Room to Die
How could a man have
been murdered when he was found alone in his study, a gun in his hand, and the door locked
from the inside? It had to be suicide, the police figured, for although there was no
suicide note there was a letter proving conclusively that Roland Nelson, over the last
several months, was being blackmailed. But to his daughter, Ann, whom he had seen only
spasmodically since he had left her mother when Ann was a baby, there were unanswered
questions. She was convinced that her father could never have killed himself. Before she
found the answers, two people were brutally garroted with a wire, one of them in her own
apartment. Could she fins all the answers before the killer silenced
Ghostwritten by Jack Vance.
did he write the books? "Because
gave me a flat fee of 3000 dollars for each book. Which was then a lot of
money ! I did have to sign a contract never to reveal I actually wrote the
Theoretically I never took his name. In a way he took my good prose
and did everything to let it pass as his own." Vance was forbidden by his contract to sign copies of books written under the
Ellery Queen pseudonym. As Vance developed a following in his own
right (he was an elaborate sci-fi-writer), he did eventually sign the
Queen-books as "Jack Vance" or "Ellery Queen" and initialed "JV". Recently
the manuscripts of the three Vance Queens were partially recovered. They
will be restored and made available.
So this story
was published under
its original title Death of a
Solitary Chess Player as a supplemental volume to
the Vance Integral Edition in 2006.
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