Video cover for an unrelated David Jansen movie entitled Fer-de-Lance
Video cover for an unrelated David Jansen movie entitled Fer-de-Lance


Barstow dropped dead on the golf course - heart attack, said his doctor . . . his family . . . and the police.

But Nero Wolfe looked at a cutup newspaper and some steamship tags . . . and called it murder - a unique and incredibly complex murder! A wild guess?  Not when Wolfe bet his last $10,000 that he was right!

He had two "perfect" killings to his credit - but Nero Wolfe, never stirring from his old New York brownstone, had been able to tell the police how they had been done, and where they'd find the evidence.

The  next step would be for Wolfe to tell them who - and the murderer meant to see that Nero was very, very dead before  he got the chance.

Wolfe never left home . . . so the killer had to trap him there.  And he set the trap with a fantastic bait . . . a drawer filled with beer-bottle caps!

"The trouble is," he murmured, "that as usual you are so engrossed in the fact that you are oblivious to its environment. You stick to it, Archie, like a leech on an udder." (p. 284)

"There is no danger in me to the innocent."

"Any spoke will lead an ant to the hub."

Originally published by Farrar & Reinhart in 1934. Also known as Meet Nero Wolfe (Columbia Pictures movie) and Point of Death. The first Wolfe novel: introduces Nero Wolfe, Archie Goodwin, Fritz Brenner, Theodore Horstmann, Fred Durkin, Saul Panzer, Orrie Cather. The mystery starts with the disappearance of Carlo Maffei. One Bantam release concludes with Stout's typed descriptions of Wolfe and Archie, and his sketch of their office. Of course of historical interest: it's fascinating to read the genesis of Wolfe. He's noticeably more florid in his speech, for example.