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First Composed: 1949
First Published: 1949
From Collection: Curtains for Three
Location: New York City
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Victim #1: Alberto Mion (in NYC home)
Murderer: Nicholas Lloyd
Motive: Lloyd knew that his reputation would be ruined when truth about how he muffed an operation became known; expected malpractice suit
Weapon: Pistol (in mouth)
Client: Margaret Mion
Fee: $5,000 Story Synopsis:
Two lovebirds hire Nero Wolfe's to satisfy them that they did not
kill an obstinate, possessive husband. In exposing the murderer, he breaks all precedents in arranging for
Inspector Cramer to arrest both clients
as material witnesses.