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The Father Hunt (A Nero Wolfe Mystery Book 43) [Kindle Edition]

Rex Stout
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Hired to locate Amy Denovo's long-lost father, Nero Wolfe and his assistant, Archie Goodwin, discover that the missing man has a deadly and dangerous secret to hide.

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Hired to locate Amy Denovo's long-lost father, Nero Wolfe and his assistant, Archie Goodwin, discover that the missing man has a deadly and dangerous secret to hide. Reissue. NYT.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2609 KB
  • Print Length: 210 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0553762974
  • Publisher: Bantam (14 May 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003M68TIO
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #40,130 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars So so 26 Jan. 2013
By Graham R. Hill VINE VOICE
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
This is by no means a bad Wolfe, but is ultimately somewhat unsatisfying. It is cleverly enough plotted and the interpersonal dynamics are, as always, the best bit, but it doesn't come close to being plausible which rather lets it down.
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5.0 out of 5 stars There's no such thing as a bad Nero Wolfe book 21 Jun. 2003
By Robert Byrd - Published on
Format:Mass Market Paperback
The Father Hunt does not rate at the top of Rex Stout's plots, but certainly near the top for characterization. Wolfe and Archie have never been better. While some would think this is a companion piece to The Mother Hunt, it should be read only after reading Death of a Doxy, as there is a minor tie-in to that book. A young woman has never known her father, so hires Wolfe to discover his identity. What begins as a simple paternity case ends up being a hunt for a murderer. If you've never read a Nero Wolfe novel before, DON'T read this one--start with one of the earlier books. But if you are familiar with the residents of the brownstone on West 35th Street, a treat awaits.
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Intelligent Novel By Rex Stout 1 Mar. 2006
By Mark - Published on
It's hard not to become fascinated by these books, and this one has an attractive symmetry. The whole Manhattan world of offices and penthouses of the 1940s through the 1960s, and Wolfe and Archie's private domain in the brownstone, comprise a universe inside a universe. It is an imagined world more charming to me than Middle Earth or any such silliness. I love it and only regret there is not an infinite supply of Stout. (Yum). Wolfe is especially "cool" as in unemotional in this one. The police are especially bad--more interested in winning some competition than in serving justice. The scene in which the police penetrate the plant rooms and invade the office is truly upsetting. Stout knows what he is doing. The scene elicits a righteous anger. I am eager for the memory of the book and others of Stout's to fade so that I will have the pleasure of reading them again. By the way, I disagree with the reviewer who disliked the audio version. I listened to it as well, and I quite like the reader's approach. He is very serious and that's what I want. These books, unlike the painfully eye-winking, clownish, and embarrassing TV series that appeared on A and E, are not cute and should not be made so. (Perhaps I am misreading the reviewer's comment and this was not the direction he would like to have seen the reading go). The audio versions are read intelligently and are deliberately dry in their humor. I much prefer that myself.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Paternity test 5 Nov. 2008
By Jeanne Tassotto - Published on
The swinging sixties may be happening outside but life in the genteel world of Nero Wolfe has not changed.

Lily Rowan, Archie's longtime girlfriend has a new research assistant, a lovely young woman who has a problem. She has no idea who her father is, nor even the true name of her late mother. When she first approaches Archie and Wolfe about the problem they deem it insolvable but shortly after a very large clue arrives - over $200,000 in cash that had been left to her by her mother with a note stating that it had been sent, $1000 a month at a time, by her father. Armed with this lead, and a large retainer, Wolfe sends out Archie to locate the long missing father. Along the way they manage to step on more than a few toes and uncover a murder as well.

The Nero Wolfe series combines elements of both the cozy and straight detective genres. As is common in the cozy genre, these stories have recurring well developed secondary characters who often appear in both main and subplots. There is also an overall lighthearted element in the ongoing banter between Archie and Wolfe. The detective story aspect though is much more pronounced than is the norm for a cozy. The mysteries are complex and challenging enough to keep the reader fully engaged, without relying on the cozy aspect to carry the story. The cozy aspect is not overwhelming, but an accent to the stories.

Fans of this long running series will not want to miss another chance to visit the brownstone and match wits with Wolfe. Those who are new to the series could easily begin with this one, but beware Nero Wolfe novels are a bit like peanuts - you probably won't be able to stop with just one.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Kinder, Gentler Wolfe 11 Aug. 2012
By Commenter77 - Published on
This is one of those cases that comes down to really needing a good break or it's headed for the unsolved case heap. However, with the whole crew following every line and then following up on the same, Wolfe and company finally get that break that enables them to connect up the dots. Of course, the lines and dots were there for Cramer and company to do the same, but, as per usual, the police fail to adequately see or interpret. It's the intuitive edge coming from the brownstone that makes the difference in this veiled and layered labyrinth. Of course, after all of that, when Wolfe and Archie provide evidence to Cramer, he accuses them of having it all along and holding out more. Go figure. It's a frustrating cycle. (Holmes reflected that frustration on one occasion, commenting that, after all, he wasn't "retained by the police to supply their deficiencies.")

I found the interplay between the principals very satisfying in this one. Wolfe showed more consideration and sensitivity than customary, asking Archie for his take on whether or not the client would prefer to know the identity of her father, given that he turns out to be the pits. His solicitude toward the well-being of the elderly curmudgeon in his office was appreciable. He is more considerate of Archie. And, there are others. The man can be quite impossible in his tunnel visioned self-centeredness. But, he even bore patiently with the most invasive Cramer reaction ever. There were long discussions and collusion between him and Archie, which were both interesting and gratifying. This one may be different from some others, but has its own interest and merits.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Mamas and the Papas 10 Aug. 2005
By John P Bernat - Published on
Format:Audio Cassette
Here, we join in the search for a father - just as we'd joined in a mother hunt some many years before.

There are some wonderful narrative devices used here, and Archie is better than ever. It's one of the best!
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