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The Tragedy of Y (1932)

The Mad Hatters of Washington Square were not only mad but vicious -- "nasty people" as their neighbors were prone to whisper. So when the worst of the lot, old Emily Hatter, was found murdered, no one was particularly upset, except possibly Louisa Campion, her deaf, dumb, and blind daughter by a former marriage. In this tangled web, not one of the family was above suspicion. There were Barbara, the Delphic oracle of New York's intelligentsia, whose abnormality bordered on genius; Conrad, who loved liquor but couldn't hold it; Jackie, his son, with a wily brain and an inspired gift for inventing cruelties; and Jill, the eternal debutante, who experimented with Life with a capital L. But when the clues began to point to Emily's husband, York, proved dead beyond a doubt, Inspector Thumm turned in desperation to his old friend Drury Lane, the famous actor, whose brilliant analysis and solution of the case proved "The Tragedy of Y" a tragedy indeed.

The Tragedy of Y - Dustcover Grosset & Dunlap, New York, 1932 (early reprint)The Tragedy of Y - Grosset & Dunlap, New York, 1932 (early reprint)The Tragedy of Y - cover AvonThe Tragedy of Y - cover AvonThe Tragedy of Y - cover Grosset & Dunlop, 1941
The Tragedy of Y - cover Grosset & Dunlap
The Tragedy of Y - cover Wartime editionThe Tragedy of Y - cover Grosset & Dunlap, 1941The Tragedy of Y - cover audiobook Blackstone Audio, Inc., read by Mark Peckham, September 1. 2014The Tragedy of Y - cover MysteriousPress.com/Open Road (July 28, 2015)

Seems to be a case of murder by a dead man. EQ's first mathematics-based solution, in The Tragedy of Y, seems modeled on the similar math-based deductions in Chapter 9 of S.S. Van Dine's 'The Benson Murder Case' (1926). The use of mathematics seems related to EQ's deep commitment to logic and reasoning. Some critics have described some aspects of the plot as silly: the murderer bludgeons his victim to death with a mandolin because the instructions called for 'a blunt instrument'. There is a difference between silliness and improbability.

In 1978 made into a
Japanese TV play about Drury Lane.

The Tragedy of Y - cover, 1945The Tragedy of Y - cover Bestseller Mystery (Mercury)The Tragedy of Y - cover International Polygonics, Ltd.,1986-1987,art by QuayTragedy of Y - coverTragedy of Y - cover 'English' edition , Albatross Verlag in Albatross Modern Continental Library Nr70, Hamburg, Germany, 1933 and ..."Not to be introduced into the British Empire or the U.S.A."


Een Moordenaar pleegt plagiaat - dutch cover Prisma-Detective N°119Een Moordenaar pleegt plagiaat - coverLa Tragédie d'Y - cover French edition Gallimard, in the first Detective collection, n° 36 , 1934Die Tragödie von York - cover German edition Ullstein BucherDer Giftbecher - cover German editionLa tragedia di Y - cover Italian edtion, editions Mondadori, series ' I Gialli Mondadori' N°110, 1951The Tragedy of Y - Cover Italian edition I Classici del Giallo Mondadori N°11
The Tragedy of Y - Cover Italian edition I Classici del Giallo Mondadori, 1989La tragedia di Y - Cover Italian edition, Juny 7. 2011La tragedia di Y - Cover Italian edition, February 27. 2012A tragedia do Y - cover Portugese editionLa Tragedia de Y - Cover Spanish edition, Hachette, ArgentinaLa Tragedia de Y - Cover Spanish edition, Hachette, Argentina, 1949La Tragedia de Y - Cover Spanish edition, Picazo, Barcelona, 1976

The Tragedy of Y Translations 
Brasilian: Um Cadaver No Oceano  
D
anish: Y’s tragedie  
Dutch/Flemish: Een moordenaar pleegt plagiaat  
Finnish: Tapaus Y  
French: La Tragédie d'Y  
German: Die Tragödie von York (aka Der Giftbecher)  
Italian: La tragedia di Y  
Japanese: Yの悲劇 (Y no higeki)  
Korean: 드루리 레인 Y의 비극  
Portuguese: A tragédia do Y  
Russian: Трагедия Игрек 
Spanish: La tragedia de Y  
Turkish: Y'nin Esrarı  
Vietnamese: Tấn bi kịch Y  

