"This collection of eleven essays examines the boy detective and his genre, addressing the issues of these characters, heirs to the patriarchy yet still concerned with first crushes and soda shop romances. Series explored include the Hardy Boys, Tow Swift, the Three Investigators, Christopher Cool and Tim Murphy, also works by Astrid Lindgren, Mark Haddon, and Joe Meno"--Provided by publisher.
Introduction : the nomenclature of boy sleuths / Michael G. Cornelius A Hardy Boys' identity narrative and The tower treasure / Larry T. Shillock Hardy camaraderie : boy sleuthing and male community in the Hardy Boys mysteries / C.M. Gill Terminal immaterial : the uncertain subject of the Hardy Boys airport mysteries / Christopher Schaberg Strategies of adaptation : the Hardy Boys on television / Brian Taves Natural detective work : ideas about nature in the early Tom Swift books / Elizabeth D. Blum Tim Murphy : superhero without a cape / Fred Erisman Adventures and affect : the character of the boy detective and orphan in Astrid Lindgren's Rasmus and the tramp / Charlotte Beyer The power of three : Alfred Hitchcock's three investigators series / Alan Pickrell Clashing genres : (no) sex and (no) violence in the Christopher Cool, TEEN agent series / Michael G. Cornelius "The perfect hero for his age" : Christopher Boone and the role of logic in the boy detective narrative / Nicola Allen Has the world outgrown the classic boy detective? / John Finlay Kerr.