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Please Pass The Guilt – Mystery Guild flyer

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This is the flyer that came with the Mystery Guild version of Please Pass The Guilt.

Please Pass The Guilt - Mystery Guild flyer

Please Pass The Guilt - Mystery Guild flyer

Front Text:

Mystery Guild Clues November 1973 A-149

Please Pass The Guilt

By Rex Stout

But to whom can the killer pass it?

Please Pass The Guilt - Mystery Guild flyer

Please Pass The Guilt - Mystery Guild flyer

Rear Text:

Please Pass The Guilt by Rex Stout

At 4 P.M. every day, Amory Browning, vice president in charge of programming at Continental Air Network(CAN), opened the bottom drawer of his desk for a bourbon bracer.

One particular afternoon, however, it was not Browning who opened the drawer, but another big gun at CAN-Peter J. Odell, vice president in charge of development. A bomb planted in the fatal drawer demolished not only the bourbon supply, but Peter J. Odell!

Odell’s bereaved widow, impatient with the slow pace of the official police investigation, retained Nero Wolfe to determine for whom-by whom-and why the bomb had been planted.

If Odell were the intended victim-which seemed unlikely since it was not his desk-who would profit most by his death? Amory Browning, obviously. The two men, bitter rivals, had been locked for months in a deadly struggle for control of CAN. In fact, a board of directors meeting to elect a new president had been scheduled for 5 o’clock on the very day the bomb exploded!

On the other hand, if Browning were the target, Wolfe’s roster of suspects was infinitely longer. For example:

Sylvia Venner, the volatile talk show hostess Browning had summarily fired-for an undisclosed reason;

Theodore Falk, member of CAN’s board of directors, who had been a rabid champion of Odell for the presidency;

Helen Lugos, Browning’s secretary and longtime bed-mate-frustrated too long, perhaps, in her desire for “respectability”;

Mrs. Amory Browning, the “wronged wife”;

Kenneth Meer, Browning’s chief assistant, whose own infatuation with Miss Lugos had been thwarted by his superior’s “priority”;

Dennis Copes, an up-and-coming young CAN executive, who might have planted the bomb to “get” Kenneth Meer, whose job he coveted;

And Madeline Odell herself, now the widow Odell, who had been expecting her husband to become CAN president ever since she married him twenty years agol (But wouldn’t she have made damned sure he wouldn’t go near Browning’s desk that day?)

Why did Odell open Browning’s drawer-and who knew he would do it? To answer these questions, Wolfe realized that he must first solve the most puzzling enigma of all: Was the motive for the murder sexualor for executive power?

The first new Nero Wolfe mystery in four years, Please Pass the Guilt provides a spectacular showcase for the deductive genius of the orchid loving gourmet of West 35th Street.

Publisher’s Edition $5.95

MEMBERS’ EDITION $1.98

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Please Pass The Guilt – 1974 Collins Crime Club

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Please Pass The Guilt - 1974 Collins Crime Club - Front Cover

Please Pass The Guilt - 1974 Collins Crime Club - Front Cover

Collins Crime Club Front cover

Inside cover:

A new Nero Wolfe mystery at last – after a gap of four years – and it will be a delight to all Stout fans. The story is set in the summer of 1969, during that memorable period when the Mets were battling for the pennant and bomb scares abounded in Fun City.

The mystery involves the explosion of a bomb in the office of a potential candidate for the presidency of a large corporation; the bomb kills another man, however, and no one can figure out whether the actual victim was the intended victim or not, and of course no one knows who set the bomb in the first place.

The unraveling of the mystery, during which Archie encounters his first Women’s Liberationist, is full of suspense, humor, orchids, etymology, and good food in the best Stout tradition.

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Please Pass The Guilt – 1973 First Edition

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Please Pass The Guilt - Viking 1973 - First Edition - Front cover

Please Pass The Guilt - Viking 1973 - First Edition - Front cover

Please Pass The Guilt - Viking 1973 First Edition - Inside cover

Please Pass The Guilt - Viking 1973 First Edition - Inside cover

Inside Cover Text:

A new Nero Wolfe mystery at last – after a gap of four years – and it will be a delight to all Stout fans. The story is set in the summer of 1969, during that memorable period when the Mets were battling for the pennant and bomb scares abounded in Fun City.

The mystery involves the explosion of a bomb in the office of a potential candidate for the presidency of a large corporation; the bomb kills another man, however, and no one can figure out whether the actual victim was the intended victim or not, and of course no one knows who set the bomb in the first place.

The unraveling of the mystery, during which Archie encounters his first Women’s Liberationist, is full of suspense, humor, orchids, etymology, and good food in the best Stout tradition.

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Please Pass The Guilt – 1984

Please Pass The Guilt - 1984 - Front Cover

Please Pass The Guilt - 1984 - Front Cover

Please Pass The Guilt - 1984 - Rear Cover

Please Pass The Guilt - 1984 - Rear Cover

A Bantam Book
Copyright 1973 By Rex Stout

This scan is of a 3rd Bantam Printing – October 1984

Contents:
Please Pass The Guilt

Rear Cover Intro:

The incredibly brilliant Nero Wolfe is the orchid-growing gourmet whose sheer genius at deduction is without peer. In his latest case, cut-throat competition between company executives is killing when a bomb in a big-wig’s desk takes one V.P. out of the running for a promotion permanently. Together with his confidential assistant Archie Goodwin, Wolfe goes to work on his first corporate clue: a young man with his foot on the ladder to success and an obsession about blood on his hands.

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Please Pass The Guilt – 1974

Please Pass The Guilt - 1974 - Front Cover

Please Pass The Guilt - 1974 - Front Cover

Please Pass The Guilt - 1974 - Rear Cover

Please Pass The Guilt - 1974 - Rear Cover

A Bantam Book

Copyright 1973 By Rex Stout

1st Bantam Printing…October 1974

Contents
Please Pass The Guilt

Rear Cover Intro:

Nero Wolfe is back

A bomb blows up in the desk of a top TV executive. Was it intended for him or the man who opened the drawer? They each had enemies enough to die a dozen times over. Was it the jealous wife or the ambitious partner? The secretary who got passed around like an inter-office memo? Or the man who couldn’t wash the blood off his hands? Nero Wolfe didn’t want any part if it – but he was up to his neck in the toughest case of his career!

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