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.
Buck Horne was shot in front of 20,000 fans awaiting his comeback in the world's largest rodeo. Ellery Queen was one of them. But after a month of investigation, he was as baffled as everyone else.
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.
Ellery Queen takes a wrong turn on the great southwestern desert and finds a hidden valley, peopled by a strange religious group.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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 Adventures of Ellery Queen, and The New Adventures of Ellery Queen, complete in one volume
1 long novel, 2 short novels, 2 novelets, 9 short stories, all mysteries compiled by Queen (and the last one written by him).
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 corpse in a department store window offers a gruesome puzzle for Ellery QueenThe windows of French's department store are one of New York's great attractions. Year-round, their displays show off the finest in fashion, art, and home décor, and tourists and locals alike make a point of stopping to see what's on offer. One afternoon, as the board debates a merger upstairs, a salesgirl begins a demonstration in one of the windows, showing off French's new Murphy bed. A crowd gathers to watch the bed lower from the wall after a single touch of a button. But as the bed opens, people run screaming. Out tumbles a woman--crumpled, bloody, and dead. The victim was Mrs. French, wife of the company president, and finding her killer will turn this esteemed store upside down. Only one detective has the soft touch necessary--debonair intellectual Ellery Queen. As Queen and his police inspector father dig into French's secrets, they find their killer is more serious than any window shopper.
In one of his earliest cases, Ellery Queen confronts a murder in blue bloodAmerica's master of deduction, Ellery Queen, has made his name by combining dazzling feats of pure reason with the old-fashioned legwork that comes with being the son of a New York cop. Before he became the nation's most famous sleuth, he was just an untested talent--a bookworm who thought he might put his genius to work solving crimes. Young Queen made his bones on the Khalkis case. The scion of a famous New York art-dealing family, Georg Khalkis has spent several years housebound with blindness--a misery he is relieved of when a heart attack knocks him dead on the library floor. After the funeral, his will vanishes, and an exhaustive search of home, churchyard, crypt, and mourners reveals nothing. Baffled, the police turn to a headstrong young genius named Ellery Queen. During this case, Queen develops his deductive method--and swings dramatically between failure and success.
This eerie mystery thriller features a vanishing girl, a Spanish-speaking parrot, and a time-telling turtle in a case that baffles even the Secret Service.
En la hacienda de Cabo Español, hogar de ricos y malvados, Walter Godfrey da una fiesta por todo lo alto. Pero la velada se verá interrumpida por un pistolero tuerto que secuestra a su hija y al tío de esta, confundiéndolo con su amante John Marco. El detective Ellery Queen, de vacaciones en Cabo Español, logra rescatar a la hija de Godfrey. Pero poco durará la alegría: a la mañana siguiente de su liberación aparece asesinado John Marco, desnudo y envuelto en una capa española. El caso promete sacar a la luz muchos trapos sucios, ya que todos los huéspedes parecen tener algún vínculo vergonzoso con el muerto.
Durante un viaje en coche, Ellery Queen y su padre se topan con un increíble incendio que les obliga a desviarse de su camino. Ambos encuentran refugio en una mansión propiedad del misterioso doctor John Xavier, un cirujano que experimenta con animales. La gente que habita la propiedad, testigo de los experimentos del cirujano, no podría ser más variopinta: dos hermanos siameses que esperan una operación para separarles, un cleptómano que compulsivamente se apropia de cuantas joyas están a su alcance y Marie Carreau, dama de alto copete. Cuando el cadáver de John Xavier aparece con la mitad de una jota de diamantes en la mano, los Queen saben que tendrán que resolver un complejo misterio antes de que la mansión caiga en las fauces del fuego.
Georg Khalkis, eminente marchante de arte de Nueva York, fallece de un ataque al corazón tras haber pasado años recluido en su casa a causa de una ceguera degenerativa. Tras las exequias, su testamento desaparece. Las pesquisas de la policía no parecen dar fruto, motivo por el cual deciden pedirle consejo a un obstinado ratón de biblioteca, ávido lector de novelas policíacas. En el que será su primer caso como detective, Ellery Queen seguirá infinidad de pistas, casi todas ellas falsas. La deducción lógica parece ímproba ante un asesino implacable y experto que se prepara para dar su próximo golpe.
16 bafflers: 1 dying message novelette, 4 contemporary problems in deduction, 8 mysteries, 2 puzzles, and 1 historical detective story.
A murder in a crowded theater leaves a pack of suspects, but only one clueDespite the dismal Broadway season, Gunplay continues to draw crowds. A gangland spectacle, it's packed to the gills with action, explosions, and gunfire. In fact, Gunplay is so loud that no one notices the killing of Monte Field. In a sold-out theater, Field is found dead partway through the second act, surrounded by empty seats. The police hold the crowd and call for the one man who can untangle this daring murder: Inspector Richard Queen. With the help of his son Ellery, a bibliophile and novelist whose imagination can solve any crime, the Inspector attacks this seemingly impenetrable mystery. Anyone in the theater could have killed the unscrupulous lawyer, and several had the motive. Only Ellery Queen, in his debut novel, can decipher the clue of the dead man's missing top hat.
Ellery Queen solves two murders three times before ending the Siamese twin mystery.
Trapped on a burning mountain, the Queens take refuge with a killerDashing detective Ellery Queen and his father are driving over the pothole-scarred Arrow Mountain road when they come face to face with a wall of flame. They tear back in the other direction, fire at their fenders, and finally find safety in a clearing, at the home of Dr. Xavier, a renowned surgeon. He is a genial man, but his distracted, mysterious smile conceals dark secrets. Passing through one of the drafty hallways, Ellery's father is startled by a pair of eyes burning in the darkness--the eyes of a monster. Could they be trapped on some kind of mountain of Dr. Moreau? Dr. Xavier introduces them to the rest of his household, including his wife, brother, and medical assistant. Everyone's welcoming, but they also seem anxious and cagey. When the good doctor is found shot to death in his study, Queen realizes that he and his father have more to fear than a pair of sinister eyes. The Queens may have escaped the forest fire, but they have leapt into a situation that is every bit as hot.
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