By Ellery Queen

Manhattan urban is terrorized through a serial killer, and purely Ellery Queen can cease the panic

In the puppy days of August, it's no shock to work out New Yorkers perspire. yet this summer time, a killer known as the Cat offers town a brand new cause to sweat. He selects his sufferers possible at random and strangles them, then escapes with no leaving a clue. because the demise toll climbs, and the clicking whips the general public into horrified frenzy, Gotham teeters at the fringe of anarchy.

Ellery Queen, the bright beginner sleuth, has long past into retirement while the Cat starts to kill. As his father, a professional murder detective, leads the research into the homicide, Ellery attempts to prevent becoming concerned. yet because the physique count number rises, he can not withstand the urge to seek. The Queens are identified for his or her curiosity—and we all know how interest can impact a cat.

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