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First Composed: 1941
First Published: 1942
From Collection: Black Orchids
Location: New York City
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Victim #1: Harry Gould (at NYC flower show)
Murderer: Wade G. Dill
Motive: Gould was blackmailing Dill
Weapon: Gun (in back of head)
Client: Lewis Hewitt
Fee: Three black orchid plants Story Synopsis: Nero Wolfe's insatiable envy for black orchid plants
leads him to brave the hazards of a trip to a flower show, and subsequently to devise a way both to acquire the plants and to expose a
murderer. Archie Goodwin unwittingly fires the
gun that kills Gould. Wolfe sets another precedent in having two women sleep in his home while he sets the stage for the murderer to attempt another murder.