Three Men Out (Nero Wolfe Series)

Three Men Out (Nero Wolfe Series)

by Rex Stout
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R_Hinshaw More than 1 year ago
This collection contains three Nero Wolfe short stories originally published in ‘The American Magazine’ in 1952 or 1953.  If you are a Nero Wolfe completist like me, this one is well worth your time.  If you are new to this, I recommend starting elsewhere; maybe with ‘The Silent Speaker’ (perhaps my favorite of the Wolfe novels I have read) or at the beginning with ‘Fer-de-lance’.  And of course, if you haven’t seen any of the early 2000s TV series that A&E produced starring Timothy Hutton and Maury Chaykin, you have to seek it out as it succeeds in capturing the flavor of the books.  In “Invitation to Murder”, Archie Goodwin goes to work a job that doesn’t initially appear to be worthy of Nero Wolfe’s time and talent.  When the client turns up dead, Archie hilariously enacts a ruse to lure Wolfe to the scene (rather than call the police).  I enjoyed this one quite a bit. “The Zero Clue” was my least favorite of the three.  It has a great set up, with Archie paying a visit to a potential client against Wolfe’s instructions.  When Archie finds the man’s office empty, he leaves, having no reason to suspect the man’s dead body was in the closet.  When Inspector Cramer learns from the doorman and other witnesses that Archie was there, he shows up at Wolfe’s Brownstone and refuses to believe Wolfe knows nothing about the murder.  In my opinion, this story bogs down somewhat while Wolfe questions the other suspects searching for information that will make some sense of the math-based clue the victim left on his desk. “This Won’t Kill” finds Wolfe’s sense of hospitality obligating him to accompany a guest, the owner of a prestigious restaurant, to game 7 of the World Series.  While the hometown Giants are getting beaten badly, it is discovered that four of their players were drugged and another is missing.  This is one of my favorite of the Nero Wolfe short stories, as it finds Wolfe and Archie pursuing separate lines; for once either could potentially have solved the mystery without the other.  As the story was first published in September of 1952, I suppose that in the fictional universe of the stories (spoiler alert) the Boston Red Sox win the World Series circa 1951.
Next2Park More than 1 year ago
This was the completion of my Nero Wolfe read-a-thon. This book was the last (for me) of the complete series. It was a great conclusion to an enjoyable journey with Mr. Wolfe and Archie!
Anonymous 27 days ago
3 short and sharp Wolfe/Goodwin mysteries.
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