Books by Rex Stout

JUSTICE ENDS AT HOME AND OTHER STORIES by Rex Stout
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: May 1, 1977

Proof positive that overnight literary sensations—like the launching of the Nero Wolfe blimp in the Thirties—don't really happen overnight, these fourteen magazine stories and two novellas give us Rex Stout twenty years before West 35th Street, already narrating in that conversational, confidential tone and already having his endearing smart alecks (like "a gazebo named Henderson") speak "nothing but United States." Some of the Stout preoccupations—money, con-women, blackmail, pompous lawyers, American ingenuity—are here too, along with some surprises: a glimpse of a future world (1970!) ruled by a schoolmarmy International Peace Congress ("Rules 207, 216, and 349. . . No contradictions, no personalities, and no loud talking") and a study of obsession that prefigures the serious, non-Nero How Like a God. One of the novellas, "Warner & Wife," foreshadows the spouse-lawyers of Hollywood's Adam's Rib and should not be read by feminists with heart conditions, while the other—the title tale—supplies the one real murder mystery and the only substantial hint of the Nero-Archie team ahead. All such hints (and a schmear of allegedly autobiographical allusions) are tagged and grouped in the long introduction by John McCaler, whose forthcoming Stout biography—if we can judge by the writing here—should be authoritative, comprehensive, academic, and humorless. And it's tough to be humorless about a writer who ends a Berkshire Mountains quasi-romance with '"I don't mind it a bit [that] you're not an earl, dear,' she said tenderly. 'You're stupid enough to be one.' Read full book review >
A FAMILY AFFAIR by Rex Stout
Released: Sept. 8, 1975

Every so often Stout thins the ranks of the Wolfe entourage—a while back he bumped off one of the stable of free-lance operatives, leaving only Saul, Fred and Orrie. Another gets pruned in the course of the latest Rusterman's Restaurant murder investigation, after a faintly mechanical sequence of leads including Watergate, Women's Lib and a horny widow. Not one of Stout's zippiest, but the old pro still has a lot of polish. Read full book review >
THE NERO WOLFE COOKBOOK by Rex Stout
NON-FICTION
Released: Aug. 8, 1973

For many years Nero Wolfe, that stylish stout creation, has been royally served comestibles which demand a certain degree of dedication as well as artistry, from sweetbreads in Bechamel sauce to marrow dumplings to many variant versions of shad roe and duck and kidneys. There are simpler dishes, of course — eggs which should never be fried any more than potatoes, muffins and hot breads, even the lowborn scrapple. Although you might flinch at squirrels and starlings. Most of the recipes have their provenance in the novels, courtesy of one Fritz Brenner. They all entail gourmandise and expertise carried to the nth calorie. Read full book review >
THE FATHER HUNT by Rex Stout
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: May 28, 1968

Young Amy Denovo, whose mother was, killed in a recent, possibly not so accidental, hit-and-run, hires the great Nero to find out who her father is And in the process to discover, perhaps, the name of the mysterious benefactor who has been depositing checks to her account—a sum which now amounts to about $264,000. The $264,000 question is part and parcel of a plot that throws a few curves but doesn't really put his most excellent Wolfe to the test. Still, the Stout-hearted won't fuss. Read full book review >
DEATH OF A DOXY by Rex Stout
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Aug. 19, 1966

Orrie Cather, a private eye who had occasionally worked for Nero Wolfe, finds himself in jail for the murder of young Isabel Kerr who was obviously being kept and who was equally noticeably pregnant. Archie as legman must cope with Isabel's sister and brother-in-law who don't want Isabel scandalized in the paper, her rich benefactor who doesn't need publicity, her girlfriend—a nightclub singer in the know, and prime suspect Orrie. Wolfe uses math and memory to solve this one. Not his best but good enough for the Stout-hearted. Read full book review >
THE DOORBELL RANG by Rex Stout
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 8, 1965

Woweee! What a challenge: What a villain! What a book! A $100,000 retainer persuades Nero Wolfe to take on the most elusive opponent of his career—none other than the untouchables of the F.B.I. His sweet little old public-spirited rich lady client has sent ten thousand copies of FBI NOBODY KNOWS (kind of a Naked Society's G-string) to people in high places and now finds herself the victim of a Big-Brother type persecution. Wolfe is hired to stop it. But the FBEye is everywhere so how? We'll never tell. So read it. Read full book review >
ROYAL FLUSH by Rex Stout
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: July 1, 1965

