First Composed: 1988
First Published: 1988
Location: New York City; Prescott University
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Writer: Robert Goldsborough
Victim #1: Hale Markham
Murderer: Gretchen Frazier
Weapon: Push down Caldwell's Gash
Client: Walter Cortland
Fee: $25,000 (25,000 retainer) Story Synopsis:
Robert Goldsborough story #3 about Nero Wolfe's continued exploits.
Wolfe accepts a commission to investigate the alleged murder of a political science professor at Prescott
University in upstate New York. Archie Goodwin
arrives in an assumed guise, is arrested, but snatches enough clues for Wolfe to reason out the culprit.
A love triangle is behind the professor's death. Before Wolfe can expose the truth, the murderer commits
suicide at the same crime location.