he Tragedy of Errors:
In honor of the seventieth anniversary of the first
Ellery Queen novel, Crippen & Landru is proud to publish the first
completely new Ellery Queen book in almost thirty years. The Tragedy of Errors is the
lengthy and detailed plot outline for the final, but never published EQ novel, containing
all the hallmarks of the greatest Queen stories - the dying message, the succession of
false solutions before the astonishing truth is revealed, and scrupulous
fair play to the
reader. And the theme is one that Queen had been developing for many years: the
manipulation of events in a world going mad by someone who aspires to the power of gods.
On the 70th anniversary of the release of The Roman Hat Mystery in 1999,
the plot outline for The Tragedy of Errors was released. When Manfred Lee died in
April, 1971 "Fred Dannay has announced that he will carry on with
Queen and has told me that most of the plot outline of Ellery's next case had
been worked out prior to Lee's death. But his own poor health, his full time editorial and
anthological duties, and the death of his own wife in the summer of 1972, have resulted in
a long delay between novels. How much longer only time will tell."
Never before published: Frederic Dannay's last
complete plot outline/summary of a Queen mystery to be written by his
cousin, Manfred B. Lee, the other half of the "Queen" partnership. Lee's
death prevented the book from ever being completed. This beautifully made
222-page book, of which some 250 numbered copies sewn in cloth were made,
includes critical reflections on Queen's work by a host of mystery writers.
Also included is a separate pamphlet of selected facsimile pages of Dannay's
first draft of Tragedy of Errors, heavily edited and annotated by the author,
illustrating the EQ creative process at work.
Included are three
cases for something Ellery Queen
called "The Puzzle Club".
"Terror Town" was made into an episode of
Hitchcock Hour: "Terror at Northfield" (1963).
was reprinted in a special issue (70th birthday of
The Roman Hat Mystery) of EQMM
Other articles on this book
(1) Reading Ellery Queen - Tragedy of Errors Jon Mathewson
(2) Reading Ellery Queen - Uncle form Australia Jon Mathewson
(3) Reading Ellery Queen - Wedding Anniversary Jon Mathewson
(4) Reading Ellery Queen - The Honest Swindler Jon Mathewson
(5) Reading Ellery Queen - The Odd Man Jon Mathewson
(6) Reading Ellery Queen - The Three Students Jon Mathewson
(7) Reading Ellery Queen - Terror Town Jon Mathewson
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