|he Dragon's Teeth
aka he Virgin Heiresses ( 1939)
When a very odd but important millionaire was
buried at the bottom of the Caribbean Sea, it might have embarrassed Ellery Queen. After
all, the millionaire had been the first client of Ellery Queen, Inc. And now the client
had joined the mackerels he was deader than. The crew of his yacht was scattered, and
there was no autopsy to suggest the ways and means of his death.
The Dragon's Teeth
(1939) is an unusual
book in the Queen canon. It is certainly not centered on deduction, or the
other things that make most of EQ great. Things which one could find
disturbing although the storytelling of the book is much more
advanced. EQ tries to create a new hero for the book, and get him involved
in romantic adventures. The story succeeds admirably as romantic fiction. If
you are going to enjoy it, you just have to accept the book on its own
terms, and adjust yourself to its orientation away from EQ's traditions. (Michael
Cadmus Cole was missing at sea. The story is set in
N.Y. City, Hollywood and Tarrytown (in the "Villanoy" room 1726).
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