Through brilliant deduction and inspired perseverance, the master of detection is determined to expose the truth behind the veils of illusion and bring down the curtain on three all-too-clever murderers.
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This book contains three Nero Wolfe short stories; The Gun with Wings, Bullet for One and Disguise for Murder. These are all fine short stories but none are among my favorite Nero Wolfe shorts, and I tend to like the novels substantially more than the shorts. Although these stories have a nice tone and fantastic narration, they all lack second level of surprise which allows a great Nero Wolfe short to overcome the limitation of the short story format for a mystery. These each were a simple little mystery without enough twists or intensity of characters to make the stories outstanding.
If you want a good collection of shorts as an introduction to Nero Wolfe, try Homicide Trinity, the best of the shorts in this series. Still, this collection is not at all bad and should not be avoided by an avid Nero Wolfe buff.
Stories are fun, narrator is great, but the cutoff between end of chapter and beginning of next chapter is sometimes a little too sharp.
Rabbi Steve the Storyteller
One of the collections of three or four novellas by Rex Stout. I generally like the full novels better, but these are great too. One of the stories include one of the greatest dangers to Archie in the entire series.
As per usual, excellently read by Michael Prichard.
If you have never read or listen to any of these before, this is probably a good place to jump on, as they're short. And of the collections, this may be my favorite one. Each one of these three stories is tight, and includes all of the outstanding features of every Nero & Archie book
Entertaining and Intriguing
Rex Stout continues to bring wit, charm and an old fashion sophistication to his stories with interesting twists in the 'who done-its.'
Michael Prichard does a good narrative of Wolfe and Archie
Never read a Nero Wolfe story I didn't like. I have read the print versions more than twice and never get tired of them.
Micheal Pritchard does an excellent job of reading the Wolfes' and would recommend these books to any fan of the detective.
Wonderful stories, great narrator who makes listening to Nero Wolf even better.
He is really good and has a great voice.
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