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The King is Dead (1952)

Armed men invade the Queen apartment. At their head is Abel Bendigo, brother of one of the world's most powerful men. King Bendigo of Bodigen Arms, an industrial monster whose tentacles embrace the planet. Someone is threatening to kill King, and Ellery must undertake to save his hated life. Virtual prisoners, Ellery and his father Inspector Queen are whisked away in a private plane to a mysterious island "somewhere in the Atlantic." In a frightening atmosphere of concentration camp, industrial slavery, and brute militarism, Ellery comes to grips with a baffling murderer who calmly announces not only the exact date of the assassination, but the exact hour and minute as well. He finds himself matching wits with the fascinating American-born King, handsome, cynical, an absolute monarch; with King's disturbing wife, Karla, from a European royal family; Abel, King's Prime Minister, of acute intelligence; and Judah, the saturnine little third brother with an inexhaustible thirst for expensive cognac.

"A preposterous story, told with the wealth of detail and characterization that Mr. Queen's admirers have come to expect."  Saturday Review

The King is Dead - cover Book Club Book by Little Brown & coThe King is Dead - cover Little Brown, 1952, Boston Book Club (BCE -BOMC)The King is Dead - Hardback cover 1952 ed.The King is Dead - cover Pocket Books #6047The King is dead - large print library

Ellery Queen takes on a political overtone here, and there's even a one-chapter trip back to Wrightsville for nostalgia. But there isn't too much mystery about whodunit--it's more a question of howdidhedoit.

The King is Dead - coverThe King is Dead - cover SignetThe King is Dead - Harper Perennial, 1994The King is Dead - Dustcover Gollancz edition, 1952The King is Dead - Gollancz, 1975
The King is Dead - dustcover Toscin Books, Heinemann, The Hague, 1952. It was published in English and it was prohibited to be introduced in the USA or the British Empire.The King is Dead - Penguin edition 1960The King Is Dead - Orion Books, UK, 19 Jun 2014The King Is Dead - cover audiobook Blackstone Audio, Inc., read by Mark Peckham, April 1. 2014The King Is Dead - cover MysteriousPress.com/Open Road, September 29, 2015

In the King is Dead (1952), as in some of his later works, EQ also used searches for a different kind of puzzle plot. Here EQ conducts an in depth search among a dead man's clothing, looking for some item that never shows up, but which should have been there. The reader has to try to figure out which item is missing from the long list of clothing. Francis M.Nevins calls this approach the "negative clue". It was also noticed as an EQ trait by John Dickson Carr in his essay "The Greatest Game in the World" (1946), and delightfully burlesqued there. EQ was not the only author to use this approach; it also shows up frequently in Agatha Christie, for example in her novel Death in the Clouds (1935).


Een Man een Man, een Woord een Moord - dutch coverEen man een man een woord een moord - coverLe Roi est Mort - cover French edition Un Mystere N°132, 1953Le roi est mort - cover French edition, éditions J'ai Lu, Paris, Nr.1766, 1985Le roi est mort - cover French edition J'ai Lu, 1998Detektive entfhrt - Cover German edition
Detektive entfhrt - Cover German edition Goldmann KrimisDetektive entfhrt - Cover German edition Ullstein, 1977Il re e morto - cover Italian edition, Garzanti Serie Gialla, 1954Il re è morto - cover Italian edition, Mondadori, series 'I Classici del Giallo'Il re e morto - cover Italian edition, Oscar gialli Mondadori n.121Il re e morto - cover Italian edition, Mondadori, series 'I Classici del Giallo'  N° 877, 5-9-2000

The King is dead  Translations:
Deens: King er dd 
Nederlands/Vlaams: Een man een man, een woord een moord 
Fins: Kuningas on kuollut 
Frans: Le roi est mort 
Duits: Detektive entfhrt 
  Hebrew: 
המלך מת 
Hungarian: Meghalt a kirly 
Indonesian: Sang Radja Telah Mati
 
Italiaans: Il re e morto 
Japanees: 帝王死す (teioukorosu) 
Korean: 킹은 죽었다 
Roemeens: Regele a murit 
Russisch: Король умер 
Spaans: El Rey Ha Muerto 
Zweeds: Kungen r dd 

Il re è morto - cover Italian editionIl re è morto - cover Italian edition, Amelibri Oscar scrittori del Novecento 1847, 2003El Rey Ha Muerto - Softcover Spanish edition, Mexico, 1955El Rey Ha Muerto - hardcover Spanish edition, Mexico, 1955El Rey Ha Muerto - Cover Spanish edition, Argentina, 1956El Rey Ha Muerto - Cover Spanish edition, Collecion Caiman
King er dd - Cover Danish edition, 1952King er dd - Cover Danish editionKing er dd - Cover Danish editionKungen r dd - Cover Swedish edition, 2015, DeckarhyllanKuningas on kuollut - cover Finnish edition 1992Meghalt a kirly - Cover Hungarian edition, Eurpa Knyvkiad, Budapest, 1959
Regele a murit - Romanian edition, 1991, Adevarul publicationהמלך מת - Cover Israel edition, 1965Sang Radja Telah Mati - Cover Indonesian edition of The King Is Dead, edition Buku RoketКороль умер - Cover Russian edition, 2005 (also includes The Player on the Other Side)The King is Dead - cover Japanese edition, Hayakawa Pocket Mystery BookThe King is Dead - cover Japanese edition, Hayakawa Publishing (full cover)
The King is Dead - cover Taiwanese edition, Face Press, April 1997The King is Dead - cover Taiwanese edition, April 20.1997The King is Dead - cover Chinese edition, New Star Press, October 2008The King is Dead - cover Chinese edition, New Star Press, March 2011The King is Dead - cover Chinese edition, Chemical Industry Press, August 1. 2014킹은 죽었다(The King is Dead) - cover South-Korean edition,  검은숲, Ellery Queen Collection, Jun 30. 2016
 

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