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By Rex Stout

In all his years of detecting, the unflappable Nero Wolfe hasn't ever encountered an research as damnably messy as this one. For what started as a fresh case of larceny speedy sank right into a quagmire of blackmail and damaged grants, foreign scandal and cold-blooded homicide.
Now Wolfe and his assistant, Archie Goodwin needs to bridge eras and oceans to discover the hyperlink among a Wild West lynching and a revered British peer. simply then can they store Wolfe's appealing younger customer -- and a hotly disputed stake of a funky million cash.

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Is that this the home of Mr. Nero Wolfe? " "It is. " He hesitated, and became to seem down on the snoops at the sidewalk, who have been staring up at him within the worst attainable style. Then he got here nearer and driven his face up opposed to the crack and stated in a tone approximately right down to a whisper, "From Lord Clivers. I desire to see Mr. Wolfe. " I took a moment for attention after which slid the bolt off and spread out. He walked in and that i close the door and shot the bolt back. whilst I became he was once status there together with his stick hung over his elbow, pulling his gloves off. He used to be six toes, spare yet no longer thin, approximately my age, fair-skinned with cold blue eyes, and there has been no doubt approximately his being dressed for it. I waved him forward and him into the workplace, and be took his time getting his paraphernalia deposited on Wolfe's table sooner than he decreased himself right into a chair. intervening time I enable him comprehend that Mr. Wolfe used to be engaged and will be till 11 o'clock, and i was once the private assistant and used to be at his carrier. He acquired seated and checked out me as though he must get round to admitting my correct to exist prior to lets wish to make any headway. yet he spoke. "Mr. Goodwin? I see. maybe I bought a section forward on the door. that's… i actually may still see Mr. Wolfe right now. " I grinned at him. "You suggest since you pointed out the Marquis of Clivers? that is ok. I wrote that letter. i do know all approximately it. you cannot see Mr. Wolfe prior to 11. i will allow him comprehend you are right here. " "If you may be so sturdy. do this. My identify is Horrocks- Francis Horrocks. " I checked out him. So this used to be the geezer that got roses with three-foot stems. I became at the swivel and plugged within the plant room and pressed the button. In a minute Wolfe was once on and that i informed him, "A guy the following to work out you, Mr. Francis Horrocks. From the Marquis of Clivers… Yeah, within the place of work… have not requested him… I advised him, certain… ok. " I jerked the plugs and swiveled back. "Mr. Wolfe says he can see you at 11 o'clock, except you'll care to aim me. He indicates the latter. " "I must have cherished to determine Mr. Wolfe. " The blue eyes have been going over me. "Though I only deliver a message. First, although, I may still- er- probably clarify… i'm the following in a twin ability. it is a bit complicated, yet fairly really very well. i'm right here, because it have been, for my part… and in addition semi-officially. almost certainly I may still first convey my message from Lord Clivers. " "Okay. Shoot. " "I beg your pardon? Oh, relatively. Lord Clivers want to recognize if Mr. Wolfe might name at his inn. An hour may be arranged-" "I can prevent breath on that. Mr. Wolfe by no means calls on anyone. " "No? " His brows went up. "He is not-that is, bedridden? " "Nope, in basic terms house-ridden. He does not love it open air. He by no means has referred to as on anyone and not will. " "You do not say. " His brow confirmed wrinkles. "Well. Lord Clivers needs a great deal to work out him. you assert you wrote that letter? " I nodded. "Yeah, i do know all approximately it. i guess Mr. Wolfe will be completely happy to speak with the marquis at the telephone-" "He prefers to not speak about it at the cellphone.

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