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The Devil to Pay (1938)

Queen is King when it comes to air-tight mysteries that combine in his inimitable and cunning way those elements of ingenuity, surprise, and original setting that make possible deductive solutions that are always fair to the reader and strictly in accordance with the science of streamlined murder. This, the fourteenth Queen to be introduced to America's largest book-buying public, presents a blonde and exotic actress, Winni Moon, and her scented chimpanzee; a murder which became a managing editor's dream; Pink, an athlete from Flatbush, Brooklyn; Solly Spaeth, an unethical financier from New York. And Queen is literally King in The Devil to Pay, when he masquerades as Hilary "Scoop" King.

The Devil to Pay - cover Bestseller Library, 1938The Devil to Pay - cover Pocket BooksThe Devil to Pay - cover SignetThe Devil to Pay - cover Pan Books 1960
The Devil to Pay - Dustcover Triangle Books, 1942 reprint, No. 176The Devil to Pay - Triangle Books, 1942 reprint, No. 176The Devil to Pay - cover paperback edition, Mayflower-Dell, 1966The Devil to Pay - cover e-Book/paperback edition, The Langtail Press, Feb 2011The Devil to Pay - cover audiobook Blackstone Audio, Inc., read by Robert Fass, December 1. 2013

Pre-publication in Cosmopolitan december 1937This first Hollywood novel, the first to have vaguely political overtones, never really builds up a really interesting detective plot. Its best section is the opening chapter, which sets up the romance subplot. How odd that the police did not catch the rather elementary clues that EQ did. EQ's mystery plot ideas about men's camel hair coats would find more logical expression in his short story, "Mind Over Matter" (1939).
Movie:
Ellery Queen and the Perfect Crime.

The Devil to Pay - cover Tower Books, The World Publishing Co, Cleveland, Ohio; 1946. The Devil to Pay - hardcover Tower Books, The World Publishing Co, Cleveland, Ohio; 1946. Exists in several colors...The Devil to Pay - cover Devil to Pay, LargePrint Thorndike Press,2003The Devil to Pay - cover Victor Gollancz, 1973The Devil to Pay - cover Victor Gollancz, 1951The Devil to Pay - cover eBook, JABberwocky Literary Agency, Inc, Feb 16. 2017


Moord in Hollywood - cover
Moord in Hollywood - coverLe Mystère de la Rapière - cover French edition Editions de la Nouvelle Revue Critique, Collection l'Empreinte N° 132, january 1938Le Mystère de la Rapière - cover Canadian periodical Dec 15. 1944, Vol 4, MontrealLe Mystère de la Rapière - cover French edition éditions J'ai Lu, Paris, Nr.3184, 1992Le Mystère de la Rapière - cover French edition éditions J'ai LuDes Teufels Rechnung - cover German edition Ullstein Krimi Nr.1768
Hollywood in subbuglio - cover Italian edition Biblioteca del Giallo Mondadori, 1965Hollywood in subbuglio - cover Italian edition Arnoldo Mondadori, 1965Hollywood in subbuglio - cover Italian edition I Classici del Giallo N° 664, July7.1992Piru Merrassa - cover Finnish edition, Pellervo, Helsinki, 1950El misterio de la espada - cover Spanish edition, Hachette, Buenos AiresEl misterio de la espada - cover Spanish edition, Hachette, Buenos Aires, 1945La cuenta del diablo - cover Spanish edition, Editorial Planeta, 1953

La cuenta del diablo - cover Spanish edition, 1957The Devil to Pay Translations: 
Danish: Hollywood-mordet 
Dutch/Flemish: Moord in Hollywood 
Finnish: Piru Merrassa 
French: Le mystère de la rapière 
German: Des Teufels Rechnung 
 Hebrew:  תאוות הבצע אינספקטור גליק
Italian: Hollywood in subbuglio 
Japanese: akumanohoufuku 
Portuguese: O diabo que Resolva 
Russian: Грозящая беда
 
Spanish: La cuenta del diablo (aka El misterio de la espada) 

O diabo que Resolva - Cover Portugese edition, 1947O diabo que Resolva - Cover Portugese edition, Vampiro, Livros do Brasil, Lisboa 1984תאוות הבצע אינספקטור גליק - Cover Israelian edition, 1968Грозящая беда - Cover Russian edition, 2005 (includes The Greek Coffin Mystery)The Devil to Pay - cover Japanese edition, 1998The Devil to Pay - coverThe Devil To Pay - cover Chinese edition, New Star Press, March 2011
 

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