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Might As Well Be Dead (A Nero Wolfe Mystery Book 27) by [Stout, Rex]
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About the Author

Rex Stout, born 1886 in Indiana/USA, worked at thirty different professions until he earned enough money to travel. In 1932, he began to write thrillers focusing on the famous detective Nero Wolfe. Nero is a gourmet weighing more than a hundred kilos, and moving as little as possible. Rex Stout finished more than fifty novels and received the "Grand Masters Award." He died 1975.
Rex Stout,1886 in Indiana/USA geboren, soll ca. dreiig Berufe ausgeubt haben, bevor er mit einem von ihm selbst konzipierten Sparkassensystem so viel Geld verdiente, da er ausgedehnte Reisen unternehmen konnte. 1932 begann er, Kriminalromane zu schreiben in deren Mittelpunkt fast immer der beruhmte Privatdetektiv Nero Wolfe steht. Dieser ist eine uber hundert Kilo "schwergewichtiger" Gourmet, der sich so wenig wie moglich bewegt und leidenschaftlicher Orchideenzuchter ist. Rex Stout wurde fur seine uber funfzig Romane mit dem "Grand Masters Award" ausgezeichnet. Er starb 1975.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2760 KB
  • Print Length: 226 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam (24 April 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003IYI6YC
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars 4 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #351,594 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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James R. Herrold threw his son Paul out of the family business 11 years ago - unjustly, it turns out, and he now wishes to set the account straight. When Wolfe and Archie begin advertising for a P.H. who's now known to be innocent, though, it attracts Purley Stebbins, wanting to know why they're interested in Peter Hays, who's on trial for 1st degree murder. Archie opts to look at Hays, just on the chance - and seeing his face in defiance at the jury's guilty verdict, with life in it, sees the kid in Herrold's college photo.
Albert Freyer, Hays' attorney, comes to Wolfe, who breaks his rule of discretion and makes common cause with him. Freyer's never seen Hays with any life in his face, and knew nothing of his past; when they first met, Hays had said he might as well be dead, being given over to despair. Archie, Wolfe, and Freyer believe he's innocent (partly because *somebody* followed Archie to court, and it sure wasn't Hays).
Hays is supposed to have shot Michael Molloy, the husband of the woman he loved, but he's been standing mute. Mrs. Molloy couldn't divorce him (this was 1956) even though he was maltreating her. An anonymous man had called Hays up with a tale of Molloy starting to beat up Selma, and the cops were tipped off to the shooting by an anonymous caller. Hmm.
Hays hasn't got enough of a personal life for the frameup to be personal, and Selma Malloy appears to have no outside interest (as well as an alibi). Archie, therefore, goes to work questioning her, partly because she used to be Molloy's secretary, and can give them a line on any interesting business dealings he may have had. (The current secretary is far less appealing to him.) The first scrap is a safe deposit box, location unknown, in the name of Richard Randall - if they can find it.
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The detectives' experience that name changes often keep the same initials sets the quest for a PH in New York. Tough Dad didn't question the apparent evidence that his son had done wrong 11 years before. The only word during those years has been annual cards to PH's mother from NYC. NW's newspaper advert brings Perly Stebbins with the astounding question of why Wolfe is advertising the innocence of the PH on trial for murder. Curiouser and curiouser, why should Archie's look-in to the trial courtroom catch a tail?

A very few people believe in PH's innocence - not surprising since PH won't talk, won't help. Did I mention there's a woman involved? And convenient telephone calls to the police so that they had arrived to find PH on site? Looks hopeless doesn't it. The jury thought he did it.

But PH's lawyer, despite being stiff-armed by his client, thinks he didn't, so a small cadre of detectives spreads from the famous brownstone base of NW to find evidence to overturn that guilty verdict. On the way they learn that the murdered man was not what he seemed ... and the rest I leave to you to find out for yourself.

This audio book fulfills all my criteria - favourite author (Rex Stout), really good book, one of the best book readers (Michael Pritchard) and very very important it's unabridged. Every word written by RS is here. I strongly recommend it.
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I just love Nero Wolfe and Archie and enjoy all the books. To tell the truth I can't remember what this one was about but am sure it was good. One or two stand out as excellent, 'Too many cooks' for example but all of them are a a good read.
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Amazon.com: 4.8 out of 5 stars 31 reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars I love their life style 25 Oct. 2016
By P. H. Moine - Published on Amazon.com
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Rex Stout is a master of detective fiction. Nero Wolfe and Archie Goodwin, his trusty assistant, are so well written and such distinctive personalities. I love their life style; the orchids on the roof, Felix, the master chef, and all of the henchmen who help out on their cases from time to time. I have been reading these stories all my life and usually return to them after several years. I am so glad they have been published again so that I could add some of the books that were out of print.
5.0 out of 5 stars I have come to Rex Stout's mystery stories late in ... 12 July 2014
By Dr Ian Bruce Watson - Published on Amazon.com
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I have come to Rex Stout's mystery stories late in life, and now I am hooked on the Nero Wolfe/Archie Goodwin stories. I have decided to buy and read all of them at least twice before I am no longer able to hold the books. They are all elegantly written, with many a sudden odd word that surprises and enlightens the flow. I would there were more stories which can hold the reader without all the bash and crash stuff with which today's crime writers indulge themselves.
5.0 out of 5 stars Nero Wolfe stories are classics of American mystery, and ... 10 Sept. 2015
By Greg Koolbeck - Published on Amazon.com
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Nero Wolfe stories are classics of American mystery, and this book is no exception. It's the story of a man convicted of murder who refuses to lift a finger to defend himself, and how Nero Wolfe is dragged in after the conviction. This story has not been reprinted in some time, unlike many other of Stout's mysteries, and it was a pleasure to find it again.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Kindle Version Review 25 May 2010
By The Professor - Published on Amazon.com
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This is prime 1950s-era Nero Wolfe and well worth a read. Not only is Stout's writing here vital and pithy, but the plot takes some memorable twists and Nero has to adjust his strategy accordingly. There are some great Archie/Nero character moments and some nice use of the Saul Panzer-led squad of hired investigators. The Kindle version is well-formatted, but note the cover is missing and the publishing date, ISBN, etc., appears at the end of the text instead of the beginning.
5.0 out of 5 stars High quality and recipes too 1 Dec. 2013
By Faere Spirit - Published on Amazon.com
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As always, Red Stout is a master. In this book, he shows off his sleight of hand several times, yet never telegraphs the solution. One of the faithful loses his life in this story, and not much food gets mentioned. However, there are two recipes at the end to make up for that.
The roast corn is all you could wish--I tried it.
Unlike others in this series, the kindle version is free of errors.
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