A Whiff of Death by Isaac Asimov

By Isaac Asimov

Everybody knew that Ralph Neufeld was once a cautious younger chemist, in particular his professor, Lou Brade. that is why Ralph's unintended death because of a confusion of chemical substances struck Brade as hugely not likely. The police agreed.

Someone on campus had switched bottles on terrible Ralph and the outcome used to be as lethal as were deliberate. the difficulty was once all of the correct suspects have been within the fallacious locations while it happened...all the incorrect suspects had the precise motives...and the only individual such a lot certified to unravel the crime used to be already being referred to as the killer!

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A Whiff of Death

Every person knew that Ralph Neufeld was once a cautious younger chemist, particularly his professor, Lou Brade. that is why Ralph's unintentional dying as a result of a confusion of chemical compounds struck Brade as hugely not going. The police agreed.

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I am the one likely suspect that fits all the facts. " 4 I HE drive to the university next morning seemed longer than had the drive home the night before. He had topped the evening with a third drink and finally a fourth and had been dazed rather than cheered for his pains. Doris had maintained an ominous silence that had reduced her to an unbending session of television-watching. Brade had tried to slip Cap Anson's chapters out of their envelope and give them a light once-over for the old man's sake, but the type twirled madly and after reading the initial paragraph five times, he gave up.

Both were of brown glass some six inches tall and both had labels of identical design. The sodium cyanide bottle carried the red word POISON. Brade unscrewed the plastic top of each bottle and Doheny peered inside gingerly. " Brade was beginning to feel the strain of having to watch each statement he made in order to avoid the irreparable false step. Doheny frowned. "Hey, you're in trouble, Prof. " Brade shook his head. "Not at all. Half the reagents— uh, chemicals, you see on the shelves are quite poisonous.

If you're an associate professor, renewal is automatic. " "All right. I w r ant June to mean nothing to me. I want fiscal years to mean nothing. " "I can't guarantee it, Doris," said Brade, mildly. "You will im-guarantee it if you tell Littleby or anyone of your crazy notions about murder. " Brade knew. He felt as she did. The scar marked them both. The depression years had gouged the courage out of each of them—the years of watching one's parents sick with anxiety; of knowing, somehow, but without quite understanding— They wanted "tenure" to cure that memory, but what could he do?

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