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Before Midnight | [Rex Stout]

Before Midnight

Cheaters never prosper, but Nero Wolfe encounters one who kills trying. At the Pour Amour perfume riddle contest, a million dollars goes to the contestant who can answer five questions. Someone doesn't like the heat of competition, so he murders the contest founder and steals the answers to the riddles. Now Wolfe has to sniff down a trail of clues that leads disturbingly close to home.
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Publisher's Summary

Cheaters never prosper, but Nero Wolfe encounters one who kills trying. At the Pour Amour perfume riddle contest, a million dollars goes to the contestant who can answer five questions. Someone doesn't like the heat of competition, so he murders the contest founder and steals the answers to the riddles. Now Wolfe has to sniff down a trail of clues that leads disturbingly close to home.

Stout fellow: explore our list of Nero Wolfe mysteries, including novels and classic radio programs.

©1955 Rex Stout; (P)1995 Books on Tape

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"It is always a treat to read a Nero Wolfe mystery. The man has entered our folklore." (The New York Times)

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    Linda PITTSBURGH, PA, United States 09-19-13
    Linda PITTSBURGH, PA, United States 09-19-13 Member Since 2008
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    "One of my favorites"

    Nero Wolfe has been my favorite detective since I began reading mysteries years ago. This one is one of my favorite Wolfes.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Catherine Decatur, IL, United States 01-09-12
    Catherine Decatur, IL, United States 01-09-12 Member Since 2010

    60-year-old retired library worker, some college , married 30 years, husband retired railroad yardman. one son, 18 years old. God does have a sense of humor!

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    "Michael Pritchard is Nero Wolfe"

    I have heard Michael Pritchard narrating many of the Nero Wolfe stories. He is marvelous both as Nero Wolfe and Archie Goodwin. His pacing and clear delineation of each character makes for an enjoyable experience. Rex Stout's art and clever repartee lets me listen more than once with equal satisfaction,

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Michael Walnut Creek, CA, United States 09-28-13
    Michael Walnut Creek, CA, United States 09-28-13 Member Since 2002

    I focus on fiction, sci-fi, fantasy, science, history, politics and read a lot. I try to review everything I read.

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    "Not my Favorite Nero Wolfe"

    I really like the Nero Wolfe series, but this is one I could have skipped. The cast of potential criminal characters were less compelling, and the story a bit more unbelievable than the best of the series. Archie is less involved with the plot making this a bit less interesting and there was no big pay off that wasn’t somewhat obvious. Still, this was better than many other mystery novels, but I will not likely read it again.

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    G. Griggs NYC, NY United States 03-29-13
    G. Griggs NYC, NY United States 03-29-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Wonderfully Done"
    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    In a rare twist this was not a Nero Wolfe that i had to finish all in one sitting. It was just the storyline a matter of taste not an opinion of writing or of Rex Stouts craft. It was well written.


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    The Narration and Technical aspects were perfect. And the Voicing was of the best quality.

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    Robert Pittsfield, MA, USA 12-29-08
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    Typical Stout--Good story and no filth or expletives! Enjoyable for young and old! Story does drag at times and it could be abridged! Would recommend to anyone who likes a good mystery!

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    Virginia 03-02-07
    Virginia 03-02-07 Member Since 2005
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    Another great Rex Stout book!

    1 of 8 people found this review helpful
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