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Drury Lane's Last Case (1933)

Ellery Queen challenges you to solve these clues to death. A thin envelope--worth a man's life. A shattered display case--whose stolen contents a thief replaced with a strange manuscript. The murder symbol: 3HS wM-...the queer cipher found to be an old mark of death. These are but a few of tPatience Thumm in art work from the Toronto Star Weekly dated Sunday November 16, 1946he baffling signs Drury Lane follows down a path of deception and murder to one of the most startling climaxes in mystery fiction!
Cornered! The roadster screeched to a halt. A Cadillac was blocking the road. Suddenly a masked figure leaped from the big car, a gun in its hand. Patience Thumm screamed, then struggled to open her car door. But the gun came down sharply on her knuckles. "Give me the letter," the masked figure commanded.

When Inspector Thumm was given a thousand dollars to guard a letter, he thought that someone was playing a practical joke. But when a masked stranger threatened his daughter, the inspector knew he had been handed a case loaded with intrigue and death.

Drury Lane's Last Case - cover Pocket #669, 1949, art by Bernard SafranDrury Lane's Last Case - cover Vicking Press, 1933Drury Lane's Last Case - hardcover Vicking Press, 1933 (Exists in several colors)Drury Lane's Last Case - cover Little, Brown & co.
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Reverting to a third-person narrative, possibly the most intriguing and gripping plotline of the series, full of surprise twists, reverses, and inexplicable events. Although a key clue is Mystery League - N°1 October 1933dropped rather unsubtly but nobody in the story picks up on it until long after the reader catches on. There are loose ends and unexplained developments here and there that never do get dealt with. And the "startling" identity of the murderer, in the back of the alert reader's mind from the first chapter, becomes less and less startling as the story proceeds. It's a tricky matter to the solution logically rather than through mere guesswork, and the logical clues are all there to be read. EQ's writing is here at a peak--the notion that characterization and emotion in his early work were shortchanged is neatly demolished by this tome. Great climax!.

Drury Lane's Last Case - cover International Polygonics, Ltd.,1986-1987,art by QuayDrury Lane's Last Case - cover Australian edition Cassell 1933Drury Lane's Last Case - cover audiobook Blackstone Audio, Inc., read by Mark Peckham, October 1, 2014Drury Lane's Last Case - cover MysteriousPress.com/Open Road (July 28, 2015)


Een Spelletje Patience - dutch coverEen Spelletje Patience - dutch coverLa Dernière Affaire du Drury Lane - cover French edition Gallimard, Détective n°44, 1935Drury Lanes letzter Fall - cover German edition Ullstein KrimiDrury Lanes letzter Fall - cover German edition, SM-Bücher, Sigbert Mohn Verlag, Gütersloh, 1960Cala la tela - cover Italian edition I Gialli Mondadori, nr. 163, 1952.
Cala la tela - cover Italian edition Il Classici del Giallo, 1971Cala la tela - cover Italian edition, editions Mondadori, series  Il Classici del Giallo N°612, 1990L'Ultimo Caso di Drury Lane - Cover Italian edition, 2014Drury Lane Abandona La Escena - Cover Spanish edition, Hachette, Buenos Aires, 1947, ArgentinaEl último caso de Drury Lane - Cover Spanish edition, 1980El último caso de Drury Lane - Cover Spanish edition El Païs, 2004

Drury Lane's last case Translations: 
Danish: Drury Lanes sidste sag  
(aka Bogen der dræbte) 
Dutch/Flemish: Een spelletje patience 
French: La Dernière Affaire du Drury Lane 
German: Drury Lanes letzter Fall 
Hebrew: האיש שגנב את שקספיר 
Italian: Cala la tela 
(AKA L'Ultimo Caso di Drury Lane)
 
Japanese: レーン最後の事件 (dorurii.reiensaigonojiken) 
Korean: 최후의 비극 
Russian: Последнее дело Друри Лейна 
Portuguese: A última tragédia 
Spanish: El último caso de Drury Lane 
(aka Drury Lane Abandona La Escena) 
Vietnamese: Bi kịch cuối cùng 

El último caso de Drury Lane - Cover Spanish edition, Madrid, October 2005A última tragédia - cover Portuguese editionBogen der dræbte - Cover Danish editionהאיש שגנב את שקספיר - Cover Israelian edition, 1965Тайна Египетского Реста - cover Russian edition, 1994Последнее дело Друри Лейна - Cover Russian edition, 2007 (includes Cop Out & The Last Man Club)
Drury Lane's Last Case - cover Japanese edition, Ogihara Hosibunkan, 1936Drury Lane's Last Case - cover Japanese edition, Hayakawa Pocket Mystery Book, Jan 15. 1957Drury Lane's Last Case - cover Japanese edition, 1957 (?)Drury Lane's Last Case - cover Japanese edition, Tokyo Sogensha, November 13. 1959Drury Lane's Last Case - cover Japanese edition, Tokyo Sogensha, March 25. 1960Drury Lane's Last Case - cover Japanese edition, Obunsha editions, April 1965
Drury Lane's Last Case - cover Japanese edition, Tokyo Sogensha, 80sDrury Lane's Last Case - cover Japanese edition, Kadokawa Bunko, 1983 (re-issued May 5. 2011)Drury Lane's Last Case - cover Japanese edition, Hayakawa Publishing, March 1996Drury Lane's Last Case - cover Japanese edition, Kadokawa Bunko, September 23. 2011Drury Lane's Last Case - cover Japanese edition, e-Book edition, December 19. 2012Drury Lane's Last Case - cover Taiwanese edition, Face Press, September 1. 1995
The Tragedy of Z, Drury Lane's Last Case - cover Chinese edition, Masses Press, October 2000Drury Lane's Last Case - cover Chinese edition, New Star Press, 2009Drury Lane's Last Case - cover Chinese edition, New Star Press, Jan 2017Bi kịch cuối cùng - cover Vietnamese edition of  'Drury Lane's Last Case", Văn học editions, 2016최후의 비극(Drury Lane's Last Case) - cover Korean edition,  시그마 북스 (Sigma Books), Feb 1. 1994최후의 비극(Drury Lane's Last Case) - cover South-Korean edition,  검은숲, The Ellery Queen Collection, 2013
 

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