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Queen, Ellery. Ellery Queen was created by “Ellery Queen,” the pseudonym of Frederic Dannay (Drury Lane) and Manfred B. Lee (Drury Lane), and appeared in fifty-one novels and collections of stories from 1929 to 1971, beginning with The Roman Hat Mystery; Ellery Queen also appeared in television shows, radio serials, and movies.

Queen is the son of a famous police Inspector, and grew up to become a writer and collector of rare books. He returns to New York City from Hollywood to establish his own detective agency. He uses his father's connections and reputation to gain access to crime scenes and evidence that wouldn't otherwise be available to him. He is capable as a detective, but is also absentminded.

* I'm including the Ellery Queen stories and novels in the Best of the Encyclopedia list because of their historical importance. The Ellery Queen stories and novels are the archetypal examples of the Golden Age of Detection's style of mystery writing, starting with the intricately detailed clues and very well constructed plots and ending with the lack of concern for writerly style, characterization, and psychology (although to be honest this changed as time went on and the Ellery Queen novels, like the authors, went Hollywood). If Ellery Queen is a cipher and the books' style a blank slate, they are the least intelligently written and often clever in the construction of both the crimes and their solutions. 

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