By Rex Stout
11 years after his personal thoughtlessness despatched his basically son, Paul, clear of domestic, Nebraska businessman James Herold calls upon Nero Wolfe to trace down the younger guy in order that he could make amends. Reissue. NYT.
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It is now compelled by extraordinary circumstances. I’m going to tell you what a client of mine has told me. ” Freyer’s eyes narrowed. ” “I wouldn’t expect you to. The only bond will be your respect for another man’s privacy. The interests of your client and my client may or may not intersect. If they do we’ll consider the matter; if they don’t, I shall rely on your discretion. ” He told him. He didn’t report our long session with James R. Herold verbatim, but neither did he skimp it. When he was through, Freyer had a clear and complete picture of where we stood up to four o’clock that afternoon, when Freyer had rung our doorbell.
But that only postponed the agony for a few hours. ’s, and Saul had been sent to keep the appointments, we had a visitor. Just three minutes after Wolfe had left the office for his daily four-to-six conference with the orchids, the doorbell rang and I answered it. On the stoop was a middle-aged guy who would need a shave by sundown, in a sloppy charcoal topcoat and a classy new black homburg. , but not a journalist. He said he would like a word with Mr. Nero Wolfe. I said Mr. Wolfe was engaged, told him my name and station, and asked if I could be of any service.
I went to the hall with Freyer and got his coat from the rack and helped him on with it, and let him out. Back in the office, Wolfe was trying not to look smug. ” I closed the drawer. “You planned it that way. Your gifts. It might backfire on you if his thinking it over includes a phone call to Omaha or even one to the Missing Persons Bureau. However, I admit you did the best you could, even inviting him to dinner. ” So he dined alone, and I was only half an hour late joining the gathering at Lily Rowan’s table at the Flamingo Club.
Might As Well Be Dead (Nero Wolfe Mysteries) by Rex Stout