The Rubber Band/The Red Box (Nero Wolfe Series)

The Rubber Band/The Red Box (Nero Wolfe Series)

by Rex Stout


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The Rubber Band/The Red Box (Nero Wolfe Series) by Rex Stout

A grand master of the form, Rex Stout is one of America’s greatest mystery writers, and his literary creation Nero Wolfe is one of fiction’s greatest detectives. Here, in Stout’s third and fourth complete Wolfe mysteries, the arrogant, gourmandizing, sedentary sleuth and his trusty man-about-town, Archie Goodwin, solve two of their most baffling cases.

The Rubber Band

What do a Wild West lynching and a respected English nobleman have in common? On the surface, absolutely nothing. But when a young woman hires his services, it becomes Nero Wolfe’s job to look deeper and find the connection. A forty-year-old pact, a five-thousand-mile search, and a million-dollar murder are all linked to an international scandal that could rebound on the great detective and his partner, Archie, with fatal abruptness.

The Red Box
Murder by chocolate? That’s the premise Nero Wolfe must operate from when a beautiful woman is poisoned after indulging in a box of candy. It’s a case that the great detective—no stranger himself to overindulgence—is loath to take for a variety of reasons, including that it may require that he leave his comfortable brownstone. But he and Archie are compelled by a mystery that mixes high fashion and low motives…and a killer who may have made the deadliest mistake.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780553386035
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 02/24/2009
Series: Nero Wolfe Series
Pages: 464
Sales rank: 144,156
Product dimensions: 5.10(w) x 8.10(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Rex Stout, born 1886 in Indiana/USA, worked at thirty different professions until he earned enough money to travel. In 1932, he began to write thrillers focusing on the famous detective Nero Wolfe. Nero is a gourmet weighing more than a hundred kilos, and moving as little as possible. Rex Stout finished more than fifty novels and received the "Grand Masters Award". He died 1975.

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“It is always a treat to read a Nero Wolfe mystery. The man has entered our folklore.” —New York Times Book Review

“Nero Wolfe towers over his rivals...he is an exceptional character creation." —New Yorker

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The Rubber Band/The Red Box (Nero Wolfe Series) 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 21 reviews.
grammyj3 More than 1 year ago
This two book volume contains classic Rex Stout, the snobbery of the detective countered by the sassiness of his assistant. The Rubber Band is on of Stout's more complex short stories with a very unique ending. The Red Box is more direct with strong Rex Stout characters and fine tuned dialogue. A double treat for all Rex Stout fans!
R-F More than 1 year ago
Nero Wolfe is one of my all time favorite characters. I was very excited when these double books became available and am in the process of adding each one to my collection. This book in particular contains two stories I have not been able to otherwise find in print (not saying they are not out there somewhere, just not readily available). I first became aware of Rex Stout and his Nero Wolfe character with the A&E Nero Wolfe television series. Shortly thereafter, I began reading the books and have not been disappointed. Nero, Archie, Fritz, Inspector Cramer and the recurring cast of characters are always very entertaining. I would recommend The Rubber Band/The Red Box as well as the entire Rex Stout Nero Wolfe library to anyone who enjoys a murder mystery.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is another great Nero Wolfe book. Rex Stout is one of my favorite authors and I enjoy all of his stories.
jack123 More than 1 year ago
As always good plots and wonderful dialog between Archie Goodwin and Nero Wolfe. Both novels keep your attention and are easy reading with lots of twists and turns.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Nero Wolfe solves mysteries from the comfort of his New York apartment with the sweat and leg work of his right hand man Archie Goodwin and assorted operatives. Archie is the streetwise, suave counterpart to Nero Wolfe`s rather effete and neurotic character. The dialogue is very intelligent...never vulgar...and always entertaining.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is one of my all-time favorite series of books. I first read them in the mid-1980's. I have reread the complete series 2 times, and I am now rereading it for a 3rd time. It's like catching up with old friends: satisfying and comforting. All the books are good, and some are exceptional. The mysteries are solid, and there are always good red herrings. The best part of this series, though, is it's cast of characters. They draw you in from start to finish. So you can fully appreciate the evolving lives and times of the characters, I recommend reading this series in order, as they were written. Enjoy.
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It took me way too long to finish this book and really didn't finish all the way to the end of the second story. I was bored and falling asleep while reading it. Only tenacity got me to almost the end and then I just figured I had better books to spend my time.
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SuzannePA More than 1 year ago
i call these fun mysteries. these are delightfull
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ever in all the stories though for many books he lives in a room next to the orchids no mention of ever in the kitchen
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Waited for Stormstar.
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Are you female or male?
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Tha wasnt descriptuve