I read this book about 10-Mar-2005. I've read this book before. The book is copyright 1949. This note was last modified Friday, 11-Mar-2005 23:10:27 PST.
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Starting with being asked to prove somebody a communist, Wolfe ends up solving the murder of a high-level criminal (probably a top associate of Zeck, the criminal mastermind). Along the way, he receives packages of cash totalling $65k from Zeck, and also has the orchid rooms on the roof of his house machine-gunned.