Fade to Black Author:Robert Goldsborough In cool Manhattan the ad game is both crisp and cutthroat. But when two competing agencies begin producing look-alike commercials for rival soft-drink companies, the campaign turns to murder. A young executive lies bludgeoned to death in a trendy Village apartment, the carpet stained darker than cherry cola. — None too keen at the prospect of f... more »orsaking his epicurean pleasures, Nero Wolfe is finally persuaded to take the case by his long-suffering assistant, who points out the desperate state of their bank account, ravaged by Wolfe's recent gargantuan excesses.
Even the master detective can deduce that his indolence must end. Nevertheless it is understood that Wolfe will restrict his efforts to placid cogitations in the orchid-heavy hothouse on the roof of his snug West Side brownstone while Archie does the legwork, the armwork--and whatever other unpleasant physical exertions may be necessary to gather the clues in the case.
Now, as Archie pounds the pavement in search of clues, it's up to the great Nero Wolfe to digest the facts of one of the most unappetizing--and unsettling--cases he's been served in a long, long time.« less