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“Katal!” The black bird repeated the two syllables again and again. “Katal! Katal!” As Gulliver Queen seeks out the meaning of the strange word, he is drawn into the world of international diplomacy--and dangerous espionage! As he follows the trail of clues, Gully acquires two friends from India who aid him in the search for a missing embassy guard. Treachery and intrigue meet the young sleuths at every turn, and flying bullets lead to flying spies as Gully and his friends uncover a fantastic plot that threatens the very future of the United Nations!

The Mystery of the Vanished Victim - cover (printed cloth over boards) Golden Press edition, 1962 (artwork by Robert Magnusen)The Mystery of The Vanished Victim - cover pocket edition, Golden Griffon Detective Story, The Golden Press edition N° 5674, 19?? (cover illustration Harry J. Schaare)The Mystery of The Vanished Victim - cover eBook publication, Open Road Media Teen & Tween (March 10, 2015)The Mystery of the Vanished Victim - cover audiobook Blackstone Audio, Inc., read by Traber Burns, 1/10/2015
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Nine mysteries have Djuna as main character and can be called the Djuna-series. In the 60s a pause in the series occurred when James Holding was contracted to continue the series as  Ellery Queen, Jr. The first two of his EQ jr. book featured Gulliver Queen, described as the nephew of famous detective, in the leading role and were issued by Golden Press with their distinctive blue-diamond spine. But as it turns out, both of these mysteries were not in fact Holding's work. The son of Joseph Lawrence Greene (1914-1990) stated that his father, who also wrote the Dig Allen series (1959-1962) for Golden Press, was, in fact, the author of one of the Golden Press books (1961-1962) We did find a copyright entry for The Mystery of the Merry Magician by Joseph Greene and one for The Mystery of the Vanishing Victim by Paul Newman (More on the authorship can be read here...)

Gully is assisted by two friends from India - Balbir Singh and Prema Jind.

Both French and German translations have no original titles indicated but after obtaining a copy of one of the translation we were able to "deduce" the true "origins" of three "Gully" translations


Poursuite en plein ciel - cover French edition, Ed Les Deux Coqs d'Or, Série rouge N°55, 1966Gefahr am Himmel - cover German edition Delphin Verlag, pictures Giannini, translation L.Brixius, 1968La Vittima Scomparsa - Cover Italian edition, Mondadori, 1967The Mystery of the Vanished Victim - cover Chinese edition,Relay Press, Jieli Publishing House, August 1. 2016

The Mystery of the Vanished Victim Translations:   
Chinese: 大使馆鹩哥谜案   
French: Poursuite en plein ciel

German: Gefahr am Himmel   
Italian: La Vittima Scomparsa

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