Running on Empty
House name Franklin W. Dixon
Ghostwriter Larry Mike Garmon
Cover artist Brian Kotzky
Publication information
Publisher Archway Paperbacks
Publication date February 1990
Media type Print (Paperbacks)
Pages 150
ISBN 0-671-67484-6
Series Hardy Boys Casefiles
Preceded by The Dead Season
Followed by Danger Zone
External links
The Hardy Boys Encyclopedia


"It takes a cool customer to put a hot car on ice."
— Tagline, from the front cover

Running on Empty is the 36th book in the Hardy Boys Casefiles series.

Plot summary

Chet's borrowed Corvette has been hot-wired, and Chet is steamed. But when he tries to nab the crooks, he gets nabbed instead. Frank and Joe put the pedal to the metal, in pursuit of Chet's kidnappers.

The brothers go undercover to get the drop on a chopshop ring -- and find themselves riding with some pretty fast company. The hot Caddys, Camaros, and Corvettes are burning up the road, putting the Hardys on a crash course with danger. If they don't hit the curves just right, they'll be eating the care thieves' dust.


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