Rex Stout's Nero Wolfe in Death on Deadline
by Robert Goldsborough
Publisher: Bantam Books
Nero Wolfe, the orchid-growing gourmet and genius of detection, is back. And, once again, Wolfe and Archie Goodwin are in the confident hands of Robert Goldsborough, author of bestselling Murder in E Minor.
Now, with the Great Man out of retirement (but, of course, not out of his chair), Wolfe and Archie confront their most baffling case yet --
The first corpse is slated to be a newspaper. If Ian MacLaren, sleazy king of Britain's scandal sheets, succeeds in taking over the Gazette, this respectable publication will indeed die. And Nero Wolfe, of all people, has decided to stop him.
Archie wonders why the brilliant detective has championed such a cause without a paying client. Yes, their mutual friend, Lon Cohen, has been a Gazette reporter for years. Certainly Harriet Haverhill, the paper's owner, is a dedicated and noble woman. But what is Wolfe's true motive fort butting in?
But butt in he does, by placing a full-page ad in The New York Times calling for a united effort to "Keep New York Clean" of Ian McLaren's kind.
No one, not even Wolfe, suspects that he has advertised for murder. But before the next forty-eight hours have elapsed, Wolfe's public call for defense of the Gazette will lead someone to put a bullet in someone else's brain. NYPD Inspector Cramer calls it an open-and-shut case . . . of suicide! Wolfe is astonished. Why does Cramer underestimate the power of the Gazette scandal? What better proof that the Gazette is worth killing for than a killing?
Wolfe lurches forward to seek between the lines for the murderer. He may indeed have a scoop on the true story, but he has a certain lack of clues. So while evidence is being mined, and Archie is out luring suspects to the Thirty-fifth Street brownstone, Wolfe concentrates on what he does best: deduction. With possible motives running from obsession to greed to revenge, Wolfe soon recognizes the byline beneath the murder . . . and he realizes that the killer is working under a deadline, and the next bit of deadly journalism could very well write him off.
Condition: Used. Hardcover. Dust cover. Pages are tanned and darkening from age. Previous owner's "Library Of" stamp is on the front endpaper. Dust cover and flaps are tanned from age. Dust cover shows a bit of edge wear and tear and creasing.
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