This collection of three short stories are set in the early 1950's. Those who are unfamiliar with this time period might be a bit perplexed by some of the references made in these stories but, in general the stories hold up fairly well.
The first story is HOME TO ROOST (NERO WOLFE AND THE COMMUNIST KILLER). A young man has been murdered. His aunt and uncle, his only relatives, want to know who killed him and why. In order to discover that Archie and Nero first must find out if the young man had in fact been working for the FBI or had he been a liar trying to cover up his true Communist sympathies.
THE COP KILLER follows. A man and wife that work in the barber shop that Archie and Nero both use arrive at the brownstone asking for Archie's advice. The two turn out to be refugees who are in the country illegally. A police officer had come into the shop asking questions, and convinced that they were certain to be arrested, fled. When Archie looked into the matter though he discovered that there was more going on than what he had been told, a dead body that had not been mentioned. This story might seem familiar to fans from the A & E Nero Wolfe series.
The third story, THE SQUIRT AND THE MONKEY (AKA SEE NO EVIL) takes Archie and Nero into the world of action adventure comic strips. It seems that the creator of 'Dazzle Dan' has lost a gun and has hired Archie and Nero to discover who has taken it. The problem becomes more complicated when a gun is discovered being held by a monkey and near a dead body.
These are not the best in the canon by far but are still good reads, ones that fans of the series will not want to miss. Those new to the series though might wish to begin elsewhere, probably with one of the full length novels.