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If Death Ever Slept (Nero Wolfe Series)
     

If Death Ever Slept (Nero Wolfe Series)

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by Rex Stout
 

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Murder lurks in the wings of the sprawling Fifth Avenue penthouse of multimillionaire Otis Jarrell, who has just retained the incomparable Nero Wolfe on a case of the utmost confidentiality. But even the master detective cannot prevent tragedy when it inevitably arrives wielding Jarrell’s missing revolver.

Soon a second victim meets his maker, and Wolfe

Overview

Murder lurks in the wings of the sprawling Fifth Avenue penthouse of multimillionaire Otis Jarrell, who has just retained the incomparable Nero Wolfe on a case of the utmost confidentiality. But even the master detective cannot prevent tragedy when it inevitably arrives wielding Jarrell’s missing revolver.

Soon a second victim meets his maker, and Wolfe must piece together the truth behind Jarrell’s scandalously ill-behaved family. And for one member of that charmed circle—a two-time killer sleeping the fitful sleep of the guilty—it could prove a deadly awakening.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
This latest entry in the estimable Nero Wolfe audio canon is a veritable time machine, transporting listeners back not only to the upscale New York City of the 1950s, but also to an era when wit and literacy flourished in the mystery genre. Prichard again proves that he is the perfect Archie Goodwin, surely the most interesting sidekick of them all the voice of Stout's most liberal instincts as well as a shrewd detective in his own right. The tale begins with a psychological duel between Goodwin and Wolfe as funny as a Kaufman and Hart play (indeed, a quote from George S. Kaufman sneaks into the text), reminding listeners how sharp an ear Stout (1886-1975) had for the edges and nuances of relationships. As usual, the plot is the work's least important aspect although this one, about a crass tycoon who hires Wolfe and Goodwin to expose his cheating daughter-in-law, does contain a few surprises. What stays in the mind are the sharply etched images (in black and white, like the best photographs from the period) of a relatively recent but completely vanished world of glamour, greed and human weakness. Based on the Viking hardcover. (Mar.) Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780553762969
Publisher:
Random House Publishing Group
Publication date:
01/02/1995
Series:
Nero Wolfe Series
Pages:
208
Sales rank:
242,529
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.70(d)

Meet the Author

Widely regarded as one of America’s greatest mystery writers, Rex Stout (1886-1975) was the creator of the obese, orchid-loving, agoraphobic, egotistical, and brilliant detective, Nero Wolfe, and his wise-cracking sidekick, Archie Goodwin. The duo was featured in 33 novels and 39 novellas between 1934 and 1975, including books such as The Three Witnesses, The Doorbell Rang, and Over My Dead Body.

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If Death Ever Slept 3.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
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I love Archie Goodwin in this novel. nero wolfe is brilliant.
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