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Not Quite Dead Enough (Nero Wolfe #10)

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Called upon to investigate a sinister "accident" involving national security, Nero Wolfe must set the traps that will catch the pair of wily killers responsible.
Paperback, Rex Stout library.; Bantam Crime Line., 187 pages
Published September 1st 1992 by Bantam Books (first published September 7th 1944)
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Bill  Kerwin
Jun 15, 2007 rated it liked it

This book yokes together two long WW II era novellas featuring Major Archie Goodwin, specialist in domestic counter-intelligence.

In the first novella, "Not Quite Dead Enough," The U.S. government wants Wolfe to work with Archie on counter-intelligence too, but instead Wolfe is avoiding all brain work, dieting and weight-training, determined to transform himself into a lean, mean Nazi killing machine. The Pentagon wants Archie to talk Wolfe some sense, but to no avail. Then a friend of Lily Rowa
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Evgeny
Nov 05, 2014 rated it really liked it
This book consists of two novellas both of which take place during the World War II.

Not Quite Dead Enough. Major Archie Goodwin (you did not think he would stay away from the war, did you?) comes to New York to convince his boss to join military counter-intelligence. He found what can be best described as Nero Wolfe Goes to War. The whole idea of this and Archie's POV are very funny; they were the major deciding factor for the rating. Eventually the crime is committed and it is up to the Dynami
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Diamond Cowboy
Jan 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
An other great Nero Wolf mystry.
Hobart
Aug 02, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2010-reads
This installment in the series always leaves me feeling...eh. It's not like I don't enjoy parts of it, but it's not Stout at his best. A lot of it feels forced actually, as if Stout felt compelled to write something in support World War II and just couldn't find a way to work it into the series naturally.

Let me say upfront, I don't blame Stout for falling a little flat here--while he wrote this he was working a lot to support FDR and the war effort through various means. If you haven't read McAl
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Tony
NOT QUITE DEAD ENOUGH. (1942). Rex Stout. ***.
This volume was actually a collection of two novellas, the title story and another called, “Booby Trap.” Stout was not at his best with the shorter novel form. Typically, he had to resolve all the issues in these shorter cases by introducing the “Ah Ha” ending, wherein the reader is suddenly introduced to Wolfe’s secret thinking all along. In the title story, we encounter Archie Goodwin in the Armed Forces – a Major, no less. He has been called to W
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Orinoco Womble (tidy bag and all)

Not Quite Good Enough.

If you've never read a Nero Wolfe, do not start here. Go back to the library and find something else. Otherwise you will be so turned off you'll never read another, and that really would not do.

I know Stout made a living by his pen at a time when everyone had to contribute to the war effort or risk being branded a "Com Symp" or worse...in fact Wolfe deals with these things in other stories. But these two novellas show he didn't enjoy the writing of them. He doesn't even tak
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Alexis Neal
Jun 21, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: audio, mystery
Another two-in-one book, like Black Orchids before it. This time, the unifying thread is not Wolfe's rare flora, but his work for the United States Army during World War II. In 'Not Quite Dead Enough', Archie, now a major and working in domestic counter-intelligence, is sent to recruit Wolfe's help with various military intelligence issues. To Archie's surprise, Wolfe is neither reading in his office nor up playing with his orchids, but is in fact 'training' to join the Army as a soldier so he c ...more
JZ
Mar 30, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery, own
Really two in one, and neither is up to snuff. It's as if Rex Stout took a couple of weekends out of his time working for FDR to do his thing for the war effort. This proclivity in the entertainment sector led to some inspired works (Casablanca springs to mind as the ultimate best.) But this reminds me of the really bad Sherlock Holmes movies with Basil Rathbone chasing Nazis over the moors, and Agatha Christie's worst Tommy and Tuppence books.
I actually liked the plot of the first one, and had
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Sharon Eudy Neufeld
Feb 25, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery, nero-wolfe
Lily Rowan can't stand the state of affairs since Archie joined the Army. He's not paying any attention to he! He wants to go into combat! The spoiled woman follows him on his stateside postings! Finally to Archie's disgust, he is given his marching orders: he is to manage Nero Wolfe, in NYC, for the duration. What's a guy gotta do to get a chance to die for his country? You'll find out what lengths Lily will go to to get her man's attention in "Not Quite Dead Enough". Bonus material: Nero Wolfe ...more
Mmyoung
May 26, 2010 rated it it was ok
Shelves: mystery
Neither a novel nor a collection of short stories Not Quite Dead Enough is made up of two novelettes: Not quite dead enough and Booby Trap. Neither has the tight writing of a short story and yet both feel rather bloated. Stout needs to explain what Wolfe and Goodwin do during the war. The first story explains how their wartime setup comes to be and the second shows them at work. Both suffer from extremely obvious solutions and in neither case is the denouement satisfactory. The first requires Li ...more
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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).

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