Rex Stout's unique skill with the novelette form has so long been acknowledged that it requires no further proclamation. Here, then, are the three latest demonstrations of his ability to embody full-length story qualities and characterizations in the somewhat shorter form. Published in 1964.
In Kill Now, Pay Later - - - he gives us the bootblack's beautiful daughter and her involvement with a business executive who might have jumped or fallen from a certain tenth-floor window had not someone thoughtfully bashed his cranium first.
Murder Is Corny - - - is largely about the story the farmer's daughter told, which nearly put Archie Goodwin on trial for murder.
Blood Will Tell - - - is the case of the too curious wife whose final indiscretion led to her being done in by the wielder of a vodka bottle. Strangely enough, though Nero Wolfe is his ever super-brilliant self in all these affairs, it is only the final one which earns him a fee.
There was nothing Nero and Archie wouldn't do to help lovely ladies in distress - - - nothing, that is, short of murder . . . summary source: nerowolfe.org
Readers are welcome to attend all or some of the Nero Wolfe book discussions. Join Nero Wolfe enthusiast, Dr. Marilyn Schaffer, professor emerita at the University of Hartford to discuss this next Rex Stout mystery.
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