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First Composed: 1987
First Published: 1987
Location: New York City
Wolfe's Brownstone: Click to View Floorplan
Writer: Robert Goldsborough
Victim #1: Harriet Haverhill
Murderer: Elliot Dean
Motive: Protect his financial betrayal
Weapon: .32 pistol to head
Client: Audrey MacLaren
Fee: $50,000 ($50,000 retainer) Story Synopsis:
Robert Goldsborough story #2 about Nero Wolfe's continued exploits.
Wolfe learns from Lon Cohen that a hack newspaper mogul plans a hostile
takeover of the "Gazette" newspaper. Wolfe becomes so incensed that he purchases an expensive advertisement to denounce
the move. He also publicly announces the Haverhill "suicide" actually is a murder.
The mogul's ex-wife hires Wolfe to expose the murderer and "Gazette" employees are grilled or aid
in this. Lon gets a special view from behind the waterfall picture for the dénouement.