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First Composed: 1960
First Published: 1960
From Collection: Three at Wolfe's Door
Location: New York City
Wolfe's Brownstone: Click to View Floorplan
Victim #1: Phoebe Arden (in NYC taxi)
Murderer: Mrs. Irving
Motive: Frame Mira Holt for murder
Weapon: 5" knife (in chest)
Client: Mira Holt
Fee: $50 and Archie does not quite his job Story Synopsis: Archie Goodwin quits!
This fast-paced, unusual adventure quickly unveils murder and adds new twists to the Stout repertoire.
Nero Wolfe "consults" with
Archie on the case in an effort to regain his trusted assistant. Wolfe pronounces the culprit to be the most
cold-blooded in his experience. As a sidelight, a female cabbie slaps
Inspector Cramer in the old brownstone office.