This winning hand includes Rex Stout's first mystery novel, Fer-de-Lance, Murder by the Book, and three novelettes— The Next Witness; When a Man Murders; and Die Like a Dog, quite a collation at this price. Read full book review >
A RIGHT TO DIE by Rex Stout
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 22, 1964

The present mystery is directly linked to one of 25 years ago, Too Many Cooks, by the person of Paul Whipple, the young Negro who had helped solve it. Whipple, now a middle-aged professor of anthropology, comes to Nero Wolfe seeking help for himself. His thoroughly topical problem involves his son, an active worker in the civil rights movement, who has become engaged to a white girl. Her murder leads to Archie's active involvement and a second murder brings on a really surprise ending presided over by the nimitable Wolfe. Today's headlines, stoutly, adroitly handled. Read full book review >
TRIO FOR BLUNT INSTRUMENTS by Rex Stout
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: April 24, 1964

Those three novelettes feature the stationary detective Nero Wolfe and his leg man, Archie Goodwin. Kill Now, Pay Later shows Nero at his cantankerous, ontemptuous best solving the death of a business executive who may or may not have been pushed by the bootblack's beautiful daughter. In Murder Is Corny, so is the story, but it has an excellent recipe for roasting ears of corn. In Blood Will Tell analysis of the evidence saves the husband of a murdered woman who had given him good reason to have wished her dead. Read full book review >
THE MOTHER HUNT by Rex Stout
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: July 18, 1963

Skillful plotting and a somewhat unusual idea make this basically a good Rex Stout. Archie emerges as something of a fourflusher, again using his sexual magnetism to get his results. And Nero Wolfe is forced to bestir himself to cope with a delayed result, quite different from his usual speedy operation, in linking the mother, whose baby was laid on a client's doorstep, and a murderer. Dependable. Read full book review >
GAMBIT by Rex Stout
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 15, 1962

Chess fan — or not — this pinpoints the epitome of Nero Wolfe's operative techniques, more than adequately described by Archie Goodwin (who gets fired to change the tune). To get a client, charged with- and almost admitting to — murder, out of jail, Wolfe checkmates all those involved in a one-man-against-12 chess match, sits tight on another killing, and really corners the police. Tidy. Read full book review >
HOMICIDE TRINITY by Rex Stout
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: April 26, 1962

Three novelettes from magazine appearances display — yet again- Nero Wolfe's many talents and Archie Goodwin's capable, if critical, support. Eeny Meeny Murder Me involves a whole law firm in the death of a woman's husband. Death of a Demon links the killing of a nasty character with a previous demise. Counterfeit for Murder centers around theatrical people and phoney money. Nimble mental exercises. Read full book review >
THE FINAL DEDUCTION by Rex Stout
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Nov. 13, 1961

Nero Wolfe, as pettish as Archie Goodwin is truculent, works for a tenable answer when Mrs. Vail hires him in the matter of her husband's kidnaping. The ransom paid, Mr. Vail is returned but Mrs. Vail's secretary is murdered and then Mr. Vail is killed. A run through of family, the possibility of fraud, the irritation of the police, put Wolfe on the beam for a tight closing of the case. Well mapped. Read full book review >
FIVE OF A KIND by Rex Stout
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: July 10, 1961

Brought together as another omnibus volume are three previously published Nero Wolfe titles: The Rubber Band (1936), In The Best Families (1950) and Three Doors To Death (a threesome — Man Alive, Omit Flowers, Door To Death) (1950). A good catcher-upper. Read full book review >
TOO MANY CLIENTS by Rex Stout
Released: Oct. 28, 1960

Another Nero Wolfe brain workout, with Archie Goodwin providing the leg work. They are set a multiple problem when a succession of clients — all related to the same case- come to them for help. A rich executive's love nest- the women who had keys to it- and a conflict of interest in those women provided plenty of red her-rings (and considerable doubt as to who would pay the piper) before Wolfe sorted them out and came up with the answer. The sex side- while it remains on paper and in Archie's mind- may lure some readers and prove distasteful to others. Read full book review >
PLOT IT YOURSELF by Rex Stout
Released: Oct. 30, 1959

