In the past, Nero had turned down the job offered him by Mrs Jurvis Horrix to play detective at a party. Today she has a more serious reason for calling on his services. It’s her business to arrange parties, but someone has it out to ruin her. Does it have to do with one of her parties, or clients?
A woman who might possibly have sent the disturbing letters is gathered to Nero’s office. Miss Nickols seems to have something to hide, and the woman seems to not be able to get along with Nero’s cook . Fritz. Are there others who might have a motive for sending the letters?
The matter of blackmail deepens when doctor Brady, and Mrs Horrix brother are found to play parts in the scandal over the death by complications from tetnis. And what about that pet orangutang? The whole matter seems to have flummoxed even the great Nero Wolfe. Is it time to just be rid of the whole affair? Especially when his client just died from tetnis?
Inspector Kramer is in Nero’s office, responding to worries of murder by the brother. Thinking it through again, Archie may have hit on an important clue. The case suddenly erupts anew when Kraemer thinks Nero has been withholding evidence. Enraged by the accusation by the police, Nero leaves no clue uninvestigated as he tracks down the source of the tainted iodine used to bandage a cut. He and Archie are in a race to find a killer, before more people fall victim. Don’t worry, there’s still the usual dramatic reveal in Nero’s office to air all the dirty laundry.