The House on the Point by Benjamin Hoff
A Tribute to Franklin W. Dixon and The Hardy Boys

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In 1982, Benjamin Hoff published The Tao of Pooh, a plainspoken yet startling and complex take on A.A. Milne's Winnie The Pooh stories. Hoff's keen insights propelled the book, and its sequel, The Te of Piglet to total sales of over 2.5 million copies. Now Hoff has turned to another childhood classic, Franklin W. Dixon's beloved Hardy Boys mysteries, and created The House on the Point.

As a child, Hoff loved the Hardy Boys; they were the books that hooked him on his lifelong love of reading. Recently, he revisited The House on the Cliff, one of the classic early Hardy Boys mysteries, and decided to reshape it for readers of all ages. Hoff sets this recast story, now entitled The House on the Point, in 1947, when the Swing Era was giving way to the Baby Boom, and gives it a plot involving a post-war smuggling racket, a young newcomer to town who may have something to hide, and a police chief who's in no hurry to investigate. And he does so with a greater attention to detail, more fully developed characters, and a modern ear for dialogue.

Publishing in conjunction with the 75th anniversary of the first Hardy Boys mystery, The House on the Point is a book for those who haven't yet made the acquaintance of the Hardy Boys and those who haven't "grown up" and left their adventures behind.

About Benjamin Hoff

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A former investigative reporter and lifelong reader of mystery fact and fiction, Benjamin Hoff is the author of the international best sellers The Tao of Pooh and The Te of Piglet, and the American Book Award-winning biography The Singing Creek Where the Willows Grow.
Published October 17, 2002 by Minotaur Books. 224 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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As Hoff’s preface and epilogue announce, however, his many changes—updating the setting to 1947, differentiating the sleuths and their buddies more sharply, giving them more emotional depth, making all of them closer observers and sharper detectives, providing backstories for Mr. Hardy and his si...

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What Hoff has done here is rewrite the classic THE HOUSE ON THE CLIFF, and update it to 1948, making it at once new and fresh while retaining the wide-eyed innocence of the original.

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The Hardy boys use inductive and deductive reasoning as they follow the clues so the audience really believes these high school students have enough insider knowledge to solve the case.

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Austin Chronicle

Benjamin Hoff's loving tribute to his boyhood heroes the Hardy Boys recalls The House on the Cliff, the second installment of the original series.

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