ONE LOOK AT HER, AND I MADE UP MY MIND I WANTED NO PART OF HER.
Because if I let myself want part, I'd want the rest. It wouldn't be fair to P.H. - - he was in prison, he had enough trouble without losing his girl.
So for two strictly-business hours I questioned her, trying to find anything that would weaken the case against P.H. What I uncovered I would have been happier without - - she thought he was guilty.
P.H. suspected his girl. She suspected him. Everybody was protecting someone - - and, unwittingly, they were all protecting the real murderer, who - - it became increasingly clear - - was ready to kill again!
HIS LAWYER SAID HE WAS INNOCENT. HIS GIRL FRIEND THOUGHT HE WAS GUILTY. P.H. THOUGHT HE . . . MIGHT AS WELL BE DEAD
What happens when the condemned man doesn't want to be proven innocent? You're up to your thick neck in a case of murder, embezzlement, murder, national scandal, and much more murder . . .
"Don't badger me. Go up and let Mrs. Molloy thank you properly for your intrepidity in saving her from annoyance. First rumple your hair as evidence of the fracas." (p. 127)
"But not only must I pay my bills, I must also sustain my self-esteem. That man, your client, has been wounded in his very bowels, and to add insult to his injury as a mere mercenary would be a wanton act. I can't afford it. Even if I must gainsay Rochefoucauld, who wrote that we should only affect compassion, and carefully avoid having any." (p. 31)
Might as Well Be Dead is an incredibly compelling Nero Wolfe because one of the main characters is in jail and choosing to not be found. Wolfe is hired by a relative to try and find this person as well as by someone who cares for them. The mystery is complicated but what makes this such a good book is how real all of the characters are and how they have to figure out what they want. I'd recommend this to someone who is curious about Nero Wolfe since the mystery, characters and interactions are wonderful. [goodreads.com]