An elderly woman asks Wolfe to uncover the mysterious source of her husband’s money. But when Wolfe is led to direct confrontation with the most dangerous racketeer in the U.S., he does the one thing no one ever anticipated-he resigns from the detective business and goes in to hiding. Has the world’s most famous sleuth ended his career in cowardice and disgrace? Rex Stout (1886-1975) is dubbed the Grand Old Man of American Crime Fiction. During his lifetime, he published 72 Nero Wolfe mysteries; ten years after his death, a 73rd Nero Wolfe was discovered and published.