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By Rex Stout

Investigating the weird will of overdue multimillionaire Noel Hawthorne--who left the majority of his property to his mistress and approximately not anything to his 3 sisters--astute sleuth Nero Wolfe stumbles upon a legacy of homicide.

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Prescott? " "That's correct, omit Karn. " "I believe I must have refused to determine you. simply i do not love to do that--it's so stuffy. " "Why in case you have refused to determine me? " "Because, for those who have been despatched by means of Mr. Prescott, you've got come to bully me. have not you? " "Bully you approximately what? " "Oh, come now. " She smiled back. I waited a moment, observed that she wasn't going so as to add to it, and acknowledged, "As a question of truth, I wasn't despatched by means of Prescott. i used to be despatched via Nero Wolfe. He has been engaged through Noel Hawthorne's sisters to debate Hawthorne's will with you. " "Nero Wolfe, the detective? " "That's the only. " "How attention-grabbing. whilst is he coming to determine me? " "He by no means is going to determine anyone. He dislikes movement. He handed a legislations making it against the law for his toes to take away him from his condominium other than on infrequent events, and not on enterprise. He hires me to run round inviting humans to come back to determine him. " Her brows lifted. "Do you suggest you got here to ask me? " "That's correct. there is not any hurry. it is just 4:30, and he does not anticipate you until eventually ten mins to 6. " She shook her head. "I'm sorry. it might be attention-grabbing to debate anything with Nero Wolfe. " "Then come forward. " "No. " It sounded ultimate. in truth, it sounded as close to irrevocable as any "no" I ever heard. I checked out her. there has been no indication no matter what of any pressure of child doll in her that i may see. She was once just about whatever new in my adventure. She wasn't homely and she or he wasn't beautiful. She used to be darkish instead of mild, yet she should not have been indexed as brunette. None of her positive aspects may have labeled for superstar billing, yet in some way you did not see her positive factors, you simply observed her. in general, after changing just a couple of sentences together with her, i used to be sore. in the course of 9 years of detective paintings I had polished up my brass in order that I looked a impolite stare at any human face nature's fancy may possibly devise only as a question of regimen, yet there has been whatever in Naomi Karn's eyes, or again of them, or someplace, that made me are looking to meet them and draw back from them whilst. It wasn't the nice previous come-hither, the "welcome" at the door mat that biology makes use of for tanglefoot; i will be able to slide via that like molasses via a tin horn. It used to be whatever as female as that, it used to be a girl letting a guy have her eyes, however it was once additionally a whole lot more--like a cocky problem from a cocky mind. I knew I had appeared clear of it, and that i knew she knew I had, and that i was once sore. "The fact is," I acknowledged, "this factor has been dealt with incompetently. I needless to say fellow Stauffer got here to work out you this morning and stated should you did not divvy us, Hawthorne's widow was once going to contest it. " She smiled. "Yes, Ossie attempted to claim anything like that. " "Ossie? stable identify for him. " "I imagine so. i am pleased you love it. " "I do. yet Ossie was once deceiving you. the genuine element of the object is far sharper than a courtroom contest and it is apt to harm extra. " "Dear me. that is alarming. what's it? " I shook my head. "I'm now not alleged to inform you. yet this room is the best position i have been in this present day.

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