By Rex Stout
While a bomb kills his favourite waiter from his favourite eating place, sedentary sleuth and connoisseur Nero Wolfe is set to visit any size to discover the killer. Reissue. NYT.
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I wanted to say that I merely thought some women were a little shy on brains, present company not excepted, but I skipped it. I said, "Your father told me that a man was going to kill him, so it wasn't a mistake. Also it wasn't you, since you're not a man. So let's go back. Evidently your father didn't agree with your grandfather about women, because your grand- father told Mr. Wolfe that your father often asked your advice about things. " "He never asked my advice. " I gave up. I wanted to ask her what the difference was between asking her advice and wanting to see what she would say, just to see what she would say, but we were expecting company at the office at eleven o'clock or soon after and I should be there.
I saved that for Stebbins. When I left Pierre there, he felt something in his topcoat pocket and took it out. It was an aluminum tube, the kind Don Pedro cigars come in. When he unscrewed the cap, he was holding it only a few inches from his face. You saw his face. There were pieces of aluminum on the floor, and I recognized the printing on them. Of course they had been collected and Stebbins had seen them. " He shook his head, either at Purley or at me, I didn't know which. " "Nothing. There was nothing else to give.
Not about the betting. " I looked at Philip. " He nodded. "Three-eighteen. " "There will probably be more questions," Wolfe said, "but they can wait. You have been helpful, Philip, and I am obliged. " "Yes, sir, of course. " "Mr. Goodwin may come. Felix knows about lunch for us. " Philip was up. " He looked at me and back at Wolfe. "I want to know. " Well, well. You might have thought he was Inspector Cramer. Wolfe merely said, "So do I. " And Philip turned and walked out without saying yes, sir, and I said, "The question is, was it you or me?