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Publisher's Summary

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. It takes his perambulatory, confidential assistant, Archie Goodwin, to titillate Wolfe's taste for crime with two malevolent morsels: a corpse that won't rest in peace and a sinister "accident" involving national security. So as Goodwin lays the bait on the wrong side of the law, Wolfe sets the traps to catch a pair of wily killers.
Stout fellow: listen to all of our Nero Wolfe mysteries, including classic radio programs!
©1944 Rex Stout (P)1994 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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Odd and Just OK, but a Must Read for Wolfe Buffs

This is really two novella, Not Quite Dead Enough and Booby Trap. Both are set during WWII and Archie is a Major in the US Army. These stories both have unique twists making them a must read for any follower of Archie and Nero. These are both quite unusual Nero Wolfe stories. The stories themselves are not the best, but the odd character situation and events make these stories very well worth reading. They should not be among the first read. The narration is excellent as usual.

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Exceptional craft

The craft of novel writing and that of writing short stories are very different and Rex Stout delivers well on both. Of all of the Nero Wolfe short story books (always collected as a grouping of three), “Not Quite Dead Enough” is, in my opinion, the most interesting. Set while Archie is serving in Army Intelligence, Stout gives us not only fine mysteries but a glimpse into Themes Stout addressed in his own wartime work. No Nero Wolfe book is a thriller but I can’t imagine putting one of these stories down in the middle.

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Pulp Fiction

If you take the genre for what it is and find that appealing you’ll enjoy this novella duo. For some the plots, the character development is two dimensional and the language is of its time, misogynous, stereotyped gender interactions. I didn’t have to it down, but there wasn’t the page turning compulsion. Occasionally the phrasing of the first person principal is humorous, at other times terse but tedious: “I knocked on the door, he/she opened it, I stepped inside” which reads almost like stage directions. The suspects aren’t lined up exactly ala Agatha Christie with potential motive and perhaps opportunity, forcing the reader to do a bit of mental sleuthing. For me that made the solutions seem flat, even with a twist thrown in. The performer’s voice is great hobbled only by its transfer from magnetic tape. Will probably not explore other offerings in the series based on this one.

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great, bro always performs

a solid entry in the nero wolf series, 3rd time listening to it. love it

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Hail to Archie

It was heartwarming to be back during a war time setting with Nero Wolfe and relive patriotic fervor in the USA.

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Wolfe at War

A real treat for this confirmed NW fan. The two novellas show Mr Wolfe breaking with his long standing routines and using his investigation talents to assist with the the war effort.

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great read.

Loved this book as much as the rest. Looking forward to the next one. Michael Pritchert reading is great.

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Another Great Nero Wolfe Story

The first of the two stories has to be one of my favorite Nero Wolfe stories yet. The second was a bit different in structure, but still enjoyable.

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Poor Sound Quality

This appears to be a straight copy from an old cassette version. The result is very poor sound quality. Wolfe deserves better.

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Two Stories in One Book Both Entertaining

Another interesting look at the Nero Wolfe household in trying circumstances and how they changed their lifestyles to adapt, this time to the war against Germany in WWII.