I remember my mom and dad reading Ellery Queen novels and discussing them over dessert, after dinner, and beyond...I even faked being ill so I could skip school and took one of his books from our den and ran upstairs to hide in my bed and read.
During this period of time most Queen books seemed to be ghostwritten(Theodore Sturgeon and Avram Davidson I know wrote some). I wonder if this was ghostwritten also. I find this much better than the ones actually written by Queen.
This is a reprint.
For the record:The Murderer is A Fox is from 1945, when EQ was building up steam toward their major works of the late '40s and early '50s - so it's Dannay & Lee all the way.See Mike Nevins's works for definitive confirmation.I do remember that '66 paperback, though.It was one of the first EQ novels I ever read, while I was still in high school.I came to Ellery Queen from the magazine, where I first saw some of the short stories.The novels were being reissued, hit-and-miss, by several different publishers, which made collecting them frustrating, to say the least.And of course, at the time I knew nothing about the whole authorship business - and if I had known, I probably wouldn't have cared (hey, I was a dumb teenager, what'd I know?).But here we are, fifty years on, still plugging away at our TBR stacks ... ... the more we know, the more we want to know.
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