The Clue of the Broken Blade

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The Clue of the Broken Blade
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Original edition
Author Franklin W. Dixon
Illustrator Paul Luane
Country United States
Language English
Series The Hardy Boys
Genre Detective, Mystery novel
Publisher Grosset & Dunlap
Publication date
January 1, 1942, Revised: 1970
Media type Print (Hardback & Paperback)
Pages 192 pp
Preceded by The Mystery of the Flying Express
Followed by The Flickering Torch Mystery

The Clue of the Broken Blade is Volume 21 in the original The Hardy Boys Mystery Stories published by Grosset & Dunlap.

This book was written for the Stratemeyer Syndicate by John Button in 1942.[1] 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.[2] The original version of this book was rewritten in 1970 by Richard Deming[1] resulting in two different stories with the same title.

Plot summary (revised edition)[edit]

After their fencing instructor Ettore Russo tells them about a family sword, the championship saber Adalante, the Hardy Boys go to California to search for the sword's missing half. Supposedly written on the sword is the owner's will that names the fencing instructor as a major heir of his deceased grandfather's fortune. Others also intent on finding the sword try hard to foil the Hardys from getting there first.

Plot summary (original edition)[edit]

Frank and Joe travel with their detective father, Fenton Hardy, to a town two hours from Bayport to break up a truck hijacking ring and recover two stolen swords for wealthy shipping magnate Arthur Barker.