In the Best Families
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Story Information:
Alternate Title: Even in the Best Families (United Kingdom)
First Composed: 1950
First Published: 1950
Location: New York City & upstate New York
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Victim #1: Delia Montrose (in NYC)
Murderer: Barry Rackham
Motive: Unspecified
Weapon: Car (over body)
Client: None
Fee: None

Victim #2: Sarah Rackham (at her country estate)
Murderer: Calvin Leeds
Motive: Wanted to inherit her money
Weapon: Steak knife (in chest)
Client: Sarah Rackham (hired to find out where Barry got his money)
Fee: $6,000 from Barry Rackham (as bribe to Archie); $10,000 retainer

Victim #3: Nobby (Sarah Rackham's dog)
Murderer: Calvin Leeds
Motive: Take suspicion off of him for Sarah's death
Weapon: Steak knife (in side)
Client: None
Fee: None

Victim #4: Arnold Zeck (in his NY office)
Murderer: Barry Rackham
Motive: Afraid Zeck would expose his past crimes
Weapon: Carson snub .30 pistol
Client: Wolfe's self-esteem
Fee: Engineers Zeck's death

Victim #5: Barry Rackham (in Zeck's office)
Murderer: Harry and Schwartz
Motive: They knew he killed Zeck
Weapon: Pistol
Client: None
Fee: None

Story Synopsis:
      Once again Nero Wolfe receives a warning from Arnold Zeck, this time as a "sausage bomb." With his client murdered, Wolfe abandons his home and retires from the detective business. The Zeck organization taps Archie Goodwin, who finally learns what happened to his disappearing boss. Wolfe and Archie arrange for both Zeck's and Rackham's deaths. Lily Rowen agrees to assist Archie with his unnamed friend, knowing that it is the missing Wolfe; she glories in being "the only woman in America who has necked with Nero Wolfe." The "slim" sleuth finally exposes the murderer, who later hangs himself in jail. Archie takes an overdue vacation to Norway with Lily. Stout at his best.
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