I read this book about 5-Mar-2005. I've read this book before. The book is copyright 1940. This note was last modified Friday, 11-Mar-2005 22:01:02 PST.
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The eighth Nero Wolfe novel. A guy wants to leave all his money to his mistress. His sisters object. There's the crazy wife, who always wears a veil after being disfigured in an archery accident (and yes, someone does impersonate her, of course), and the allegedly highly competent Hawthorne Sisters. And the stupid practice of signing a will only at the end, so that the earlier pages can easily be changed. Silly people.
A key clue is found on a roll of film that somebody tried, but failed, to steal from a budding photographer. I think she's using a Leica; it's "Leitax" in the books, but it's a 36 exposure roll, and the prints are really tiny (contact prints presumably). The fake brand names are just starting to appear, and they seem very strange. So far, though, the cars and guns don't have any brand names, despite my talking about that issue in a previous note on this book.