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Murder strikes thrice in these three baffling mysteries of crime and detection. First the great detective develops an appetite for the sweet taste of revenge when someone slips something most foul into his lunch--in a case motivated by the most "alimentary" of passions. Then a couturier's beautiful sister uses Archie as her ready-made alibi--and maybe fall guy--unless Wolfe can spot the loose ends in a nearly seamless crime. Finally Wolfe has a run-in with the law after a mysterious old woman leaves a package at the detective's West Thirty-Fifth Street brownstone that pits him against a cunning criminal--and the U.S. federal government! --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Rex Stout, born 1886 in Indiana/USA, worked at thirty different professions until he earned enough money to travel. In 1932, he began to write thrillers focusing on the famous detective Nero Wolfe. Nero is a gourmet weighing more than a hundred kilos, and moving as little as possible. Rex Stout finished more than fifty novels and received the "Grand Masters Award." He died 1975.
Rex Stout,1886 in Indiana/USA geboren, soll ca. dreiig Berufe ausgeubt haben, bevor er mit einem von ihm selbst konzipierten Sparkassensystem so viel Geld verdiente, da er ausgedehnte Reisen unternehmen konnte. 1932 begann er, Kriminalromane zu schreiben in deren Mittelpunkt fast immer der beruhmte Privatdetektiv Nero Wolfe steht. Dieser ist eine uber hundert Kilo "schwergewichtiger" Gourmet, der sich so wenig wie moglich bewegt und leidenschaftlicher Orchideenzuchter ist. Rex Stout wurde fur seine uber funfzig Romane mit dem "Grand Masters Award" ausgezeichnet. Er starb 1975.

Rex Stout, born 1886 in Indiana/USA, worked at thirty different professions until he earned enough money to travel. In 1932, he began to write thrillers focusing on the famous detective Nero Wolfe. Nero is a gourmet weighing more than a hundred kilos, and moving as little as possible. Rex Stout finished more than fifty novels and received the "Grand Masters Award." He died 1975.
Rex Stout,1886 in Indiana/USA geboren, soll ca. dreiig Berufe ausgeubt haben, bevor er mit einem von ihm selbst konzipierten Sparkassensystem so viel Geld verdiente, da er ausgedehnte Reisen unternehmen konnte. 1932 begann er, Kriminalromane zu schreiben in deren Mittelpunkt fast immer der beruhmte Privatdetektiv Nero Wolfe steht. Dieser ist eine uber hundert Kilo "schwergewichtiger" Gourmet, der sich so wenig wie moglich bewegt und leidenschaftlicher Orchideenzuchter ist. Rex Stout wurde fur seine uber funfzig Romane mit dem "Grand Masters Award" ausgezeichnet. Er starb 1975.
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Product Details

  • Series: Nero Wolfe (Book 47)
  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam (January 2, 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0553763059
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553763058
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.5 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #422,721 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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All three of the stories herein were previously published in different forms, one of which wasn't even a Wolfe story.
"Assault on a Brownstone" - Rewrite of "Counterfeit for Murder" from _Homicide Trinity_. Hattie Annis, who operates a rooming house in New York City, found some counterfeit money and wants a reward, but the case quickly turns into a murder investigation.
"Frame-Up for Murder" - Expanded rewrite of "Murder Is No Joke" from _And Four To Go_. Flora Gallant, the sister of famous dress designer Alec Gallant, hires Wolfe and Archie to break Bianca Voss' mysterious hold over her brother. While questioning an interested party via telephone, Wolfe and Archie hear a murder - or do they? Was it genuine, or was the killer playing games to mess up the time of death?
"Bitter End" - 11-12 July, 1939. Take the plot and cast of Stout's Tecumseh Fox novel _Bad for Business_, replace Fox with Archie and Wolfe, and cut it down to a short story. The entry into the story is different, of course, since Amy Duncan isn't the focus; Wolfe is served with some of the quinine-tainted Tingley's products and takes it as an insult.
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I would say this is Nero Wolfe at his best. If you are looking to read some of the classic mysteries, Rex Stout's Nero Wolfe series are great. Set as they are in the early 20th Century, the reader has to adjust to both the technology of the period and, of course, the very different society and law enforcement. Imagine, if Archie Goodwin (Nero's associate) has to contact Nero he has to find a pay phone. But the inconveniences of the period simply set the rules and contribute to cracking each case. This book consists of three very clever mysteries and the characters are pure fun.
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Been a Rex Stout fan all my life and thought I'd read all the stories, several times. I was pleased to find this collection of shorts that I wait her kisses or don't remember. They turned out to be three especially good stories in the Nero Wolfe cannon. I think they would serve well as a first time introduction for anyone trying Stout, and Wolfe, Archie, Saul, etc., for the first time. It's a new favorite.
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Rex Stout's Nero Wolfe mysteries are always satisfying. They are superbly crafted, so that even when you read them for a second or third time at later dates, they are still enjoyable reading. Death Times Three is no exception. Yes, there are some twists, and yes, there are some thoughts thrown in by Archie that are interesting. Although the reader usually does not anticipate the solution to the mystery unless the story has been read before, all the clues are always there for you to figure it out yourself. Yet you don't.
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The three stories here are alternate versions of other Stout stories. "Assault on a Brownstone" is the original of "Counterfeit for Murder" (from Homicide Trinity). "Bitter End" began as a novel starring the detective Tecumseh Fox, Bad for Business. Fox was far overshadowed by Wolfe and Archie -- much more ordinary, without the brilliance of Wolfe or the wit of Archie. He faded rather quickly. "Frame-Up for Murder" expands "Murder Is No Joke," which appeared in Homicide Trinity. You understand why Stout undertook these rewrites. "Assault on a Brownstone" kills off the most interesting character early. "Counterfeit" keeps her alive and available for some entertaining scenes. In "Frame-Up," Flora Gallant changes from a middle-aged woman to a twenty-something, thus giving Archie another pretty girl to look over and think about. She supplies some amusing twists (obvious red herrings) in the plot.

The stories pass *my* test for a mystery -- the "process of deduction" for me takes a back seat to humor and atmosphere. They also pass my test for a book -- that you can reread it many times over the years. Nero Wolfe isn't a great detective because he can unravel the truth, although of course he often does that or sets in motion a chain of events that exposes the truth. He's a great detective because he's a memorable character, as are Archie, Lieutenant Kramer, Sgt. Purley Stebbins, Fritz Brenner (Wolfe's personal chef), Saul Panzer (the free-lance operative Archie would vote to elect President), and the rest of the regulars.
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My penchant for vintage mysteries recently prompted me to pick up this one. All three mysteries were most entertaining. And, I love the interaction between Nero Wolf and Archie Goodwin which adds so much to the reads. This novel included a most interesting introduction by John McAleer, Stout's official biographer, whose insights into the author's character and work were fascinating.

The first tale was "Bitter End" wherein Archie finds himself involved with a lovely young woman - again! Archie and Wolf find themselves inadvertently playing cupid for a young couple, solve the case and discover who killed Arthur Kingley. Yes, The murderer is an unexpected individual!

Second came "Frame-Up for Murder." A young woman asks for Wolf's help for her famous designer brother. In addition, a famous actress commits suicide. It is Wolf who connect the actress's death with an earlier murder and uncovers just how he and Archie were duped by the murderer.

Number three was "Assault on Brownstone." An elderly woman owner of a rooming house is murdered after she went to see Nero Wolf, run over by a car. Since the roomers are actors, Wolf and Archie must interview them to find a motive. The motive is the making and passing of counterfeit money and the Treasury Department is involved. The investigators must tread carefully to avoid breaking the law themselves.
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