First Composed: 1992
First Published: 1992
New York City
and Staten Island
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Writer: Robert Goldsborough
Victim #1: Royal Meade
Murderer: Lloyd Morgan
Motive: Cover up theft of money
Weapon: Two pistol bullets to head
Client: Fred Durkin; Relative of Royal Meade
Fee: $50,000 Story Synopsis:
Robert Goldsborough story #6 about Nero Wolfe's continued exploits.
Wolfe's self-esteem causes him to exonerate Fred Durkin,
who is arrested for murder. Archie Goodwin likewise
feels partially responsible for Durkin's predicament because Archie recommended Fred for a case at
the Tabernacle of the Silver Spire.
This is an unusual foray into organized religion. Reverend Barnabas Bay
and his wife become suspects for the murder of an obnoxious colleague. Archie steps lightly to avoid charges of bias. Wolfe
finally exposes the culprit.