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The Adventures of Ellery Queen

by Ellery Queen

In eleven ripping stories, the mystery genre's greatest sleuth shows his chopsFor Ellery Queen, there is no puzzle that reason cannot solve. In his time, he has faced down killers, thugs, and thieves, protected only by the might of his brain--and the odd bit of timely intervention by his father, a burly New York police inspector. But when a university professor asks Queen to teach a class, the detective finds there are people whom reason cannot touch: college students. Queen's adventure on campus is only the first of this incomparable collection of short mysteries. In these pages, he tangles with a violent book thief, an assassin who targets acrobats, and New York's only cleanly shaven bearded lady. Criminals everywhere fear him, whether they work in mansions or back alleys. No mystery is too difficult for the man with the golden brain.

The American Gun Mystery

by Ellery Queen

When a Western star is gunned down at a rodeo, Ellery Queen saddles upBuck Horne has roped thousands of cattle, slugged his way out of dozens of saloons, and shot plenty of men dead in the street--but always on the backlot. He is a celluloid cowboy, and his career is nearly kaput. The real box office draw is his daughter, Kit, a brawling beauty who can outshoot any rascal the studio has to offer. Desperate for a comeback, Buck joins Wild Bill Grant's traveling rodeo for a show in New York, hoping to impress Hollywood and land one last movie contract. But he has scarcely mounted his horse when he falls to the dirt. It wasn't age that made him slip--it was the bullet in his heart. Watching from the stands are Ellery Queen, debonair sleuth, and his police detective father. They are New Yorkers through and through, but to solve the rodeo killing, the Queens must learn to talk cowboy.

And on the Eighth Day

by Ellery Queen

While stranded in the desert, Ellery Queen stumbles across a religious cultIt's 1943, the war is raging, and sleuthing scribe Ellery Queen wants to do his bit. After a tortuous cross-country drive, he takes a job writing scripts for a Hollywood propaganda house--twelve hours a day of hack work that quickly turns his mind to jelly. After a few weeks, he is so worn down that he can type nothing but gibberish, and he decides to drive home. The trouble starts as soon as he reaches the desert.His ancient roadster breaks down on the edge of Death Valley. Wandering in search of help, he is saved by a man known as the Teacher, who takes him to an oasis called Quenan. Here, Queen finds a bizarre, reclusive cult that seems to have come straight out of the ancient past. A murder has been committed in the desert, and the Quenanites plan on delivering some Old Testament justice. Queen is just the detective they've been waiting for.

And on the Eighth Day

by Ellery Queen

While stranded in the desert, Ellery Queen stumbles across a religious cultIt's 1943, the war is raging, and sleuthing scribe Ellery Queen wants to do his bit. After a tortuous cross-country drive, he takes a job writing scripts for a Hollywood propaganda house--twelve hours a day of hack work that quickly turns his mind to jelly. After a few weeks, he is so worn down that he can type nothing but gibberish, and he decides to drive home. The trouble starts as soon as he reaches the desert.His ancient roadster breaks down on the edge of Death Valley. Wandering in search of help, he is saved by a man known as the Teacher, who takes him to an oasis called Quenan. Here, Queen finds a bizarre, reclusive cult that seems to have come straight out of the ancient past. A murder has been committed in the desert, and the Quenanites plan on delivering some Old Testament justice. Queen is just the detective they've been waiting for.

Las aventuras de Ellery Queen

by Ellery Queen Miguel Giménez Sales

Ellery Queen, cerebro privilegiado, hombre de agudísimos sentidos y una aptitud innata para resolver misterios. ¿Quién puede resistirse a semejante tarjeta de visita? Esta recopilación de relatos de intriga y suspense nos permitirán acompañar al hábil detective en sus pesquisas. Cada situación es un nuevo desafío. Unos estudiantes universitarios a los que pretende enseñar pero que parecen inmunes a la razón. Un ladrón de libros violento. Un asesino con una curiosa predilección por quitar la vida acróbatas o la única mujer de Nueva York que se rasura escrupulosamente.

Beware the Young Stranger

by Ellery Queen

When his daughter's fiancé is suspected of murder, a diplomat fights to learn the truth The kids call it spring break, but their parents know it by its true name: debauchery. Every Easter, hormone-crazed students pile into cars and drive thousands of miles to the beach to lose themselves in an orgy of beer, sand, and sex. Keith Rollins and Cheryl Pemberton are two such revelers: college sweethearts planning to marry the moment they graduate. But in the heat of a party, the couple gets separated; the next morning, the girl is found raped and murdered beneath the pier and Rollins is the prime suspect. Though Rollins is never convicted of the crime, the cloud of suspicion lingers over him. Years later, he becomes engaged to the daughter of diplomat John Vallancourt, who resolves to find out the truth. When Vallancourt's daughter disappears, he fears the killer has struck again.

