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Publisher's Summary

A brilliant Rex Stout murder mystery featuring Nero Wolfe and Archie Goodwin

A bomb explodes in the desk drawer of a top TV executive. Was it intended for him or the man who opened the drawer? They each had enemies enough to die a dozen times over. Was it the jealous wife or the ambitious partner? The secretary who got passed around like an inter-office memo? Or the man who couldn’t wash the blood off his hands? 

Nero Wolfe didn’t want any part of it - but he was up to his neck in the toughest case of his career! 

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

Stout fellow: listen to all of our Nero Wolfe mysteries, including classic radio programs!
©1973 Rex Stout (P)1999 Books on Tape Inc.

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"Rex Stout and Nero Wolfe make a combination that is hard to beat." (The New York Times)

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Nero was stumped!

I always enjoy a Nero Wolf story. This time everyone kept coming up clueless. I don't ever remember seeing such a time when there was nothing, our great detectives, his men, the police, all dispondent. Then a lie was told, it opened the stale thinking up and let the light in. What a change in Nero's persona. The reader has the tone and voices down perfectly. Archie and Nero especially, just come to life!

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Classic Nero Wolfe

Would you consider the audio edition of Please Pass the Guilt to be better than the print version?

I always listen to Rex Stout's Nero Wolfe novels instead of reading them with my eyes. I just enjoy the experience of listening and Michael Prichard does all the voices perfectly. I can see each character clearly in my mind. My plan is to eventually listen to the whole series.

Who was your favorite character and why?

I adore Archie. He's smart and handsome and is perfect for keeping neurotic Nero Wolfe honest.

Which scene was your favorite?

There's a great scene where Archie is interviewing the victim's wife but she's engrossed in the middle of a baseball game on tv. The questions and answers come in between plays and you feel like you are sitting there watching the game with them.

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I didn't care for this Nero Wolfe at all.

Would you try another book from Rex Stout and/or Michael Prichard?

I usually love Nero Wolfe and Archie Goodwin!

Has Please Pass the Guilt turned you off from other books in this genre?

No, but this is a departure from the usual Wolfe.

Which character – as performed by Michael Prichard – was your favorite?

Archie Goodwin

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Disappoinment

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love how M.P. narrates! Great story as they usually are, just wish the ending went further! It's always hard to end a good book, but the ending was more blunt than I'm used to.

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my least favorite Wolfe novel

this is just too long and convoluted. too much time is spent discussing and confronting. it is boring!

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Light mystery with substance

An enjoyable listen to a masters craft as Rex Stout weaves enjoyable characters, dialouge & plot.

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great dialogue!

loved it. at times I laughed and other times I rewound it so I could hear again because the plot was so intricate. a real page-turner inaudible parlance

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Decent Nero

Well done Nero. This is for fans of Nero Wolf who like variations on a theme, a very good theme. Listeners like us. We would read (listen to) all of them if we could find them on Audible. This one has an exceptionally satisfying ending