The Black Mountain
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Story Information:
First Composed: 1954
First Published: 1954
Location: Albania, Italy, Montenegro, New York City & Yugoslavia
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Victim #1: Marko Vukcic
Murderer: Peter Zov
Motive: Vukcic aided anti-communists in Yugoslavia
Weapon: Lugar pistol (2 bullets in chest; 1 in stomach)
Client: Nero Wolfe
Fee: Satisfy obligation to old friend

Victim #2: Anna Britton (in Albania)
Murderer: Albanian border guards
Motive: Discovered to be a spy
Weapon: Stabbed with knife; body thrown off cliff
Client: Nero Wolfe
Fee: Avenge daughter's murder

Victim #3: Jube Bilic
Murderer: Agent of Danilo Vukcic
Motive: Bilic spied on Wolfe and Archie
Weapon: Unspecified
Client: Nero Wolfe
Fee: None

Story Synopsis:
      Superlative, action-packed story in which both Nero Wolfe and Archie Goodwin illegally enter Yugoslavia and Albania in search of the murderer of Wolfe's closest friend. Archie and Wolfe climb the Black Mountain (Mount Lovchen) and visit Wolfe's boyhood home during their search. They also get in a shootout with the killers of Wolfe's adopted daughter. Archie kills two Albanian border guards and a top Russian agent, but the murderer shoots Wolfe in the leg on their return to America. This is a must for Stout fans!
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