Mobster Ralph Caesar survives a bombing attempt and plays dead, hiding out in a hotel room with two police guards. But he is found dead anyway, of poison. Furious crusading District Attorney Erwin Murphy accuses Inspector Queen and the two guards (including Velie) of serving poisoned chewing gum, the only thing the mobster had to dine on. Ellery thinks this unlikely because nobody opened the packet except Caeser, and starts looking for other ways the poison could have been administered. Written by
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Inspector Queen, the commissioner assures me that you're beyond reproach. I'll accept his recommendation.
Inspector Richard Queen
I'll say thanks when I find out what I've been recommended for.