Might As Well Be Dead (Nero Wolfe Mysteries)

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I'm glad I hadn't because it was a wonderful treat to be able to read a new to me Nero Wolfe novel after so many years.

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The treat was made even better by the fact that this one is better than Rex Stout's excellent average. Featuring a depraved murderer and, at the beginning, a mystery with no clues, Wolfe is hard pressed to even find an opening to begin to unravel this mystery. Jun 21, Alexis Neal rated it really liked it Shelves: mystery , audio. James R.

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Harold is looking for his long-lost son. The Missing Persons Bureau thinks it's a hopeless case, but that doesn't stop them from referring Harold to Wolfe mostly so they can watch Wolfe stub his toe on it. And it certainly seems like a fairly impossible task. Paul Harold is a veritable needle in the haystack that is New York City. But as it turns out, finding him is easy. Overturning his recent conviction for first-degree murder, on the other hand-- that will be a challenge. But Wolfe James R. But Wolfe is determined to do just that. Convinced that Paul now known as Peter was framed, Wolfe sets out to find the real murderer.

Meanwhile, every time Wolfe unearths a hint, he runs headlong into yet another murder--and one of Wolfe's own employees winds up a victim! Don't worry, it's not Saul. Or Fred. But who is the real killer? And will Wolfe find him before he commits yet another murder? Another fun Nero Wolfe mystery. However, we also meet the deceased's flighty secretary Delia Brandt, as well as his friends Rita Arkoff a knockout, but, Archie laments, an order-giver and Fanny Irwin a one-way-hand-holdee. The story is decent enough, but as with the best Wolfe stories, it's the character interactions that really sell it.

Archie's clear attraction to and respect for Mrs. And it's certainly new for Wolfe to investigate a murder after the District Attorney has obtained a conviction.

All in all, it's a great way to kill a few hours. This books starts with a request to find a missing son who had been falsely accused by his father of stealing from his company. The investigation leads to a murder trial where the defendant has just been convicted. It seems for a while that Nero Wolfe would not be able to solve the intricacies of the case, but never underestimate the cunning and genius of Wolfe.

In this book, Archie seems to be highly critical of marriage and he gives his scathing critique of every marriage he sees. When a young This books starts with a request to find a missing son who had been falsely accused by his father of stealing from his company. When a young woman asks him why he "was down on marriage," he said he wasn't down on marriage, but he had a problem with the way people handled it. He gives her the examples from this case where one wife was an "order-giver" and one husband insisted on holding his wife's hand, even when she didn't want it held.

He then says he hopes the examples he gave the woman will keep her "from developing into an order-giver or a one-way hand-holder, but leave it to her, she'll find some kind of monkey wrench to toss into the machinery, and if she doesn't her husband will. Dec 21, Stephen Osborne rated it really liked it.

His employer does as well, although in a totally different way. When a lawyer suggests there should be a written agreement, Wolfe says,"There won't be. I take the risk of failure; you'll have to take the risk of my depravity. I've learned meanings to words I never would have known had that orchid "When a hippopotamus is peeved, it's a lot of peeve. I've learned meanings to words I never would have known had that orchid fancier not used them. This time around, the mystery involves a missing person and a man who has already been convicted of murder Lots of corpses litter the pages before Wolfe finally brings together all the suspects and points his finger at the true killer.

Jun 14, Jill Hutchinson rated it it was amazing Shelves: mystery-police-procedural. Another goodie from the master of detective fiction, Rex Stout. In this book, Wolfe and Archie take on a missing persons case which has a bit of a twist which I won't reveal here.

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Additionally, a continuing character who only appeared periodically is murdered. Being a Nero Wolfe fanatic, I am extremely biased but if you haven't read this series you are missing something and the interaction between Wolfe and Archie is priceless. To some degree, you can't improve on the classics. These stories just work.

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This one, in particular, with very little updating could be set in , not Wolfe and Archie really stumble into the murders in this story There's a pretty big conicidence you have to swallow at the beginning of the story, but otherwise, Stout, as usual, plays pretty fair. The details, though, are well thought out, and you feel like Wolfe is bringing his "A game" ever To some degree, you can't improve on the classics.

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The details, though, are well thought out, and you feel like Wolfe is bringing his "A game" every time he takes a case. Mar 10, Michael rated it really liked it Shelves: detective , audio , s. It's been a long time since I read a Nero Wolfe, and perhaps absence made the heart grow fonder, or perhaps this is just one of the better ones.

It follows the formula to the letter, but has some its spring in its step and delivers what it offers, a diverting piece of pulp detective fiction. Dec 19, Steven Meyers rated it it was amazing. Mar 01, Jack Heath rated it really liked it Shelves: other-mpl-cd , other-following , category-mystery.

An old-fashioned "who-done-it. Set in the mid s. Eleven years earlier, PH as a young man was falsely accused by his father of stealing from the family hardware company in Nebraska and he fled to New York. He was later cleared and the father has hired Nero Wolfe to find him. Wolfe and Archie Goodwin soon realize he is siting in jail waiting to be sentenced for murder under a different n 4 Stars. Wolfe and Archie Goodwin soon realize he is siting in jail waiting to be sentenced for murder under a different name.

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It comes with the usual inept police officers, a multitude of Wolfe-ian idiosyncrasies, numerous Archie-ian irreverent comments about his employer, and a little romance. Watch for Rex Stout making a play on words with "de-camp. February Aug 06, Michael Brown rated it liked it Shelves: series-reading. Wolfe undertakes a missing person case. Not that he needs the work but he does not like the client so takes it on for the challenge and the cash.

Almost at once the missing person is linked to a murder trial in progress.

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And we now have a bigger challenge. All info in the papers convinces Wolfe that the man found guilty was framed and he is the missing person. After a string of deaths the police are finally convinced they got it wrong and with the usual confrontation of suspects and interested p Wolfe undertakes a missing person case. After a string of deaths the police are finally convinced they got it wrong and with the usual confrontation of suspects and interested parties in Wolfe's office we uncover the criminal. This one was so far the easiest for me to follow as there were fewer suspects as the death toll piled up.

One of the best parts of Stouts plotting is that we are almost never sure until the end 'who done it'. But at times the clues are front and center and we can narrow things down quickly up to the final solution.

Feb 08, Lisa Kucharski rated it liked it. Wolfe takes on a missing person who is found, and has also been convicted of murder. Taking the task to uncover a wrongful conviction as well as reuniting son to family.