The Sound of Murder
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The Sound of Murder

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Meet the Amazing Alphabet Hicks... Disbarred lawyer, uncommon cabby, and investigator extrordinary. Who confronts cynical cops and conniving corporations as he pieces together a complex series of confusing clues to trap a cold-blooded killer.
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Published January 1st 1983 (first published January 1st 1941)
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Nancy
Clearing out my bookshelves I found this vintage paperback of this 1941 Rex Stout mystery that features a new detective, not Nero Wolfe. I am such a fan of Wolfe and Archie Goodwin that Stout's other detectives couldn't possibly compete successfully for my affection.

The character, Alphabet Hicks, shows promise and perhaps if he were developed over dozens and dozens and dozens of stories (like Wolfe and Goodwin) he could emerge as a fascinating character. He has all the makings of an interesting...more
Christi Holman
One of Stout's strengths is certainly his engaging first-person narration. That's part of why Archie Goodwin is such a wonderful character. Sadly, this book has neither Archie or first-person. "Alphabet" Hicks is a rather flat character with some artificial quirkiness (such as business cards with ridiculous acronyms printed on them - a detail which seems completely at-odds with the matter-of-fact character). There were small touches that maybe made Hicks a more engaging character in later books...more
Sloweducation
Decent book with typically thin Rex Stout plot. Two women with identical voices threaten to upset a conspiracy in the plastics industry. Sure, Rex. However, Alphabet Hicks is a quite full character, although he hews a bit close to Nero Wolfe, and the dialogue is of first rate. I found the ending flat. Notably, it copies the typical Wolfe move of assembling all of the characters for a round of dramatic false but logical accusations in order to uncover the real killer. In fact, most of the thrills...more
Lisa Kucharski
The copy I read was called Alphabet Hicks, which I guess was an earlier edition but the same book as- The sound of Murder. A pre-Wolfe story by Stout shows how he was searching for a detective that could use wit, braun and brain all in one.

My rating of okay is mostly due to the fact that it lagged in momentum. The fact that I could put the book down and not come back to it for a day or two was not a good sign. The book shows Stout as the diamond in the rough - he had the humor and command of th...more
Andrea
Featuring "Alphabet Hicks" this is a partially successful mystery revolving around the new potential of recorded sounds to complicate motives and murder. Unfortunately much of the drama revolves around Hicks realising something which should be plainly obvious to a group of people working in the field of sound technology.

There's a romantic plotline which was teeth-gritting to me (male in ardent pursuit and female having transparent NononononoI'mnotinterestedatall "protests too much" fits is not a...more
Jean
This was clever and fun to read, but the plot was confusing and totally contrived, and hinged on preposterous coincidences. The Alphabet Hicks character was cute, but way too quirky, and the romance subplots were (typically) unbearable.
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Rex Todhunter Stout (December 1, 1886 – October 27, 1975) was an American crime writer, best known as the creator of the larger-than-life fictional detective Nero Wolfe, described by reviewer Will Cuppy as "that Falstaff of detectives." Wolfe's assistant Archie Goodwin recorded the cases of the detective genius from 1934 (Fer-de-Lance) to 1975 (A Family Affair).

The Nero Wolfe corpus was nominated...more
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Fer-de-Lance (Nero Wolfe, #1) Too Many Cooks (Nero Wolfe, #5) Some Buried Caesar (Nero Wolfe, #6) The League of Frightened Men (Nero Wolfe, #2) Black Orchids (Nero Wolfe, #9)

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