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By Rex Stout
The mummy Hunt is the 18th novel through the Grandmaster of puzzle to be reissued within the Rex Stout Library. it is a topic of maternity that brings Lucy Valdon to the brownstone on West thirty fifth, after a child is left on her doorstep.
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Cramer sat. I sat. That left Upton the one one on his ft, so he sat, among Haft and me at the sofa. Wolfe thinking about Cramer. “I don’t understand how a lot you recognize, yet gaps may be stuffed in later. This assassin is a type of unlucky creatures who, neither designed nor equipped for that impressive function, locate themselves—” “Save that for later too,” Cramer growled. “It’s an important creation. locate themselves without notice rocketed into it. a few seven months in the past Carol Mardus requested him to aid her put off a child she didn’t are looking to maintain, and he obliged her. when you had instructed him then that because of that amiable choose to a chum he will be two times a assassin in the 12 months, he may have idea you have been demented. the following fateful step, although no longer amiable, was once no longer murderous; it was once in simple terms mischievous. realizing that Richard Valdon have been the daddy of the newborn, he took—” “That’s too large a spot. was once it the child that was once boarded through Ellen Tenzer? ” “Yes. I see this won’t do. i need to identify him. Did you know the lady who entered the room with me? ” “No. ” “She is Anne Tenzer, the niece of Ellen Tenzer. She used to be in fact wondered within the research of her aunt’s loss of life, yet it sounds as if no longer by means of you. ” Wolfe became. “Miss Tenzer, will you please inform Mr. Cramer what your profession is? ” Anne cleared her throat. She was once nonetheless a blonde, and in the event you requested ten males which of the 2 girls sitting there has been extra appealing, her or Lucy, most likely seven of them might say her. whilst she had entered the elevator and visible me she had stated one notice, hi, very offhand. hi isn't hello. Her cool efficient eyes went to Cramer. “I’m a secretary, with the Stopgap Employment provider. We fill in—vacations, any transitority vacancies. I’m on the senior govt point. ” “So you might have labored for plenty of diversified agencies? ” Wolfe requested. “I have labored at many various enterprises. My agency is the Stopgap Employment provider. I commonplace approximately fifteen assignments a yr. ” “Is there a person during this room you've ever labored for—on project? ” “Yes. ” “Do you know him? ” “Certainly. Julian Haft, president of the Parthenon Press. ” “When did you're employed for him? ” “I don’t be aware of the precise dates, however it was once early final summer season. i feel it was once the final weeks in June and the 1st week in July. ” “Did your paintings carry you into common touch with Mr. Haft? ” “Yes. i used to be exchanging his inner most secretary. She was once on holiday. ” “Was the identify of your aunt, Ellen Tenzer, ever pointed out in dialog with him? ” “Yes. He dictated a letter a couple of publication, a manuscript, through a lady who were a nurse, and that i pointed out that I had an aunt who have been a nurse, and we said her a bit. i need to have pointed out that she boarded infants in her condominium occasionally, simply because whilst he referred to as me up he asked—” “If you please. whilst did he name you up? ” “Several months later, within the iciness, i believe your time in January. He known as the Stopgap Employment provider and left a message, and that i known as him. He requested if my aunt nonetheless boarded infants, and that i stated i presumed so, and he sought after her identify and handle.