurai Sword


61. The Pentagon Spy
62. The Apeman's Secret
63. The Mummy Case
64. Mystery of Smugglers Cove


65. The Stone Idol
66. The Vanishing Thieves
67. The Outlaw's Silver
68. Submarine Caper (retitled Deadly Chase)
69. The Four-Headed Dragon
70. The Infinity Clue


71. Track of the Zombie
72. The Voodoo Plot
73. The Billion Dollar Ransom
74. Tic-Tac-Terror
75. Trapped at Sea
76. Game Plan for Disaster


77. The Crimson Flame
78. Cave-In (retitled Cave-In! in 1987)
79. Sky Sabotage


80. The Roaring River Mystery
81. The Demon's Den
82. The Blackwing Puzzle (last book with internal illustrations)


83. The Swamp Monster
84. Revenge of the Desert Phantom
85. The Skyfire Puzzle (last book to be issued in hardcover)


No books were issued in 1986


86. The Mystery of the Silver Star (first original title by Minstrel)
87. Program for Destruction

Note: In Britain the Armada edition of Program for Destruction Anglicizes the text of the title so that it is spelt Programme for Destruction.


88. Tricky Business
89. The Sky Blue Frame
90. Danger on the Diamond
91. Shield of Fear
92. The Shadow Killers
93. The Serpent's Tooth Mystery


94. Breakdown in Axeblade
95. Danger on the Air
96. Wipeout
97. Cast of Criminals
98. Spark of Suspicion
99. Dungeon of Doom


100. The Secret of the Island Treasure
101. The Money Hunt
102. Terminal Shock
103. The Million-Dollar Nightmare
104. Tricks of the Trade
105. The Smoke Screen Mystery


106. Attack of the Video Villains
107. Panic on Gull Island
108. Fear on Wheels
109. The Prime-Time Crime
110. Secret of Sigma Seven
111. Three-Ring Terror


112. The Demolition Mission
113. Radical Moves
114. The Case of the Counterfeit Criminals
115. Sabotage at Sports City
116. Rock 'n' Roll Renegades
117. The Baseball Card Conspiracy


118. Danger in the Fourth Dimension
119. Trouble at Coyote Canyon
120. The Case of the Cosmic Kidnapping
121. The Mystery in the Old Mine
122. Carnival of Crime
123. The Robot's Revenge


124. Mystery with a Dangerous Beat
125. Mystery on Makatunk Island
126. Racing to Disaster
127. Reel Thrills
128. Day of the Dinosaur
129. The Treasure at Dolphin Bay


130. Sidetracked to Danger
131. Crusade of the Flaming Sword
132. Maximum Challenge
133. Crime in the Kennel
134. Cross-Country Crime
135. The Hypersonic Secret


136. The Cold Cash Caper (new logo and cover art style introduced)
137. High-Speed Showdown
138. The Alaskan Adventure
139. The Search for the Snow Leopard
140. Slam Dunk Sabotage
141. The Desert Thieves


142. Lost in Gator Swamp
143. The Giant Rat of Sumatra
144. The Secret of Skeleton Reef
145. Terror at High Tide
146. The Mark of the Blue Tattoo
147. Trial and Terror


148. The Ice-Cold Case
149. The Chase for the Mystery Twister
150. The Crisscross Crime
151. The Rocky Road to Revenge
152. Danger in the Extreme
153. Eye on Crime


154. The Caribbean Cruise Caper
155. The Hunt for the Four Brothers
156. A Will to Survive
157. The Lure of the Italian Treasure
158. The London Deception


159. Daredevils
160. A Game Called Chaos
161. Training for Trouble (new logo and artwork, first book since series was introduced in 1927 to not feature either brother on the cover)
162. The End of the Trail
163. The Spy That Never Lies
164. Skin & Bones


165. Crime in the Cards
166. Past and Present Danger
167. Trouble Times Two
168. The Castle Conundrum
169. Ghost of a Chance
170. Kickoff to Danger


171. The Test Case
172. Trouble in Warp Space
173. Speed Times Five
174. Hide and Sneak
175. Trick-or-Trouble
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176. In Plane Sight


177. The Case of the Psychic's Vision
178. The Mystery of the Black Rhino
179. Passport to Danger
180. Typhoon Island
181. Double Jeopardy
182. The Secret of the Soldier's Gold


183. Warehouse Rumble
184. The Dangerous Transmission
185. Wreck and Roll
186. Hidden Mountain
187. No Way Out
188. Farming Fear


189. One False Step
190. Motocross Madness

Unpublished Digests

86. Untitled Hardy Boys Wanderer Book



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