|he Murderer is a Fox
"Why did you try to strangle
"You don't understand, Mr. Queen," Linda Fox interrupted. ''It's not Davy's
"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.
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.