that Dr. Westley could not explain

(from p. 29 of the novel)

     Doctor Westley turned to me and said, "The Deceased was a forty-eight year old biomedical scientist. He was the chairman of the pharmacology department at nearby Bryan Medical School. At twelve noon he ate lunch with members of his faculty. At about six o'clock he complained of general malaise. He became incoherent and finally delirious. At ten o'clock he went into a state of shock. And his widow, a biomedical scientist herself, thinks that one of the professors poisoned him. None of the twelve professors know this. Two powerful county commissioners believe her. They called me this morning with orders to solve this thing."

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