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Story Information:
First Composed: 1961
First Published: 1961
Location: New York City & upstate New York
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Victim #1: Dinah Utley (in Westchester County)
Murderer: Althea Vail
Motive: Tried to abort a bogus kidnapping
Weapon: Head hit; car over body
Client: Althea Vail
Fee: $60,000 retainer

Victim #2: Jimmy Vail (at NYC home)
Murderer: Althea Vail
Motive: Knew Althea killed Utley; going to leave his wife
Weapon: Drugged; bronze statue crushes chest
Client: None
Fee: None

Story Synopsis:
      A lulu of a plot! Nero Wolfe is hired in a kidnapping case that results in a dual murder. He and Archie Goodwin skedaddle from the law in order to earn a fee. Archie is accused of grand larceny, but ends up with $5,000 from a grateful client.
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