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And on the Eighth Day (Ellery Queen Detective #28)

3.6  ·  Rating Details ·  228 Ratings  ·  17 Reviews
It's April 1944 and Ellery Queen has been working for the military making films in Hollywood. Driving through Death Valley on his way home, his car breaks down. Stumbling over a rise in the desert, he encounters an odd man who seems to come from an earlier time, and is welcomed into his community as a sort of prophet. Queen must root out a growing corruption while ...more
Paperback, 157 pages
Published February 1st 1994 by Harper Perennial (first published 1964)
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Aug 22, 2010 John rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Most of the Ellery Queen mystery novels of the sixties were ghostwritten by other authors. Avram Davidson, better known for his fantasy/sf fiction, wrote And On the Eighth Day based on an outline by Frederick Dannay, half of the Ellery Queen writing team.

Driving from Los Angeles to Las Vegas, Queen gets lost in the desert and ends up in a valley populated by a Utopian community who have lost touch with the modern world. In this village where a crime hasn't been committed in decades. Of course a
Aug 10, 2012 Ken rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery
This is one of the two Queen novels that were co-written by Avram Davidson. (The other was The Fourth Side of the Triangle. In both cases, Davidson worked from a detailed and extensive outline written by Queen (Dannay & Lee); his drafts were then extensively revised by Queen. See the discussion of the authorship of these two books, and of The Player on the Other Side, co-written by Theodore Sturgeon, in Ellery Queen, The Tragedy of Errors, Crippen & Landru, 2000, an anthology containing ...more
Martin Gibbs
Jun 27, 2012 Martin Gibbs rated it liked it
Shelves: mysteries
I was blown away by this when I first read it, mainly because it was so far outside of the traditional Queen book that it really caught my attention. One reviewer states that it fits more with Cadfael and that comparison does hold.

There is a murder, of course, and the ensuing tale is fast. Maybe too fast, too quick. But the story is wonderfully written and captivating. As the outsider descends into the secluded conclave, the story weaves well among the then-modern world and those who have hidden
Mazeli Dee
Aug 03, 2016 Mazeli Dee rated it it was amazing
Loved it! It was a novel experience, seeing Ellery in a situation like this. The whole book was strange and weird because of the setting. Even the tone was different that I thought it was a pastiche or a parody. A lot of times, I cried along with Ellery. I felt his fatigue, his confusion. Actually, I kept waiting for him to wake up. I kept waiting for the words "And then Ellery was woke up as he fell from the bed" or something. 5 stars!
Elizabeth Carpenter
Aug 08, 2013 Elizabeth Carpenter rated it it was amazing
My favorite Ellery Queen novel. It's unique and beautiful.
Nov 03, 2016 Emily rated it it was ok
I'm pretty sure the feeling of puzzlement I got after reading this wasn't because it was one of those great books that makes you question everything, it was because it was just plain puzzling.
Interesting book, but if you read a murder mystery expecting to have logical explanations of everything, and at least some fun trying to unravel the mystery yourself, pick up a different book. It's rather like the author didn't really want to write a detective story, they wanted to write a literary novel. B
This was a chore to get through. I thought it was boring and weird. While reading reviews on it, I saw that it was not written by "Ellery Queen." So, I guess I'll try another book by EQ, one that was actually written by them.
Laura Verret
He’s so tired – so sluggish, so apathetic, so drowsy! All he wants to do is sleep forever and a day. To rest, to never awaken from sleep, sleep…

But Ellery’s fatigue gets him into trouble. He is found at his scriptwriter’s desk typing his father’s name over and over when he should have been writing more stories to entertain the American troops fighting in WWII. He is released from his position and he decides to drive from California to his home in New York. This means that he must drive straight
Jack Chapman
Aug 25, 2013 Jack Chapman rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime
This is an odd one. Part of the appeal of old books is the glimpses of changing social attitudes they reveal. And although Eighth Day is set during WW2 it was actually written twenty years later during the very different Vietnam era. It was also at least partly ghost-written by sf author Avram Davidson. So the infusion of hippie new-age themes shouldn't surprise.

The story starts with Ellery in Hollywood, his contribution to the war effort is being a scriptwriter for military propaganda films. T
Sep 12, 2016 Burt rated it it was ok
Of all the Ellery Queen novels I've read I like this one the least. It might be the setting more than the story but I didn't find the crime very interesting.
Nathanael Booth
Aug 08, 2012 Nathanael Booth rated it liked it
This is a bizarre little book: more parable (of what?) than mystery, ghostwritten by Avram Davidson—it’s like Ellery Queen in Twin Peaks, only stranger. There’s a lot of religious symbolism in the book, and a tantalizing ambiguity at the end that hints at some sort of prophetic fulfillment. My only concern is that it might be too bizarre to believe that a secret religious community could survive into the mid-forties (though, of course, the fact that Ellery seems to be suffering throughout from a ...more
Jun 29, 2013 Ken rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
It's basically Ellery Queen enters the society of the Giver, and investigates a murder there. The real killer was pretty obvious, and the main impact of the book is about the necessity of self-sacrifice.
Jeffrey Marks
Dec 09, 2013 Jeffrey Marks rated it liked it
One of the ghost-written novels under the Queen name. A plain and good story, but nothing like the early Queens.
David Williams

It was an interesting story. My one of the better Queen novels. I the characters are a little odd and the story seems about out of focus, but it was fun.
Ben Loory
ellery queen gets lost and ends up trying to solve a murder in a long-forgotten religious utopia in the nevada desert. kinda neat, nothing big.
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aka Barnaby Ross.

"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.

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