First Composed: 1994
First Published: 1994
Location: Mercer, Indiana;
New York City
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Writer: Robert Goldsborough
Victim #1: Charles Childress
Murderer: Patricia Royce
Motive: Anger over stolen story plot
Weapon: Pistol; bullet to head
Client: Horace Vinson
Fee: $100,000 Story Synopsis:
Robert Goldsborough story #7 about Nero Wolfe's continued exploits.
Once again Wolfe and Archie Goodwin become embroiled in
the publishing business. They must solve the murder of an arrogant but mediocre author. Suspects include a snobbish literary
critic at the "Gazette" newspaper, a canned former literary agent, and an irate editor.
In a bid to solve the mystery, Wolfe sends Archie to Indiana for clues. These prove worthwhile and results in
Wolfe unmasking the murderer.