Arthur Murrow is an author who needs the chair bound detective, Nero Wolfe, to leave his orchids and beer, and come to his office. Nero gripes about the inconvenience of it all, Archie checks out the cute elevator operator, but when they arrive in the office, they find that Arthur Murrow has a knife in his back.
As clues and possible motives are discussed with the cops, Nero still doesn’t quite have enough to go on, in figuring this mystery out. Freeing the matter from his mind, Nero is glad to leave the matter to the police, while he returns to his cozy apartment, which he should never have left.
Archie stays on to help the police with the footwork of the investigation. As they linger, a new player enters the scene. Miss Roberts seems surprised to hear of the death of Arthur. What advice will come from a phone call to update Nero on the developments? Archie reviews all he knows thus far about who was where, and when. Is there a clear motive?
Twists keep coming as Archie keeps digging up clues. A fiancee, a missing novel manuscript, and a possible loss of a publishing deal. Nero thinks that the one who knew what the missing novel is about is the killer. But who might that be? Nero’s trap should do the trick for the big reveal.