"Archie Goodwin comes to New York City hoping for a bit of excitement. In his third week working as a night watchman, he stops two burglars in their tracks, with a pair of hot lead slugs. Dismissed from his job for being "trigger-happy," he parlays his newfound notoriety into a job as a detective's assistant, helping Del Bascom solve cases like the Morningside Piano Heist, the Rive Gauche Art Gallery Swindle, and the Sumner-Hayes Burglary. But it's while working on the Tommie Williamson kidnapping case that the is introduced to the man who will change his life. Young Tommie is the son of a wealthy hotel magnate, so there's only one detective for the job: Nero Wolfe, the heavyset genius of West Thirty-Fifth Street. Together, Wolfe and Goodwin will form one of the most unlikely crime fighting duos in history, but first Goodwin must find Tommie Williamson, and prove his mettle to Nero Wolfe."--Publisher description.