A Black Widower grilling is actually interrupted by the intrusion of one Frank Russo, who’s heard that the Black Widowers solve problems and has come determined to get their help. His mentally challenged sister Susan has been seduced and Russo is determined to find the guy who did it.
Not only does the violent interruption of the grilling really jar so far as I'm concerned, but Russo himself talks rather like one would imagine Asimov thought a lower-class tough would talk like, as opposed to the way one imagines a lower-class tough really talks. Of course, Asimov actually lived in New York, and I don’t, so he might have more acquaintance with such folk. Anyway, that all rings false, and inasmuch as the puzzle itself turns on a very minor and obscure point, it leaves one with a rather bad taste in one’s mouth. (Russo’s story, however, is interesting in and of itself, and Asimov does get points for finally admiting that it’s going to get around that the Black Widowers “solve problems.”)
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