Books: Swift Justice

Teen-agers find a new home

CHAPTER 1: The Birth of a Syndicate

Great Scott! said Tom swiftly. He has been saying it for almost 80 years. So have the Hardy Boys, Nancy Drew, the Bobbsey Twins and the Dana Girls. If they sometimes sounded alike, the resemblance was purely deliberate—they were all created by one Edward Stratemeyer, who died in 1930. Under more than a hundred pseudonyms, Stratemeyer and his ghostwriting syndicate produced thousands of books and millions of sales. But wait! expostulated the heirs and assignees. More than one publisher was interested in...

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