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: Wade Eisler (in Lily Rowen's NYC penthouse)
Murderer: Roger Dunning
Motive: Eisler learned Dunning cheated him of much money
Weapon: Steel rod (to head); strangled with rope
Client: Lily Rowen
Fee: $5,000 retainer
Archie Goodwin's favorite flame holds
a roping contest in her penthouse, but is roped up in a murder investigation.
Nero Wolfe gets more than a blue grouse dinner as
Lily Rowen hires him to make the cops look bad.
His office is the scene of action--a cowgirl pulls a gun on Archie; two cowgirls brawl there; a cowboy smacks a suspect during a
talk with Wolfe.