The Black Mountain (Nero Wolfe, Book 24)

By Rex Stout

Unique booklet: 1954

Vowing to avenge the homicide of his expensive buddy, Marko Vukcic, Nero Wolfe, with his trustworthy companion, Archie Goodwin, trip to the unsafe mountains of Montenegro.

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Courtney could aid, yet it’s now not crucial. My identify is Nero Wolfe. i'm a certified inner most detective with an workplace in ny. this can be my assistant, Archie Goodwin. ” The consul was once smiling. “I don’t think it. ” “Then mobile Mr. Courtney. Or, maybe larger, are you aware a guy in Bari, a dealer and agent, named Paolo Telesio? ” “Yes. I’ve met him. ” “If you’ll telephone him and enable me converse to him, he’ll convey our passports, appropriately stamped at Rome after we arrived there on Sunday, 4 days in the past. additionally he’ll establish us. ” “I’ll be damned. you're Nero Wolfe? ” “I am. ” “Why the hell have been you wandering round at evening with weapons and knives and no papers? ” “That used to be indiscreet yet useful. we're the following on an enormous and exclusive topic, and our presence mustn't ever be recognized. ” i assumed he was once doing high quality. His asking Arnold to cellphone the embassy might make the consul suspect that we have been on a mystery activity for the country division, and if he phoned and Courtney informed him we weren’t that might simply make him imagine the activity used to be supersecret. He didn’t get the embassy, at the least no longer from there. He acquired Telesio, permit Wolfe seek advice from him, after which sat and chewed the fats with us until eventually Telesio arrived with the passports. Wolfe had pressed it on him that as few humans as attainable should still understand we have been there, so he didn’t inform even the warden our names. He made one other cellphone name, and one other signor got here, who seemed and acted extra vital than a warden, and he checked out our passports and made it criminal for us to respire. once we left with Telesio they shook fingers with us, completely pleasant, yet i spotted they kept away from any shut touch, which was once comprehensible. They knew the place we were for 5 hours, that we hadn’t been by myself, and that a few of our partners have been leaving with us. Telesio knew it too. whilst he stopped the auto within the courtyard of the stuccoed condominium, and we acquired out and the trail to the door, he spoke to Wolfe and Wolfe became to me. “We’ll undress within the corridor and throw this stuff outside. ” We did so. Telesio introduced a chair for Wolfe, yet I acknowledged I didn’t desire one. Our first wearing of these duds was once in that apartment, and so used to be our first doffing. I won’t cross into aspect aside from Wolfe’s sneakers and socks. He used to be afraid to take them off. whilst he ultimately set his jaw and pitched in, he gazed at his ft in astonishment. i feel he had anticipated to work out not anything yet a shapeless mass of uncooked purple flesh, and it wasn’t undesirable in any respect, just a couple of heel blisters and a rosy glow, and the feet ridged and twisted a few. “They’ll be again to basic in a 12 months easy,” I informed him. I didn’t need to ask him for support with the water heater simply because Telesio had already long gone up and grew to become it on. hours later, at 1 / 4 prior one, we have been within the kitchen with Telesio, consuming mushroom soup and spaghetti and cheese, and ingesting wine, fresh and dressed and sleepy. Wolfe had phoned to Rome and had an appointment with Richard Courtney on the embassy at 5 o’clock. Telesio had prepared for a airplane to be prepared for us on the Bari airport at two-thirty.

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