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Product Details

  • Series: Nero Wolfe Mysteries
  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam (January 2, 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0553763032
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553763034
  • Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 6.3 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #456,377 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Rex Stout delivers another Nero Wolfe mystery unabridged in a fine recording by Michael Prichard." -- Library Bookwatch, December 2004

"This tale of false accusations is adroitly performed by Michael Prichard." -- AudioFile, February 2005 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Rex Stout (1886–1975) was the creator of Nero Wolfe, one of the most popular detectives of all time.
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The dialogue and action are crisp.
Richard Salva
Rex Stout is a wonderful author who really captures a reader's attention with a book.
Paul R. Nagle
One of Rex Stout's most complicated and satisfying Nero Wolfe mysteries.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Richard Salva VINE VOICE on May 18, 2006
Format: Paperback
Rex Stout was an amazing writer. His characters are great. The dialogue and action are crisp. And, where did he get the ideas for his stories? Some of the plotlines really draw you in. Take this book, one of Stout's best. In Might As Well Be Dead, the great detective Nero Wolfe is asked to locate a young man missing for over a decade--who turns out to have just been convicted of murder. Wolfe has to put his considerable mental prowess to work to overturn the conviction, along with his helpers--the irrepressible Archie Goodwin, and Saul, Fred, Orrie, and Jimmy. One of Wolfe's colleagues doesn't make it to the end of the story, which makes it personal for Wolfe. The cops are breathing down their necks. And, just to add to the mix, Archie falls in love with the attractive woman pining for the man on death row. Great stuff!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By The Professor on May 25, 2010
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This is prime 1950s-era Nero Wolfe and well worth a read. Not only is Stout's writing here vital and pithy, but the plot takes some memorable twists and Nero has to adjust his strategy accordingly. There are some great Archie/Nero character moments and some nice use of the Saul Panzer-led squad of hired investigators. The Kindle version is well-formatted, but note the cover is missing and the publishing date, ISBN, etc., appears at the end of the text instead of the beginning.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ohioan on July 21, 2012
Format: Paperback
This novel, written in the 1950s, is one of the best of the Nero Wolfe books. In it, Wolfe is hired by a wealthy Nebraskan who has come to New York to find the son he unjustly accused of a crime more than ten years ago. That son, Paul Herold, left home and cut off all ties with his family, except that he recently sent his sister a birthday card, and the card was postmarked from NYC. The father, who has since discovered that his son did not commit the crime the father suspected him of, wants to find Paul and make up. He hires Nero to help him.

The problem is, first, that Wolfe finds several men whose initials are PH. One of these, Peter Hays, is currently on trial for murder. Hays has refused to give his attorney any background at all on himself, and it looks as if he will be found guilty of murder. Archie goes to the courtroom to see if Hays looks like Paul Herold (the father gave a photo of his son to Wolfe, and Archie uses the photo for identification). Archie determines that Hays could be Herold: he is just not certain.

Then Wolfe sends one of his operatives to discover more about the murder that Hays is accused of. That operative is in turn murdered.

A well-constructed Wolfe mystery, very satisfying.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By frumiousb VINE VOICE on December 9, 2000
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A hunt for a missing son turns into a deeper mystery when it seems that their long lost might be the accused in a murder trial.

Archie goes to bat to find out who really killed the caddish husband, eating well and charming the ladies along the way.

As is usual for Nero Wolfe books, witty and well-written. Not an exceptional series entry, but a solid example of what makes them entertaining. Suitable for either Wolfe novices or people familiar with the series.
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As always, Red Stout is a master. In this book, he shows off his sleight of hand several times, yet never telegraphs the solution. One of the faithful loses his life in this story, and not much food gets mentioned. However, there are two recipes at the end to make up for that.
The roast corn is all you could wish--I tried it.
Unlike others in this series, the kindle version is free of errors.
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By Paul R. Nagle on September 30, 2013
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Rex Stout is a wonderful author who really captures a reader's attention with a book. Amazing isn't it! I suggest you read this book. You'll love it!
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About the time you think Rex has fun out of ways to entertain and tease your funny bone at the same time, he does it again.
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