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Black Mountain [Paperback]

Rex Stout
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July 1976
Enraged by the cold-blooded killing of his closest friend, Nero Wolfe leaves not only his home, but his country as well. In an exotic land where his life depends on a false passport, a knapsack filled with chocolate bars, and a razor-sharp knife, the great man faces the most dangerous adventure of his career.
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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.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio Cassette
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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3.0 out of 5 stars Not a typical murder mystery Jan. 5 2012
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Although on of the least enjoyable Rex Stout books I've read as it wasn't a murder mystery, it was interesting. It took more of a political view point and offered his opinion.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Nero Wolfe Leaves New York! Sept. 12 2011
By Alison S. Coad TOP 50 REVIEWER
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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Format:Audio Cassette
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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56 of 57 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars They're actually UNabridged, if they're the ones I recorded. May 2 1999
By Michael Prichard - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio Cassette
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.
25 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Nero Wolfe walks through the mountains of his homeland. Aug. 5 1998
By cleodog@ibm.net - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio Cassette
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.
12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Okay, I'm an addict. Sept. 18 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
There are more flaws in the plot than in my golf swing, but because of the theme, the setting, the emotion, and the close constant interaction between Wolfe and Archie I loved it.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Best for those who have already read many of the other Nero Wolfe novels Feb. 10 2008
By Michael Mcintosh - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
While I greatly enjoyed reading the Black Mountain, it was, in part, the fact that it was so different from the other novels that I found it fascinating. Throughout the series there are somewhat vague references to Wolfe's life before coming to the U.S. This novel fills in much of that back-story, and gives the avid fan a better idea of what makes Wolfe tick. However, I would have to agree with reviewers who don't recommend this book to someone new to the series. It is not consistent with the rest of the novels in the series in setting or tone, and is best enjoyed by those who appreciate the difference, as well as the additional insights into Wolfe's character and background.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars For True Nero Fans, Only Oct. 5 2007
By G. Styles - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio Cassette
If you're new to Rex Stout and Nero Wolfe, you couldn't pick a worse place to start. However, if you already have an appreciation for the Nero/Archie banter and the nuances of the relationships with the minor characters, then you'll enjoy seeing them painted on a very different canvas, as far from the brownstone as they ever got.

This book is neither as bad as the 1- and 2-star reviews suggest, nor as good as the 5-star reviews (including that of the audiobook's narrator, oddly) claim. I enjoyed it, but only because I've made my way through 80% of Stout's Nero Wolfe novels and novellas. As others have noted, Mr. Pritchard's voice and flat accent doesn't match up to those in the late, lamented A&E series.
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