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  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam (1 April 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0553763091
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553763096
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 1.3 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 956,827 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 3 Aug. 1999
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The third Wolfe, in similar melodramatic vein to The Red Box. Adventure story riddled with improbable coincidences. Check out Some Buried Caesar to see how much better the characters were just a couple of years later.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
No. 2 23 Dec. 1998
By A Customer - Published on
Format: Hardcover
An early Wolfe, very strong plot and fun read. If not quite up to the next 10 or so efforts it is smoother than Fer-de-Lance and Stout begins to humanize Wolfe's character. I think Inspector Cramer makes his first appearance,too.
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Nero Wolfe is always a good read 10 Sept. 2004
By darci lane - Published on
Format: Paperback
This is one of his first. I've read them all, several times each. Even tho this is not his best, Rex Stout still writes far better than most writers today. His books are very funny and the plots entertaining. Closest I've come to finding his successor is Deadly Diamonds, by Pamela Troutman.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Great Nero Wolfe - He solves two mysteries at once and never leaves his office! 11 April 2011
By Sarah Rogers - Published on
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Clara Fox is at the center of two mysteries: 1) one of her employers accuses her of stealing $30,000 of company monies and 2) she asks Wolfe to help find an associate of her deceased father and recover monies promised when he was a member of the Rubber Band.

The Rubber Band was a group of 6 men who, 40 years previously, helped an Englishman escape the law in Silver City, NV in return for possible rewards if he inherited a part of his family's wealth in the future. Time has passed. Clara has found two survivors of the band and the daughter of another. Together, the four have located the Englishman who is now a peer and extremely wealthy. They ask Wolfe to help them prevail upon the Englishman to fulfill his promise.

Before long, two men are murdered and the lives of two women, including Clara, are threatened. The two cases appear related and people are not what they seem.

This is an early Nero Wolfe, but it has all the classic ingredients. Wolfe stays in his office/home and directs Archie, his assistant, and a group of hourly wage PI's. He never misses a meal or his two daily sessions with his prize-winning orchids in the greenhouse on the roof. The police and district attorney come to his office to threaten and cajole. But Wolfe sits and thinks and solves the cases.

This is a great mystery (as are all Nero Wolfe mysteries). It is well constructed--events are carefully interwoven and characters are unique. It relies on interrogation, deduction, and intellectual prowess not DNA, forensic evidence and violence. You can follow along and see if you can find the killer.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
A Woman's View 25 Oct. 2011
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In this, the third book in the Nero Wolfe series, we are introduced to Clara Fox, who is hiding from the police, and we get to see the Wolfe household through a woman's eyes. She loves the food, the cleanliness, the routine, and declares that she will marry Nero and find a woman for Archie, too. We are also introduced to Lieutenant Rowcliff of the NYPD. By this time, the characters are developed into who they will be throughout the series. Wolfe throws darts for "exercise." Archie looks in on Wolfe and finds the fat man's lips moving silently -- a sure sign that Wolfe is thinking hard, so Archie doesn't disturb him. Full of wit, humanity, and intelligence.
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Entertainment round-trip, Denver to So. Dakota 27 Sept. 2009
By Judith Paley - Published on
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The older the better on these Rex Stout mysteries, and the elegant turn of phrase just can't be beat. Nero Wolfe apologizing to a lady caller tells her that it's "bulk not boorishness" that keeps him seated as she enters the room. His assistant Archie directs a visitor to a place where he can park "the back of his lap," a concept that stops the gentleman dead in his tracks.

The narrator is great, the plot engaging, and, as opposed to his later more convoluted stories, there's just enough information to make your own stab at solving the case. A great yarn!
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