By Rex Stout
Whilst a bomb kills his favourite waiter from his favourite eating place, sedentary sleuth and gourmet Nero Wolfe is decided to visit any size to discover the killer. Reissue. NYT.
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Of course I would have wanted to see what was in the tube. Well, I'm still here. I have explained why I didn't frisk him. Since I left this out of my statement, leaving it for you, you ought to send me a box of candy. " He finally opened his mouth. "Ill send you an orchid. " "Certainly. He would send a squad out to dig up where I recently bought a Don Pedro cigar. " "Put that in a statement some day. " "I guess I forgot. " "Also my brain tells me that the DA will want to know why I didn't bring you down as a material witness.
I ran down one flight, saw that the door to Wolfe's room was intact, and went and knocked on it. My usual three, a little spaced. I really did, and his voice came. " I opened the door and entered and flipped the light switch. I don't know why he looks bigger in those yellow pajamas than in clothes. Not fatter, just bigger. He had pushed back the yellow electric blanket and black sheet and was sitting up. " he demanded. "I don't know," I said, and I hope my voice didn't squeak from the pleasure of seeing him.
Nero Wolfe," I told her. "W-О-L-F-E. To see Mr. Ducos. He will probably know the name. And Good-win, Archie Goodwin. " she said. I knew that much, barely. "Mr. Wolfe does," I said. " I turned. "She said parly voo fransay. " He took the receiver, and I moved to make room. He didn't have to stoop quite as much as me to get his mouth at the right level. Since what he said was for me only noise, I spent the couple of minutes enjoying the idea of a homicide dick pushing that button and hearing parly voo fransay, and hop- ing it was Lieutenant Rowcliff.