Book form of the same novella (some call it a short novel) published earlier in The American Magazine, March 1949. Rollo Martins is a hack writer of paperback Westerns who is offered a job by his old friend Harry Lime. The job is in Vienna working for a charity. When Martins arrives in Austria, he learns Lime has been killed in a street accident but as Martins looks into it, he finds that Lime was considered a horrible racketeer.
Note: has been published alone and with another novella, The Fallen Idol.