IF books could kill! Nero Wolfe finds one that can. It's the manuscript of a novel and it's no safer to handle than a king cobra. Before Nero unearths this manuscript he first has to connect the strange death of the girl in the park—she's a young editor—with the murder of the man in the law office. Archie nearly sees the third killing. He arrives just two minutes too late. Having conquered the worlds of gastronomy and orchid raising, Nero —with Archie—here invades the complex realms of book publishing and the legal profession. Nero baffles five lawyers with his knowledge of Law and Archie gets up to his neck in New York's leading publishing houses. Trying to solve this case, Archie has twelve brand new (to him) girls to examine— one way or another. This is full-length Nero Wolfe at its richest, one of Stout's amplest and headiest mixtures of violence, wit and puzzlement.
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