An ingenious story- as successive charges of plagiarism are brought against writers and publishing houses- and confirmatory evidence presented which seems to make it something more than blackmail. Nero Wolfe and his legman, Archie, are no sooner brought in on the case than murder succeeds murder and the usual collision occurs between Wolfe and Cramer and his cohorts. The very multiplicity of charge and counter-charge makes for a certain amount of confusion at the start, but the unexpected setbacks Wolfe encounters and the unusual resolution of the mystery strike a new note by an old hand. Read full book review >
CHAMPAGNE FOR ONE by Rex Stout
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Nov. 24, 1958

Nero Wolfe and Archie and the dependable threesome do it again- this time with a murder that couldn't have happened, and evidence that couldn't be proved. For one of four "unmarried mothers" had died in sight of everyone, including Archie- and the evidence pointed to suicide- except for one thing. Archie wins his medals, this time- but he certainly puts the acid test of friendship up to his chief. There's a tie in with a jewel robbery case which makes some of the figures two timers. Read full book review >
Released: Jan. 1, 1958

A foursome of that twosome uses Christmas Party, Easter Parade and Fourth of July Picnic as backgrounds for Wolfe and Archie to work in; Murder Is No Joke is involved with high fashion. There are two poisonings, a murder by a concealed weapon in a camera and a double killing, to keep Wolfe busy examining, rejecting and exploding to prove he cannot be made a fool of. Plenty temperament and turnabouts. Read full book review >
IF DEATH EVER SLEPT by Rex Stout
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 25, 1957

A spat between Wolfe and Goodwin sends Archie to Otis Jarrell's household as secretary to get evidence that will have Jarrell's daughter-in-law thrown out. The whole Jarrell set-up is full of possibilities as to the leak in his big deals; the murder of the ex-secretary followed by that of Jarrell's competitor spurs Wolfe into browbeating all of them for his own self respect. Assumptions to assurances smartly. Read full book review >
MIGHT AS WELL BE DEAD by Rex Stout
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 26, 1956

The missing person that Nero Wolfe contracts to find turns out to be in prison for murder so His Obesity is forced to undo a conviction before he can claim his fee. Backtracking where the police have not, Wolfe's able crew untangle the dead man's connections, set off three more killings and present him with enough facts that sting to pounce on the real killer. All the tricks in the trade. Read full book review >
EAT, DRINK, AND BE BURIED by Rex Stout
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 18, 1956

Twenty tales of dark deeds, from members of the Mystery Writers of America, offer a menu that almost courses from soup to nuts. From cavemen and cannibalism to gourmet's delicacy, from restaurants to hearthside homicide, each story has a "shirttail" in which the author explains the strength and weakness of his piece. From David Alexander to Lawrence Treat, this is a collation, crime-fashioned for the connoisseur. Read full book review >
THREE WITNESSES by Rex Stout
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: May 3, 1956

Again a trio from that duo, Nero Wolfe and Archie Goodwin, puts Inspector Cramer and the NYC Police out of the running and adds kudos and cash for the fat man's fame. The Next Witness combines a phone answering service and blackmail for murder; When A Man Murders tackles inheritance with a man twice dead; Die Like A Dog provides Archie with a new pet and hinges on raincoats. Full of contrariety. Read full book review >
BEFORE MIDNIGHT by Rex Stout
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 27, 1955

Nero Wolfe again and his faithful Archie are confronted with a ticklish Job in solving the problem of the disappearance of a wallet which contained the answers to a nationwide contest, now reduced to the final contestants. That the man who was carrying the wallet had been murdered was not Wolfe's concern: Just how he faces failure — and brings off success with a flourish leaves the reader still questioning. Slick — and not quite fair. Read full book review >
THE BLACK MOUNTAIN by Rex Stout
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 14, 1954

The big news about Mr. Stout's big boy, Nero Wolfe, is that he not only gets out of the house to the morgue (for his first visit) but travels to Montenegro and that isn't all — he even plays hide and seek with villainous characters in the mountains! All on account of his oldest friend, restauranteur Marko Vukcic, a boyhood friend from Montenegro, has been murdered. Wolfe following an international line is something to sit up about —and Goodwin does. Surprise, surprise! Read full book review >
THREE MEN OUT by Rex Stout
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 15, 1954

