Nero Wolfe has left his comfortable brownstone for the promise of a remarkably rare black orchid at a flower showâ€”but before Wolfe and his perennially hardy sidekick, Archie Goodwin, have a chance to stop and smell the roses, a diabolically daring murder takes place right under their noses and puts a blight on the proceedings. Now Wolfe's fancy turns to thoughts of weeding out a murdererâ€”one who's definitely not a garden-variety killer. Only then will Wolfe be ready to throw his weight into a second thorny case, involving a rich society widow bedeviled by poison-pen lettersâ€”and a poisonous plot as black as Wolfe's orchids . . . with roots that are even more twisted.
Introduction by Lawrence Block
â€śIt is always a treat to read a Nero Wolfe mystery. The man has entered our folklore.â€ťâ€”The New York Times Book Review
A grand master of the form, Rex Stout is one of Americaâ€™s greatest mystery writers, and his literary creation Nero Wolfe is one of the greatest fictional detectives of all time. Together, Stout and Wolfe have entertainedâ€”and puzzledâ€”millions of mystery fans around the world. Now, with his perambulatory man-about-town, Archie Goodwin, the arrogant, gourmandizing, sedentary sleuth is back in the original seventy-three cases of crime and detection written by the inimitable master himself, Rex Stout.