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Alternate Title: Scared to Death
First Composed: 1953
First Published: 1953
From Collection: Three Men Out
Location: New York City
Wolfe's Brownstone: Click to View Floorplan
Victim #1: Leo Heller (in his NYC office)
Murderer: Jack Ennis
Motive: Heller learned that Ennis started a fire at a hospital
Weapon: Gustein pistol (in heart)
Client: Leo Heller
Fee: $500 Story Synopsis: Nero Wolfe cuts dinner short and even reads police files
while eating so as to resolve a riddle which the victim left, a riddle containing the murderer's identity and one which only Wolfe can
interpret. Moreover, the culprit is responsible for 302 deaths at a hospital he bombed.