- Series: Nero Wolfe (Book 42)
- Mass Market Paperback: 192 pages
- Publisher: Crimeline; 11 Printing edition (December 1, 1990)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0553276069
- ISBN-13: 978-0553276060
- Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 0.5 x 6.9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #674,992 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Death of a Doxy (Nero Wolfe) Mass Market Paperback – December 1, 1990
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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
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About the Author
Rex Stout (1886–1975) wrote dozens of short stories, novellas, and full-length mystery novels, most featuring his two indelible characters, the peerless detective Nero Wolfe and his handy sidekick, Archie Goodwin.
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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.
This reads (listens) like Stout's later works, slightly "thinner" than many of his earlier books, but the style, the dry humor, and the plot are every bit as good as any of the Nero Wolfe stories. Orie Cather is not actually involved in the action of this story a lot, but is further developed as a character himself. This glimse of his character actually sets him apart just a little from the other "boys" Nero retains for large or complicated jobs.
I have almost exhausted the entire Nero Wolfe library. It has been very enjoyable, whether reading or listening I have been able to lose myself every one of the stories.
Overall a good read or listen.
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.