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Seven Complete Nero Wolfe Novels (The Silent Speaker / Might as Well Be Dead / If Death Ever Slept / 3 at Wolfe's Door / Gambit / Please Pass the Guilt / A Family Affair) Hardcover – January 27, 1988


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  • Hardcover: 745 pages
  • Publisher: Avenel Books (January 27, 1983)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0517412497
  • ISBN-13: 978-0517412497
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 6.6 x 2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #342,970 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Beautifully cared for book in very good shape.
Sunshine State
There is one more book not listed in the seven, it is Poison al'a cart.
Trisha
The book is an older book but is in great shape, wonderful.
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124 of 125 people found the following review helpful By Michele L. Worley on February 25, 2003
Format: Hardcover
This omnibus' title is misleading; it actually contains 6 novels and a short story collection. They are discussed here in original publication order. For more details on the individual books, see their separate reviews.

_The Silent Speaker_ (1946) was the 11th Wolfe book, and the first Wolfe novel to be published after WWII, the 9th and 10th books having been short story collections. The price controls of WWII were still in effect, and a government official has been murdered in a high profile case, in which big business interests are a prime suspect. This is one of the few cases in which Wolfe and Archie actively solicit business; _And Be a Villain_ was another.

_Might As Well Be Dead_ (1956), the 27th Wolfe book, starts out as a missing person case: finding an estranged son for his father, who disowned him for a dishonest act someone else turned out to have committed. Unfortunately, it looks like the poor devil may be on the verge of being unjustly convicted of an unrelated murder.

_If Death Ever Slept_ (1957) was the 28th Wolfe book, and like _Too Many Women_, has Archie taking an undercover assignment to get away from Wolfe for awhile after a quarrel. The puzzle is better-constructed than that in its predecessor, and Archie is more seriously attracted by the available females, so _If Death Ever Slept_ also has better characterization.

THREE AT WOLFE'S DOOR (1960) was the 33rd Wolfe book, a short story collection consisting of "Poison a la Carte", "Method Three for Murder", and "The Rodeo Murder", all of which first appeared in magazines in 1960.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By R. C. Fleet on March 18, 2014
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OK, I admit it: I'm a Nero Wolfe fan. So, without question, having a bunch of his books and novellas in one place is great. The books span almost 40 years of Rex Stout's writing: from the late 1930s to the mid-1970s (a lot of Nixon & Watergate references). Yes, the early books have the really snappy language that had a lot of "legit" critics praising him - but the last entry, "All In the Family," is certainly not a let's-continue-the-franchise book. What's more to say: Archie Goodwin, Nero Wolfe, murder, manipulation, fun storytelling. Yep, all there.
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11 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Trisha on June 14, 2005
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I am currently reading this book. Very good and well written and the characters are well developed. There is one more book not listed in the seven, it is Poison al'a cart. If anyone gets a change to purchace this book, and read it, I highly recommend this book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Gina on August 11, 2014
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My husband likes this author! As this was a gift I was happy it came well packaged and in a great time frame. Thank you, Cathy G.
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I received the shipment promptly and all is well. The book has reminded me of how much I enjoyed Rex Stout, and I'll be looking for more of the Nero Wolfe novels.
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By Jim on March 13, 2015
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One of my favorite books. Have re-read over the years.
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By Barbara M. Kubiak on November 2, 2014
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I love this Nero Wolfe
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sunshine State on April 24, 2014
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Beautifully cared for book in very good shape. Pages are nostalgically old to look at and touch. (The stories are super too - but no need to add that for other die-hard Rex Stout/Nero Wolfe followers.) Thanks so much.
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