The Crimson Flame

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The Crimson Flame
Author Franklin W. Dixon
Country United States
Language English
Series Hardy Boys
Genre Detective, Mystery novel
Publisher Wanderer Books
Publication date
Media type Print (Paperback)
Pages 206 pp (first edition paperback)
ISBN 0-671-42367-3 (first edition paperback)
OCLC 8866688
LC Class PZ7.D644 Cq 1983
Preceded by Game Plan for Disaster
Followed by Cave-In (Hardy Boys)

The Crimson Flame is the 77th title of the Hardy Boys Mystery Stories, written by Franklin W. Dixon. It was published by Wanderer Books in 1983.

Plot summary[edit]

The plot begins with Frank and Joe witnessing a westerner being attacked by a notorious jewel thief Oscar Tamm. The westerner reveals himself as Alfred McVay and as an avid jewel collector. Due to suspicious happenings at his ranch house in Arizona, he hires the Hardys for protection.

Upon reaching there the Hardys start to investigate the strange happenings and develop an immediate dislike of the foreman, Wat Perkins. They are also intrigued by a "mysterious rider" who seems to be sending messages to someone in the ranch house. They also grow suspicious of the butler Wilbur.

When a tornado strikes the ranch, the Crimson Flame, a priceless ruby gets stolen. McVay becomes morose and the Hardys, with a couple of clues, pursue the jewel thieves to Thailand. The rest of the plot follows how the boys help capture the crooks and eventually, how the lost ruby is found.