|ace to Face (1967)
It was death for "Old Glory"--and the
only clue to the murderer of Gloria Guild, the singing "Glory" of the 30s, is
her dying scrawl--"Face." Why face? Whose face? Ellery Queen pursues the Glory
Riddle from the Bowery to a way-out wedding--and a surprise climax that will jolt you into
cold shock. And any reader who nails this killer is a genius or a cheat.
"If the solution doesn't surprise you, you've peeked ahead to the finish." -- Houston Chronicle
A fine fantastic farrago... Technically faultless construction (one expects no less), admirable final twist and one lovely private joke for old-line Queen fans (as arent we all?). Anthony Boucher, New York Times
"For puzzle addicts this suave and tantalizing brain teaser is rare and glorious fare. Baltimore News American
"As usual Queen has played fair...
punctiliously revealing any clue he finds
, every theory he develops... every iota of evidence he uncovers, and challenges the
reader to predict the solution. And I'll bet you aren't right.
Florida Times Union
Appeared in two parts in Star Weekly on March 25. and April 1. 1967.
A good story on its own, but elements seem like replays from former
novels. At least the solution is satisfying and clever, but haven't we seen the Showdown
at a Wedding Ceremony bit before? Again one of the novels which may have
been ghostwritten. Some have mentioned the name of Jack
Vance. He did write a sci-fi-novel called The Face, but to this
date we've found no evidence to sustain the claim Vance had anything to do
with this book.
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