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The Father Hunt (Nero Wolfe) Paperback – January 2, 1995


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Product Details

  • Series: Nero Wolfe
  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam (January 2, 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0553762974
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553762976
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.2 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #501,376 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

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The rotund, acerbic grower of rare orchids, Nero Wolfe, and his sidekick, Archie Goodwin, are private investigators who are very good at what they do (and who set their fees accordingly). Here they take on the case of a beautiful young lady searching for the father she never knew. Michael Prichard's masterful reading strikes just the right note as he showcases Wolfe's discriminating tastes and basic goodness and captures Archie's New York cockiness and deep sense of decency. It's a tribute to both Stout and Prichard that this audiobook is still fresh today. L.C. © AudioFile 2005, Portland, Maine-- Copyright © AudioFile, Portland, Maine --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.

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Customer Reviews

I love Rex Stout's Nero Wolfe mysteries.
Melissa
As is common in the cozy genre, these stories have recurring well developed secondary characters who often appear in both main and subplots.
Jeanne Tassotto
I am now expecting each new book I read to show the signs of Stout's decline (especially since he was over 80 when he wrote this).
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Robert Byrd on June 21, 2003
Format: Mass Market Paperback
The Father Hunt does not rate at the top of Rex Stout's plots, but certainly near the top for characterization. Wolfe and Archie have never been better. While some would think this is a companion piece to The Mother Hunt, it should be read only after reading Death of a Doxy, as there is a minor tie-in to that book. A young woman has never known her father, so hires Wolfe to discover his identity. What begins as a simple paternity case ends up being a hunt for a murderer. If you've never read a Nero Wolfe novel before, DON'T read this one--start with one of the earlier books. But if you are familiar with the residents of the brownstone on West 35th Street, a treat awaits.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Mark on March 1, 2006
Format: Paperback
It's hard not to become fascinated by these books, and this one has an attractive symmetry. The whole Manhattan world of offices and penthouses of the 1940s through the 1960s, and Wolfe and Archie's private domain in the brownstone, comprise a universe inside a universe. It is an imagined world more charming to me than Middle Earth or any such silliness. I love it and only regret there is not an infinite supply of Stout. (Yum). Wolfe is especially "cool" as in unemotional in this one. The police are especially bad--more interested in winning some competition than in serving justice. The scene in which the police penetrate the plant rooms and invade the office is truly upsetting. Stout knows what he is doing. The scene elicits a righteous anger. I am eager for the memory of the book and others of Stout's to fade so that I will have the pleasure of reading them again. By the way, I disagree with the reviewer who disliked the audio version. I listened to it as well, and I quite like the reader's approach. He is very serious and that's what I want. These books, unlike the painfully eye-winking, clownish, and embarrassing TV series that appeared on A and E, are not cute and should not be made so. (Perhaps I am misreading the reviewer's comment and this was not the direction he would like to have seen the reading go). The audio versions are read intelligently and are deliberately dry in their humor. I much prefer that myself.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Jeanne Tassotto VINE VOICE on November 5, 2008
Format: Paperback
The swinging sixties may be happening outside but life in the genteel world of Nero Wolfe has not changed.

Lily Rowan, Archie's longtime girlfriend has a new research assistant, a lovely young woman who has a problem. She has no idea who her father is, nor even the true name of her late mother. When she first approaches Archie and Wolfe about the problem they deem it insolvable but shortly after a very large clue arrives - over $200,000 in cash that had been left to her by her mother with a note stating that it had been sent, $1000 a month at a time, by her father. Armed with this lead, and a large retainer, Wolfe sends out Archie to locate the long missing father. Along the way they manage to step on more than a few toes and uncover a murder as well.

The Nero Wolfe series combines elements of both the cozy and straight detective genres. As is common in the cozy genre, these stories have recurring well developed secondary characters who often appear in both main and subplots. There is also an overall lighthearted element in the ongoing banter between Archie and Wolfe. The detective story aspect though is much more pronounced than is the norm for a cozy. The mysteries are complex and challenging enough to keep the reader fully engaged, without relying on the cozy aspect to carry the story. The cozy aspect is not overwhelming, but an accent to the stories.

Fans of this long running series will not want to miss another chance to visit the brownstone and match wits with Wolfe. Those who are new to the series could easily begin with this one, but beware Nero Wolfe novels are a bit like peanuts - you probably won't be able to stop with just one.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By John P Bernat on August 10, 2005
Format: Audio Cassette
Here, we join in the search for a father - just as we'd joined in a mother hunt some many years before.

There are some wonderful narrative devices used here, and Archie is better than ever. It's one of the best!
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By Bigguy on May 19, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
ALL Nero Wolfe novels are GREAT. Good writing- Good plot- Good finish,
Too bad he didn't write even more books.
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Format: Kindle Edition
I have read through every Nero Wolfe novel up to this one in the last 2 years. I am now expecting each new book I read to show the signs of Stout's decline (especially since he was over 80 when he wrote this). Some of the reviews of this one here on Amazon made me doubt it's quality, but I was pleasantly surprised. This is yet another great book from Stout. Loved it. Looking forward to the next. (Though I didn't buy it on Amazon. I got it from my library's digital loan program.)
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By Sanford Harmon on February 11, 2014
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First I love Rex Stout. He was the best mystery writer in my mind. His writing is always classic, sometime his plot twists aren't fancy but if you read them for just the mystery you are missing half the fun anyway... This is a good read and the mystery is okay.
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By Bonnie Burns on December 14, 2013
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Nero and Archie engage in their usual repartee to satisfy the questions posed by both their client and Chief Inspector Cramer.
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