6th printing — September 1980
These three novels originally appeared in The American Magazine
Man Alive – December 1947
Omit Flowers – November 1948
Doors to Death – June 1949
These novels have also appeared in the Viking edition of Five of a Kind, The Third Nero Wolfe Omnibus Published 1961
The first door lead into a greenhouse teaming with exotic flowers.
The second door opened into the chic world of models and high fashion.
The third door lead into the plush, gilt recesses of a staid New York mansion
But all three doors lead to death!
Forward – By Archie Goodwin
Door to Death
The orchid-growing gourmet in the king-size chair is none other than the incredibly brilliant Nero Wolfe – one sixth of a ton of deductive genious.
Together with his confidential assistant, Archie Goodwin, he must rub noses with the financial elete to help three people who have found themselves in a rather precarious positions.
One is a chef whose proficiency with cutlery seems to have extended beyond the kitchen.
Another is a very talented botanist whose sprays have apparently killed more than insects.
And the third is a beautiful model who stands to inherit a fortune after her uncle’s suicide – only he isn’t dead.