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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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Millionaire Otis Jarrell can't even trust his family, it seems. He hires a reluctant Nero Wolfe to find out if his daughter-in-law is double-crossing him. Wolfe and Archie encounter a rogue's gallery of Jarrells and associates and discover one, then two, men killed by the old man's gun. But even Wolfe's distaste for everyone involved doesn't prevent him from

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Millionaire Otis Jarrell can't even trust his family, it seems. He hires a reluctant Nero Wolfe to find out if his daughter-in-law is double-crossing him. Wolfe and Archie encounter a rogue's gallery of Jarrells and associates and discover one, then two, men killed by the old man's gun. But even Wolfe's distaste for everyone involved doesn't prevent him from assembling the guests and masterfully declaring — to everyone's surprise — "whodunit."

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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:
9780816147946
Publisher:
Cengage Gale
Publication date:
06/01/1989
Series:
Nero Wolfe Series
Edition description:
Large Print Edition
Pages:
274

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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