If Death Ever Slept

Synopsis of If Death Ever Slept

In If Death Ever Slept, millionaire Otis Jarrell offers to hire Wolfe to get his daughter-in-law Susan out of his house.

He is convinced that she has ruined several of his business deals by leaking confidential information to his competitors, and he suspects her of infidelity toward his son Wyman.

Wolfe refuses to get involved but accepts a $10,000 retainer from Jarrell to hire Archie as a live-in secretary.

Taking the alias “Alan Green,” Archie is to replace the previous secretary, whom Jarrell had fired one week earlier on suspicion of being the source of the leak.

Arriving at the Jarrell penthouse on the following Monday, Archie meets the rest of the family and associates.

Over the course of the week, Archie learns from Trella, Jarrell’s wife, that Jarrell had made a pass at Susan but was rejected.

He also encounters James L. Eber, Jarrell’s former secretary, having a private conversation with Susan.

Nora explains that he had visited the penthouse in order to retrieve some papers from his desk.

Shortly after Archie sees Eber, Jarrell discovers that someone has sneaked into his library and stolen a .38 revolver from his desk.

Jarrell believes that Susan is responsible for the theft, but Archie reports to Wolfe the next day and is dispatched to investigate Eber’s apartment. There he finds Eber’s body, shot in the head.

Archie learns from Lon Cohen that the fatal bullet is a .38, and Wolfe has him bring everyone involved to his office that evening.

Included in the group is Corey Brigham, a rival of Jarrell who benefited from the information leaks and who had been to dinner at the penthouse when the gun was stolen.

Synopsis of If Death Ever Slept taken from: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/If_Death_Ever_Slept

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Series:  Nero Wolfe; 29

Publisher: Bantam
Year 1992
ISBN 0553762966

Language: English
Format: Print

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