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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I handed it to him. It was four pages. Once through is usually enough for him, but that time he went back to the first two pages-what Pierre and I had said, which I had given verbatim. He eyed me. " "Of my talk with Pierre, nothing. Every word is there. Of the rest, also nothing, except that you were armed when you came, with that club, and that you told me you supposed I had to. It's all there, what was said and what happened, but I didn't include a guess I made. I saved that for Stebbins. When I left Pierre there, he felt something in his topcoat pocket and took it out.
Life and death. For me. " "That won't do. Good waiters are scarce, and anyway you're not old enough to die. " "You make it a joke. " "Sure it is. It's life that's not a joke. " "I'll tell Mr. " "He's in bed asleep. He sees people only by appointment, but for you he would make an exception. Come at eleven in the morning. " "I-" He looked at me. Since he had seen me at close quarters at least fifty times, maybe a hundred, surely he had me sized up, so he may not have been con- sidering me, but he was deciding something for at least ten seconds.
Wolfe is the greatest detective in the world. Felix says he is-not only Felix, everybody does. Of course you're a good detective too, everybody knows that too, but when a man is sure he's going to be killed unless he-unless…" His hands on his knees were fists, and he opened them, palms up. "I've just got to tell Mr. " "Okay. Eleven o'clock tomorrow morning. " He looked at his wristwatch. "Just ten hours. If I could-there on that couch? I won't need covers or anything. I won't disturb anything. " So he was really wide open, or thought he was.