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First Composed: 1969
First Published: 1973
Location: New York City
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Victim #1: Peter J. Odell (in NYC West 54th St. office)
Murderer: Kenneth Meer
Motive: Accident (intended victim was Helen Lugos)
Weapon: Bomb in desk
Client: Madeline Odell
Fee: $100,000 retainer Story Synopsis: Archie Goodwin drums up trade
to bolster a sagging bank balance, however, the client is obstreperous, headstrong and lies to
Inspector Cramer astonishes both the
Old Brownstone detectives with an offer to trade information. Wolfe, too, becomes so desperate that he decides to pull out of the case and
lump the expenses; Archie plays a trick to keep them snooping. The murderer is exposed as he brings a briefcase bomb into Wolfe's office.
Archie enjoys the sight of his favorite foe, Lt. Rowcliff,
forced to admit blabbing police secrets and seeing Cramer reprimand Rowcliff.