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And Be a Villain by Rex Stout
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Nov 21, 2010

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bookshelves: mystery, ny, 2011
Read from June 16 to September 28, 2011

Not sure if I read this one before or not.

I like the Nero Wolfe stories. And this was no different. Enjoyable.

This edition contained an introduction by Maan Meyers a/k/a Martin & Annette Meyers.

Hard to believe, there was a time when not everyone had a television and folks would gather 'round the radio, just like we gather 'round the TV now (well, maybe we don't gather so much as we used to; but when I was growing up we gathered). This one takes place in 1948 and I know we didn't get a television until 1952 (all right, being a toddler at the time I was not that aware of the switch from radio to television).

A woman has a radio panel interview program (I imagine this woman is on a par with Walter Lippmann or maybe someone like Bill O'Reilly, today), and she is apparently pretty powerful, and at this time, they are still broadcasting in front of an audience and doing live commercials for their sponsors. One night someone dies after tasting a beverage. Was it really meant for the hostess?

Inspector Cramer is at a loss. Nero Wolfe steps in with plenty of wisecrack from Archie Goodwin.

As usual, it is a fun ride.

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