| llery Queen Master
aka anishing Corpse
Halfway across the room, Nikki stopped abruptly. From behind the desk
protruded a leg. She stepped forward in mounting terror. Then she saw it all - the hand,
the blood. Blood spilled all over the hand, the dressing gown, the carpet, the throat! She
was trapped in a locked room with a dead man. Where was the key that would let her out of
this house of terror?
|Above: Dust and hard cover variations for Grosset & Dunlap editions.(Click on the covers to see the differences) *
Loosely based on The Door Between,
later re-issued as The Vanishing Corpse. (After
the movie script of
Ellery Queen, Master Detective).
An Ellery Queen story but no real Queen, which shows in details great and small. "The true author of Ellery Queen, Master Detective was Laurence Dwight Smith (1895-1952), a long-forgotten hack who also wrote mysteries (some for adults, some for kids) and nonfiction books under his own name. Whether he wrote the other EQ novelizations remains unknown." (Francis M. Nevins)
Ellery wears a wristwatch, smokes a pipe, wears a hat and drives a fast Cadillac! He just
finished a book and some allusions are made on The New Adventures of
Ellery Queen. He even
signs a copy for Sergeant Velie. There are also references to
the Halfway House in Trenton. His publisher is Jerry Ryan
which has to take some criticism. He has silver-gray eyes, a clean-shaven American face,
brown hair, broad shoulders and nice teeth. Some allusion are made on pince-nez. He
introduces himself as "private investigator, code number 666".
He still keeps a lead pipe as a souvenir to a solved murder case. We get to know Richard Queen
telephone number: SP 7-3100.
The Queens housekeeper since 6 months is Annie, and
a smoking Dr.Samuel Prouty, married with
children, still performs his duties.
NYPD: Flint and Ellery's dear friend Velie.
Some lookalike EQ books are mentioned The Persian Tapestry Mystery (the National series continued) and The Mystery of the Feathered Hat (trials at authorship by Nikki Porter).
The story takes place on the Hudson, Gun Hill Avenue (in the East, upstream), in Spuyten Duyvil. John Braun is struck down with a knife. The story starts on July 23., has no floor plan nor a challenge to the reader.
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