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 Ellery Queen Master Detective
                 aka   Vanishing Corpse (1941)

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?
The police believed pretty Nikki Porter had murdered John Braun, but Ellery set out to prove that she was innocent. Working alone, he matched his wits against a brilliantly clever criminal who twice stole the body of the murdered man from under the very nose of the police.

Master Detective - hardcoverEllery Queen Master Detective - coverEllery Queen Master Detective - coverThe Vanishing Corpse - cover Pyramid 3rd printing Jan 1976The Vanishing Corpse - cover Pyramid Books

Loosely based on 'The Door Between', later re-issued as 'The Vanishing Corpse'.(After 'Ellery Queen, Master Detective').
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.
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.
One of the 'first' encounters with the character of Nikki Porter.
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). Ellery is so smitten with Nikki that he makes a daring proposal to her at the fade out: "Will you be my...secretary?"!

Vanishing Corpse - cover PyramidAn 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)


Vanishing Corpse - Dutch coverSanatorium des Todes - cover German edition Ullstein Krimi 1306/1307, 1970, translation Brigitte Fock. (other book William C. Gault - Ring around Rosa)Sanatorium des Todes - cover German edition Ullstein KrimiEllery e la salma inquieta - cover Italian edition, Mondadori - series I Giallo Mondadori N°1084, 1969Ellery e la salma inquieta - cover Italian edition, Mondadori - series I Classici del Giallo Nr 532, Ed. Mondadori - 1987O Cadaver Desaparecido - cover Portuguese edition,  Livros de Bolso / Serie Clube do Crime, Publicações Europa-América, April 1993O Cadaver Desaparecido - cover Portuguese edition

Ellery Queen Master Detective (aka The Vanishing Corpse)   Translations:  
Czech: Miznúca mŕtvola  
D
utch/Flemish: Lijk aan de haal  
German: Sanatorium des Todes  
  Hebrew: מסתרי הגופה שנעלמה  
Italian: Ellery e la salma inquieta  
Portuguese: O Cadáver Desaparecido  
Russian: Исчезающий труп  
Spanish: El cadáver fugitivo  

El cadáver fugitivo - cover Spanish edition, Jucar, December 1974El cadáver fugitivo - cover Spanish edition, Madrid 1974El cadáver fugitivo - cover Spanish edition El Pais, 2004Miznúca mŕtvola - Cover Czech edition, Publisher Smena, 1970מסתרי הגופה שנעלמה - Cover Israelian edition, 1964Исчезающий труп - Cover Russian edition, 2005 (also includes The Penthouse Mystery & Scarlet Letters)The Vanishing Corpse - Penthouse Mystery - cover Japanese edition, Somoto Reasoning Paperback, Jan 14. 1972
 

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