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"The fact that hardly anybody reads
Queen today indicates the depths to which American mystery fiction has
fallen, and the cultural politics that have afflicted it. The genre's
attempts to plunder the commercial strengths of science fiction and horror
have only corrupted it, replacing order and reason with ideology and
sensationalism. Queen, by contrast, represented above all a love for
mysteries, and through that a passion for truth."
- Sam T.Karnick- (editor-in-chief of the Hudson Institute's
magazine, American Outlook)
Where were you on the night of the 12th [I was by myself]
She went dancin in the dark, somebody stole her heart
Ellery Queen if youre so keen
Wont you help me find my sweet thing (Yeah, yeah)
from Whodunit Tavares (K.St.Louis/F.Perren)
"I like an occasional whodunit, and for good mysteries as well
as literary style, no one does it better than Ellery Queen. Read one of
his books, and not only will you be puzzled and amazed as the mystery unfolds, but you
will probably learn a handful of new words, too! "
- Lee Urton -
"... when I was 15 years old, I read my first Ellery Queen novel. Ellery
Queen has been a profound influence on probably all aspects of my writing career.
My first professional sale as a writer was to EQMM when I was 21 years old.
So I actually got to correspond with, and even meet a couple of times, one of the guys who
wrote under the name of Ellery Queen, whose name was Frederic Dannay. So
Ellery Queen has always been a major influence on my writing." - Mike.W.Barr
"I remember as a kid reading The Greek Coffin Mystery and
being blown away by the cleverness and the surprise ending. After that, I gobbled all
Queen's books right up. What is so interesting is how he changed (even before he started
being written by a lot of other people.) The Wrightsville novels are very moving (and
still retain those amazing puzzles.) I find them easier to re-read because the
characterization is deeper, but the old puzzle mysteries are so intricate that they earned
Queen a place as a master of the genre." Brad Friedman