Um Cadaver No Oceano - cover Brasilian edition, Brazil_Edições MM, 1974Tapaus Y - cover Finnish edition, 1948Y'nin Esrarı - cover Turkish edition, 1964Трагедия Игрек - Cover Russian edition, 2007 (also includes stories from Queens Full)드루리 레인 Y의 비극(The Tragedy of Y) - cover Korean edition, 시그마 북스 (Sigma Books), Dec 1. 1994드루리 레인 Y의 비극(The Tragedy of Y) -  cover Korean edition,  해문출판사(Haemun Publishing), Sep 25. 2001
드루리 레인 Y의 비극(The Tragedy of Y) - cover Korean edition,  동서문화동판(Dongsuh Mystery Books), Jan 1. 2003드루리 레인 Y의 비극(The Tragedy of Y) - cover Korean edition,  해문출판사(Haemun Publishing), Jul 15. 2003드루리 레인 Y의 비극(The Tragedy of Y) - cover Korean edition, 정태원 | 국일미디어 (De Jung, Zhou Media), Jul 15. 2003드루리 레인 Y의 비극(The Tragedy of Y) - cover South-Korean edition,  검은숲, The Ellery Queen Collection, 2013The Tragedy of Y - cover Japanese editionThe Tragedy of Y - cover Japanese editionThe Tragedy of Y - cover Japanese edition, Akita Shoten Publishing
The Tragedy of Y - cover Japanese edition, possibly Arakisha publishing 'Bernaby Ross' (sic)The Tragedy of Y - kaft Japanese uitgave, Hayakawa publishingThe Tragedy of Y - cover Japanese edition, HeiseidoThe Tragedy of Y - cover Japanese editionThe Tragedy of Y - cover Japanese edition, omnibusThe Tragedy of Y - cover Japanese edition, Arakisha uitgave, Black Book Selection, 1950
The Tragedy of Y - cover Japanese edition, Tokyo Sogensha, September 1959The Tragedy of Y - cover Japanese edition, Somoto reasoning, Sep 1959The Tragedy of Y - cover Japanese edition, Shincho Paperback, 1969The Tragedy of Y - cover Japanese edition, Hayakawa Pocket Mystery Book, 1970Tragedy of Y - cover Japanese edition, Aug 3. 1972The Tragedy of Y - cover Japanese edition, Bunken Publishing, 1977
Tragedy of Y - cover Japanese edition, Akita Shoten, World Mystery, 1982Tragedy of Y - cover Japanese edition, Kadokawa Bunko, February 1983Tragedy of Y - cover Japanese edition, Shinchosha Publisher, 1986Tragedy of Y - cover Japanese edition, Shueisha Bunko, Nov 1998Tragedy of Y - cover Japanese edition, Tor Books edition,  Aug 31. 1988The Tragedy of Y - cover Japanese edition, Poplar paperback, Mystery Box, 2004
Tragedy of Y - cover Japanese edition, Kadokawa Bunko, October 25. 2010Tragedy of Y - cover Japanese edition, November 2012The Tragedy of Y - cover Japanese edition, Shurisha Manga Bunko, 2013Tragedy of Y - cover Japanese editionThe Tragedy of Y - cover Taiwanese edition, Face Press, August 1995The Tragedy of X, The Tragedy of Y - cover Chinese edition, Masses Press, August 2000
The Tragedy of Y - cover Chinese edition, Adventure Publishing, June 18. 2001The Tragedy of Y - cover Chinese edition, New Star Press, 2009The Tragedy of Y - cover Chinese edition, New Star Press, 2009The Tragedy of Y - cover Chinese edition, New Star Press, March 2011The Tragedy of Y - cover Chinese edition,  New Star Press, Jan 2017Tấn bi kịch Y - cover Vietnamese edition of  'The Tragedy of Y", Văn học editions, 2016
 

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