"Banal murder" - Detective Rex Stout, a classic of the genre.
Detective Nero Wolfe and his assistant Archie Goodwin are investigating another case.
"When in the evening of Tuesday, September the phone rang at the front door,
and I went out into the hall to look through the glass-sided, who to us
Welcome, and I saw on the steps with great Inspector Cramer
cardboard in your hands, my first impulse was to open the door only
the length of the chain and say through a two-inch gap, "delivery of goods to the black
Inspectors did not expect and was not invited, we did not have any customer or
investigated the case, Cramer was nothing we were not required, so for what
to pretend that he - a welcome guest?
However, approaching the door, I changed my mind. It was not because of him, he
looked completely normal: a great and strong, with a round red face
bushy gray eyebrows, broad sloping shoulders, which almost
burst the seams of his thick coat.
But the cardboard ...
Damn familiar cardboard appropriate size, tied exactly
such a cord, which used MacLeod, the inscription in blue pencil "Niro
Wulff "also seems to have been in style McLeod.
Switching on the light on the porch, I could have a better look at these details,
so I opened the door and asked politely:
- Where did you get the corn? "