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The author of the book: Rex Stout
Language: English
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 9.56 MB
Edition: Bantam Books
Date of issue: February 1st 1995
ISBN: 0553243756
ISBN 13: 9780553243758

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You heard the beginning of this story often enough: a wealthy plain looking woman married a handsome younger guy (would "bought him" be a better term?) The only two things the latter has are exactly the ones I already mentioned: youth and good looks; the money comes from his wife. At one point he increased his demands for money; the wife refused him and - to her complete surprise - he continued his lavish lifestyle without visible means of supporting it.

Nero Wolfe avoids divorce cases like a plague, but this time it was only figuring out the source of the guy's income, so the detective decided to take a case; his bank account (poor state of it that is) helped with the decision. The problem comes when it turned out his investigation would make a very powerful person slightly inconvenienced. Such people think nothing about killing anything that stands in their way, like Nero Wolfe and Archie Goodwin in this case.

This is a very unusual Nero Wolfe novel as the latter has to break his routine of the previous sixteen books completely. I really cannot say anything at all to avoid spoilers, but the first time I read it I was in for a big surprise. My standard disclaimer applies here as well: do not read the book's blurb as it will spoil quite a lot. Let me just say Archie Goodwin has to work on his own here and he shows himself a very competent detective, even if not quite on the level of Nero Wolfe's genius.

5 stars for highly entertaining value is the final rating.

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Ebook In the Best Families read Online! Rex Todhunter Stout (December 1, 1886 – October 27, 1975) was an American crime writer, best known as the creator of the larger-than-life fictional detective Nero Wolfe, described by reviewer Will Cuppy as "that Falstaff of detectives." Wolfe's assistant Archie Goodwin recorded the cases of the detective genius from 1934 (Fer-de-Lance) to 1975 (A Family Affair).

The Nero Wolfe corpus was nominated Best Mystery Series of the Century at Bouchercon 2000, the world's largest mystery convention, and Rex Stout was nominated Best Mystery Writer of the Century.

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