Willard Huntington Wright a.k.a. S. S. Van Dine (Oct 15, 1888 – Apr 11, 1939) was an American writer, art critic and a big figure in New-York Avant-grade community. During his life he wrote a number of novels and short stories, but his most famous creation - a series of stories about the genius detective and aesthete - Philo Vance. Adventures of this detective were published in newspapers and magazines and were adapted into a movie and a radio play. Attractive Margaret Odell, a popular Broadway babe, known by the nickname "Canary," was found dead in his apartment. A multitude of men was in her life, ranging from notorious bandits, and finishing with the elite of society. Brilliant wit of Philo Vance leads him to unravel this tangled murder. But the matter is complicated by the fact that on the night when the crime was committed, the young Margaret Odell was visited by many people.