By Rex Stout
Employed to find Amy Denovo's long-lost father, Nero Wolfe and his assistant, Archie Goodwin, notice that the lacking guy has a lethal and unsafe mystery to conceal. Reissue. NYT.
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I pinched my nostril. “I’m unlikely to leap up and down and yell 3 cheers for us. So he’s previous and hard. If he used to be fifty-four in nineteen forty-five he’s seventy-six now. I’ve learn a couple of issues approximately him, there has been a bit approximately him in Fortune as soon as and that i learn it, yet that doesn’t provide me an in. ” “You have omit Denovo’s mobilephone quantity? ” “Certainly. ” “Get her. I’ll speak. ” I consulted my pocket laptop to ascertain the quantity, swung the telephone round and dialed, and whereas I waited made up our minds to claim Archie Goodwin, not only Archie. I didn’t care to offer Wolfe a peg for an additional of his rusty reviews approximately what he known as my flair for developing own kinfolk with younger ladies. whilst the hi got here, her voice, I stated, “Amy Denovo? ” “Yes. Archie? ” that modified the script. “Right. I’m calling from the workplace. Mr. Wolfe desires to speak. ” He had his mobile. I saved mine. “This is Nero Wolfe, leave out Denovo. i must ask a query. Has your cell an extension? ” “No. ” “I’ll be circumspect besides. I don’t just like the cellphone and that i don’t belief it. Don’t ask indiscreet questions. we've got chanced on the resource of the assessments. The informa—” “You have? Already? ” “It isn’t essential to interrupt. I’ll let you know all that's tellable in this laptop. the data in regards to the resource is reliable—in truth, definite. we all know who had the exams drawn. he's alive, seventy-six years outdated, filthy rich, retired, of what's known as the higher category. He lives in New York—no, I don’t comprehend that, yet i know he’s on hand. So i've got a question. you recognize what you employed me to do. The resource of the tests is confirmed, yet no longer that he's himself the individual you will want chanced on. that's simply a cheap surmise. do you need me to—” “I need to know his identify! ” “You will. If you’ll come this night, at 9 o’clock or after, we’ll let you know. What I ask now: do you need me to continue with the inquiry or do you need to house him your self? i want to understand that earlier than dinner. ” “I wish you to do it, in fact. I’ll come now. I—may I come now? ” “No. in the course of a meal? We’ll anticipate you later. ” He hung up, acquired the images from the drawer, frowned at them, and dropped them at the table. I swung my cellphone again and requested, “Shall I ring Cyrus M. Jarrett and inform him you will have him the following at 11 the following day morning if it is going to swimsuit his comfort? ” “Yes,” he hissed. He by no means hisses. He acquired up and went to the kitchen. bankruptcy 6 At part prior 3 Wednesday afternoon I sat in an all-weather chair below a maple tree on best of a cliff in Dutchess County. To my correct used to be a scenic view of 3 or 4 miles of the Hudson River. a couple of hundred yards to my left was once an ivy-covered finish of a mansion or palace or fortress which should have had among thirty and fifty rooms, counting on their measurement. In each course there have been trees, bushes, flora, such things as a statue of a deer consuming out of a girl’s hand, and grass. Lily Rowan’s glade had by no means visible grass like that. 8 ft in entrance of me, on a chair like mine yet with an connected footrest, was once a lean, long guy with an extended bony face, an considerable crop of white hair, and 2 gray-blue eyes so chilly that, taking them immediately, you were given no impact in any respect.