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A murder in a crowded theater leaves a pack of suspects, but only one clueDespite the dismal Broadway season, Gunplay continues to draw crowds. A gangland spectacle, it’s packed to the gills with action, explosions, and gunfire. In fact, Gunplay is so loud that no one notices the killing of Monte Field. In a sold-out theater, Field is found dead partway through the second act, surrounded by empty seats. The police hold the crowd and call for the one man who can untangle this daring murder: Inspector Richard Queen. With the help of his son Ellery, a bibliophile and novelist whose imagination can solve any crime, the Inspector attacks this seemingly impenetrable mystery. Anyone in the theater could have killed the unscrupulous lawyer, and several had the motive. Only Ellery Queen, in his debut novel, can decipher the clue of the dead man’s missing top hat.

ABOUT Ellery Queen

  • BIOGRAPHY

    Ellery Queen was a pen name created and shared by two cousins, Frederic Dannay (1905–1982) and Manfred B. Lee (1905–1971), as well as the name of their most famous detective. Born in Brooklyn, they spent forty-two years writing, editing, and anthologizing under the name, gaining a reputation as the foremost American authors of the Golden Age "fair play" mystery.

    Although eventually famous on television and radio, Queen's first appearance came in 1928 when the cousins won a mystery-writing contest with the book that would eventually be published as The Roman Hat Mystery. Their character was an amateur detective who uses his spare time to assist his police inspector father in solving baffling crimes. Besides writing the Queen novels, Dannay and Lee cofounded Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine, one of the most influential crime publications of all time. Although Dannay outlived his cousin by nine years, he retired Queen upon Lee's death.

    Ellery Queen es un nombre de ficción por partida doble. Es tanto el pseudónimo literario de dos primos que escribían a cuatro manos, como el del detective que protagonizó sus elegantes misterios y les superó en fama. Frederic Dannay (1905-1982) y Manfred B. Lee (1905-1971) nacieron en Brooklyn y pasaron 42 años escribiendo y editando bajo este nombre. También fundaron la revista Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine, una de las más prestigiosas de la edad de oro de la literatura de detectives. No faltaba un ejemplar de ella en ningún hogar donde hubiese alguien con ganas de entretenimiento de calidad. Aunque Dannay sobrevivió a su primo Lee, Ellery Queen dejó de existir en 1971, coincidiendo con la muerte del primo que daba vida con palabras a las intrigas imaginadas por el otro.