It's bad enough to steal someone's idea; but it takes real guts to claim it is your own, then sue the originator. That's just what a gang of hack writers do, ingeniously planting evidence to back up their claims. The frustrated authors call on Nero Wolfe for help. But when someone dies, Wolfe realizes it's no simple extortion scheme. He'll have to draw on his critical skills to close the book on a killer well-versed in the ABCs of murder.… (more)
Nero Wolfe is hired by a committee of writers and publishers to find a plagiarizer who has sued successful writers. Then three of the four writers are found dead, and Nero gets mad. Archie brings the last surviving writer to the office, together with all the committee, to get some answers!