York versus Wrightsville, Ellery's two favorite places and a tale of two cities in more
ways than one. His
stories take place in a New York populated with
and eccentrics. If "Ellery Queen is the American detective story"
in this century New York must have been the setting par excellence for his adventures.
Large buildings with buzzing streets where crime lurks behind each corner and yet it keeps
something sophisticating up his sleeve. Some trips to Hollywood aside in the 1940's he
invented a small New England manufacturing town, Wrightsville and located several works
Picture above: Map of Manhattan as found in Cat of Many Tails
(click for a bigger version)
anhattan in particular was
strongly featured in Cat of Many
Tails and served much in the same way as a game board would
serve. Ellery lives in West
87th Street and apparently moves around New York without the aid of his Duesenberg which
serves him well when visiting outside New York.
Queen often chose a site a block or two from a real life prototype for his
fictional sites. "The Longacre Theater" gives away
it's use by age, handsome terra cotta facade, and two stage doors on either
side of the main marquee. It's make it one of the best substitutes for the
new (1920s) Roman Theater in
Ellery Queen's first mystery, which is supposed
to be two blocks south, at West 47th Street.
Reader's Walking Guide: New York - Alzina Stone Dale)
American Gun Mystery Buck Horne is
in N.Y's new Colosseum on
Broadway. The back cover of the Dell pocket book seems to
indicate the World Trade Center as the venue for its location. The map is by
Picture above: Backcover of the Dell pocket
book, Dell Books 4
Published 1943, 2nd edition 1946 with mapback
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