Murder by the Book (Nero Wolfe Series)

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Leonard Dyke's writing style didn't offend. But all of his work featured unhappy endings: murder. When four people die, including the author, police finally call on Nero Wolfe.

Wolfe baits his trap. When it springs shut, he finds that truth is stranger (and bloodier) than fiction.

"Once again Rex Stout puts Nero Wolfe through his paces, always to the reader's satisfaction." (B-O-T Editorial Review Board)

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Overview

Leonard Dyke's writing style didn't offend. But all of his work featured unhappy endings: murder. When four people die, including the author, police finally call on Nero Wolfe.

Wolfe baits his trap. When it springs shut, he finds that truth is stranger (and bloodier) than fiction.

"Once again Rex Stout puts Nero Wolfe through his paces, always to the reader's satisfaction." (B-O-T Editorial Review Board)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780553248845
  • Publisher: Bantam Books
  • Publication date: 4/1/1985
  • Series: Nero Wolfe Series
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback

Meet the Author


Rex Stout (1886-1975) was the creator of Nero Wolfe, one of the most popular detectives of all time.

Michael Prichard is a Los Angeles-based actor who has recorded over 400 audiobooks. Smart Money named him one of their “Top Ten Golden Voices.”

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  • Posted June 21, 2013

    One of Rex Stout's best! Highly recommended!

    Why is a book worth murdering for? That is the puzzle facing Archie and Wolfe. While Archie does the legwork, the clients plot, and Nero faces one of his toughest cases. The suspects are various, their motives unclear. A great read!

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  • Posted November 25, 2011

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    Great Read

    I love the 1/7th ton, Nero Wolfe and his trusty man about the town Archie Goodwin! This is my favorite book of the series so far. It is well written and can be read in one setting.

    Inspector Crammer asks for Nero Wolfe¿s help which is highly unusual in investigating the death of Leonard Dykes, a law clerk in a prestigious NYC law firm. Six weeks later, a disgruntled father hires Wolfe to find out who killed his daughter, Joan Wellman. He isn¿t pleased with the police¿s progress in finding the young lady¿s murderer. He knows his daughter rejected a manuscript ¿ ¿Put Not Your Trust¿ by a man named Baird Archer. Wolfe immediately recognizes the name. It was on the list of men¿s names that Cramer found in a book in Dykes¿s apartment. The two cases are connected. Wolfe doesn¿t immediately contact the Inspector. He likes to stay one step a head of the coppers.

    Archie begins looking for the missing manuscript and finally tracks down the stenographer who typed the manuscript. But Goodwin is two minutes late. Rachel Abrahms has taken a header out of her building¿s window. Sure enough, the name Baird Archer appears in her receipt book. There is now no doubt that Rachel committed suicide. Another murder attributed to the missing manuscript. But who is the killer? Could it be one of the partners or associates at Corrigan, Phelps, Custen, and Briggs? If so, why? What is in ¿Put Not Your Trust¿ that is to die for?

    As always, Archie, Saul, and Wolfe¿s other guys, do the leg work while Nero is home working on crossword puzzles and in his Iris room. The answers to Wolfe¿s questions lead Archie to the West Coast and back. Rex Stout is at his best here!

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