The Red Box
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Story Information:
First Composed: 1936
First Published: 1937
Location: New York City
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Victim #1: Molly Lauck (at NYC Boyden McNair Inc)
Murderer: Calida Frost
Motive: Accident (intended victim was Boyden McNair)
Weapon: Potassium cyanide in candied almond
Client: Llewellyn Frost (he later reneges)
Fee: None (was to have been $10,000)

Victim #2: Boyden McNair (in Wolfe's office)
Murderer: Calida Frost
Motive: McNair wanted to reclaim his daughter from Calida
Weapon: Potassium cyanide in aspirin tablets
Client: Helen Frost
Fee: 10,000 (Dudley Frost insists on paying it)

Victim #3: Perren Gebert (in his car, NYC)
Murderer: Calida Frost
Motive: He knew Calida murdered McNair and Lauck; he also insisted on marrying Helen
Weapon: Nitrobenzene in a saucer
Client: None
Fee: None

Story Synopsis:
      Both Nero Wolfe and Archie Goodwin are on the move to solve this extraordinary case. Wolfe actually goes with Archie and an impetuous client to the scene of a murder. Archie slaps an assistant DA who accuses Wolfe of devious methods. Wolfe must locate a red box in order to expose the murderer and prove his client's true identity. The murderer commits suicide with potassium cyanide in Wolfe's office after he exposes her.
The Red Box
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