Might As Well Be Dead: A Nero Wolfe Mystery
James Herold hires Wolfe to find his son Paul, who broke off all contact with the family eleven years ago after his father unjustly accused him of theft. Archie finds him after his only a couple of days--at the very moment a jury convicts him of murder.
Another good entry in the series.
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 afte ...more
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What do you do when there are no clues?
March 31, 2019
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Publication date: April 24, 2010
I have read most of Rex Stout's Nero Wolfe books but had not previously read this one. I'm glad I hadn't because it was a wonderful treat to be able to read a new to me Nero Wolfe novel after so many years. The treat was made even better by the fact that this one is better ...more
I've always known that Stout played fast and loose with the details of his creation. He would change the street address, or make up a weapon that doesn't exist, like the Marley .38 Archie carries. But this time these details were jarring to me. Most of the time that doesn't bother me but there were two in this book tha ...more
In this book, Archie seems to be highly critical of marriage and he gives his scathing critique of every marriage he sees. When a young ...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
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
One negative - there's nothing mentioned about Johnny Keems' wife until the very end - she got $16K. Nothing about contacting her, helping her to deal. Regardless if wrapped up in a week, should have been some mention.
2013 - I'm not sure why this didn't please me as much as the other and far earlier Nero Wolfe audiobooks I've been lis ...more
That said, I liked everything else about the book.
And it al ...more
Might as Well Be Dead is the 27th novel in Rex Stout's monumental series featuring Nero Wolfe, the obese genius of detection, and his intrepid and suave helper, right hand, and amanuensis, Archie Goodwin. A Mr. Herold, a well-to-do businessman from Nebraska wants to hire Wolfe to find his son Paul. Paul was once accused of stealing m ...more
This is definitely one of the darkest Nero Wolfe stories---there is not just one murder, but one after another and Wolfe is definitely taking it to heart that his probing is the catalyst for some of t ...more
As he can’t quite tell the repentant father this news, Wolfe makes the ...more
So, the plots are formulaic, as I saw someone mention in a review, but that's not necessarily a bad thing. Changing a few elements in a chemical formula can create a completely different substance, and that's exactly what Rex Stout does with these stories. The details ...more
The Nero Wolfe corpus was nominated Best Mystery Series of t ...more
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'I are what?'
'Seeing Archie Goodwin. Who am I seeing?'
'Oh, a wise guy.'
We were off to a bad start, but we got it straightened out that he meant that I was a wise guy, not that I was seeing one...”