Synopsis of Might As Well Be Dead
James R. Herold, a successful businessman from Omaha, Nebraska, consults Wolfe because he wants to reestablish contact with his son, whom he had falsely accused (as was learned later) eleven years earlier.
As a result, the son, Paul Herold, had broken almost all ties with the family, changed his name and moved to New York City.
Even the latest information was only known because Paul had recently sent his sister a birthday card with the New York postage stamp.
The father has already tried the contact by placing an ad in the newspaper and consulting the Department of Missing Persons of the New York Police, without obtaining results.
Although Paul Herold’s current name is unknown, Wolfe suspects that he has at least kept the same initials.
Therefore, he puts an ad in the newspapers the next day to warn PH that he is innocent of the crime he was once accused of.
Needless to say, more than one person with those initials is referred to, and the announcement attracts many phone calls to Wolfe’s office.
The announcement also does not explain the crime for which PH was accused.
Meanwhile, a man known as Peter Hays has been tried for murder, and the jury is already with the deliberations.
This causes Wolfe and Archie to receive many questions about the possibility of Peter Hays being the man mentioned in the announcement.
And that, therefore, he would be innocent of the murder for which he is currently being tried. For doubt, Wolfe sends Archie to court to hear the verdict against Hays.
When comparing the man he sees in court with the photos provided by the father, Archie believes that Paul Herold and Peter Hays are the same person.
Synopsis of Might As Well Be Dead taken from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Might_as_Well_Be_Dead