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The Door Between (1937)

Take Karen Leith's house. It faced Washington Square, meeting place for poets and painters. It was tall, skinny, and filled with exotic Japanese art objects. It also held a corpse -- Karen Leith's corpse.

Karen Leith was dead. She had died quite alone, in a small secluded room in her weird Greenwich Village house. It was, of course, suicide. Some hideous secret long ago had transformed Karen into a silent, unhappy woman. Ellery Queen was one of the few who doubted the suicide theory. As he penetrated deeper and deeper into Karen's past, he became certain that the woman had been murdered -- killed in as clever and horrifying manner as he had ever encountered. As he followed a strange and devious trail to the solution he found out why she was so dangerous to one person that she had to die.

Ellery Queen knew that Karen was a Village character...a silent, unhappy woman who found escape only when she was working on one of her brilliant novels. As he penetrated deeper and deeper into Karen's past, he learned her hideous secret. He became certain that this strange woman, living in New York's strangest neighborhood, had been murdered . . . but how? And by whom?

The Door Between - coverThe Door Between - Dustcover Tower Books World Publishing Co., 1946The Door Between - cover Tower Books World Publishing 1946 Cleveland New YorkThe Door Between - cover
The Door Between - cover Mercury Mystery paperback magazine #32 1937The Door Between - cover Grosset & Dunlap, reprint, 1937The Door Between - cover Triangle BooksThe Door Between - cover SignetThe Door Between - cover

A departure: much of the story is told from the perspective of one of the female characters. The effect of the magazines in which Queen pre-published is seen throughout this tale of love triangles and relationships. His attempt to appeal to 'the lowest common denominator' proved fatal for the story. Despite Ellery's brilliant solution(s) to a classic "locked room" mystery, which is quite well worked out but in the end fails to save the story as it is to much based on guesswork rather than deduction. The greatly altered story was used for the movie Ellery Queen, Master Detective. By this time the cousins had come to know S.S. Van Dine socially and rumor has it that Dannay based a number of characters on him. John MacClure,"... worn out by years of search for a cancer cure, has come to treat money and fame and life with detached scientific aloofness' could have been modeled on Van Dine (Nevins)

In Japan, the book is actually called Nippon Kashidori no Nazo aka "The Japanese Jay Mystery", and therefore also considered part of the ‘nationality’ series there (Ho-Ling) 

The Door Between - cover International Readers LeagueThe Door Between - cover audiobooksThe Door Between - cover audiobooksThe Door Between - cover audiobook Blackstone Audio, Inc., read by Mark Peckham, January 1. 2014The Door Between - cover eBook, JABberwocky Literary Agency, Inc, Feb 15. 2017


De Halve Schaar - coverDe Halve Schaar - coverLe mystère du grenier - cover French edition Editions de la Nouvelle Revue Critique, Collection l'Empreinte n° 132, january 1938Le mystère du grenier - cover French edition Mon Magazine Policier Revue Moderne Montreal Canada, August 1945Le Mystère Japonais - cover French edition LE LIMIER Editions, 1950Le Mystère Japonais - cover French edition LE LIMIER Editions Albin Michel, N°27 , 1950Besuch am letzten Tag - cover German edition Uhlen
Die trennende Tür - cover German edition Scherz KrimiDie trennende Tür - cover German edition Scherz-Verlag, 1961Die trennende Tür - cover German edition Scherz-Verlag 415Die trennende Tür - cover Scherz Krimi, 1998Die trennende Tür - cover German editionDie trennende Tür - cover German editionA Porta do Meio - Cover Portugese edition, 1949

The Door Between Translations: 
Danish: Døren imellem 
Dutch/Flemish: De Halve Schaar 
French: Le mystère du grenier (aka Le mystère Japonais) 
German: Die Trennende Tür (aka Besuch am letzten Tag) 
Hebrew:  מסתרי הדלת הנעולה 
Italian: La porta chiusa (aka Ellery Queen e Il mistero d'oriente) 
Japanese:  日本庭園殺人事件 (aka nipponkasijimanonazo)
(aka 隔てのドア) (aka 日本キモノのなぞ )
Mexican: La Puerta Intermedia 
Norwegian: Den lukkende døren 
Portuguese:A Porta do Meio 
Romanian: Cazul Karen Leith
 
Spanish: La Puerta Intermedia (aka Tras La Puerta Cerrada) 
Swedish: Den stängda dörren 
Russian: ДВЕРЬ В МАНСАРДУ 
Turkish: Olur şey değil
 

A Porta do Meio - Cover Portugese edition, Vampiro, Livros do Brasil, Lisboa 1987La porta chiusa - cover Italian edition Giallo Mondadori N°11, 1946La porta chiusa - cover Italian edition I Classici del Giallo 359, 28/10/1980La Porta Chiusa - Cover Italian edition, Collana Oscar Gialli N° 146, Milan, 1989.La Porta Chiusa - Cover Italian editionLa Puerta Intermedia - Cover Spanish edition, Ed. Diana, also includes The French Key by Frank GruberTras La Puerta Cerrada - Published by Libreria Hachette, Argentina, July 1944
Tras La Puerta Cerrada - Published by Libreria Hachette, ArgentinaTras La Puerta Cerrada - Cover Spanish edition, P. Hermanos, imp,  Barcelona, 'Colección "El Buho"', 32. Versión castellana de Fernando González. Tras La Puerta Cerrada - Cover Spanish edition, published by Planeta, Barcelona, 1955Tras La Puerta Cerrada - Spanish edition published by Libreria Hachette of Buenos Aires, soft cover, 1952Døren imellem - Cover Danish edition, Martins KriminalserieDøren imellem - Cover Danish edition
Den stängda dörren - cover Swedish edition Bonniers Den stängda dörren - cover Swedish edition Bonniers FolksbibliotekCazul Karen Leith - Cover Romanian edition, Meridianeמסתרי הדלת הנעולה - Cover Israelian edition, 1972Olur şey değil - cover Turkish edition, 1972ДВЕРЬ В МАНСАРДУ -Cover Russian edition, 2000
ДВЕРЬ В МАНСАРДУ - Cover Russian edition, 2004 (Includes The Dragon's Teeth)The Door Between - cover Japanese editionThe Door Between - cover Japanese edition, Tokyo Sogensha, 1961日本キモノのなぞ - cover Japanese edition, Feb 1965 (The Japanese Kimono Mystery)The Door Between (日本庭園殺人事件) - cover Japanese edition, Kadokawa Bunko, 1967The Door Between (日本庭園殺人事件) - cover Japanese edition, Kadokawa Bunko Paperback, 1967
The Door Between (日本庭園殺人事件) - cover Japanese edition, Kadokawa Bunko, 1967The Door Between - cover Japanese edition, 1999The Door Between - cover Chinese edition, Masses PressThe Door Between - cover Taiwanese edition, September 9. 2004The Door Between - cover Chinese edition, Inner Mongolia People's Publishing House, January 2009The Door Between - cover Chinese edition, Chemical Industry Press, June 2013
 

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