Queen's Bureau of Investigation: the Casebook

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Shoot the Scene (1966)

Shoot the Scene - Q.B.I.Joe Maddox was one of moviedom's most succesful producers. But could he produce $ 200 000 in time to save his wife, his script-writer and his leading lady? They didn't know, all three were held at gunpoint in a deserted California beachhouse, but they'd find out, one way or another...

Ghost-written by Richard Deming

The Devil's Cook (1966)

The Devil's Cook - Q.B.I.Police Captain Bartholdi sometimes indulged himself in a harmless fantasy. A woman had been kidnapped. The woman was dead. Bartholdi was convinced that a murderer was at that moment having a grim laugh at his expense. He knew who the murderer was. He would have bet his pension and his sacred soul that he knew. But he could not, knowing, prove what he knew. He needed confirmation of one critical point.

Ghost-written by Fletcher Flora.

Losers, Weepers (1966)

Losers, Weepers - Q.B.I.One hundred thousand dollar misunderstanding. Some men retire one a hundred grand - or buy their wives mink coats with days of the week sewn in the lining... or fly to Rio for a good cup of coffee - but not Jim Morgan. Jim had a hundred thousand all right - neatly packed in stacks of fifties - only someone had made an expensive mistake. A mistake that put him on the run for his money - as well as his life...

Ghost-written by Richard Deming

The Madman Theory (1966)

The Madman's Theory - Q.B.I.At first it seemed as though only the Madman Theory could explain the brutal shotgun slaying which lay in wait for the friendly group of back-packing hikers. But Inspector Omar Collins, lean, gloomy-eyed, black-haired, was a painstaking man.The more he pursued it, the less he believed in the Madman Theory.

List of Characters at the beginning. Ghost-written by Jack Vance.

The Woman in the Case (1967)
                   aka   Deadlier Than the Male

The Woman in the Case- Q.B.I.Hair-raising collection of stories about women who killed...who killed for money...who killed out of jealousy...who killed for the sheer love of killing. Mothers. Daughters. Wives. Girl friends. Schoolgirls. Hardened gun molls. Murderers all! Read about: The mother who murdered her son's wife. The beautiful pistol-packing hillbilly who made Dillinger look like Casper Milquetoast.  And dozens of other horrifying tales.

These stories were all published originally in 'The American Weekly' during 1958 and 1959.  Lee's second true crime books credited to Queen from material gathered by researchers.

 Guess Who's coming to Kill You? (1968)
               aka Guess Who's Going to Kill You ?

Guess who's coming to kill you - Q.B.I.Alex - come on over, and bring your secrets with you... That was FACE's pitch to the would-be defector, and it got results. Witness one hell of a nice courier slashed and dumped in a Tokyo alley. Maybe agent Pete Brook could make jolly Alex's dream come true. Except what did Krylov really long for in America - wine, women and song...or a dramatic return to the murderer's trade?

Ghost-written by Walt Sheldon.

Cop Out (1969)

Cop Out - Q.B.I.Who are you, Malone? Just a little while ago you were a cop. That was before the two punks and their girl hit town. That was before they boosted a payroll and shot down a man and took your 9-year-old daughter as insurance to cover their getaway. Now you're just a man. Scared. Not for yourself--that would be easy. But for your child, the only thing in the world you love enough to make you play ball with the kind of scum you've hated all your life.

A hard-boiled crime story, not a mystery in any sense. Lee insisted it was not ghostwritten. Dannay himself confirmed this in person..

Kiss and Kill (1969)

Kiss and Kill - Q.B.I.The nice mild man named Edward Tollman had a problem. His lovely wife was missing, and he wanted her back -- fast. So he went to a fellow whose specialty was solving problems like that -- a very private detective called Barney Burgess. But after four quick corpses, a wild ride to Mexico, and a blonde sex bomb who threatened to blow the case wide open at the first wrong move, Barney began to wonder how such a nice guy got him into something this nasty....

Ghostwritten by Charles W. Runyon 

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