Another packaged threesome — Invitation To Murder: The Zero Clue: This Won't Kill You — brings that rude rotundity, Nero Wolfe, and his capable legman, Archie Goodwin, into cases which involve the murders of three men. A disputed will is the cause of a client's death with Wolfe moving into action to win a bluff: a probability wizard leaves a cryptic clue when he is killed and Wolfe works out the crime it indicates to work over the criminal; four ball players are drugged and the Series in danger but Wolfe's fast brain waves take care of that — and a murder. A comfortable patterning but persuasive. Read full book review >
THE GOLDEN SPIDERS by Rex Stout
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 26, 1953

That open (but often shut) private eye, Nero Wolfe ignores police assumptions when he links three unrelated deaths and, with his meager force against N.Y.'s finest, ties in extortion with the murders. Inspector Cramer is redder-faced; Archie Goodwin lands in a rough mix-up; Wolfe expounds on the science and art of detection and his grumbles and snooperies prove out. Calculating. Read full book review >
TRIPLE JEOPARDY by Rex Stout
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: March 21, 1952

Another trio of Nero Wolfe's intra-mural exploits prove his ability to assume on evidence given. Home to Roost takes care of Communist threats and a conniving killer; The Cop Killer makes certain that a DP couple, illegal entries, will not be tossed to the police; The Squirt And The Monkey uses Archie's gun as the murder weapon and a comic strip as a clue. The ponderous pundit pulling no punches exercises the brain blithely. Read full book review >
MURDER BY THE BOOK by Rex Stout
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 12, 1951

A full-length Nero Wolfe takes "Fatty" through the book publishing business, a legal firm's professional and personnel problems, and Archie's Way with the Dames. Three apparently unrelated killings are tied in with a pseudonymous author of an unpublished book and Wolfe's potency of knowledge, used as needed, brings the killer, after one more death dealing, to proper punishment. Sitzlust with a sizzle. Read full book review >
CURTAINS FOR THREE by Rex Stout
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Feb. 23, 1951

The capsule three-some treatment for Nero Wolfe's didactic bloodhounding, this concentrates on female lead-ins to murder. Disguise For Murder takes care of a killing when Wolfe's orchids are on view: Bullet For One is dependent on horsemanship: Gun With Wings deals in opera stars and a levitating gun. Wolfe's fight against police stupidity and his insistence on his terms or none, make this sharp and capable test and proof reading. Read full book review >
IN THE BEST FAMILIES by Rex Stout
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Sept. 29, 1950

Quite a few surprises here for Nero Wolfe's followers, for they will find not only that Nero gives up in his battle against Mr. Zeck, but that he vanishes, even from Archie, moves his orchids and puts his house on the market; All because a Mrs. Rackham asks the mastermind to find out where her husband's money is coming from and the omniscient Zeck warns him off the case; Nero Wolfe finds a slim chance — and licks Zeck to the death. Archie as a private detective, on his own, Wolfe in disguise — this is no disappointment. Read full book review >
THE SECOND CONFESSION by Rex Stout
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Sept. 6, 1949

The ponderous pundit and pluperfectly plump prima donna of crime detection at it again. Nero Wolfe and sharp tongued Archie head into Communism to satisfy a wealthy client's desire to protect his daughter, head-on into murder, the wrecking of Wolfe's greenhouse and further threats from the omniscient Mr. Zeck. Wolfe assembles and reassembles his facts — and figures — and stages a stratagem — with the help of the heads of the Party- to extract the truth. As before — showmanship and saleability. Read full book review >
THREE DOORS TO DEATH by Rex Stout
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: April 21, 1949

The West 35th Street wonderman up and at three long shorts. Man Alive brings two suicides to life to solve the eventual murder of one of them and is concerned with the dress designing world: Omit Flowers proves the innocence of a once famous chef charged with murder: Door To Death has Nero Wolfe sitting tight until he demonstrates that his new gardener could not have killed a nurse. The bright-eyed brigand as before. Read full book review >
AND BE A VILLAIN by Rex Stout
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Sept. 27, 1948

