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By Rex Stout

Radio speak exhibit host Madeline Fraser's worst nightmare comes real whilst one among her on-air visitors collapses on the mike after ingesting a tumbler of the sponsor's beverage.

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The mink coat, and the darkish pink woolen gown made noticeable while the coat were unfold over the again of the pink leather-based chair, absolutely intended good, yet she used to be now not outfitted to cooperate with outfits. there has been an excessive amount of of her and the distribution was once all unsuitable. Her face was once so good padded that there has been no telling no matter if there have been any bones beneath, and the creases have been significantly greater than epidermis deep. I didn’t like her. From Wolfe’s expression it used to be simple, to me, that he didn’t like her. As for her, it used to be a secure wager that she didn’t like anyone. Wolfe rustled the sheet of pale-blue paper, glanced at it back, and checked out her. “You say right here, madam, that you could be be capable to inform me whatever. Your warning is comprehensible or even commendable. You desired to discover who had positioned the commercial sooner than committing your self. Now you recognize. there is not any need—” “That guy threatened me,” she snapped. “That’s no longer how one can get me to inform something—if i've got whatever to inform. ” “I agree. Mr. Goodwin is headstrong. —Archie, withdraw the probability. ” I did my top to smile at her as guy to girl. “I take it again, Mrs. Michaels. i used to be so anxious—” “If I let you know anything,” she stated to Wolfe, ignoring me, “it should be simply because i need to, and it'll be thoroughly private. no matter what you do approximately it, after all i've got not anything to claim approximately that, yet you are going to supply me your solemn be aware of honor that my identify are not pointed out to a person. not anyone is to grasp I wrote you or got here to determine you or had something to do with it. ” Wolfe shook his head. “Impossible. glaringly very unlikely. you're not a idiot, madam, and that i won’t try and deal with you as though you have been. it's even achievable that you just may need to take the witness stand in a homicide trial. i do know not anything approximately it, simply because I don’t understand what you need to inform. Then how may well I—” “All right,” she stated, surrendering. “I see I made a mistake. i have to be domestic through seven o’clock. Here’s what i must inform you: someone i do know used to be a subscriber to that what to anticipate that used to be released by way of that lady, Beula Poole. I incredibly consider, in the future or 3 months in the past, I observed a bit stack of them somewhere—in a few condominium or residence or place of work. I’ve been attempting to keep in mind the place it used to be, and that i easily can’t. I wrote you simply because i presumed you could inform me anything that will make me take into account, and I’m particularly keen to attempt, yet I doubt if it is going to do any sturdy. ” “Indeed. ” Wolfe’s expression was once absolutely as bitter as hers. “I stated you’re no longer a idiot. i assume you’re ready to stay to that lower than any circum—” “Yes, i'm. ” “Even if Mr. Goodwin will get headstrong back and renews his danger? ” “That! ” She was once contemptuous. “It’s very skinny, Mrs. Michaels. Even ridiculous. that you'd visit the trouble of answering that commercial, and coming down here—” “I don’t brain being ridiculous. ” “Then i've got no replacement. ” Wolfe’s lips tightened. He published them. “I settle for your stipulations. I agree, for myself and for Mr. Goodwin, who's my agent, that we'll now not divulge the resource of our details, and that we are going to do our utmost to maintain a person from studying it.

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