|The Desert Thieves|
|Author||Franklin W. Dixon|
|House name||Franklin W. Dixon|
|Publication date||December 1996|
|Media type||Print (paperback)|
|Series||The Hardy Boys Digest|
|Preceded by||Slam Dunk Sabotage|
|Followed by||Lost in Gator Swamp|
- "The west is as wild as ever as the Hardy's square off against a modern-day outlaw!"
- — Tag-line, from front cover
- "Frank and Joe are hot on the trail of a dangerous desert desperado!"
- — Tag-line, from back cover
The Hardy's have joined their father on a trip to Arizona's magnificent Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument. But their journey into the desert takes a sharp and sudden detour into danger. Someone is ripping up and ripping off the rare cacti and turning them into cold hard cash on the Black Market!
Like the cattle rustlers of old, the cactus thieves strike in the dead if night. They vanish into the wilds. Forming their own posse, Frank and Joe set out in pursuit. Dodging daily gunfire and poisonous rattlers along the way. Determined to root out the crime, the boys are headed for a desert show down as hot as the Arizona sun!
- Winton "Grish" Grisham
- Fenton Hardy
- Frank Hardy
- Joe Hardy
- David Kidwell
- Raymond Perez
- Diane Townsend
- Mrs. Townsend (mentioned only)
- Professor Townsend
- Ajo, AZ.
- Alamo Wash
- Bayport (mentioned only)
- California (mentioned only)
- The Diablos/Devil Mountains
- Mexico (mentioned only)
- Organ Pipe, AZ.
- Phoenix, AZ.
- Texas (mentioned only)
- U.S.-Mexico Border (mentioned only)
Businesses and organizations
- In 2002 The Desert Thieves was reissued by Aladdin Paperbacks in the taller, blue spined edition that was used for Volumes 173-190.