Ellery picks the wrong man to mess with when he becomes irate with a comic-book editor who had dictated a series of books depicting Ellery as a two-fisted brawling sleuth. The following night, as the editor is working alone in his office, a custodian hears three gunshots. The editor is found slumped over a panel he was reworking, and with a blue pencil he has crossed through Ellery's dialog balloon. If that wasn't incriminating enough, newspaper reporter Frank Flannigan finds the murder weapon, a revolver, in Ellery's fish tank, where the water has long since washed off all prints. Ellery must clear himself in a big hurry before he goes to trial. Written by
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Flannigan and Moe use 1940s slang terms for money; a "fin" is five dollars, and a "sawbuck" is ten. See more
Now I know what Bud Armstrong was trying to tell me. Do you know? You have all the clues: the blue pencil, the mark on the drawing - this mark. Oh, and don't forget the gun. Don't forget the fact that it was unloaded when I saw it before the murder. And what else... oh, you might also consider all the jobs of the suspects. Got it? OK, let's find out if we're right.