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While stranded in the desert, Ellery Queen stumbles across a religious cult

It’s 1943, the war is raging, and sleuthing scribe Ellery Queen wants to do his bit. After a tortuous cross-country drive, he takes a job writing scripts for a Hollywood propaganda house—twelve hours a day of hack work that quickly turns his mind to jelly. After a few weeks, he is so worn down that he can type nothing but gibberish, and he decides to drive home. The trouble starts as soon as he reaches the desert.
His ancient roadster breaks down on the edge of Death Valley. Wandering in search of help, he is saved by a man known as the Teacher, who takes him to an oasis called Quenan. Here, Queen finds a bizarre, reclusive cult that seems to have come straight out of the ancient past. A murder has been committed in the desert, and the Quenanites plan on delivering some Old Testament justice. Queen is just the detective they’ve been waiting for.

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.