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Black Mountain Paperback – Jul 1976

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 152 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam USA; New edition edition (July 1976)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0553023659
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553023657
  • Product Dimensions: 17.3 x 10.7 x 1.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 23 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 6 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,623,741 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"It is always a treat to [hear] a Nero Wolfe mystery. The man has entered our folklore." -- The New York Times Book Review

"Los Angeles actor Michael Prichard provides a lively rendition of a Nero Wolfe mystery revolving around an eccentric genius who searches for the killer of his best friend. International espionage and high drama set in post-World War II mark an audio which proves suspenseful to the end." -- The Bookwatch, December 1997 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Rex Stout (1886-1975) was the creator of Nero Wolfe, one of the most popular detectives of all time.

Michael Prichard is a Los Angeles-based actor who has recorded over 400 audiobooks. Smart Money named him one of their “Top Ten Golden Voices.”
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I'm the narrator of all the Nero Wolfe books from Audio Partners which you're listing on your website. I've just noticed that you list my recordings of THE BLACK MOUNTAIN, FER-DE-LANCE, THE GOLDEN SPIDERS, and WHERE THERE'S A WILL as abridged. Please note that these recordings are all actually UNabridged. It may make a difference with potential purchasers. Thanks.
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Format: Mass Market Paperback
In "The Black Mountain," perhaps the oddest Nero Wolfe novel by Rex Stout, Wolfe's oldest friend, restauranteur Marko Vukcic is shot dead on the streets of New York City, and Wolfe sets out to discover the murderer. This search takes him not only out of his comfortable brownstone on East 35th Street, but also out of North America and back to his childhood home in Montenegro, at the time of the novel a part of Yugoslavia. There, he and Archie must sort through the numerous political factions and rebel forces in order to identify the culprit and bring him to justice.... This is, as noted, perhaps the most non-canon book in the Nero Wolfe series; who would have imagined that corpulent Nero Wolfe would be capable of scrambling over mountain peaks and squeezing into crevices in single-minded pursuit of justice? The stark mountain setting and the characterization of the state of that part of the world in that time ring true to me, and I enjoyed that aspect of the novel thoroughly. We also learn that Wolfe is fluent in 8 languages, and through the course of the story we find that some of those languages include Serbian, Croat, Albanian, Russian, Italian and English, of course - one wonders what other two languages he speaks! Recommended.
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Someone has murdered Nero Wolfe's best friend Marko, owner of Rusterman's, the only restaurant Wolfe will frequent. More than food is at stake -- Marko and Wolfe share a mysterious history in their birthplace, the mountains outside Sarajevo. Marko is one of the very few who Archie has heard call Wolfe by his first name. Wolfe sets out to find the murderer and the adventure leads back to the Black Mountain, the place of his origin. Wolfe puts out more physical exertion in this one book than in all the others put together, which is one of its charms. But what really works for me is that he casts Archie in the role of his son for the sake of their cover story -- bringing to the front some of the subtle aspects of their "normal" relationship in the old brownstone. It's a stretch for everyone -- readers included -- but the emotional borders are widened as in no other Nero Wolfe novel, and the result is extremely satisfying. Stout's brilliance has, in my opinion, al! ways resided in great measure in his ability to suggest the emotions of his characters through a small action or phrase that lets the reader in without spelling it all out. In "The Black Mountain" Stout has brought to the surface the truth of the Archie/Wolfe relationship in full color with absolutely no pandering, and no cheapness.
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