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Product Details

  • Series: Nero Wolfe Mysteries
  • Audio Cassette
  • Publisher: Audio Partners; Unabridged edition (June 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1572702699
  • ISBN-13: 978-1572702691
  • Product Dimensions: 7.3 x 4.5 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.1 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,834,493 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Library Journal

Death of a Doxy, considered a Stout classic, opens with the death of Isabel Kerr, found dead in her lavish bedroom. Was her boyfriend, her "sugar daddy," or someone else responsible? Nero Wolfe puts himself and his side-kick, Archie Goodwin, to work to unravel the mystery and the tangle of relationships as this vintage Wolfe detective story unfolds. Michael Prichard's reading enhances the twists and turns. Recommended.
Denise A. Garofalo, Astor Home for Children, Rhinebeck, NY
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc.

About the Author

Rex Stout (1886-1975) was the creator Nero Wolfe, one of the most popular detectives ever.
Michael Prichard is a Los Angeles-based actor who has narrated more than 400 audiobooks. Smart Money has named him one of the "Top Ten Golden Voices."
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I read every one I can get, but they are getting hard to find.
Melissa
The characters are sharply drawn, the dialogue crackles, the writing is witty.
5 Nines
This is my absolute favorite of the Nero Wolfe full-length stories.
C. Wright

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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By George R Dekle on September 13, 2001
Format: Mass Market Paperback
One of Nero Wolfe's operatives, Orrie Cather, is in custody and suspected of murdering a kept woman. Wolfe wants his investigator cleared, the woman's keeper (a "respectable" businessman) wants to stay out of the headlines, and the woman's sister wants vengeance but no scandalous murder trial. If Wolfe can accomplish all these objectives, there's $50,000.00 in it for him. If not, he's lost a bundle in out-of-pocket expenses.

Figuring out whodunnit is no problem. How to finagle it proves a tougher nut to crack. Assistance comes from the victim's brainy, beautiful friend, a stripper named Julie Jacquette. Julie likes Archie, hates Saul, and admires Wolfe. Strangely, Wolfe returns the admiration. The two unlikely allies join forces and . . . it goes without saying that they manage to infuriate Inspector Cramer. But can they pull off the caper, achieve all the objectives, and collect the reward? It's a thousand to one shot.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 21, 1999
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Solid Wolfe story from the excellent 60s period. The fat man's encounter with Julie Jacquette is good fun and all the usual characters (notably Cramer) are in fine form.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By J. Carroll VINE VOICE on March 17, 2007
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The best part of this book is the character, Julie Jacquette, who is vital to Wolfe's plan to catch the killer of the titular "doxy." (A rather quaint term for a mistress) Jacquette is one of Stout's best written female characters, well able for Wolfe and Goodwin, likeable and intelligent with a sense of humor. In the midst of this rather predictable mystery, dealing with blackmail and a wealthy man who wants to stay out of the investigation, she proves to be breath of fresh air and pushes this one up a notch in the pantheon.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Chad A. Moore on August 11, 2008
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It's hard to call a murder mystery required reading, but, hey, who reads novels by requirement anyway? We read for good stories and this is a good story.

This was my intro to Rex Stout's famous duo Nero Wolfe, the massive genius, and his streetwise sidekick Archie Goodwin. It's sort of like a fat Holmes taking on a Sam Spade and it's all set in New York City. So it blends the two main strands of the detective novel - the classic mystery-solving intellectual genius with the hard-hitting, tough talkin', fedora-wearing gumshoe.

This one tells the case of a murdered "doxy" (look it up) that Wolfe takes on only to help a friend. An incidental choice of a name leads Wolfe to the devious and unsuspecting killer. And there are some great lines here particularly between Wolfe and one of the few women to amuse Wolfe.

If you've never read a Wolfe story and you enjoy mysteries or detective stories, go for it. It's not too long and it certainly won't be a boring afternoon. Happy reading!
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Read by Michael Pritchard. What can I say. I wouldn't want anyone else to be reading it to me. He does a masterful job, as always. Not my favorite Wolfe mystery but entertaining none the less.
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By M. Wolff on January 29, 2014
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A Nero Wolfe mystery is always a joy in itself to read, and this one opens closer to the heart than others. Orrie Cather, one of Wolfe's legmen, is all set to marry. Unfortunately for Orrie, he's been two-timing his fiancée. Doubly unfortunate for Orrie, his mistress is found murdered. Wolfe decides to take on the case and prove Orrie's innocence.

What makes this story stand out in the Wolfe canon is that it's one of the few instances where Wolfe encounters a woman who manages to impress him. Not ordinarily known for his appreciation of the fairer sex, Wolfe finds his eyes widened by the arrival of Julie Jacquette: a hip-talking nightclub singer who seems to have more between her ears than just air, and possesses more than enough attitude to stand up to Wolfe. Whereas the murder (and Orrie's situation) make up the meat of the story, the ongoing give and take between Wolfe and Jacquette provide the dessert (she also receives the rare privilege of being invited into Wolfe's sacrosanct orchid room). This added element makes the novel one of Stout's best.
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By Sherrie on May 18, 2013
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This was a sit on the edge of you seat. When Archie, confronts Orrie it is just out of the blue that as reader of Nero Wolfe would believe that Orrie would be out to hurt or put any of Wolfe's personnel on the line.
The word Doxy, may have been polite in those times, and a way to keep other women in the dark. You have to believe that
with all Wolfe's distaste for women, that He had a great soft spot, for the women He had known.

Suspenseful!
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By Melissa on April 16, 2013
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I love Rex Stout's Nero Wolfe mysteries. I read every one I can get, but they are getting hard to find. The book arrived in great condition and promptly.
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