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 all started as a fresh case of larceny speedy sank right into a quagmire of blackmail and damaged supplies, 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. purely then can they shop Wolfe's appealing younger shopper -- and a hotly disputed stake of a funky million cash.
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Extra resources for The Rubber Band (Nero Wolfe, Book 3)
Wolfe sighed back. "You should serve it in morsels, for 5 individuals. by means of including a number of the clean inventory you could have lots of soup. Open Hungarian petits poissons. you might have lots of fruit? Fill in as you could. it really is distressing, yet there is no support for it. " "The sauce is a smart good fortune, sir. i may supply the others canned poultry and mushrooms-" "Confound it, no! If there are to be hardships, i have to proportion them. that is all. deliver me a few beer. " Fritz went, and Wolfe grew to become to me. "Bring Clara Fox. " I unlocked the door to front room. Fritz hadn't became on all of the lighting fixtures, and it used to be dim. the 2 girls have been facet by means of aspect at the divan, and Mike Walsh was once in a chair, blinking at me as though he have been asleep. I stated, "Mr. Wolfe wish to converse to overlook Fox. " Mike Walsh stated, "I'm hungry. " Clara Fox stated, "To we all. " "First simply you. Please. there will be a few grub beautiful quickly, Mr. Walsh. If you are going to wait in right here. " Clara Fox hesitated, then obtained up and preceded me. I close the door, and he or she went again to her chair in entrance of Wolfe, the only the dick had sat in. Wolfe had emptied a pitcher and was once filling it up back. "Will you will have a few beer. pass over Fox? " She shook her head. "Thank you. yet i do not prefer to talk about this with you by myself, Mr. Wolfe. The others are only as much-" "To ensure. let me. " He wiggled a finger at her. "They shall subscribe to us shortly. in fact, I desire to contact on anything else for a second. Did you're taking that money from Mr. Muir's table? " She checked out him gradually. "We should not allow issues get harassed. Are you performing now because the agent of the Seaboard items company? " "I'm asking you a query. You got here right here to refer to me since you notion I had skills. i've got; i am utilizing them. both solution my query or locate skills in other places. Did you're taking that money? " "No. " "Do you recognize who took it? " "No. " "Do you recognize whatever approximately it? " "No. i've got yes suspicions, yet not anything particular in regards to the funds itself. " "Do you suggest suspicions as a result of the angle of Mr. Perry and Mr. Muir towards you individually? " "Yes. mainly Mr. Muir. " "Good. Now this: Did you kill a person this night among 5 and 6 o'clock? " She stared at him. "Don't be an fool" He drank a few beer, wiped his lips, and leaned again in his chair. "Miss Fox. The avoidance of idiocy could be the first and incessant main issue ot each clever individual. it's mine. i'm occasionally winning. Take, for example, your assertion that you just didn't thieve that cash. Do i feel it? As a thinker, i think not anything. As a detective, i feel it adequate to depart it at the back of me, hut am ready to look again over my shoulder. As a guy, i think it totally. I guarantee you, my cause of the questions i'm asking isn't idiotic. For something, i'm staring at your face as you respond to them. undergo with me; we will be getting someplace, i feel. Did you kill an individual this night among 5 and 6 o'clock? " "No. " "Did Mr. Walsh or pass over Lindquist achieve this? " "Kill an individual? " Tes. " She smiled at him.