By Rex Stout
During this inventive whodunit, a body spray corporation bargains 1000000 cash for properly making a choice on convinced girls in heritage who used cosmetics. while the ads genius at the back of the crusade is murdered and the solutions stolen, Nero Wolfe is termed in to discover either. Archie Goodwin attempts bravely to maintain Wolfe clear of the aggravating girls concerned and fascinated with the case. yet with difficult mobile calls and conflicting directions from the advert corporation, it is anybody's wager while — or maybe if — Wolfe will locate the killer.
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Since they're being held in New York they might agree on an extension, but what if Miss Tescher, who lives here, refused? What if she went ahead and sent in her answers before her deadline? " Wolfe grunted. " "We certainly would. There's only one possible way out, to learn who got that paper, today or tomorrow if possible, but absolutely before midnight April twentieth, the last deadline. With proof of that we'll have them licked. We can say to them, One of you--and we name him--stole the answers.
I may not. If I don't, you're not in a pickle, you're sunk. Before midnight April Twentieth? I have only this"-he tapped his forehead--"and Mr. Goodwin and a few men I can rely on. Whereas the police have thousands of men and vast resources and connections. " "We have considered it. That wouldn't even be risky, it would be certain. " Wolfe was stubborn. "I must be sure you have thought it through. " "Yes, but then we will have the thief, and we'll have arranged to decide the contest in a way agreed to by everybody else concerned.
Nothing has been said to the police about Dahlmann's displaying that paper from his wallet last evening, and nothing is going to be said by any of us, including Mr. Heery. The paper has not been mentioned and will not be. The police will of course question the five contestants, probably they already are, and it might be thought certain that some of them will tell about the paper, but I think it doubtful. " O'Garro nodded. "I only said, from seeing them last evening, they're not fools. They're anything but fools, and there's half a million dollars at stake, not to mention the other prizes.