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The Silent Speaker [Mass Market Paperback]

Rex Stout
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Jan. 1 1994 Nero Wolfe Mysteries
When a powerful government official scheduled to speak to a group of millionaires turns up dead, the business world clamors for a solution, and Nero Wolfe takes the case. Reissue. NYT.

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Narrator Michael Prichard excels as the brilliant detective, gourmet, and grouch, Nero Wolfe. Prichard's polished, smooth style is the only way to feature the sophisticated, egotistical detective who solves crimes with an incisive mind and an active assistant, one Archie Goodwin. This mystery involves two brutal murders tied to the antagonism between an industrial association and a governmental regulatory agency. Predictably and reassuringly, justice prevails, and the listener knows that even if "they don't write 'em like that anymore," they still tell them with panache and charm. D.L.G. © AudioFile 2002, Portland, Maine-- Copyright © AudioFile, Portland, Maine --This text refers to the Audio Cassette edition.

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4.0 out of 5 stars one of my favorites June 6 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
This has a veneer of a post war issue oriented story over a solid detective mystery. The conflict between private industrial concerns and government regulators could have been written yesterday. That said, who killed Cheney Boone? This book has all the elements of a classic Wolfe mystery. Which to mean that they may lack flash bang but slowly work their way to a satisfying conclusion. This book also shows Inspector Cramer at his best as he too look about desperately for the last words of the Silent Speaker.
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5.0 out of 5 stars AN EXUBERANT READING April 24 2002
By Gail Cooke TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:Audio Cassette
Nero Wolfe is surely one of the most beloved and fully imagined fictional detectives to be found. So, it is with great enthusiasm that I can now turn to a favorite story in audio book form. Michael Prichard, who was named one of Smart Money's Top Ten Golden Voices, gives an exuberant reading, adding another dimension to Archie Goodwin, Wolfe's aide.
Fans will remember that with "The Silent Speaker" Wolfe is, to say the least, in need of cash. Therefore, when a government honcho doesn't show up for a scheduled speech but instead shows up dead Wolfe is soon on the prowl. With the sometimes able assistance of the fey Archie the pair uncover a feud and a murderer. How they do it is a reminder of the narrative skills of Rex Stout.
- Gail Cooke
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2.0 out of 5 stars Wolfe leaves you wondering what he's doing too long April 17 2002
Format:Audio Cassette
I lost interest during this complicated story, mainly because the reader is left too much in the dark. Only in the last couple of pages does Archie figure out how Wolfe was figuring out the mystery all along. There were a lot of details to attempt to follow, and they weren't interesting enough for me to care. As usual, the dialog between Wolfe and Goodwin is the high point of the book, but I want Archie to be more involved in the solution.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A little darker mystery Aug. 14 2001
By Susan B
Format:Mass Market Paperback
While I am a Rex Stout fan, this book is a little darker in tone for my first choice, a little too reminiscent of the mccarthy hearings era. If you love Nero Wolfe, you will like this book. But I wouldn't recommend it to someone who hasn't read some of this lighter books first (Some Buried Caesar, is a good example).
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