The cover on this edition was printed in 1972.
Note the shift from painting to photography (and really bad layout and
composition). It’s a 70’s book cover, no question about that…
Copyright 1938 By Rex Stout
A Pyramid Book
Fifth Printing… April 1972
Too Many Cooks
Rear Cover Intro:
THE NAME IS ARCHIE,
Archie Goodwin. I work for Nero Wolfe as secretary, body guard, office manager, assistant detective — and fall-guy. When the world’s greatest chefs invited Wolfe to a cooking conclave in West Virginia, he managed to heave his bulk out of his oversize arm chair, leave his orchids and his office, to attend the gourmet gathering. It was worth the trip, until one of the chefs got a knife in his back…
TOO MANY COOKS
At least three master chefs had sworn to kill Laszio — and with sufficient personal reason. Had one of them turned butcher and carved him up? There were too many motives, too few clues, and not enough time to solve one of the most bizarre puzzles in Nero Wolfe’s entire career.
Inside Cover Text:
ONE COOK, FRESHLY-KILLED
Wolfe pointed to the floor. “Look at that confounded mess.”
Archie had discounted all the loose talk about killing and it hadn’t prepared him for blood. But there was blood, though not much of it, because the knife was still sticking in Phillip Laszio’s back. Only the hilt was showing….
It was enough to spoil anyone’s appetite for the finest food in the world – except Wolfe’s. It was a matter of honor to find the killer, but not on an empty stomach!