Several of Rex Stout's earlier novellas have been reissued as Kindle Singles. Excellent.
Archie and Nero are in rare form in this nice classic piece. The confidential secretary of a law firm shows up at the brownstone. Archie's interviews her, knowing that Nero won't be down from the orchids until later and her story, that someone in the firm is meeting with their client's adversary and that it relates to a divorce case, means that Archie has to frame her story in such a way that Nero, who refuses to have anything to do with divorce cases, will be interested. Wolfe is not, despite Archie's entreaties. Then the woman is discovered in his study, strangled with his necktie.
Well, now Wolfe is pissed. No one kills in his house with impunity. Classic Stout.
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