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Face 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 aren’t 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.”     — The Florida Times Union

Face to Face - coverFace to Face - cover Signet Books #451-Y6872Face to Face - cover PenguinFace to Face - cover Victor Gollancz Ltd London 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.

Face to Face - audio coverFace to Face - audio coverFace to Face - cover audiobook, audiobook Blackstone Audio, Inc., read by Patrick Cullen, December 16. 1999
Face to Face - cover audiobook Blackstone Audio, Inc., read by Patrick Cullen, November 1. 2010Face to Face - cover audiobook Blackstone Audio, Inc., read by Robert Fass, July 1. 2014Face to Face - cover eBook, JABberwocky Literary Agency, Inc, Feb 16. 2017


Zingend de Pijp Uit - coverZingend de Pijp Uit - coverFace a Face - cover French edition Collection Mystere Nr 73, 1968Face a Face - cover French edition  Nr 1179, 1975Face a Face - cover French edition J'ai LuFace a Face - cover French editions collection J'ai Lu Nr 2779, 1990.Nur eine frage der Lesart - cover German edition Ullstein Krimi 1170, 1968 translation Mechtild Sandberg
Nur eine frage der Lesart - cover German edition Ullstein Krimi Nr.1708Ellery Queen e la parola chiave - cover Italian edition, Mondadori, series I Classici del Giallo, June 7. 1983Ellery Queen e la parola chiave - cover Italian edition Mondadori, series Oscar Gialli, May 1985
Ellery Queen e la parola chiave - cover Italian editionEllery Queen e la parola chiave - cover Italian edition, 2005Cara a Cara - Cover Spanish edition Bruguera, Club Del Misterio, Nr3, 1981.Cara a Cara - Cover Spanish edition, Picazo, Barcelona, 1972

Face to Face Translations:
Danish: Gåden om Gloria 
Dutch/Flemish: Zingend de pijp uit 
French: Face à face 
German: Nur eine Frage der Lesart 
Italian: Ellery Queen e la parola chiave 
Japanese: 顔 (kao) 
Polish: Tvárí v tvár 
Russian: ЛИЦОМ К ЛИЦУ 
Spanish: Cara a cara 
Swedish: Rebus i rött 

Cara a Cara - Cover Spanish edition Cara A Cara - cover Portuguese edition, Colleccao XISCara a Cara - Cover Spanish edition, Ciudad de Libros (eBook)Gåden om Gloria - Cover Danish edition, LademannGåden om Gloria - Cover Danish edition, Rosenkilde & Bahnhof, 2015Rebus i rott - cover Swedish edition, 1974ЛИЦОМ К ЛИЦУ - Cover Russian edition, 1994 (Together with The Finishing Stroke)
ЛИЦОМ К ЛИЦУ - Cover Russian edition, 2006 (Includes The Finishing Stroke)Face to Face - cover Japanese edition, Hayakawa Pocket Mystery Book, 1973Face to Face - cover Japanese edition, Hayakawa Publishing (full cover)Face to face - cover Chinese edition, Masses Press, January 1. 1999Face to Face - cover Taiwanese edition, Face Press, June 2006Face to Face - cover Chinese edition, New Star Press, January 2009Face to Face - cover Chinese edition, New Star Press, January 2009
 

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