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First Composed: 1986
First Published: 1986
Location: New York City
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Writer: Robert Goldsborough
Victim #1: Milan Stevens
Murderer: Lucinda Moore
Motive: Stab 4 times with letter opener
Weapon: Avenge death of a brother
Client: Maria Radovich
Fee: $5,000 ($500 retainer) Story Synopsis:
Robert Goldsborough story #1 about Nero Wolfe's continued exploits.
Wolfe is pressured into accepting this case in order to protect his old friend from
The fellow, an irascible symphony conductor, has a niece who successfully appeals to Wolfe.
In a twist, he concludes that a supposed lover murdered to avenge her brother, who
committed suicide due to Stevens harangues.