The mountainous maestro, Nero Wolfe, spurred by the income tax, sells assorted clients the idea of his solving a murder six days old — that of a horse racing tipster poisoned after taking a soft drink on a radio program advertising the drink. Overhauling his suspects, Wolfe backtracks on the interrelated lives of those connected with the program, trades with Inspector Cramer to get the New York police to do the detail work, runs Archie Goodwin ragged, inspects radio advertising ethics, is unable to prevent two more killings. He unties a complicated blackmail setup, pulls an answer out of thin air and makes it stick. Fat man ferreting de luxe. Read full book review >
TROUBLE IN TRIPLICATE by Rex Stout
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 11, 1948

Three crisp long shorts in which the gentleman of the progressing perimeter sets Inspector Cramer down hard — and his clients no more gently. With the needling and grumpy assistance of Archie there is a shooting windup for a double killing; the necessity of a double for Wolfe to bring a killer into the open, and the motives behind a trick cigar which has lethal results. Three in one to make time fly. Read full book review >
TOO MANY WOMEN by Rex Stout
Released: June 15, 1947

Master of obreption, Nero Wolfe tackles murder in high executive circles, with Archie, his roving reporter, disguised as a personnel expert, surrounded by varieties of desirable females. To find out if an accident is murder, the personalities, conflicts and activities of an engineers' equipment and supply company are turned inside out, and Wolfe's directives bring results after a second killing. Bright befuddlement. Read full book review >
THE SILENT SPEAKER by Rex Stout
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 11, 1946

Nero Wolfe returning after some six years, with as spectacular and gaudy flim-flams, obnoxious behavior as pre-war. Directing the high strategy involved in the murder of Cheney Boone, head of the Bureau of Price Regulation, he controls public opinion in his handling of the case as he lets the National Industrial Association stew while he works out the solution. A second killing, the disappearance of Boone's last dictated message, and Wolfe, with the omnipresent Archie, and Cranmer (who has been kicked downstairs) is ready to pounce. Current topics and trends are a part of this wily Wolfe yarn. Read full book review >
NOT QUITE DEAD ENOUGH by Rex Stout
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Sept. 7, 1944

Double trouble for Nero Wolfe when Archie Goodwin frames himself with a murder in order to break down Nero's decision to become a soldier. Archie's arrest brings Nero back to his desk, his flowers, his foods, and leads to his acceptance of a job for Army Intelligence solving the murders of two officers. Adept tale. Read full book review >
BLACK ORCHIDS by Rex Stout
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: May 21, 1942

Black Orchids and Cordially Invited To Meet Death provide two mysteries unpredictably broken by Archie Goodwin's pet annoyance of a boss, Nero Wolfe. The first tells how Nero got the rare plants when a murder occurred at the flower show, the second how he used the flowers in an anonymous letter case leading to murder. Entertaining. Read full book review >
WHERE THERE'S A WILL by Rex Stout
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 6, 1940

Nero Wolfe, hamstrung by finances, takes on a will-smashing case which develops into a double murder, landing three sisters in a scandalspot. Wolfe beats down all reservations on the part of his clients and builds up an airtight case against one of the suspects to force an accusation of the real criminal. Velvet. Read full book review >
THE BROKEN VASE by Rex Stout
Released: Jan. 23, 1940

Tecumseh Fox, doubly hired when a suicide and a sabotaged violin lead to murder and worse. He tooth and nails into his clue of the stolen vase, has troubles with the suspects and the police, but finally ties the crimes tight on to his criminal. A bit on the blustery side. We prefer his Nero Wolfe. Read full book review >
DOUBLE FOR DEATH by Rex Stout
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 3, 1939

Few of the usual blind alleys in Tecumseh Fox' handling of the case of a murdered philanthropist, to clear a friend. Another killing, with Fox fighting back speedily and effectively. Good rapid fire entertainment. Read full book review >
THE MOUNTAIN CAT MURDERS by Rex Stout
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: July 27, 1939

Not a Nero Wolfe yarn, but tale of murders in Wyoming involving two girls, lawyers, family scandal, political manoeuvres and a divorcee out for no good. Good pace, romance of one girl, but sprawly police investigation. Medium. Read full book review >
OVER MY DEAD BODY by Rex Stout
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Jan. 9, 1939

