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Francis M. Nevins with

Martin Grams Jr.



The Sound Of Detection: Ellery Queen

Ellery Queen, perhaps as famous as any fictional detective after Sherlock Holmes, was created by cousins Frederic Dannay and Manfred Lee over lunch one day in 1929. This led to more than 40 novels, a film series, a long and convoluted run on radio, and various runs on TV. For an initial $350.00 fee, Dannay and Lee would write one mystery per week, allowing both the guest armchair detective and radio listeners the opportunity to solve the mystery themselves, before the famous sleuth did.

THE SOUND OF DETECTION includes a detailed account covering the lives of the creators, the how and why they moved Ellery Queen into radio, and a detailed history of the series during its interviews and correspondence with the creators themselves; with mystery writer and critic Anthony Boucher, who collaborated on more than 70 of the later radio adventures of the master detective; and with memories from the actors who played Ellery Queen over the years. (The late Larry Dobkin wrote the foreward for the book.)


-- A detailed broadcast log listing each and every 350+ radio broadcasts, a chart showing various time slots, networks, sponsors, competition, cast and writer credits, director credits & plot descriptions.

-- Brief biographies of the cast and production crew. Capsule biographies of the 350+ personalities who appeared on the program as armchair detectives.

-- Appendixes covering subject like the early episodes of THE SHADOW that were written by Dannay and Lee without receiving on-air credit (chapter written by Bill Nadel).

-- Three plot synopsis written by Boucher for the radio program that never got dramatized are reprinted for your enjoyment. Very rare!


"Though Queen fans and radio buffs will alreadybe salaaming their thanks to the collaborators there's more: a week-by-week list of the guest on the Queen team's other radio show, the 1939-1940 panel game AUTHOR, AUTHOR, a listing of changes in the regular cast of the QUEEN show through the years; and finally (andfarthest beyond the call of duty) brief biographies of the guest armchair detectives."

- Jon L. Breen, mystery book reviewer for the ELLERY QUEEN'S MYSTERY MAGAZINE

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