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Rex Stout
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Jan. 2 1995 Nero Wolfe
Three clever murderers challenge Nero Wolfe in cases involving lovers who want to make sure neither is a killer, a stable full of suspects in the search for a killer on horseback, and a murderer stalking Wolfe's brownstone. Reissue.
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One (so far) of the 3 short stories herein has been adapted by A&E. Apart from the introduction by Judith Kelman added to the paperback edition, the book is pure Stout.
"The Gun with Wings" - Alberto Mion, top tenor at the Met, had several reasons to die, whether suicide or murder. His alleged seduction of Clara James provoked her father into hitting Mion in the throat so hard that he needed an operation even to hope to sing again. He'd lost thousands of dollars in recording contracts and tours even in four months out of action. His wife wanted to leave him for Fred Weppler, the Gazette's music critic. But the police crossed it off as suicide, finding the gun on the floor beside him and a bullet through the roof of his mouth.
But Peggy Mion and Fred Weppler still have a problem: they know the gun wasn't beside the body when they found it, and they want Wolfe to find the murderer so they can stop suspecting each other.
Some high points: an attitude toward suing for damages that's an historical exhibit; Wolfe's all-time record in high-handedness in squeezing information out of clients; and a completely fair puzzle.
"Bullet for One" - Sigmund Keyes took a ride in the park 5 days a week. On the day of his death, he left the stable at 0630, passed a mounted cop at 0710 who knew him and his horse by sight, but his horse came in riderless half an hour later. A wealthy industrial designer, shot out of the saddle in sight of the Empire State Building, means a tailor-made media circus. Of the 6 suspects, 5 have now come to Wolfe, at least 4 ganging up on the 6th (who appears just after Wolfe, err, 'asks' them to stay to dinner for a grilling session afterwards). "I am hired to get facts." "Sure, the real facts." "There is no other kind. I guarantee not to deliver any unreal facts.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Hugely Entertaining Oct. 8 2001
Format:Mass Market Paperback
PROS: Excellent writing style, well-defined characters, captivating plots
CONS: Not a single complaint!
BOTTOM LINE: Always a great read with Rex Stout's Nero Wolfe
BRIEF SYNOPSIS: 3 bite-size murder mysteries.
Curtains for Three is a trios of murder mysteries starring Nero Wolfe, a 300 pound master sleuth with a penchant for food, beer and flowers. He solves crimes from his 1940's New York brownstone apartment with his wisecracking right-hand man, Archie Goodwin, doing the legwork. And as always, Wolfe's apartment staff and other regulars (Fritz Brenner the chef, Freelancer Saul Panzer, Police Inspector Cramer, Officer Purley Stebbins) are on-hand to round out the cast.
All of the Nero Wolfe books showcase Rex Stout's unique talent as a writer. The way he describes things is always interesting and adds to the atmosphere of the stories. For example, at one point in this novel he describes a resistant witness as 'next-door to nasty'. In another novel Archie describes how he 'retired to the kitchen to chin with Fritz'.
The three short stories presented in Curtains for Three are very enjoyable and just plain fun to read. The first story involves 2 lovers who call upon Wolfe to prove neither of them is a murderer. The second story involves a Central Park killing of a man on horseback. The final story tells the tale of a murder that occurs right in Nero Wolfe's office, which is real convenient since Wolfe tends stay within his apartment.
The characters are a hoot, the plot interesting and twisty and the prose is outstanding. Wolfe cooks up a good mystery every time and will have you going back for seconds.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Minor Wolfe Novellas, But Pleasing March 29 2011
By Alison S. Coad TOP 50 REVIEWER
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"Curtains for Three" is another in Rex Stout's series of Nero Wolfe stories; as with some previous books, it's actually three novellas (from 1948, 1949 and 1950) packaged into one book following their publications in various magazines of the day. This outing includes "The Gun With Wings," wherein an operatic tenor is found dead, an apparent suicide, except that the couple who found the body, his wife and her friend who have just mutually discovered their love for each other, found no gun at the body's feet, as the police later did find; in order to keep their love pure and open, they appeal to Nero Wolfe to find out what really happened to her husband so that they will be free of nagging doubts that one of them murdered him. In "Bullet for One," a man with a lot of enemies is shot dead while riding his horse in the early morning in Central Park; five of the six suspects believe the sixth man is the culprit, but he's got an ironclad alibi.... And "Disguise for Murder" features a murderer audaciously attacking and killing a victim in Nero Wolfe's own house, nay, in his very office! You see, a garden reporter for the newspaper has persuaded Wolfe to permit members of the Garden Society to visit his beloved orchids, and so Wolfe is confronted with a packed house, half of which are, gasp, women, and when one of them turns up dead, it's up to Wolfe to discover the killer, if only to make sure that Inspector Cramer will unseal his office pronto so that he can get back to being comfortable again in it.... All of these are fairly slight, as befits the novella form for the most part, but again, they were all fun to read. As always, recommended!
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