By Rex Stout
Whilst a bomb kills his favourite waiter from his favourite eating place, sedentary sleuth and connoisseur Nero Wolfe is decided to visit any size to discover the killer. Reissue. NYT.
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He hit the chair arm with a fist. "So. Call Felix. " He looked at the wall clock. "In half an hour. If no upstairs room is available, perhaps on the top floor, if that's convenient. " I said no, got up, went to the phone on the bed-stand, switched it on, and dialed. The top floor at Rusterman's restaurant was once the living quarters of Marko Vukcic, its owner, who had been Wolfe's boyhood friend in Montenegro and one of the only three men I knew who called him by his first name. For a year or so after Marko's death it had been unoccupied, and then Felix, who had left a one-third share and ran the restaurant under Wolfe's supervision as trustee, had moved in with his wife and two children.
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. Also a couple of journalists I had met, especially Bill Wengert of the Times. When Wolfe hung up the receiver, I put a hand on the inside door and, when the click sounded, pushed it open.
Of course they had been collected and Stebbins had seen them. " He shook his head, either at Purley or at me, I didn't know which. " "Nothing. There was nothing else to give. Nothing to anybody, including the medical examiner and Lieutenant Burnham, whom you have never met. I didn't count, but Fritz says there were nineteen of them altogether. The door of the South Room is sealed. " When he wants to give something a good look and is in the office at his desk, in the one chair that he thoroughly approves, he leans back and shuts his eyes, but the back of that chair isn't the right angle for it, so he just squinted and pulled at his ear lobe.