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Three Men Out

av Rex Stout

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Serier: Nero Wolfe (23)

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Fiction. Mystery. Suspense. Thriller. HTML:The legendary Nero Wolfe finds himself deep in foul territory in these three baffling cases of murder and mayhem. In the first, some sharp questions about a poisoning come to an abrupt endas in death by a blunt instrument. Then Wolfe must decode the last message of a competitor who pencils in the name of his killer before he's rubbed out with one shot in his soundproof office. Finally, the stay-at-home sleuth deigns to attend a World Series game where a rookie's struck out before he gets to bat, leaving Wolfe to prove that when it comes to detection he's in a league by himself.

Introduction by Linda Ellerbee

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 Americas greatest mystery writers, and his literary creation Nero Wolfe is one of the greatest fictional detectives of all time. Together, Stout and Wolfe have entertainedand puzzledmillions 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.
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A good trio of Nero Wolfe novellas. I especially appreciated how Archie manages to trick Wolfe into leaving his brownstone in the first one, "Invitation to Murder"! ( )
  leslie.98 | Jun 27, 2023 |
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  laplantelibrary | Apr 9, 2022 |
The 23rd Nero Wolfe book is a collection of 3 stories with varying quality.

"Invitation to Murder" (August 1953, The American Magazine, as "Will to Murder") is annoying. It could have been a great story but for some reason neither Archie, nor Nero Wolfe even suspect the obvious solution to the problem and while this is not the first time for that to happen, not having Archie even hint that they missed something while narrating the story makes it almost unforgivable. Admittedly, had they seen it earlier, the story would have been a lot shorter but still...

A man hires Nero Wolfe to investigate the death of his sister which happened 2 years ago. Of course, that is not the story he starts with and the only reason why he wants the investigation is because he is about to lose the money he expected to get. Archie is dispatched to the house of the brother-in-law and before long a body shows up. And somehow Archie misses all the obvious clues. On the other hand he manages to get Nero Wolfe to leave his own house and come to the house where the murder happened - which is not that easy.

"The Zero Clue" (December 1953, The American Magazine, as "Scared to Death") on the other hand is much better. Archie misses something again but he knows it and his narration accounts for it. A matematician, Leo Heller, had been using his knowledge of math and statistics to predict events. There is some bad blood between him and Wolfe because of an old case where they clashed so when he calls to ask for help, he is sent packing. Archie disagrees so decides to visit Heller. The two never meet and before long the mathematician is dead and Inspector Cramer manages to annoy Nero enough to ensure that the detective will try to solve the case. The solution can be considered a bit tricky but I enjoyed it - partially because I knew the fact that provided the key to the solution (math history is always fun) and partially because the pacing of the story actually worked well for its length.

"This Won't Kill You" (September 1952, The American Magazine, as "This Will Kill You") is set on the Giants stadium where they are playing their last game in the World series - the winner takes the trophy. Nero is out of the house again and ends up being uncomfortable and unhappy - and not only because of the baseball game.

The first chapter of the story is so heavy on baseball references that it is almost unreadable if you do not understand the game (I don't). But once this chapter is over, the game becomes irrelevant - doping a few players and killing another does not require any game knowledge; the investigation and the end solution also do not depend on knowledge of baseball. There is a woman involved (of course) and Archie ends up dealing with her (not surprisingly); Nero Wolfe uses a clue that everyone knows to actually solve the case (or cases - he is hired to investigate the doping and not the murder technically but keeping them separately proves to be hard). It is a nice story overall - despite the first chapter.

Overall a decent entry in the series. ( )
  AnnieMod | Jul 29, 2021 |
Three short stories of different quality. When you read mystery novels you need to remember to be extra suspicious of the one with the best alibi. That is true in some of these stories.

I'd give one of the stories a 3, one a 2.5 and one a 2 star grade, so I'm generous and add it up to 3. ( )
  bratell | Dec 25, 2020 |
A good trio of Nero Wolfe novellas. I especially appreciated how Archie manages to trick Wolfe into leaving his brownstone in the first one, "Invitation to Murder"! ( )
  leslie.98 | Aug 30, 2019 |
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THE ZERO CLUE: It began with a combination of circumstances, but what doesn't?

THIS WON'T KILL YOU: At the end of the sixth inning the score was Boston11, New York 1.
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Fiction. Mystery. Suspense. Thriller. HTML:The legendary Nero Wolfe finds himself deep in foul territory in these three baffling cases of murder and mayhem. In the first, some sharp questions about a poisoning come to an abrupt endas in death by a blunt instrument. Then Wolfe must decode the last message of a competitor who pencils in the name of his killer before he's rubbed out with one shot in his soundproof office. Finally, the stay-at-home sleuth deigns to attend a World Series game where a rookie's struck out before he gets to bat, leaving Wolfe to prove that when it comes to detection he's in a league by himself.

Introduction by Linda Ellerbee

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 Americas greatest mystery writers, and his literary creation Nero Wolfe is one of the greatest fictional detectives of all time. Together, Stout and Wolfe have entertainedand puzzledmillions 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.

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