Synopsis of Bullet for One
Wolfe and Archie investigate the murder, a week earlier, of industrial designer Sigmund Keyes. The request comes from five people who worked closely with him: Ferdinand Pohl, Frank Broadyke, Wayne Safford, Audrey Rooney and Keyes’s daughter, Dorothy. They believe that Victor Talbott, their sales agent, committed the murder, and they want the truth to be known so that the police stop harassing them.
Keyes used to ride a horse at a local park during the early morning, and Talbott sometimes accompanied him. On the day of Keyes’s death, a mounted policeman had seen him in his usual way. Shortly after, the horse left the park without a rider. Keyes’s body had been found in a thicket near the road, shot in the chest. Wolfe agrees to find the murderer, regardless of his identity
None of the six, including Talbott, has an airtight alibi, and everyone will benefit from Keyes’s death in several ways.