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The Murderer is a Fox (1945)

"Why did you try to strangle your wife?"
"You don't understand, Mr. Queen," Linda Fox interrupted. ''It's not Davy's fault."
"I'd rather your husband spoke for himself, Mrs. Fox," remarked Ellery, studying Davy with his silver eyes. "Well, Captain Fox? Why did you try to kill your wife?''
Davy glared at him. But then his glance fell, and he seized his glass and gulped.
"Because," he said in the most hopeless of voices, ''my father killed his."
For the twelve years following the death of Davy's mother Jessica, and the trial of his father, Bayard, Davy Fox has suffered inner torture. Ellery Queen learns that the young captain has a twisted feeling of guilt springing from this early tragedy, and reinvestigates the 12-year-old mystery of Jessica's death in one of his most brilliant and startling cases.



"Well, in this latest tale Ellery returns to Wrightsville, a small town that was the scene of a previous novel, "Calamity Town." Here he unravels the mystery surrounding a death 12 years before, clears a man serving a life term for the supposed murder of his wife, and dissipates the neuroses of a returned war hero and unites him happily with his wife - largely, mind you, through the ring left in a glass a dozen years ago.
The plot is simpler that that of other recent Queen mysteries, which is all good and there is an unexpected kick at the end which probably will startle you but also leave you somewhat artistically bemused.
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(The Literary Guidepost by Charles E.Honce in The Wilmington Morning Star, June 4. 1945)

 

The Murderer is a Fox - coverThe Murderer is a Fox - coverThe Murderer is a Fox - cover Pan Books G420 1960The Murderer is a Fox - cover Dell, 1966
The Murderer is a Fox - cover Large Print edition,1978The Murderer is a Fox - cover Little, Brown & Co., 1945The Murderer is a Fox - cover Victor Gollancy Ltd of London,1945The Murderer is a Fox - cover Victor Gollancy Ltd of London,1948The Murderer is a Fox - cover Phoenix books, Printed in France in English.


The Murderer is a Fox - cover audiobook Blackstone Audio, Inc., read by Mark Peckham, February 1. 2014
Ellery Queen's second visit to Wrightsville brings his most vividly involving character studies; on this level, it's Ellery Queen's masterpiece. A pity that the final final resolution is based on rather thin evidence.

The Murderer is a Fox - kaft Detective Book Club, 1945The Murderer is a Fox - dustcover Little Brown & Co, May 1945The Murderer is a Fox - hardcover Little Brown & Co, May 1945The Murderer is a Fox - Hardback 1946 Sun Dial Press reprint
The Murderer is a Fox - cover Penguin edition, London, 1972The Murderer is a Fox - cover Langtail Press (2013/5/9)The Murderer is a Fox - cover eBook, JABberwocky Literary Agency, Inc, Feb 15. 2017


De Moordenaar heet Fox - dutch cover Prisma N°326
De Moordenaar heet Fox - coverDe Moordenaar het Fox - Dutch coverDe Moordenaar heet Fox - cover 'double detective' Geïllustreerde PersLe Renard et la digitale - French cover Le Limier, 1949Le Renard et la digitale - kaft Franse uitgave Albin Michel, Le Limier N°19, 1949
Le Renard et la digitale - French cover N° 1613, 1984Le Renard et la digitale - French cover, J'ai Lu, 23/10/1997Willkommen Mr.Fox - German coverDer Mörder ist ein Fuchs - German edition Ullstein 1756, 1976.Der Mörder ist ein Fuchs - cover German edition Ullstein Nr 39169L'assassiso e tra noi - cover Italian edition Serie Gialla Garzanti, 1956

The Murderer is a Fox Translations:
Czech: Vrahem je Fox 
Danish: Mord? 
Dutch/Flemish: De moordenaar heet Fox 
Finnish:
Murhaaja on kettu 
French: Le Renard et la digitale 
German: Willkommen, Mr.Fox (aka Der Mörder ist ein Fuchs) 
Hebrew: מי רצח את ג'סיקה פוקס (aka Mi ratsaḥ et Jesiḳah Foḳs?) 
Italian: L'assassino è tra noi 
Japanese: フォックス家の殺人 
Korean: 폭스가의 살인  
Norwegian: En morder i familien? 
Persian: قاتل روباه است 
Portuguese: O crime da raposa 
Spanish: El Asesino Es Un Zorro
 
Russian: УБИЙЦА - ЛИС (Eshche odin shans)
Swedish: Svältaräv 

L'assassiso e tra noi - cover Italian edition, 1973L'assassiso e tra noi - cover Italian edition, Nov. 21 1995L'assassiso e tra noi - cover Italian edition, 2007L'assassiso e tra noi - cover Italian edition, N° 1352,  I Giallo Mondadori Classici, 2014El Asesino Es Un Zorro - Cover Spanish edition, Argentina, 1947El Asesino Es Un Zorro - Cover Spanish edition, Rastros, Buenos Aires, 1960
O crime da raposa - cover Portuguese edition, Colecao Amarela, Editora Globo, Rio de Janeiro, 1952O crime da raposa - cover Portuguese edition, Livros do Brazil, Vampiro 61Svältaräv - cover Swedish edition, Spektra, 1977 Mord? - Cover Danish edition, 2015, Rosenkilde & BahnhofMurhaaja on kettu - cover Finnish edition, Gummerus,1959Murhaaja on kettu - cover Finnish edition, Gummerus,1992
Murhaaja on kettu - cover Finnish edition, Gummerus, Salamasarja series, June 2002
מי רצח את ג'סיקה פוקס (Mi ratsaḥ et Jesiḳah Foḳs?) - cover Israelian edition M. Mizraḥi, Tel-Aviv, 196?Dituduh membunuh - cover Indonesian edition, Buku Roketاتل روباه است - cover Persian edition 1988 or 2004,  افق (Horizon)УБИЙЦА - ЛИС - cover Russian edition 2005 (together with Calamity Town)The Murderer is a Fox - cover Japanese edition, Hayakawa Publishing, Feb 28. 1957
The Murderer is a Fox - cover Japanese edition, Hayakawa Publishing (full cover)The Murderer is a Fox - cover Japanse edition, Hayakawa bunko, Dec 17. 2020The Murderer is a Fox - cover Taiwanese edition, Face Press, April 6. 2007The Murderer is a Fox - cover Chinese edition, New Star Press, June 2010폭스가의 살인(The Murderer is a Fox) - cover South-Korean edition, Sigma Books, May 1. 1994폭스가의 살인(The Murderer is a Fox) - cover South-Korean edition,  검은숲, Ellery Queen Collection, May 20.2014
 


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