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Triple Jeopardy (Nero Wolfe Mysteries Book 20) [Kindle Edition]

Rex Stout
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Don't tempt Nero Wolfe to find the culprit. When foul play's the game, he always wins - and in these three crime puzzles, the stakes are high. First, there's little nourishment for the detective when someone drops a poison pellet into a vitamin addict's pillbox. Then, a murdered policeman leaves a clue folded in a newspaper, and Wolfe has to read the fine print to decipher his killer's identity. And what do you do when a chimp is the only witness to a crime? This is no time for monkeyshines from the world's most celebrated armchair detective.


Product Details

  • File Size: 1435 KB
  • Print Length: 191 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0553763075
  • Publisher: Bantam (April 28, 2010)
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003IYI6XS
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #45,660 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Poison, stabbing, and shooting April 14, 2002
Format:Mass Market Paperback
The 3 short stories herein first appeared in 1951 - 1952. The Korean War was underway, and the worst congressional witch-hunts for communists were going strong, McCarthy's among them.
"Home to Roost" (a.k.a. "Nero Wolfe and the Communist Killer") - Mrs. and Mr. Benjamin Rackell (he's not a wimp, but she keeps interrupting and does most of the talking) want to hire Wolfe to investigate the poisoning of their nephew, Arthur. We get the background of the murder as they explain it to Wolfe before he accepts the case, along with an impression of both characters as they tell it. She annoys Wolfe, being an interrupter and a cliché-tosser.
Arthur appeared on the surface to be a communist, but defended himself to his aunt by claiming to be an undercover FBI agent. Did someone kill him because they thought he was a communist, or because he wasn't? And which was he, anyway?
"The Cop-Killer" - Adapted for A&E's 2nd Nero Wolfe season. Archie shot his mouth off about his skills as a detective once too often in the Goldenrod Barbershop that both he and Wolfe patronize. Carl and Tina Vardas (the hat-check guy and the manicurist), as illegal immigrants who escaped a Russian concentration camp, panicked and fled when a policeman came to the shop, and have come to Archie for help.
By the time Archie gets to the shop, Jake Wallen, who was chasing a lead on a hit-and-run driver, has been stabbed through the heart with a long pair of scissors in Tina's manicure booth, and Purley's on the scene. Wolfe and Archie have to open this one up fast, before Manhattan homicide finds out they've been shielding suspects in a cop-killing, or their professional lives are over.
"The Squirt and the Monkey" - Harry Koven, creator of the comic strip Dazzle Dan, wants to find out who stole his Marley .
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Mass Production December 14, 2006
Format:Mass Market Paperback
These short stories are not among Stout's best, although they are eminently readable. Stout published these first in magazines, and then collected them into books like this one.

"Cop Killer," like "The Squirt and the Monkey," contains some really pulp-fiction cliches which were so widely read in the early 50s. These regreattably date the efforts without adding any asccertainable sharm.

However, "Home to Roost" is actually pretty good, managing to avoid the trap into which the other stories fell. So, instead of two stars, we average up to three...

Hopefully these will be released on CD or download soon; I'd love to hear Michael Prichard read them without paying fifty smackers for cassettes which have beomce increasingly unplayable...
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Nero gets a haircut and Archie meets a monkey December 2, 2012
Format:Paperback
This collection of three short stories are set in the early 1950's. Those who are unfamiliar with this time period might be a bit perplexed by some of the references made in these stories but, in general the stories hold up fairly well.

The first story is HOME TO ROOST (NERO WOLFE AND THE COMMUNIST KILLER). A young man has been murdered. His aunt and uncle, his only relatives, want to know who killed him and why. In order to discover that Archie and Nero first must find out if the young man had in fact been working for the FBI or had he been a liar trying to cover up his true Communist sympathies.

THE COP KILLER follows. A man and wife that work in the barber shop that Archie and Nero both use arrive at the brownstone asking for Archie's advice. The two turn out to be refugees who are in the country illegally. A police officer had come into the shop asking questions, and convinced that they were certain to be arrested, fled. When Archie looked into the matter though he discovered that there was more going on than what he had been told, a dead body that had not been mentioned. This story might seem familiar to fans from the A & E Nero Wolfe series.

The third story, THE SQUIRT AND THE MONKEY (AKA SEE NO EVIL) takes Archie and Nero into the world of action adventure comic strips. It seems that the creator of 'Dazzle Dan' has lost a gun and has hired Archie and Nero to discover who has taken it. The problem becomes more complicated when a gun is discovered being held by a monkey and near a dead body.

These are not the best in the canon by far but are still good reads, ones that fans of the series will not want to miss. Those new to the series though might wish to begin elsewhere, probably with one of the full length novels.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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Grown to loveall, the characters and their quirkiness. Stories,are mysteriously funny and dramatic at the same time. One of my all time,pieces of reading delight.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Triple Jeopardy May 16, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
It's always good to visit with Archie and Nero! And now we can do it with Kindle! This is only one of many in the classic series detailing the explots of two of New Yorks most entertaining detectives. We don't read the books to see how the mystery is solved. We read them to spend some time with our old friend Archie and and our acquaintance Nero Wolfe.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not Bad, But Not the Best April 27, 2012
By Ohioan
Format:Paperback
Few of Stout's collection of his short stories are as good as his novels. It seems to me that there's always something artificial or forced in the plotting of the short stories: as if there's a word limit and the author just pushes the story along so it fits the limit. The one I liked the best was "The Cop-Killer," because I thought it it had the strongest plot, involving the barbershop that Archie and Nero frequent, two hit-and-run deaths, and the killing of a cop. This story had the strongest plot, and I enjoyed Nero's roundup of the suspects (in the barbershop, as he was being shaved).

The other two stories, "Home to Roost" and "The Squirt and the Monkey" are not bad: I would never call any Rex Stout story bad. These two stories are enjoyable only because they're about Nero and Archie, not because they're strong stories in and of themselves.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I was very pleased with my purchase, quality and packaging was terrific. Thank you. Cathy G
Published 1 month ago by Cathy Gilbertson
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book
It was a good easy read. I have the DVD set of the Nero Wolfe series. After watching them it was really easy for the books to come to life.
Published 7 months ago by Becky
4.0 out of 5 stars Three stories for Nero Wolfe fans
Good Nero Wolfe stories. Three separate ones, typical of Rex Stout's excellent tales. Not to be missed by any Nero Wolfe fan.
Published 9 months ago by Jonathan Manheim
5.0 out of 5 stars Always love Nero Wolfe!
I always get excited to find a Nero Wolfe book (in this case three shorter stories) I haven't read before. This was a treat!
Published 15 months ago by SC
4.0 out of 5 stars Three solid stories
Stout's Wolfe and Goodwyn are in fine form in these three whodunnits. "The monkey and the squirt", "The cop-killer", and "Home to roost" all come from the early-fifties period,... Read more
Published 15 months ago by E. J. Ford
5.0 out of 5 stars just a note of thanks to Deibel216 merchant SKU B5-T95B-OTEK
it's just perfect in every way, especially now knowing it belonged to your grandfather....will enjoy it, and pass it along to others...J
Published 15 months ago by Joanna Pyle
5.0 out of 5 stars Nero Wolfe
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.
Published 17 months ago by Melissa
3.0 out of 5 stars Triple jeopardy
Good for short stories. I now remember why I a not a big fan of Nero Wolfe. I obviously do not think the way he does.
Published 19 months ago by K A
5.0 out of 5 stars Great experience with used book
Bought this used book and had a very good experience. Love Rex Stout and this book was in condition that was advertised. Came quickly and well packaged.
Published 21 months ago by C. F. Jones
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