Murder by the Book
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Story Information:
First Composed: 1951
First Published: 1951
Location: California and New York City
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Victim #1: Leonard Dykes (in NYC)
Murderer: Conroy O'Malley
Motive: Exposed O'Malley in a novel; preliminary move to murdering Corrigan
Weapon: Paperweight to head; drown in East River
Client: None
Fee: None

Victim #2: Joan Wellman (NYC Van Cortland Park)
Murderer: Conroy O'Malley
Motive: She typed Dykes' manuscript
Weapon: Choked and thrown out 7th story window
Client: John R. Wellman
Fee: $5,000 retainer

Victim #3: Rachael Abrams (in NYC office)
Murderer: Conroy O'Malley
Motive: Exposed O'Malley in a novel; preliminary move to murdering Corrigan
Weapon: Paperweight to head; drown in East River
Client: None
Fee: None

Victim #4: James A. Corrigan (in NYC)
Murderer: Conroy O'Malley
Motive: Revenge
Weapon: Hit on head; .32 pistol (in head)
Client: None
Fee: None

Story Synopsis:
      A multiple murderer flummoxes the police and stymies Nero Wolfe before the rotund genius contrives a shoestring exposé. Archie Goodwin gets the investigation rolling by entertaining ten women in the greenhouse and to a Fritz Brenner dinner. He later is enamored with and aided by a plump housewife when Wolfe resorts to sending Archie to Los Angeles, California.
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