Archie Goodwin and Nero Wolfe are having a snit with one another. They are both trying to win the passive-aggressive standoff that began over something fairly trivial. So, when a wealthy businessman (Mr. Jarrell) calls on them and wants Archie to come live in his house pretending to be his personal secretary, the boys continue to up their bluff. The result is that Archie becomes Alan Greene, on the job of getting "a snake" out of Jarrell's home. It seems pretty pointless, right up until the first murder. Archie's wit and charm simply oozes in this Rex Stout mystery, and Michael Prichard's reading for the audio book was fantastic, as always.