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Rex Stout


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During a long, productive career Rex Stout wrote something on the order of seventy novels about Nero Wolfe, orchid fancier, gourmet, and detective, and his sidekick and legman, wise-cracking hardboiled Archie Goodwin. His creations are (so far as I can tell) generally revered throughout the community of mystery writers, and I rather expect that most mystery fans have already encountered them as well. If you haven't, I strongly suggested making their acquaintance. The books are old, and perhaps slightly dated...but that just makes them classics.

Like most of Lawrence Block's heroes, Nero Wolfe and Archie Goodwin are creatures of New York City. Wolfe seldom if ever leaves his home. From 9 to 11 AM and from 4 to 6 PM he tends to his orchids in the rooftop greenhouse. Meals are sacrosanct, arranged in advance with his cook, Fritz. At other times he may be available to take your case.

The books may be read in any order, except for three books (and possibly a fourth I've not yet read) which involve a mastermind of crime named Arnold Zeck (of all the ridiculous monickers). They are Champagne for One, The Second Confession, and In The Best Families.

Titles

Fer-de-Lance
Reviews: 1 August 2000, 1 August 2003
Over My Dead Body
Reviews: 1 August 2000, 1 September 2003
A Right to Die
Reviews: 1 August 2000
The Golden Spiders
Reviews: 1 August 2000
And Be A Villain
Reviews: 1 August 2000
Champagne for One
Reviews: 1 August 2000
The Second Confession
Reviews: 1 August 2000, 1 August 2003
In The Best Families
Reviews: 1 August 2000
The Silent Speaker
Reviews: 1 September 2000
Death of a Doxy
Reviews: 1 September 2000
The Doorbell Rang
Reviews: 1 July 2002
Some Buried Caesar
Reviews: 1 July 2002
Three Doors to Death
Reviews: 1 July 2002
Three at Wolfe's Door
Reviews: 1 July 2002
Homicide Trinity
Reviews: 1 July 2002
Prisoner's Base
Reviews: 1 July 2002
Trio for Blunt Instruments
Reviews: 1 July 2002
Three Witnesses
Reviews: 1 July 2002
Not Quite Dead Enough
Reviews: 1 July 2002
Trouble in Triplicate
Reviews: 1 July 2002
The Mother Hunt
Reviews: 1 July 2002
Three for the Chair
Reviews: 1 July 2002
And Four to Go
Reviews: 1 July 2002


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