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Black Orchids (Nero Wolfe Series)
     

Black Orchids (Nero Wolfe Series)

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by Lawrence Block, Rex Stout
 

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Not much can get Wolfe to leave his comfortable brownstone, but the showing of a rare black orchid lures him to a flower show. Unfortunately, the much-anticipated event is soon overshadowed by a murder as daring as it is sudden. It’s a case of weeding out a cunning killer who can turn up anywhere—and Wolfe must do it quickly. Because a second case

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Not much can get Wolfe to leave his comfortable brownstone, but the showing of a rare black orchid lures him to a flower show. Unfortunately, the much-anticipated event is soon overshadowed by a murder as daring as it is sudden. It’s a case of weeding out a cunning killer who can turn up anywhere—and Wolfe must do it quickly. Because a second case awaits his urgent attention: a society widow on a mailing list of poison-pen letters leading to a plot as dark as any orchid Wolfe has ever encountered.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780553257199
Publisher:
Random House Publishing Group
Publication date:
05/28/1992
Series:
Nero Wolfe Series
Pages:
208
Sales rank:
199,338
Product dimensions:
4.17(w) x 6.89(h) x 0.55(d)

Meet the Author

Rex Stout (1886–1975) wrote dozens of short stories, novellas, and full-length mystery novels, most featuring his two indelible characters, the peerless detective Nero Wolfe and his handy sidekick, Archie Goodwin.

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Black Orchids (Nero Wolfe Series) 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Black Orchids by Rex Stout contains two cases that concern something close to that famous detective, Nero Wolfe--orchids. These orchids are black, a special strain that had been developed, and Nero Wolfe wants them. He gets the chance when a man is murdered at the flower show, and he makes a deal with the man who owns the black orchids--he'll find the killer, then he gets the orchids. The second story involves a gangster's daughter and imposters. Both these stories rely on Wolfe's charismatic assistant, Archie who always livens things up. It may take a little while to get into the 1940s mindset, but it is well worth it. After reading a couple of Rex Stout's novels, you'll be addicted. The banter is entertaining, the mysteries exciting. With Archie's narration you get the view of how he sees it; he lives with Wolfe and still doesn't understand Nero's mind. Wolfe's idiosyncrasies keep the reader entertained and interested, and although this is a series, very rarely go into lecturing mode; readers can easily understand most of the background story. Reading Rex Stout, especially this book, is a worthwhile experience. His other novels, including the broken vase with Tecumsah Fox, are equally gripping.
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Tealbee More than 1 year ago
Really enjoyed this one.
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