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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)

What listeners say about Might As Well Be Dead

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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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Best Nero Wolfe ever/ well read, as always

Best Nero Wolfe ever! And I’ve listened to a lot of them. Clear and interesting mystery. Fun to try to remember all the pieces to try to solve it/them. Also fun to listen to Wolfe’s summing up and watch how he avoids all the difficulties thrown at him. Really good.

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The BEST So Far

What a wonderful, complex plot, with twists and revelations of clues as we went along instead of just a flood of information at the end. A pleasure to listen to. I look forward to more of the same.

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Michael Pritchard

Combine Rex Stout’s plots and the reader, Michael Pritchard, and you’ll want to listen to every aneroid Wolfe book available!

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Great!

Good story.. Want to hear it again. A cleverly plotted and plausible example of Nero Wolfe s mastery.

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I love Nero Wolfe

I read Nero Wolfe when I was young and have almost found every book. I think I’m only missing Golden Spiders but I could be wrong. This was another great story!
Enjoy!!!

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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