Ellery and his father are on a fishing vacation 200 miles from New York City when they are informed of the murder of Eben Wright. He was a rich manufacturer of galoshes, killed by a blow to the head from a valuable Chinese Temple Dog made of solid gold and encrusted with gemstones. Although Inspector Queen would rather catch fish instead of a murderer, Ellery is intrigued enough to sort through the evidence and eventually unhands a dying clue which helps him to pin down Eben's killer.
Did You Know?
I know who killed Eben Wright, and I'll bet you do, too. The fireplace poker is important because it wasn't used. Oh, and don't forget the puncture in the victim's right thumb - and the murder weapon. Got it?