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Publisher's Summary

“It is always a treat to read a Nero Wolfe mystery. The man has entered our folklore.” (The New York Times Book Review)

Eleven years ago, wealthy Nebraska businessman James Herold gave his only son, Paul, a very raw deal. Now he wants Nero Wolfe to track Paul down so that he can make amends. But what if the young man doesn’t want to be found...and what if he’s the same PH who’s currently on trial for cold-blooded murder? 

It’s a case that will draw the great detective and his dedicated sidekick into a sticky web of deceit, one that will tax their resources to the utmost, and even cost them one of their own. 

Stout fellow: listen to all of our Nero Wolfe mysteries, including classic radio programs!
©1956 Rex Stout (P)1996 Books on Tape Inc.

Critic Reviews

"It's always a treat to read a Nero Wolfe mystery. The man has entered our folklore." (The New York Times)
"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....Prichard 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)

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Excellent Nero Wolfe Book

Rex Stout does it again! All your favorite characters and great story. Spell binding and intriguingly read....that says it all.

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Marvelous!

I can’t get the blasted thing to give 5stars over all!! Nero and Archie are my walking and driving companions. My quality was excellent and the story, as always was tops!

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Nero Wolfe Fan

Written by Rex Stout all the elements were there. For some reason Michael Prichard’s performance was just a shade off the mark on this one. His voice characterizations were not quite as good as in some previous readings. All in all a good Nero Wolfe mystery.

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Five stars for story also

Audible did not except my effort to do the five star rating for the last category. It is a very good read. ,

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Love Rex stout

The voice fit nicely with my imagination and the story line as always is creative. I thoroughly enjoy the narrative and sense of humor Mr Stout employees in his stories

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Great writing!

This is probably the best of the Nero Wolfe stories. It is more complex than some, and the dialogue is excellent between the characters. Another great book featuring many of the same characters is “The Red Box” also by Rex Stout. In both of these books, there is action, intrigue and solutions to somewhat impossible odds!

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He did it again and again and

Love Nero Wolf, Archie and Fritz! Sometimes I even like Inspector Kramer.
This case was a tough one since the "murderer" had already been tried and was in prison. Then there is the case of the long lost, ?? prodigal son.
The reader is superb, He has both Nero and Archie down to a "t". Yes, I have not only read many but watched the series. I never get tired of the detective who does his work in an overlarge chair.

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Nero Wolfe solves a case a jury thinks it has.

Twists and turns and bodies everywhere, this mystery is a tangled knot that only a genius can untangle. Superb naration as usual for Prichard.

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One of the funniest & most gruesome

First, no spoilers:
This entry in one of the greatest detective series of all time is one that makes me laugh out loud as much, if not more than almost any of the others. It's a great one and a typically great performance by Michael Prichard.

Now for some spoilers:

This one is also one of the grimmest entries. The murderer is practically a serial killer. Four people are murdered, and while the descriptions and details are mild by today's standards, in terms of the series and the standards of the time in which it was published (1956, same age as me), it's pretty gruesome.

Which somehow makes the humor even funnier by contrast. Truly comic relief. Both Wolfe and Archie get in some zingers, both at each others' expense and others' as well (Inspector Cramer, for one).

Highly recommended

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one of my favorites

one of my favorite Nero Wolfe stories. this one has a real happy ending :)