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Death of a Doxy | [Rex Stout]

Death of a Doxy

Blackmail is such an ugly word. But then again, so is murder. Unfortunately, both terms have been laid at the feet of one of Nero Wolfe's oldest acquaintances, a fellow P.I. with a knack for finding trouble, and stepping straight into it. He's been accused of murdering a kept woman, and now Nero's on the case.
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Publisher's Summary

Blackmail is such an ugly word. But then again, so is murder. Unfortunately, both terms have been laid at the feet of one of Nero Wolfe's oldest acquaintances, a fellow P.I. with a knack for finding trouble, and stepping straight into it. He's been accused of murdering a kept woman, and now Nero's on the case.

So far he and his sidekick Archie Goodwin have turned up no leads to a mysterious blackmailing episode that ends in cold-blooded murder. Their only hope is to find a sexy chanteuse who should be singing the blues. But can they find her before death calls the next tune?

Stout fellow: listen to all of our Nero Wolfe mysteries, including classic radio programs!

©1966 Rex Stout; (P)1998 Books on Tape Inc.

What the Critics Say

"Michael Prichard's reading is excellent....His erudite Nero Wolfe is right on the money. Prichard's style of narration gives the story a somewhat hard-boiled interpretation that is enjoyable. Even if you've read the book, this one is worth a listen." (AudioFile)

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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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    "One of the best of a great series"

    I really like most Nero Wolfe stories, but I particularly liked Death of a Doxy. It has a lot of inside-detective material which was fun and great characters and a wonderful story. This, along with the wonderful normal cast of characters makes this a great novel. This is one of Rex Stout’s best full length Nero Wolfe novels.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Sherrie Lynn, MA, United States 03-29-13
    Sherrie Lynn, MA, United States 03-29-13 Member Since 2010
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    "A Doxy of a Read!"
    Would you listen to Death of a Doxy again? Why?

    Yes, I love hearing the Characters come to life. It is so interesting with the frequently called on Specialty Operatives on the Front line. Orrie Cather, is truely brought to life. We get to know Him intimately, ways we never considered.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Why Nero Wolfe and Archie and the Orchids and the Food. Orrie Cather is the best character in this book. He is in a world of Hurt, yet, you learn about him from the other characters, because Inspector Cramer, Pinches Orrie as the killer.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When Julie Jaquetter dances in to Wolfe's office and then Wolfe stands as she leaves. Unbelievable.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It made me listen. I brought words one no longer hears in the English language back to life. It gives back the value of study and memorization or true learning so that your mind brings the information back to you fresh and alive. The name Thales.


    Any additional comments?

    I love the way all the characters have such wonderful purpose to bring the story to life. It would be grand to see Nero Wolfe produced on stage. Like one a month in order of publication.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Thomas Mailloux New Jersey, USA 02-20-12
    Thomas Mailloux New Jersey, USA 02-20-12 Listener Since 2009

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    "Solid entry in the Nero Wolfe series"
    Would you listen to Death of a Doxy again? Why?

    Yes. It is a fine, complex puzzle with a satisfying resolution. Good strong characters, too, and some nicely evil ones.


    What other book might you compare Death of a Doxy to and why?

    Stout's Death of a Dude, for no good reason other than similarity of title.


    What about Michael Prichard???s performance did you like?

    After several of Pritchard's readings of the Wolfe books, I can't imagine anyone else reading them.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The interaction between Wolfe and Jacquette, the night club singer is priceless.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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