When a Western star is gunned down at a rodeo, Ellery Queen
saddles up to solve the mystery.
Buck Horne has roped thousands of cattle, slugged his way
out of dozens of saloons, and shot plenty of men dead in the street—but always
on the backlot. He’s a celluloid cowboy, and his career is nearly kaput. The
real box office draw is his daughter, Kit, a brawling beauty who can outshoot
any rascal the studio has to offer. Desperate for a comeback, Buck joins Wild
Bill Grant’s traveling rodeo for a show in New York, hoping to land one last movie contract. But he has scarcely mounted his
horse when he falls to the dirt. It wasn’t age that made him slip—it was the
bullet in his heart. Watching from the stands are Ellery Queen, debonair
sleuth, and his police detective father. They are New Yorkers through and
through, but to solve the rodeo killing, the Queens must learn to talk cowboy.
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