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©1959 Rex Stout; (P)1996 Books on Tape Inc.
"What's not to like about a Nero Wolfe mystery? The mysteries are short, cleverly plotted, well paced, and, if you're an audiobook listener, wonderfully read by Michael Prichard. In this breezy title, Nero Wolfe, aided by his faithful employee, Archie, exposes an extortion plot involving plagiarism and catches a cold-blooded killer. Michael Pritchard has read nearly 20 books in Stout's series and has mastered Wolfe's deep, meditative voice and Archie's spry, chipper voice, as well as those of a host of other characters we recognize from one recording to the next." (AudioFile)
Readers familiar with Rex Stout's tales of Nero Wolfe and his Associate Archie Goodwin will be gratified to see that the Old Master retained his mastery of the detective story form to the end of his long writing career.
Civilized, articulate, short on explicit violence and long on solid craftsmanship, this late book in the series will give pleasure to long-time readers.
For those, perhaps attracted by the excellent TV series of some years back, this offering should be no disappointment. The narrator, I imagine, has had a longer engagement with these characters than anyone but the late author. His reading reinforces the different characteristics of the two leading characters and offers none of the failed efforts of some to reproduce male and female voices with verisimilitude. He allows the text and subtle variations in intonation to work their magic in the listeners mind.
The plot retains its interest throughout the book without resorting to the complex variations,misplaced psychologizing and ready sex play which bog down the straight ahead story line preferred by the "classic" detective story writers of his era.
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!
I love Michael Pritchard as the narrator of the Nero Wolfe books. This is a good story with interesting characters well drawn and I think Rex Stout got in a few digs about the publishing industry of his time. Well done.
I love the way Stout manages to trick me every time with his false and real clues. Very Satisfactory
The dead body with the kitchen knife in the stomach on the sofa
Usual high standard maintained
Wish Rex Stout were immortal that way there would always be a new Nero Wolfe novel.
Nero Wolfe is one step behind a murderer and it challenges his pride so severely that he vows to quit his detective business entirely if he fails to catch the villian. The ending is inspired!
Pretty high in mysteries
Always Archie. He has several facets to him.
The ones in Wolfe's office
This was an earlier version of Nero Wolfe than I had read before (thought I'd read them all, but I hadn't read this one). I enjoyed the book and would recommend it to Nero Wolfe fans - not the best Wolfe but very enjoyable.
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This is a really good Nero Wolfe novel. I like the cast of characters and the story setup. I found the culmination slightly weaker than the very best of Nero Wolfe, but it was still very well worth the listen. The narration, as usual, was excellent. The story has the expected twists and surprises. Very satisfying..
Unusual plot. Good humor included. Excellent reader. A few too many characters. Such consistency in personal characteristics of Nero, Archie and Fritz.
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