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The Tragedy of Z (1933)

Detection by rule of Thumm. Brooding over the quiet countryside of Tilden County in upstate New York stand the grim walls of Algonquin Prison. And on the very day that Senator Fawcett, a man with many enemies, is found stabbed to death in his study, a little man is released from that prison. Inspector Thumm and his daughter Patience, who have accepted a commission from Elihu Clay to look into the affairs of his "silent partner," try to unravel the web of circumstantial evidence that has enmeshed an innocent man. But time grows short, and John Hume, the District Attorney and the Senator's political opponent, finds a quick conviction expedient. Patience refuses to be beaten by a lack of evidence, and with the help of her father's old friend, Drury Lane, finally stops an execution and brings the true criminal to justice

She wanted to scream but she didn't. She just starred in fascinated horror at the second murdered man she had seen in her life. What she saw was a man lying with cold, dead eyes staring wide at the ceiling, while from the chest jutted the handle of a knife. The senator lay before her with the knife buried up to the hilt in his still warm body. This was a murder with national repercussions. He had hundreds of political enemies. Any one of them could be the murderer. Drury Lane, the brilliant criminologist, had to come up with a lead in a tangle of faulty clues. Patty, a luscious, wandering blonde with melting blue eyes was on his side- and she was a very necessary aide in one of the most startling mysteries.
How this clever young girl, who sickened at the sight of blood, aided famous Drury Lane in solving a baffling murder with scandalous overtones makes the Tragedy of Z an excitingly different Ellery Queen Mystery.

The Tragedy of Z - cover Grosset & DunlapThe Tragedy of Z - hard cover Grosset & DunlapThe Tragedy of Z - cover reprint Little & Brown, 1942The Tragedy of Z - hardcover reprint Little & Brown, 1942The Tragedy of Z - cover Australian edition Cassell July 1934
The Tragedy of Z - cover Pocket BookThe Tragedy of Z - Little & Brown editionThe Tragedy of Z - cover Avon May 1966The Tragedy of Z - cover International Polygonics, Ltd.,1986-1987,art by Quay

The first of the two Drury Lane novels which lean rather heavily on Inspector Thumm's daughter, Patience. 
" 'The Tragedy of Z' (1933) is the most impressive of the Drury Lane novels. Its great glory is the finale, where the detective moves through great chains of evidence to deduce the killer. One would hope there would be more finales like this in detective fiction, where logical deduction reigns supreme; but unfortunately it has all too infrequently been taken as a model.  Of all mystery writers, Ellery Queen is the one most interested in reason. Logical deduction is the very essence of the Queen universe."
(Michael E.Grost)

The Tragedy of Z - cover Avon(#726) 1954 cover by MarchettiThe Tragedy of Z - cover publ. Avon 1952The Tragedy of Z - cover edition PBK Mayflower 1966The Tragedy of Z - cover audiobook Blackstone Audio, Inc., read by Rachel Dulude, October 29. 2014The Tragedy of Z - cover MysteriousPress.com/Open Road (July 28, 2015)
 


Het Geheim van de Laatste Letter - dutch cover Prisma-detective N° 84Het geheim van de laatste letter - cover dutch editionLa Tragédie de Z - cover French edition Gallimard, in the first Detective collection N°29, 1934Wettlauf mit dem Schicksal - cover German edition Mitternachtsbucher N°37La Tragedia di Z - cover Italian edition, Mondadori, 1952La Tragedia di Z - cover Italian edition, I classici del giallo - n° 17La Tragedia di Z - cover Italian edition, Mondadori, series ' Capolavori Dei Gialli' Nr. 53, 1956
La Tragedia di Z - cover Italian edition, I Classici del Giallo, Nr.607, Ed. Mondadori - 1990La Tragedia di Z - cover Italian edition, Oscar Mondadori, 2013La Tragedia de Z - cover Argentinian edition, Buenos Aires, 1944La tragedia de Z - cover Spanish edition, Gerpla, El BuhoLa Tragedia de Z - cover Argentinian edition Hachette, Colección: Evasión, 1952La Tragedia De Z - Dustcover Spanish edition, Seleccion Del Crime Club, Planeta, Barcelona, 1953.La Tragedia De Z - Hardcover Spanish edition, Seleccion Del Crime Club, Planeta, Barcelona, 1953.

Z’s tragedie - Cover Danish edition, Rosenkilde & Bahnhof, 2015The Tragedy of Z Translations: 
Danish: Z’s tragedie 
(aka Mysteriet Z) 
Dutch/Flemish: Het geheim van de laatste letter 
French: La Tragédie de Z 
German: Wettlauf mit dem Schicksal 
Greek:
Η Τραγωδία Του Ζ 
Italian: La tragedia di Z 
Japanese: Zの悲劇 (Z no higeki) 
Korean: 드루리 레인 Z의 비극 
Norwegian: Mysteriet Z 
Russian: Трагедия Зет 
Spanish: La tragedia de Z 
Vietnamese: Tấn bi kịch Z 

Η Τραγωδία Του Ζ - cover Greek paperback edition from 60s, AthensТрагедия Зет - Cover Russian edition, 2007 (also includes Q.B.I.)드루리 레인 Z의 비극(The Tragedy of Z) - cover Korean edition, 시그마 북스 (Sigma Books), Dec 1. 1994드루리 레인 Z의 비극 (The Tragedy of Z) - cover Korean edition,  해문출판사(Haemun Publishing), Dec 25. 2001드루리 레인 Z의 비극 (The Tragedy of Z) - cover Korean edition,  동서문화동판(Dongsuh Mystery Books), Jan 1. 2003드루리 레인 Z의 비극 (The Tragedy of Z) - cover Korean edition, 정태원 | 국일미디어(De Jung, Zhou Media), Jul 15. 2003드루리 레인 Z의 비극 (The Tragedy of Z) - cover South-Korean edition,  검은숲, The Ellery Queen Collection, June 14. 2013
The Tragedy of Z - cover Japanese edition, Sensho Arakisha, 1951The Tragedy of Z - cover Japanese edition, World Mystery Novels Complete Works Vol. 38, Tokyo Sogensh, 1956The Tragedy of Z - cover Japanese edition, Tokyo SogenshaThe Tragedy of Z - cover Japanese edition, Shincho Bunko, October 20. 1959The Tragedy of Z - cover Japanese edition, Kadokawa Shoten, June 1968The Tragedy of Z - cover Japanese edition, Tokyo Sogensha, 1988
The Tragedy of Z - cover Japanese editionThe Tragedy of Z - cover Japanese edition, Hayakawa Pocket Mystery BookThe Tragedy of Z - cover Japanese edition, Tokyo SogenshaThe Tragedy of Z - cover Japanese edition, Hayakawa PublishingZの悲劇 (Tragedy of Z) - cover Japanese edition, Kadokawa Bunko, March 25. 2011The Tragedy of Z - cover Japanese edition, Kadokawa Bunko, April 14. 2011
The Tragedy of Z - cover Japanese edition, Poplar paperback, Mystery Box, 2004The Tragedy of Z - cover Japanese edition, e-Book, December 19. 2012The Tragedy of Z - cover Taiwanese edition, Face Press, September 1995The Tragedy of Z, Drury Lane's Last Case - cover Chinese edition, Masses Press, October 2000The Tragedy of Z - cover Chinese edition, 2009, NewStar PressThe Tragedy of Z - cover Chinese edition,  New Star Press, Jan 2017Tấn bi kịch Z - cover Vietnamese edition of  'The Tragedy of Z", Văn học editions, 2016
 

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