Booby Trap
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Story Information:
First Composed: 1943
First Published: 1944
From Collection: Not Quite Dead Enough
Location: New York City
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Victim #1: Albert Cross (in Bascombe Hotel, NYC)
Murderer: John Bull Shattuck
Motive: Learned of Shattuck's corruption
Weapon: Pushed from 12th floor window
Client: U.S. Army Intelligence
Fee: None

Victim #2: Harold Ryder (in his NYC office)
Murderer: John Bull Shattuck
Motive: Ryder was to expose Shattuck's corruption
Weapon: Pink hand grenade
Client: U.S. Army Intelligence
Fee: None

Story Synopsis:
      This is another of Nero Wolfe's World War II capers in which he exposes a murderer, despite being compelled to leave his home to solve the case. Archie Goodwin stubs his toe trying to cozy up to a luscious female suspect, but eventually learns of her connection in a wartime industrial espionage deal. Wolfe assists the murderer in committing suicide with a grenade in Van Cortland Park.
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