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The Last Woman in his life (1970)

John Lovering Benedict had more of everything than most men, most of all more women--including 3 ex-wives with little in common but their extraordinary physiques. For Ellery Queen the question was which one of them had bashed in Benedict's skull with a hunk of iron statuary? The clues were many, but puzzling. All had been planted at the scene of the crime, but by whom, and for what purpose? And who was the last woman in John Benedict's life?

The green wig belonged to a redheaded Vegas show girl. The sequined gown had highlighted the bouncy silhouette of a blonde off-Broadway actress. The long evening gloves were the property of a bosomy small-town nurse. These were more than an inventory of ladies' wear. For they were found on the scene of a brutal crime during a hideaway weekend, near the body of an internationally known jet-setter notorious for his pursuit of beautiful women. What did they mean? ... There is the victim's dying message. There is the mysterious woman to whom the trail is long and difficult. Above all there is the question: Who was the last woman in his life?

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Another dying clue, another plot that seems stretched out for its length, with the final solution not quite as surprising as it should be. Too much penny-ante psychology, not enough story. Wrightsville revisited.

The Last Woman in his Life - hard cover World Publishing Co., New York and Cleveland, 1969The Last Woman in his Life - cover audiobook Blackstone Audio, Inc., read by Mark Peckham, July 1. 2014The Last Woman in his Life - cover MysteriousPress.com/Open Road, August 4, 2015


Horen, zien en zwijgen - Dutch coverHoren, zien en zwijgen - Dutch coverLa dernière femme de sa vie - cover French edition éditions J'ai Lu, Paris, Nr 2052, 1986Die letzte Frau seines Lebens - cover German edition Ullstein Krimi N°1382, 1971Seine letzte Frau - cover German edition Kaizer KrimiSeine letzte Frau - cover German edition Scherz-Verlag
L’ultima donna della sua vita - Cover Italian edition, Collana Dei Gialli Mondadori, N° 1215, 1972L’ultima donna della sua vita - Cover Italian edition, 2008O caçador de beldades - cover Portuguese edition, Coleccao Vampiro, Livros do Brasil, Lisboa, 1970A Ultima Mulher Em Sua Vida - cover Portuguese edition, Abril Cultural, 1981, BrasilLa Última mujer en su vida - cover Spanish edition, Barcelona, 1987

The last woman in his life Translations: 
Danish: Den fjerde kvinde  
Dutch/Flemish: Horen, zien en zwijgen  
Finnish:
Hänen elämänsä viimeinen nainen  
French: La dernière femme de sa vie  
German: Seine letzte Frau (aka Die letzte Frau seines Lebens) 
Greek: ΤΡΕΙΣ ΥΠΟΠΤΕΣ ΓΙΑ ΦΟΝΟ 
Italian: L’ultima donna della sua vita  
Japanese: saigonoonna  
Portuguese: A Ultima Mulher Em Sua Vida  
aka O caçador de beldades  
Russian: ПОСЛЕДНЯЯ ЖЕНЩИНА В ЕГО ЖИЗНИ
  
Spanish: La Última mujer en su vida  

A Ultima Mulher Em Sua Vida - cover Argentinian edition, 1976La Última mujer en su vida - cover Argentinian editionDen fjerde kvinde - cover Danish editionDen fjerde kvinde - cover Danish edition, Rosenkilde, February 15. 2018Hänen elämänsä viimeinen nainen - Cover Finnish edition 1971
ΤΡΕΙΣ ΥΠΟΠΤΕΣ ΓΙΑ ΦΟΝΟ - Cover Greek edition, 2007ПОСЛЕДНЯЯ ЖЕНЩИНА В ЕГО ЖИЗНИ - Cover Russian edition, 2006 (together with A Fine and Private Place)The Last Woman in his Life - cover Japanese edition, Hayakawa Publishing (full cover), 1976
The Last Woman in his Life - cover Chinese edition, New Star Press, December 10. 2011
 


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