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Story Information:
A&E Nero Wolfe Series (DVD Movie Collection)
First Composed: 1962
First Published: 1963
Location: New York City & upstate New York
Wolfe's Brownstone: Click to View Floorplan

Victim #1: Ellen Tenzer (in her car on NYC 38th St.)
Murderer: Julian Haft
Motive: Afraid Tenzer would expose his action with a baby in Valdon home
Weapon: Strangled with cord
Client: Lucy Valdon
Fee: $14,000 expenses & fee ($1,000 retainer)

Victim #2: Carol Mardus (on NYC Perry St.)
Murderer: Julian Haft
Motive: Knew Haft killed Tenzer
Weapon: Strangled with cord
Client: Lucy Valdon
Fee: Same as above

Story Synopsis:
      This one is a lulu. Nero Wolfe tackles a mother hunt that turns into a murder investigation. The only clue is a set of unique buttons. The extensive search among 148 women even sends Wolfe's favorite operatives across the USA and to France. Wolfe is so frustrated after the second murder that he throws a jacket at Archie Goodwin. Both Wolfe and Archie hide in their client's home when they know Inspector Cramer is on the stoop of the brownstone with warrants for them.
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