Location: Bayport, , United States
Joe Hardy, 17, has an athletic build like a running back. Weighing 185, he is slightly more muscular, broader, huskier, and stockier than his older brother Frank. Joe is solidly built and six feet tall, but still looks fragile next to Biff Hooper. Joe is built more like a football player than Frank.
A junior at Bayport High School, Joe plays football, baseball, and runs track. Joe's specialty in track is the 100-yard dash. He is a sprinter as opposed to a long-distance runner.
The year before the events of Casefile #15, he had helped his high school basket ball team win the district championships by making a free throw in the closing seconds of double-overtime. This was after a game in which he had also scored his career high.
Joes plays running back on the school football team. Joe is the fastest running back in Bayport High history.
He has always dreamed of being a major league baseball player as a kid. Joe has also taken lifesaving training. Swimming comes naturally to him.
Joe is often impulsive, always ready to act, sometimes too fast. He always carries his passport with him. Joe has taken martial arts training because Frank pushed him to do it. He was a boy scout until he got too busy.
He likes to drink Coke as opposed to Pepsi. He eats pizza with green peppers, onions, pepperoni, and extra cheese. He also likes Chinese food. Joe knows a little Spanish. Frank does not.
Joe was 2 years old when his dad retired from the NYPD and decided to become a private investigator. Joe is an expert marksman, but has promised his father that he would never carry a firearm.
Joe had a 1958 station wagon with wood paneling stolen by the Lazarus Clinic. He bought a 1955 Buick Roadmaster not long after the station wagon was stolen. Joe also owns a bike. Joe is always fascinated by cars, especially expensive ones.
Aunt Gertrude calls him Joseph when she is being stern.
Joe has blond hair and blue eyes. He attracts girls the way magnets attract iron filings.