After a deadly hit-and-run accident, a police officer questions two barber shop employees about the crime. Because Carl and Tina Vardas are illegal immigrants fleeing Communist oppression with a conditioned fear of police, they panic and run. When the policeman is later found stabbed to death with scissors in the shop, they become wanted fugitives. Archie grants them temporary asylum in the brownstone and finds to his surprise that Wolfe, himself an emigrant from Eastern European tyranny, makes them feel welcome long enough for he and Archie go about exposing the real killer. Written by
Gabe Taverney (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Did You Know?
Published with two other Wolfe mysteries under the title "Triple Jeopardy." See more
Mention is made of Wolfe's friend Marko Vukcic and daughter Carla Lovchen being murdered by the Russians. In fact, this didn't happen until the book The Black Mountain",d which was published three years after the book this story comes from. See more
Sergeant Purley Stebbins
[referring to Janet
You know, I ain't sold she's as unfurnished in her head as she lets on.
Piano Quintet, 'The Trout', 4th movement
Written by Franz Schubert
KPM CS 8:20
Wolfe dines with Tina and Carl Vardas See more