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Publisher's Summary

When a bright young heiress with a flair for romance and one too many enemies is found brutally murdered, Nero Wolfe and his sidekick, Archie, find themselves embroiled in a case that is not as black and white as it first appears.

Susan Brooke has everything going for her.  

Men would have killed themselves to marry her, and, in fact, one did.Susan came to New York to find love and fulfillment, and ended up dead on a tenement floor.  

The police say her black fiance did it, but Wolfe has other ideas.  

Before he's done, he'll prove that good intentions and bad deeds often go hand in hand and that the highest ideals can sometimes have the deadliest consequences.

Stout fellow: explore our list of Nero Wolfe mysteries, including novels and classic radio programs.
©1964 Rex Stout (P)1997 Books on Tape

Critic Reviews

"This audio production follows [Rex Stout's] formula to the letter, with Michael Prichard portraying both main characters brilliantly." (AudioFile)

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Great story and performance

Rex Stout surely stuck his neck out when he wrote this book at that time. Even in today's time (or should I say "again in this time") it"s not popular to support groups which are not in the mainstream. Being in an interracial marriage myself I thoroughly enjoyed the story and of course Michael Prichard is a great performer. I probably would enjoy listen to him while he's reading the New York phone book if they still have it. Juergen Amling

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Vintage...of course!

Rex Stout was well ahead of his time in many areas...and his voice was Nero Wolfe (and sometimes even Archie Goodwin). He didn't shy away from tough issues like Civil Rights...he faced them head-on. We get a taste of this in "A Right to Die". And we also get a particularly good mystery story to boot!

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Nero Wolfe as Usual

I always enjoy his books. Good mystery with a few twists with interesting unwindy story. Great reader makes story move with great voice inflection. Always will listen to any stories of hif i can get.

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Nero Wolfe meets the Cival Rights Activists.

As always Rex Stout does a great job with his storytelling but this one was unique as it dealt with racism in the early 60's and a group of activists. Wolfe deals with everyone equally and sometimes that's harshly but never based on race. It was unsettling to hear racists using the "N" word so often though.

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1964 Caucasian View of Race

It is almost impossible to enjoy this book because of the persistent racism that forms a significant part of the plot. The views are so antiquated and painful to listen to that I cannot recommend this book. I am sure the views expressed by the characters were accurate in 1964, but they do not stand the test of time.

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Good but not stellar

An engaging mystery skilfully narrated, but it's not the brightest of Rex Stout's efforts to portray his genius detective Nero Wolfe.

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Sometimes they just get it right.

What did you love best about A Right to Die?

Faithfulness to the characters as written.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Archie Goodwin, of course.

Any additional comments?

Rex Stout was a master of detective fiction. His Nero Wolfe stories are all superb. Michael Pritchard does an excellent job capturing the nuances of the characters in his performance. The books and stories are all good reads, and Michael Pritchard's performances of them are equally good listens. No regrets in getting these.

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Another Great Nero Mystery

Where does A Right to Die rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

This may not be the best of Stout's classics, but it is in the upper rankings.

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

Classic who dun-it..Kepps you guessing the whole way

What does Michael Prichard bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Prichard, who does all the Nero Wolf mysteries, has a great range and makes all the characters shine. When I READ a Wolf mystery now..I hear Prichard in my head.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

While All May Have A Right To Live...Some Have A Right To Die