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Appendix V – Imported Editions

The practice of shipping American editions across the Atlantic for the consumption of British audiences began in the years prior to the introduction of the homegrown Harold Hill editions (in fact, imported Grosset & Dunlap books were still available in Britain well into the Harold Hill era). As the quantity of Hardy Boys novels printed and published in the UK grew in subsequent decades, the market for the US releases dwindled, and presumably all but disappeared.

However, in the mid-1990s, the demise of the Armada Books imprint, plus the cessation of the British Casefiles series, saw a return to the old days of US editions jostling for shelf space in retail outlets all across the UK, Australia and New Zealand. These paperbacks differed in only one fundamental regard to those sold in America – the addition of a label to the reverse cover, on which was printed a new barcode and new price given in Pounds Sterling (or Dollars in the case of Australia and New Zealand).

The exact number of imported titles from both the Original and Casefiles series is extremely difficult to ascertain; however, the British National Bibliography (BNB) does mention many (if certainly not all) of these releases. Therefore, the listings below should be treated only as a general guide, and not an exhaustive or comprehensive record.

Although the first four entries in the relatively new Undercover Brothers series did indeed appear as genuine British editions, Simon & Schuster UK opted not to issue the remainder of the series in a similar manner. As a result, from volume five onwards, consumers in Great Britain and the Commonwealth were again faced with the US paperbacks (complete with the aforementioned reverse-cover labels). Unlike the previous imported paperbacks, these particular books were given new and distinct ISBNs, for reasons that aren't entirely clear.

In addition to the three principal incarnations of the Hardy Boys, other US editions have appeared in the British marketplace in recent years. For example, at least five or four entries in the ill-fated Clues Brothers series for younger readers were imported in the late 1990s. Also, the ongoing series of Undercover Brothers Graphic Novels has been available in the UK since its inception. Listings for both sets of books are not given here due to the extremely incomplete nature of the relevant BNB records.

Currently, the availability of the Original Series in the UK is once again solely reliant on the US Grosset & Dunlap releases – although this time around it is the revised, 'flashlight' editions that are being imported from across the Atlantic.

Original Series

The records held by the BNB include only the following imported Minstrel paperback editions:

Title Year ISBN
130. Sidetracked to Danger 1997 0671872141
131. Crusade of the Flaming Sword 1997 067187215X
132. Maximum Challenge 1995 0671872168
133. Crime in the Kennel 1997 0671872176
134. Cross-Country Crime 1997 0671505173
135. The Hypersonic Secret 1997 0671505181
136. The Cold Cash Caper 1997 0671505203
137. High Speed Showdown 1997 0671505211
138. The Alaskan Adventure 1998 0671505246
139. The Search for the Snow Leopard 1999 0671505254
140. Slam Dunk Sabotage 1999 0671505262
141. The Desert Thieves 1998 0671505270
142. Lost in Gator Swamp 1998 0671000543
143. The Giant Rat of Sumatra 1998 0671000551
144. The Secret of Skeleton Reef 1997 067100056X
145. Terror at High Tide 1998 0671000578
146. The Mark of the Blue Tattoo 1998 0671000586
147. Trial and Terror 1998 0671000594
148. The Ice Cold Case 1998 0671001221
149. Chase for the Mystery Twister 1998 067100123X
150. The Crisscross Crime 1999 0671007432
151. The Rocky Road to Revenge 1999 0671021729
152. Danger in the Extreme 1999 0671021737
153. Eye on Crime 1999 0671021745

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Casefiles

After the publication of the last Casefiles title to appear in the UK under the Archway imprint (#70 Rigged for Revenge), a selection of subsequent titles in that series were made available to British consumers in the form of US editions (ironically, many of these higher-numbered Casefiles novels were later published in the UK by Pocket Books)

Title Year ISBN
107. Fast Break 1997 0671504304
108. Blown Away 1997 0671504312
109. Moment of Truth 1997 0671504320
110. Bad Chemistry 1997 0671504339
111. Competitive Edge 1997 0671504460
112. Cliff-Hanger 1997 0671504533
113. Sky High 1997 0671504541
114. Clean Sweep 1997 0671504568
115. Cave Trap 1997 0671504622
116. Acting Up 1998 0671504886
117. Blood Sport 1998 0671561170
118. The Last Leap 1998 0671561189
119. The Emperor’s Shield 1998 0671561197
120. Survival of the Fittest 1998 0671561200
121. Absolute Zero 1998 0671561219
122. River Rats 1998 0671561235
123. High-Wire Act 1998 0671561227
Title Year ISBN
124. The Viking’s Revenge 1998 0671561243
125. Stress Point 1998 067156241X
126. Fire in the Sky 1998 0671561251
127. Dead in the Water 1998 0671562428
-- Collector's Edition:
38. Diplomatic Deceit
39. Flesh and Blood
40. Fright Wave
1998 0671020331
-- Collector's Edition:
55. Beyond The Law
58. Spiked!
59. Open Season
1999 0671020188
-- Collector's Edition:
48. Rock ’n’ Revenge
51. Choke Hold
52. Uncivil War
1998 067102034X

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Undercover Brothers

The first four entries in the recent Undercover Brothers series were issued as genuine British editions; however, all subsequent titles released in the Commonwealth are imports. For some reason, these imports were furnished with unique ISBNs, making these releases easily distinguishable from the books sold in the US.

Title Year / Month ISBN
5. Rocky Road 2007 (May) 1847381030
6. Burned 2007 (June) 1847381057
7. Operation: Survival 2007 (July) 1847381073
8. Top Ten Ways to Die 2007 (August) 184738109X
9. Martial Law 2007 (September) 1847381111
10. Blown Away 2007 (October) 1847381138
11. Hurricane Joe 2007 (November) 1847381154
12. Trouble in Paradise 2008 (January) 1847381170
13. The Mummy's Curse 2008 (February) 1847383319
14. Hazed 2008 (March) 1847383335
15. Death And Diamonds 2008 (April) 1847383351
16. Bayport Buccaneers 2008 (May) 1847383378
17. Murder at the Mall 2008 (June) 1847383394
18. Pushed 2008 (July) 1847383416
19. Foul Play 2008 (August) 1847383432
20. Feeding Frenzy 2008 (September) 1847383459
21. Comic Con Artist 2008 (October) 1847385605
22. Deprivation House 2008 (November) 1847385613
23. House Arrest 2009 (January) 1847385621
24. Murder House 2009 (February) 184738563X
25. Double Trouble 2009 (March) 1847385648
26. Double Down 2009 (April) 1847385656
27. Double Deception 2009 (May) 1847385664
28. Galaxy X 2009 (June) 1847385672
29. X-plosion 2009 (August) 1847385680

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