Location: Bayport, , United States
Fenton Hardy is the father of Frank and Joe and the husband of Laura Hardy. He is a retired NYPD Detective Lieutenant of the 71st precinct, and currently a famous, top private investigator that runs his own PI business in Bayport. He left the force after ten years when the boys were still toddlers to handle private cases that intrigued him. He once gave a seminar in Washington, D.C. on the latest security methods.
According to Casefile #6, Fenton was in the Army during a war that took place in Southeast Asia. According to Agent Starkey, he had been recruited by Hugh Hunt to work for Military Intelligence. He joined the NYPD 25 years before the events of Casefile #5. An old buddy from the Army is a school superintendent in Deep River, Montana.
When it comes to detective work, Fenton usually treats his sons as equals by staying out of the way and merely offering help when asked. Frank and Joe are permitted to charge airline tickets to their fathers business if the flights are critical to an investigation.
Fenton presumably enjoys fishing as he and his wife were fishing in Canada at the beginning of Casefile #22: Double Exposure. Fenton and his wife own a car.
Fenton has a family lawyer. Fenton has an old friend by the name of John Berrill.