The Black Hearts Murder

by Ellery Queen

A city seethes with racial tension, and a political fixer tries to keep the peace In a forgotten neighborhood of downtown Banbury, Harlan James preaches the revolution, teaching young black men and women to stand up for their rights. According to the district attorney, he's also been teaching them to make bombs. This is a lie, a political ploy designed to undermine the radical leader and maintain Banbury's status quo. But no matter how tightly the authorities frame James, revolution is coming--and the streets will run with blood. As the city verges on chaos, the governor asks his top troubleshooter, Mike McCall, to keep an eye on James's trial. When James skips bail, the city's most violent citizens--black and white--threaten to riot. To save the city from destroying itself, McCall must find James and unravel the chilling mystery of the Black Hearts.

Blow Hot, Blow Cold

by Ellery Queen

A summertime slaying sets a suburban housewife on the hunt for a killer On a scorching summer afternoon, Nancy Howell bakes in the sun, hoping her neighbor will invite her inside. Lila has central air conditioning--a priceless luxury this time of year--and while Nancy doesn't think much of her notoriously promiscuous neighbor, she would do anything to cool down. Sadly, Lila doesn't step outside. She never will again. After more than a day without seeing her neighbor, Nancy finally goes next door and finds Lila sprawled across her bed, a knife buried deep in her chest. When Lila's cuckolded husband is also found dead, the police label it a tragic murder-suicide--but Nancy isn't convinced. In this gin-soaked patch of suburbia, adultery is a way of life and jealousy isn't reason enough for a husband to kill. As the mercury inevitably rises, so will the body count.

The Blue Movie Murders

by Ellery Queen

The search for a pornographic film director draws Mike McCall into a chase for a killer The film is called The Wild Nymph, and it may be the finest pornographic movie ever made. A relic of the 1950s, when erotic cinema was more artistic than smutty, it was filmed on a shoestring budget by the enigmatic genius Sol Dahlman. But 20 years later, the film has been forgotten and Dahlman has become a recluse. Finding him will be a deadly proposition. A Hollywood producer comes to the state capital in search of Dahlman, hoping to capitalize on pornography's growing mainstream acceptance. He meets Mike McCall, the governor's top troubleshooter, whose only interest in pornography is in keeping women's lib protestors from picketing the theaters. When Dahlman is found dead, it falls to McCall to stop the bloodshed. Sex can be controversial, but murder is always taboo.

The Campus Murders

by Ellery Queen

A college student's disappearance threatens to upend the race for governor Tisquanto is a quiet college town, and its chief of police wants to keep it that way. For years, the only trouble the students gave the locals was the occasional fraternity party that got out of hand. But now there are kids on campus calling for revolution. When the governor's right-hand man, Mike McCall, comes to Tisquanto, the chief of police promises he'll keep the students in-line, no matter how many bones he has to break. But McCall isn't here about student unrest. He's come to save a life. The daughter of the governor's greatest political rival has disappeared from the school, and if McCall can't find her, the whole future of the state is in doubt. But to track her down, he'll have to wade into a campus that's about to turn into a war zone.

Cara a cara

by Ellery Queen Miguel Giménez Sales

Gloria Guild, millonaria cantante que fascinó a los americanos en los años 30, es asesinada a tiros en su loft neoyorquino el mismo día de su regreso de Londres en compalía de una prima perdida. La única clave para resolver el misterio son cuatro letras que ha dejado garabateadas en su libreta: F, A, C, E. Todo parece indicar que el instigador del asesinato ha sido Carlos Armando, último marido de la diva retirada, un cazafortunas con una larga trayectoria matrimonios con mujeres maduras y acaudaladas que, tras fallecer, le han dejado parte de fortuna.

The Case of the Careless Cupid, A Fine and Private Place

by Erle Stanley Gardner Ellery Queen

There's no love lost between Delane Arlington's fiancee and his frosty family. The wealthy widower's heirs are extremely eager to keep their lovestruck uncle from tying the knot -- thus cutting off their route to easy street. That's what brings Selma Anson, Arlington's beleaguered bride-to-be, to Perry Mason.

