The Hooded Hawk Mystery (Hardy Boys, Book 34)
Franklin W. Dixon
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The young detectives receive a trained peregrine falcon as a gift that involves them in an exciting mystery. Imagine their astonishment when the swift-flying falcon brings down a homing pigeon carrying two precious rubies! Startling events that ensue indicate the gems are a ransom that has been paid for the release of a kidnapped student from India, who had come to the United States to complete his education. But Tava, the son of a wealthy industrialist, is still being held captive. Hoping to find a clue to Tava’s whereabouts, the Hardys try to track down the owner of the ruby-bearing pigeon. Their every move, however, is thwarted by the dangerous criminals not only involved in the kidnapping, but also in the large-scale smuggling of aliens from India to the United States. How Frank and Joe eventually outwit their adversaries climaxes this thrill-packed mystery adventure.
it to the police!” “The police? Say, what’s going on? I don’t know anything about a falcon, I swear!” The sailor’s voice grew loud and he shook off Joe’s hand. “Where did you get that ruby ring?” Frank broke in, stepping in front of the suspect. This question brought a curious reaction. Apparently the man thought the boys intended to steal it, for he yelled, “Oh, no, you don’t!” and plunged headlong at Frank, trying to move past him. Frank thrust out a leg in front of the sailor, who tripped
figures were not close enough to be identified. “Say, Frank,” Joe whispered, “that sure looks like the same dory that met the Daisy K the night of the moonlight ride.” The blond man on the stony shore gave a low whistle. Almost instantly Radley and the boys became aware of tramping feet and a few moments later a dozen dark-skinned men, carrying trousers and shoes, came down the trail, passing just a few feet from the three in hiding. They were followed by a light-haired man. When they reached
telling him that this was to avoid the evil men who were after him. He readily agreed to the move.” “You were staying at the lodge, too?” Joe asked. “Oh, yes,” Bangalore leered. “I was the one who knocked out your fat friend. One of the guards did the same to you,” he said, looking at Frank. “When you found out too much, Nanab quit his job in Washington and came up here.” “And you, Nanab, destroyed the letter Mr. Ghapur sent us, but why did you let the falcon be shipped to us?” Frank queried.
had recounted his adventures, he motioned his countrymen aside and conversed in their native tongue. Rejoining the others, he explained that they were trying to decide on some fitting reward for the Hardys other than the usual fee for services, plus expenses which Mr. Hardy would be paid. The entire family protested, but Tava turned to Mrs. Hardy and bowed. Then he took off his handsome ruby ring and presented it to her. “Please accept this token of my deep gratitude,” he said with a gentle
but always dependable. Though they had different temperaments, the boys made an excellent team. Joe found two volumes on falconry in his father’s bookcase. He handed one to Frank and began to flip through the pages of the other book. When he came to a series of pictures of the articles that the expressman had delivered, he said: “Look, Frank, this is the leather hood. It’s put over the hawk’s head, so she’ll sit quietly when she’s being carried. And one of these bells is fastened to each of