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  • Mass Market Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Crimeline (April 1, 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0553247379
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553247374
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 4.1 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #157,110 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Someone drops off an infant on the doorstep of a wealthy and attractive widow. She hires Nero Wolfe, the famed P.I., to ferret out the baby's mother. A couple of murders result from the investigation, placing the onus on Wolfe and his street-smart legman, Archie Goodwin, to nab the killer. When reading this and other Wolfe whodunits, one gets the distinct impression that Archie, for all his complaining, not only loves working for the obese orchid-growing P.I., but gets a huge charge from writing about their cases. One gets none of that from listening to Michael Prichard's oral renderings of Stout's oeuvre for Audio Editions. He is as flat as a pancake, not even bothering to look up the pronunciation of some of Wolfe's less familiar expressions. To borrow one of Wolfe's MORE familiar terms--Pfui! Y.R. © AudioFile 2003, Portland, Maine-- Copyright © AudioFile, Portland, Maine --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Michele Johnson on June 10, 2001
Format: Audio Cassette
"The Mother Hunt" by Rex Stout really shines with Stout's wiry humor and classic reparte of Archie and Wolfe. A baby is left on a widow's doorstep with the note "a boy should live in his father's house". Wolfe and Archie tackle one of the most difficult and complex cases of their careers - finding a father needle in a haystack. Everytime they come close to an answer - another person falls victim to a still unknown killer. With time running out, Wolfe cooks up one of his most ingenious charades - all without the benefit of his beloved Brownstone. A great read - this one you will want on your bookshelves.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Alan Gratz on May 14, 2006
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I love Rex Stout's Nero Wolfe novels. I've read more than a dozen of them now, and I relish the interplay between eccentric detective Nero Wolfe and his assistant Archie Goodwin. The Mother Hunt was no exception. While this one was a little thin on plot - Nero and Archie are "blocked" for most of the book and make no headway on the mystery until the last quarter of the novel - it has great characterization in spades. Perhaps my favorite part: more insight into the enigma that is Saul Panzer, the ace operative Nero Wolfe calls first when they need an extra pair of eyes and legs. Saul's great; he could easily be Nero's right hand man, if only he weren't so much like him!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By rich1896 on March 2, 2007
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Rex Stout is the best of the old school of mystery writers, and his Nero Wolfe stories are priceless. The story lines are good, characterizations are wonderful, and the banter between Wolfe and his assistant and narrator are greatly entertaining. I have read, and re-read, all of the Nero Wolfe mysteries, and is these qualities that keep me coming back.

If you want darkness and violence, then these aren't for you, but the story lines are good, characters are likeable, and the wit in his writing, and the banter between Wolfe and Archie Goodwin (his assistant and story narrator) make the stories a pleasure to read.

This is one of my favorites, along with Prisoner's Base, The Father Hunt, Too Many Women, The Golden Spiders, and The Rubber Band. Some are dated now, but that can be part of the charm. And all are clever and multifaceted, but it is the characters that make these stories great.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By John P Bernat on September 6, 2005
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This story makes best use of Archie's abilities with women. In this case, two women - the client and a key informant - help solve an unusual case.

A baby is left at a widow's doorstep. A note is attached with a straight pin: "A Boy Should Live In His Father's House." Since the widow was painfully aware of her late husband's philandering, she accepts the responsiblity...

But she also wants to know who the mother is. Not to exact revenge, but really to make sure that the baby's mom is OK.

This story has a strong plot line, but it is Stout on mental health that makes it memorable. So much of this, almost unconsciously, is about forgiveness, moving on with life, and the power of selfless love for another person.

Murder mysteries don't often afford much of a platform for this type of discourse. Here, you'll learn something valuable about life, in addition to seeing a tough case solved...
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Glen Engel Cox on September 18, 2002
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I was surprised to find that I had been given this book four years ago. Time does fly, it seems, because I find it hard to believe that I've been working my way through the Wolfe books for over four years. But it's true. I am nearing the end, however, and Stout isn't failing yet. While I'm slightly disappointed to discover that every Wolfe novel revolves around not just a mystery, but a murder, I can also understand that this was Stout's formula for the Wolfe stories and to wish it different would be like wishing that Wodehouse had written westerns. Stout continues to be increasingly frank regarding sex in these books--I wonder if the books written in the 70s will go even further. I doubt it. Too much more change in this area and it wouldn't be the same formula.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Hal Jordan VINE VOICE on July 26, 2008
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I'm always a little leery of later Wolfes. For me, Archie, Nero, and the gang live in a film noir world of New York in the 1930s and 1940s. The radio yes, TV no. Plus, as with any series, after a while the author can get a bit stale. But having read all the books originally published before 1960, I finally ventured into uncharted territory with this one. And, rather to my surprise, I liked it quite a lot. The story is good and the solution is satisfying. Archie is at his best and, although by 1963 he would have been pretty long in the tooth, he is still catnip to women. Wolfe is irascible and truculent, but not over the top, the way he is in a few of the books. So, while I wouldn't put this at the top of my list of favorite Wolfe mysteries (Some Buried Caesar and the Golden Spiders, among others, would rank higher) I wouldn't hesitate to recommend it to new or veteran readers of the series.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By S. Pirtle on January 28, 2013
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It might seem strange that a woman such as myself who has accomplished so much in my life would have such a misogynist as a favorite detective, but I do. Perhaps it is because in so many ways he is like me. I have always had to have everything just so, and I love food, though not to his proportions.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By William J. Fern on January 9, 2013
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I have re-read this and other Rex Stout books over and over and never tire of the delight I get each time I read them.
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