Rex Stout
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Rex Stout

Rex Todhunter Stout (/staʊt/; December 1, 1886 - October 27, 1975) was an American writer noted for his detective fiction, particularly the 33 novels and about 40 novellas that featured the detective Nero Wolfe and his assistant Archie Goodwin between 1934 and 1975.

In 1959, Stout received the Mystery Writers of America's Grand Master Award. The Nero Wolfe corpus was nominated Best Mystery Series of the Century at Bouchercon XXXI, the world's largest mystery convention, and Rex Stout was nominated Best Mystery Writer of the Century.

In addition to writing fiction, Stout was a prominent public intellectual for decades. Stout was active in the early years of the American Civil Liberties Union and a founder of the Vanguard Press. He served as head of the Writers' War Board during World War II, became a radio celebrity through his numerous broadcasts, and was later active in promoting world federalism. He was the long-time president of the Authors Guild, during which he sought to benefit authors by lobbying for reform of the domestic and international copyright laws,[specify] and served a term as president of the Mystery Writers of America.
Bio from Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Photo by CBS Radio and photographer uncredited [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

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    • Some Buried Caesar

    • By: Rex Stout
    • Narrated by: Michael Prichard
    • Length: 7 hrs and 43 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 424
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 313
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 316

    A car accident in upstate New York strands Nero Wolfe, America's largest detective, and Archie Goodwin, his confidential assistant, in the midst of a family feud....

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Great story, poor audio

    • By Sue V on 02-01-11

    Regular price: $31.93

    • Plot It Yourself

    • By: Rex Stout
    • Narrated by: Michael Prichard
    • Length: 5 hrs and 40 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 235
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 183
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 182

    It takes real guts to claim a stolen idea as your own and then sue the originator. But that's just what a gang of hack writers are doing. The frustrated authors call on Nero Wolfe for help....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Still one of the elite private detectives

    • By Irwin on 03-29-08

    Regular price: $27.93

    • Black Orchids

    • By: Rex Stout
    • Narrated by: Michael Prichard
    • Length: 6 hrs and 2 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 369
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 264
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 265

    A remarkably rare black orchid at a flower show lures Nero Wolfe from his comfortable brownstone....

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • Great words and performance - HORRIBLE audio!

    • By Brian on 11-02-09

    Regular price: $31.93

    • Over My Dead Body

    • By: Rex Stout
    • Narrated by: Michael Prichard
    • Length: 7 hrs and 23 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 298
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 227
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 226

    Nero Wolfe, lover of fine food and prize orchids, is a genius at daring detection. But he is always on guard when it comes to women....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Another Great One

    • By Tog on 08-03-14

    Regular price: $31.93

    • And Be a Villain

    • By: Rex Stout
    • Narrated by: Michael Prichard
    • Length: 7 hrs and 4 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 286
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 217
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 219

    It was a broadcaster's worst nightmare: dead air, in the true sense....

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Not one of my favorites

    • By Michael on 11-20-13

    Regular price: $31.93

    • Murder By the Book

    • By: Rex Stout
    • Narrated by: Michael Prichard
    • Length: 7 hrs and 10 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 351
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 269
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 267

    Leonard Dyke's writing style didn't offend. But all of his work featured unhappy endings: murders....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Good stuff

    • By M. W. Baker on 04-21-07

    Regular price: $27.93

    • Not Quite Dead Enough

    • By: Rex Stout
    • Narrated by: Michael Prichard
    • Length: 5 hrs and 23 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 247
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 203
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 195

    World War II has arrived, and U.S. Army intelligence wants Nero Wolfe urgently. But the arrogant, gourmandizing, sedentary sleuth refuses the call to duty....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Odd and Just OK, but a Must Read for Wolfe Buffs

    • By Michael on 07-10-14

    Regular price: $27.93

    • In the Best Families

    • By: Rex Stout
    • Narrated by: Michael Prichard
    • Length: 7 hrs and 36 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 324
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 254
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 247

    Nero Wolfe and his capable assistant, Archie, help a rich old lady uncover the mysterious source of her husband's money....

    • out of 5 stars
    • Nero Wolfe never fails

    • By Amazon Customer on 04-16-07

    Regular price: $27.93

    • Curtains for Three

    • By: Rex Stout
    • Narrated by: Michael Prichard
    • Length: 6 hrs and 37 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 250
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 188
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 187

    In these three baffling mysteries of motive and murder, even the great Nero Wolfe finds himself stumped....

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Three OK Stories, Homicide Trinity much better

    • By Michael on 06-08-14

    Regular price: $31.93

    • Death of a Dude

    • By: Rex Stout
    • Narrated by: Michael Prichard
    • Length: 6 hrs and 16 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 235
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 184
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 182

    The mountain couldn't come to Wolfe, so the great detective went to the mountain - to Lame Horse, Montana, to be exact....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Wolf and Archie in the Wild West

    • By Nanalou West Sauder on 08-20-12

    Regular price: $24.50

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