This isn't quite up to par, for this time Nero Wolfe's perceptions are a bit dimmed by the rearing up of a ghost in the family cupboard. But Balkan spy rings, thievery, murder and pretty good melodrama play ducks and drakes with his program of beer and orchids. And Nero Wolfe is always good entertainment. Read full book review >
MR. CINDERELLA by Rex Stout
Released: Dec. 1, 1938

This has the "feel" of a story written to order for the pictures — sentiment plus. Even the gesture towards an occasional aura of the hard-boiled school fails to ring true. But it is good enough tripe — a story of a youngish scientist, who has chanced upon a formula for the perfect foundation for lip stick and cold cream, and who cares not a whit about making his fortune thereby, but prefers to stick to his laboratory and give the formula away. But good friends interfere and in spite of himself he becomes richer and richer for he seems to possess a Midas touch. There are two women in his life — one the little secretary in his office, who risks legal complications to keep him out of trouble, and the other a glamorous female who is more interested in his riches than himself. Well done, but unimportant. Read full book review >
TOO MANY COOKS by Rex Stout
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Aug. 18, 1938

Wolfe and Archie in good form in an original and very entertaining story. Nero Wolfe is persuaded out of his New York home by a meeting of fifteen master chefs in a West Virginia resort, and is on the scene when the jealousies and friendships among the world's famous chefs provide the setting for a murder. Gourmet gossip, which is fun reading (and for those seriously interested sustained by a supplement of recipes). Read full book review >
SOME BURIED CAESAR by Rex Stout
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Feb. 2, 1938

Let us start with the premise that Nero Wolfe stories are tops. Then let us recognize the fact that some are better than others. This is one of the not so good — a few loose ends, a few unconvincing bits almost offset the fact that it is a unique set-up (the threatened barbecue of a prize bull, country fair, etc. Yet it is fun. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 16, 1937

Dol Bonner, female detective, professional, works on her first murder case and comes out with flying colors. Two deaders, strangling of animals, psychological clues. Setting, Connecticut estate near Bridgeport, and the lady in question ungallantly treated by local police. Better than most women investigators. Read full book review >
THE RED BOX by Rex Stout
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: April 15, 1937

Nero Wolfe featured in the solution of three poison deaths, when for once he is forced to leave his home, his beer and his orchids, and is retained by three different people to find the killer. Usual fast pace and hardboiled attitude — good entertainment. Read full book review >
O CARELESS LOVE! by Rex Stout
Released: Nov. 1, 1935

A swift paced, entertaining bit of trash — if one can be so contradictory in terms. Four Kansas teachers come to New York for summer school — and the fatal charms of one of them involve all of them in a complicated career of warding off unwanted proposals — which eventually come up against the stone wall — for the moment — of the girl herself getting a turn down. Entirely outside the provinces Rex Stout has hitherto investigated. No perversions this time (page his earlier novels) — nor yet mysteries (page Nero Wolfe). Rental library. Read full book review >
THE LEAGUE OF FRIGHTENED MEN by Rex Stout
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Aug. 14, 1935

A better book than For de Lance. Another Nero Wolfo story, in which he successfully solves murder mysteries, frees a group of Harvard graduates from fear, and constantly irritates his assistant. Good yarn. Read full book review >
FER-DE-LANCE by Rex Stout
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 15, 1934

A Nero Wolfe mystery in which the huge sybarite sits behind his desk and plays his hunches in a disappearance case, a golf course murder, and produces incontrovertible evidence in the mysterious golf club and snake poison. Read full book review >
FOREST FIRE by Rex Stout
Released: April 13, 1933

A puzzler, Rex Stout. The man can write, that is sure. But he seems unable to keep away from a morbid twist, an introduction of a pathological phase, no matter how inappropriate. Can you imagine anyones making perversion, even a trend of imagination, convincing in the person of a robust fire patrol chief, in regard to one of his young workers. Well, it isn't convincing. But aside from that, it is a good story, not so good as HOW LIKE A GOD, nor so poor as SEED ON THE WIND. And the background of the wooded section where forest fires may sweep the mountains bare is an interesting setting. Not an easy book to sell. Read full book review >