I read this book about 17-Oct-2006. I've read this book before. The book is copyright 1951. This note was last modified Thursday, 19-Oct-2006 18:07:45 PDT.
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"Home to Roost", "The Cop Killer", and "The Squirt and the Monkey" are from 1951 and 1952. I think this one was on the table because Mris had returned it, and it captured me as I sat there.
In "Home to Roost", a mother and her son are both secretly communists. The mother ends up killing the son because of his cover story of working for the FBI. Wolfe unwinds it.
In "Cop Killer" Wolfe and Archie save an illegal immigrant who works in their barber shop from being falsely convicted of the killing of a policeman. Wolfe's normal barber turns out to be the real killer.
"The Squirt and the Monkey" is one of Stout's ventures among crazy creative people, this time the man who writes and the man who owns a comic strip called "Dazzle Dan". A monkey nearly gets murdered (for no good reason; poor beast), and a man does (the man could arguably be thought to have been asking for it, though murder is an excessive response). Stout's idea of the pop-culture creative type is not flattering, but may have some accuracy to it.