Cat of Many Tails

by Ellery Queen

New York City is terrorized by a serial killer, and only Ellery Queen can stop the panicIn the dog days of August, it is no surprise to see New Yorkers perspire. But this summer, a killer called the Cat gives the city a new reason to sweat. He selects his victims seemingly at random and strangles them, then escapes without leaving a clue. As the death toll climbs, and the press whips the public into horrified frenzy, Gotham teeters on the edge of anarchy. Ellery Queen, the brilliant amateur sleuth, has gone into retirement when the Cat begins to kill. As his father, a seasoned homicide detective, leads the investigation into the murder, Ellery tries to avoid getting involved. But as the body count rises, he can no longer resist the urge to hunt. The Queens are known for their curiosity--and everyone knows how curiosity can affect a cat.

The Chinese Orange Mystery

by Ellery Queen

A puzzling publishing murder attracts the eye of Ellery QueenMandarin Press is a premier publishing house for foreign literature, but to those at the top of this enterprise, there is little more beautiful than a rare stamp. As Donald Kirk, publisher and philatelist, prepares his office for a banquet, an unfamiliar man comes to call. No one recognizes him, but Kirk's staff is used to strange characters visiting their boss, so Kirk's secretary asks him to wait in the anteroom. Within an hour, the mysterious visitor is dead on the floor, head bashed in with a fireplace poker, and everything in the anteroom has been quite literally turned upside down. The rug is backwards; the furniture is backwards; even the dead man's clothes have been put on front-to-back. As debonair detective Ellery Queen pries into the secrets of Mandarin Press, every clue he finds is topsy-turvy. The great sleuth must tread lightly, for walking backwards is a surefire way to step off a cliff.

Cop Out

by Ellery Queen

To escape a manhunt, a gang of killers takes a cop's daughter hostage After years of toil for Aztec Paper Products, Thomas Howland only makes $112.90 per week. When it comes time for the company to compensate its workers, he is in charge of carrying the payroll: $24,000 in cold hard cash. Eventually, Howland is overcome by temptation. In exchange for a promised cut of the spoils, he hands the payroll over to a gang of thieves--but they reward him with 3 bullets in the heart. The heat is on, and the killers take refuge in the only thing they can: crime. Wesley Malone is a small-town cop, as tough and honest as they come. When the criminals kidnap his daughter as part of a desperate attempt to avoid the law, he feels afraid for the first time--not for himself, but for his little girl. Malone is determined to instill fear in this gang of thugs as well.

The Copper Frame

by Ellery Queen

A small-town police chief is framed for a heinous crime Andy Saxon has run the Iroquois police force for as long as anyone can remember. At 62, he's as strong as an oak and hasn't even given a thought to retirement. When a national crime syndicate wants to turn his small village into a haven for gamblers, Chief Saxon is the only thing standing in their way. And so, on a country road outside of town, a car full of hit men pulls alongside the chief's vehicle and opens fire. His driver rushes the wounded cop to the hospital, but Saxon is dead upon arrival. When news of the murder comes across the police radio, Saxon's son is the first to hear it. A hardened police lieutenant, the younger Saxon is about to take revenge when the gangsters frame him for a crime he didn't commit. To avenge his father, and stay out of jail, Lieutenant Saxon must wage a one-man war against the mob.

Dead Man's Tale

by Ellery Queen

A fixer hunts down a man in Europe for the sake of his lover's fortune In 1943, Barney Street was flying a bombing mission over Holland when the Germans knocked his plane out of the sky. He bailed out at the last minute and was rescued from the Nazis by a Czech officer named Milo Hacha. Decades later, Street is dead, and his widow is desperate to get her greedy mitts on his estate. There's just one problem: His will leaves every cent to Hacha, who disappeared years ago. Street's widow hires her lover, Steve Longacre, to go to Europe in search of the missing benefactor. If he's dead, all is well. If not, Longacre will have to kill him. From Holland to Switzerland and beyond the Iron Curtain, Longacre stalks the Czech's trail. He may have come for money, but he'll be lucky to escape with his life.

Death Spins the Platter

by Ellery Queen

When a famous DJ is murdered mid-set, a reporter searches for the killer From 3:00 to 4:00 every afternoon, Tutter "Tut" King reigns supreme. The dreamy disc jockey is a favorite of the sock-hop set, spinning all the records that are too rocking for their parents to let them buy. When Tut is implicated in a payola scheme--taking as much as $100,000 under-the-table to push third-rate records--his teenage fans stand behind him. For Tut's last radio appearance, the teenyboppers turn out in force. He promises them a shocking announcement at the end of his set. Instead, they get a murder. During intermission, some unfriendly listener buries an icepick in the record spinner's chest. Reporter Jim Layton believes that Tut was about to implicate his bosses in the corruption. Now it's up to Layton to determine who put radio's coolest DJ on ice.

