Might as Well Be Dead (Nero Wolfe #26)
What happens when the condemned man doesn’t want to be proven innocent? You’re up to your thick neck in a case of murder, embezzlement, murder, national scandal, and much more murder…
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and with this:
The almost but not quite right answer would be a lazy hippo with good crime-solving skills. The right answer would be Nero Wolfe of cause.
This time a wealthy businessman (only very wealthy people can afford the fees Wolfe charges for his services) from Omaha asked the detective to find his son who disappeared 11 years ago after ...more
Perhaps insulted into action -if anything the slothful Wolfe ever roused himself to could be called by that name- the copious detective fires 'a random shot at an invisible target', planting an add and sending out Archie and Saul to be his bidding.
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An example of the Nero Wolfe formula in its prime. The premise is contrived, and is obviously worked backward from an idea that Stout had at some point for a story. Think of this as a novel inspired by Johnny Cash's "Long Black Veil".
The set-up is the same, and the outcome is comes close to being the same. The trick Stout pulls is finding a client that involves Wolfe in the effort to assist the condemned man, and then contriving a ...more
Stout’s long-running riff on Sherlock Holmes is brilliant fun. In some seventy books and novellas written from 1934 to Stout’s death in 1975, Nero Wolfe is the brainy detective, Archie Goodwin his sidekick and housemate who writes up the stories. They are wonderfully readable entertainments, written in impeccably clean and propulsive prose. The usual setting is the great world city that was New York during Wolfe’s career, where Wolfe lives in an old brownstone from which he seldom stirs. He live...more
The book was the first Rex Stout novel, featuring Nero Wolfe, I have read. I had heard a lot about the author, high recommendations, which were justified, as he was nominated for the greatest Mystery Writer of the Century, and his series the Best Mystery Series of The Century at Bouchercon 2000, the world's largest mystery convention.
The book starts when Wolfe gets a visit from James Herold asking him to find him his son, Paul Herold. The son was banished from his family and business when he was ...more
Because Herald had monogramed luggage that he took with him, Wolfe supposed the that Paul retained the sa ...more
SPOILERS CHANGING THEIR NAMES AND DISAPPEARING IN NEW YORK CITY
How unlucky can a guy ge ...more
That said, I liked everything else about the book.
In this book one of the team becomes a victim. It's written on the book cover's description. However, as one who is trying to read the books in order, and having had to read the series missing two of them due to waiting for them to get to the library... I discovered in this one the mention of another demise. So, if you have not r ...more
That said, i still liked the book as another period piece. Archie's descriptions of the clothes worn, especially by the men, are so vivid. I'm sur ...more
This one really kept me guessing as the body count continued to mount. Excellent mystery and some of Wolfe's sacred rules are broken during the course of the investigation.
I found the story engaging and ...more
Nero Wolfe series - Nero Wolfe is employed by a Nebraska businessman to locate his missing son. The young man left his family in shame after being accused of embezzling from the family business. Now, after more than a decade, the family learns that the son was falsely accused, and they wish to make good on the m ...more
A midwest businessman hires Wolfe to find his son whom he disowned some 11 years earlier. He had believed his son had stolen $28,000 from his business. In 1956, that was enough for two nice houses or 10 nice cars! Now having found he is mistaken, he wants to locate his son and make amends. No Lily Rowan, virtually no orchids, less of Archie's wit than I enjoy, but a more believable denouement that some
Quite a good mystery - probably my favourite of the more than half-dozen I've read so far!
The Nero Wolfe corpus was nominated ...more