Synopsis of The Father Hunt
Lily Rowan has employed Amy Denovo, a recent Smith graduate, to assist her in collecting material about her father for a book. After a brief acquaintance with Archie Goodwin, Amy intercepts him one afternoon in the lobby of Lily’s building for a “very personal” request: she has never known her own father, and asks Archie to help her find out who he is, or was. She believes her mother took the name Denovo—”de novo,” Latin for “anew,” “afresh”—because she began a new life after Amy was born. She can’t be certain because Elinor Denovo was killed three months before, in a hit-and-run. Amy is curious about her mother, but she must know about her father, and the inquiry must be kept secret.
Although he is intrigued, Archie turns Amy down. Nero Wolfe charges high fees, and the $2,000 Amy has in the bank would not begin to cover what promises to be a long and expensive job. The next afternoon, Amy arrives at the brownstone with $20,000 in hundred-dollar bills — a retainer. She says that her mother’s death has brought to light the fact that Elinor Denovo had received $1,000 a month since Amy was born, a total of $264,000, and that this money is from Amy’s father. Once Archie confirms that the letter is authentic, he and Wolfe accept Amy as a client in good standing.
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