The Silent Speaker
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Story Information:
A&E Nero Wolfe Series (DVD Movie Collection)
First Composed: 1946
First Published: 1946
Location: New York City
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Victim #1: Cheney Boone (at NYC Waldorf-Astoria Hotel)
Murderer: Alger Kates
Motive: Boone knew Kates peddled confidential information
Weapon: Monkey wrench to head
Client: NIA
Fee: $100,000 reward; $10,000 retainer

Victim #2: Phoebe Gunther (on Wolfe's stoop)
Murderer: Alger Kates
Motive: She knew Kates killed Boone
Weapon: 16" x 1-1/2" iron pipe to head
Client: None, although Wolfe felt obliged to avenge her death
Fee: None

Story Synopsis:
      One of Stout's best Nero Wolfe stories. Wolfe is so furious that he forgets to order beer, Archie Goodwin's love is murdered on Wolfe's stoop, the home is invaded by Inspector Cramer's homicide crew and Wolfe must appear at police HQs under a warrant as a material witness. Cramer himself is taken off the case and "relieved of his command" until Wolfe engineers his reinstatement, after he personally slaps the obnoxious police inspector who temporarily replaced Cramer. Archie likewise becomes physical in this case by hitting a suspect and ejecting him from the West 35th Street office. Wolfe "drops" his client and even pretends to have a nervous breakdown as part of his calculated plan to expose the murderer. Cramer, amazingly, presents Wolfe with an orchid plant as thanks for helping him regain his job.
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