Where There's a Will (Nero Wolfe Series)

Where There's a Will (Nero Wolfe Series)

by Rex Stout


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Why did the late multimillionaire Noel Hawthorne leave his sisters, April, May, and June, a peach, a pear, and an apple? Why did he will the bulk of his considerable estate to a woman who was most definitely not his wife? Now Nero Wolfe, able, astute, and unscrupulous detective that he is, must get to the bottom of a will that’s left a whirlpool of menace . . . and a legacy of murder that’s about to be fulfilled.
Introduction by Dean R. Koontz
“It is always a treat to read a Nero Wolfe mystery. The man has entered our folklore.”—The New York Times Book Review
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 the greatest fictional detectives of all time. Together, Stout and Wolfe have entertained—and puzzled—millions of mystery fans around the world. Now, with his perambulatory man-about-town, Archie Goodwin, the arrogant, gourmandizing, sedentary sleuth is back in the original seventy-three cases of crime and detection written by the inimitable master himself, Rex Stout.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780553763010
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 03/28/1995
Series: Nero Wolfe Series , #8
Pages: 258
Sales rank: 311,706
Product dimensions: 5.55(w) x 8.46(h) x 0.56(d)

About the Author

Rex Stout (1886–1975) wrote dozens of short stories, novellas, and full-length mystery novels, most featuring his two indelible characters, the peerless detective Nero Wolfe and his handy sidekick, Archie Goodwin.

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Where There's a Will 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The book is a very good classical Nero Wolfe. Review the copy before buying, mine had first 12 pages missing, and because I ordered online and noticed it after the two weeks deadline, BN refused to replace it.
saxhorn on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A good mystery where there are many characters whose lives are entwined, many plot twists, and many false clues. I quickly grew tired of the Hawthorne women, and Archie's usual sarcasm and wit were not enough to make the story entertaining. Wolfe, however, was at his eccentric best.
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Gilbert_M_Stack More than 1 year ago
This is one of the better Nero Wolfe mysteries. The novel opens with Wolfe accepting a case that I couldn’t figure out how he could possibly resolve. His clients want him to convince a woman—the mistress of their dead brother—not to accept the huge bequest he left her in his will. I mean—who turns down a 7 million dollar bequest? But Wolfe takes the case and gets to work just in time to learn that the dead brother is a murder victim, not an accident victim, and then things really get moving. With a murder to solve, Wolfe is back in his element and the investigation gets even intense. I thought I had this one solved—and was wrong. It’s a good one.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
All the books in this series are good. Some are excellent: or, as Wolfe would praise in his understated way, they are "Satisfactory". This is one of his best. The mystery is clever, the red herrings are smart and plentiful, and the dialogue is sharp and witty. As ever, the best part is the symbiotic bond between Wolfe and Goodwin. They are 2 of the most interesting characters ever created in this genre, and the supporting cast is well-written, too. Enjoy.
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