New York: The Viking Press, 1946. Octavo, original blue green cloth, front and spine stamped in yellow and pink, top edge stained pink. First edition. The eleventh Nero Wolfe mystery and first novel after WW II. "...about the murder of a dedicated Washington civil servant and one of his aides. The least likely suspect is well hidden, Wolfe does some thinking, and Archie is Archie. Not too much wrangling with the police, and in truth one of Rex Stout's best in the semi-demi form."- Barzun & Taylor, A Catalogue of Crime (1989), 3090. Hubin, pp. 777-778. Townsend, Rex Stout: An Annotated and Secondary Bibliography, A27a. A fine copy in a very good dust or somewhat better jacket with a 20 mm closed tear with crease (repaired with clear tape on verso) at upper front panel, tiny chip to upper right corner, two chips to base of spine panel and a tiny chip to the upper right rear corner at spine. (23447). Item #23447

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