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Rex Stout
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Oct. 1 1992 Nero Wolfe Mysteries
Hours after Priscilla Eads pleads with him to take her case, Nero Wolfe is shocked to find out that she was murdered, and soon he is investigating her fortune-hunting husband and greedy business associates. Reissue.

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Prisoner's Base finds Nero Wolfe's legman Archie guilt-ridden and seeking the detective's help. Three women have been murdered, one a towel company heiress. Is her fortune-hunting husband involved, or were greedy business associates behind her death? As usual Wolfe's sleuthing talents puzzle out the truth. Michael Pritchard's clear, strong, and pleasant reading supports the tale and helps keep the atmosphere charged. Entertaining and suspenseful; recommended. Denise A. Garofalo, Mid-Hudson Lib. Syst., Poughkeepsie, NY
Copyright 2001 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Audio Cassette edition.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Archie is upset with himself... June 7 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
One of Archie's jobs is to activate the sedentary Wolfe. And regular readers know the lengths to which he will go to get Wolfe on the job. This time a creative effort goes terribly wrong and the two detectives find themselves quickly immersed in a disturbing mystery with a particularly nasty killer and a South American connection. Despite Wolfe's egregious misogyny Archie is a lover of women and psychologically astute. Watch for his finely etched portrait of a minor character named, Sarah Jaffee. Good on the beach at one of those everything included southern destinations over some watered down beer and the buffet lunch attempting to digest in your gullet.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Archie Flies Solo - Or Tries To, Anyway April 28 2011
By Alison S. Coad TOP 50 REVIEWER
"Prisoner's Base," by Rex Stout, is yet another Nero Wolfe novel, published in 1952. Young heiress-to-be Priscilla Eads lands on Wolfe's doorstep, determined to stay at the famed detective's house for the next week, and ready to pay for the privilege. She doesn't give her name and doesn't give her reasons for this demand, however. Subsequently a lawyer appears and offers Wolfe first $5K and then $10,000 to discover the whereabouts of the young woman; but not knowing the young lady's name, Wolfe refuses the offer. He then has Archie turn the woman out of the house, and when she turns up dead the next day, Archie feels responsible and determines that he will look into the matter personally, with or without Nero Wolfe's help. As the death toll mounts, so too does Archie's determination, to the point where he willingly starts working with Inspector Cramer and Sergeant Purley Stebbins to find the murderer.... This story is quite complicated, with half a dozen red herrings that seem quite reasonable to pursue, and in the end, of course, it is not Archie but Nero Wolfe who provides the solution to the mystery. Entertaining as always, and recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent novel, it does not disappoint July 5 2004
This is a great Nero Wolfe story. It opens with Archie and Wolfe in a heated row. The two detectives have been known to push each others buttons but when Archie tears up his paycheck the resulting friction can be felt for the rest of the novel. Archie at one points runs out of the office and brownstone yelling that he doesn't care if he gets fired and goes to search for a killer himself. Along the way, Archie runs into a variety of strange characters including Sarah Jaffee, a young widow who still has a place set at the table for her dead husband. But the best part of all is this: as the pressure heats up to a boiling point, Wolfe finds himself with an unexpected client, Archie Goodwin.
William DeAndrea's terse introduction to the novel covers a lot in a few words. As he makes clear, this is an excellent novel for the new reader of the Nero Wolfe series. As a part of "The Rex Stout Library," a reprint of rare or "never before seen" memorabilia from Stout's archives is included at the back of the volume. I was disappointed with the item for this volume, the first typewritten page of Stout's manuscript. It does not exactly make a big splash, especially when the only difference between manuscript and final book form was the title. But that is my only criticism.
I recommend this book to all, avid mystery reader or not. I say not to fear for those fans of the television series that may be wary to tackle the volumes since Tim Hutton followed each novel very closely. The television show was excellent but there is even more detail in the book. For example, you get to learn exactly why Mrs. Jaffee should be able to recognize Eric Hagh along with how far an old man went when planning to strangle a young girl.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not stout's best Sept. 16 2002
See my review of the large print edition -- basically the solution doesn't make good sense. Still goood for fans of Wolfe and Archie, though.
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