The Devil's Cook

by Ellery Queen

A killer stalks a college campus, sending the co-eds scurrying Terry Miles goes across the hallway expecting an orgy. When her neighbor opens his door, she finds that the promised erotic party is nothing more than a few brainy academics balancing beers on their bellies and arguing about philosophy. She's disappointed, but not surprised. Nothing ever happens at Handclasp, the most wholesome university in the most commonplace city in the United States. Nothing, that is, but murder. When Miles disappears, Police Captain Bartholdi isn't sure if she was kidnapped, murdered--or both. As the local cops mount a frantic search for the missing beauty, Bartholdi tries to unravel a case that hinges on a husband who doesn't miss his vanished wife, a university full of suspects, and a ragout that's overflowing with onions.

The Dutch Shoe Mystery

by Ellery Queen

Queen visits an operating theater to witness a surgery, but finds a murder insteadThe son of a police detective, Ellery Queen grew up in a bloody atmosphere. Since he started lending his deductive powers to the New York City homicide squad, he has seen more than his fair share of mangled corpses. Though he is accustomed to gore, the thought of seeing a living person sliced open makes him ill. So when a doctor invites him to sit in on an operation, Queen braces his stomach. As it happens, his stomach is spared, but his brain must go to work. The patient is Abigail Doorn, a millionairess in a diabetic coma. To prepare her for surgery, the hospital staff has stabilized her blood sugar level and wheeled her to the operating theater--but just before the first incision, the doctors realize she is dead, strangled while lying unconscious on her gurney. Queen came to the hospital to watch surgeons work, but now it's his time to operate.

The Egyptian Cross Mystery

by Ellery Queen

The Queens are intrigued when a grisly murder mars a small town's ChristmasIt's Christmas in Chicago, and Inspector Richard Queen is enjoying a busman's holiday at a conference on gangland violence--but his son, amateur sleuth Ellery, isbored silly. Until, that is, Ellery reads of an unusual killing in rural Arroyo, West Virginia: A schoolmaster has been found beheaded and crucified. Ellery hustles his father into his roadster and heads east, since there is nothing he'd like better for Christmas than a juicy, gruesome puzzle. When the Queens arrive in Arroyo, they learn that the victim was an eccentric atheist, but not the sort to make enemies. What initially looks to be the work of a sadistic cult turns out to be something far more sinister. In the months ahead, more victims will turn up all over the world--all killed in the same horrifying manner. It will take several bodies before Queen divines the clue that unlocks the mystery of the Christmas crucifixion.

The Ellery Queen Omnibus

by Ellery Queen

The Adventures of Ellery Queen, and The New Adventures of Ellery Queen, complete in one volume

Ellery Queen's Anthology Spring-Summer 1975

by Ellery Queen

1 long novel, 2 short novels, 2 novelets, 9 short stories, all mysteries compiled by Queen (and the last one written by him).

Ellery Queen's Japanese Golden Dozen

by Ellery Queen

The ideal detective-crime-mystery story of today, in the eyes of Japanese writers and critics, is "one which, although written around a believable framework, is first and foremost a detective fiction." And that definition is exemplified and adhered to in most of the stories that make up the Japanese Golden Dozen. The twelve stories in this book offer you detection of all types-deductive, intuitional, and procedural-and a "compleat calendar of crime' ranging from theft and poisoning to blackmail and murder. You will meet a variety of crime investigators, both official and amateur, including legal, journalist, and scientific detectives, in locales as different as a police inquest, a barber shop, a hospital, and a luxurious hotel. You will find in the diverse styles humor and horror, in the diverse plots "vampires" and villains-hours of excitement and escape, of suspense and suspension of disbelief, days of entertainment and adventure, and weeks of afterthoughts about the serious problems of modern living.

A Fine and Private Place

by Ellery Queen

Ellery Queen investigates a mobster whose bizarre death is marked by the number 9 Nino Importuna has a soft face, but when he smiles, it's terrifying. His Central Park penthouse is lavish, but it was bought with the blood of his enemies. His criminal empire controls mining, electronics, and food--legitimate corporations that he runs with a murderer's touch. When he catches one of his capos stealing from him, Importuna could either kill the man or send him to prison. Instead, he makes a simple demand: He wants the thief's daughter to be his wife. On their 5th wedding anniversary, Importuna signs his fortune over to his young bride. Soon after, the 9-fingered mobster is killed by 9 blows to the head and Ellery Queen receives a 9-letter note that holds the key to the homicide. In the legendary detective's final case, 9 is the magic number.

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