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Nero Wolfe: Where There's a Will

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 280 pages
  • Publisher: John Curley & Assoc; Large Print edition edition (March 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0792711386
  • ISBN-13: 978-0792711384
  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 14 x 21.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 363 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars 7 customer reviews
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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

"Nero Wolfe, the fat detective of Rex Stout's novels, towers over his rivals...he is an exceptional character creation." -- The New Yorker

"Rex Stout, through the voice of Archie telling us about his world (a full third of which was occupied by Nero Wolfe), raised detective fiction to the level of art with these books. He gave us genius of at least two kinds, and a strong realist voice that was shot through with hope." -- Walter Mosley --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Rex Stout, born 1886 in Indiana/USA, worked at thirty different professions until he earned enough money to travel. In 1932, he began to write thrillers focusing on the famous detective Nero Wolfe. Nero is a gourmet weighing more than a hundred kilos, and moving as little as possible. Rex Stout finished more than fifty novels and received the "Grand Masters Award." He died 1975.
Rex Stout,1886 in Indiana/USA geboren, soll ca. dreiig Berufe ausgeubt haben, bevor er mit einem von ihm selbst konzipierten Sparkassensystem so viel Geld verdiente, da er ausgedehnte Reisen unternehmen konnte. 1932 begann er, Kriminalromane zu schreiben in deren Mittelpunkt fast immer der beruhmte Privatdetektiv Nero Wolfe steht. Dieser ist eine uber hundert Kilo "schwergewichtiger" Gourmet, der sich so wenig wie moglich bewegt und leidenschaftlicher Orchideenzuchter ist. Rex Stout wurde fur seine uber funfzig Romane mit dem "Grand Masters Award" ausgezeichnet. Er starb 1975. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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By Alison S. Coad TOP 50 REVIEWER on Nov. 18 2010
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Where There's A Will is the eighth novel in Rex Stout's long-running Nero Wolfe series, published in 1940. In it, we meet the famous Hawthorne sisters, three women who have wealth and power in the fields of politics, academia and acting respectively. They have just buried their brother and are outraged to find that in his will, he left symbolic fruit to the sisters, a pittance to his wife (disfigured by him in a bow-and-arrow accident, she always wears a veil to conceal her face) and the remaining $7 million to his mistress. It's not the money, it's the scandal that has them so upset, and they want Nero Wolfe to find a way to persuade Naomi, the mistress, to give up at least half of that bequest. Despite the dire state of his bank account, Wolfe is not interested, until it turns out that the brother was murdered - and his is not the only body to turn up dead in the course of this investigation! I adore all the Nero Wolfe books (those I've read so far, anyway) and this is no exception, with the added twist that solving the crime rests on Wolfe's knowledge of botany, a nice convergence of two of his main interests. Recommended!
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The previous reviewer seems rather hesitant in praising "Where There's a Will", doesn't he? With good reason: of the perhaps 30 Nero Wolfe novels or short story collections I have read so far (I'm writing this in Slovakia where most of Stout's books are impossible to get) "Where There's a Will" stands out as Stout's poorest achievement. The novel is so boring it causes you physical pain to get over with it. In "Where There's a Will", Stout pays the price that all extremely prolific writers have to pay: some of their efforts are just unbearable. What's strange, but in a way logical about the novel's failure, is that it's embedded within the body of some of Stout's finest works (as the previous reviewer correctly mentioned): "Too Many Cooks", "The Silent Speaker", "Over My Dead Body" et al. Having immortalized himself by producing those masterpieces, Stout should have taken a break from writing; instead, he chose to pain us with the excruciatingly insipid "Where There's a Will"... But I think that in evaluating a writer one should always only take into account the best that he or she has given us: with Rex Stout, these are at least half a dozen imperishable, classic novels (yes, not so much classic mysteries as classic humorous novels!). Therefore we will gladly forgive Mr. Stout his greatest literary blunder.
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If you have read three or four Nero Wolfe books, and liked them, you will like this book. What's not to like about three sisters named April, May and June?
This is somewhat of an "inside baseball" of Wolfe -- lots of characters, constant action. Not a long book, but alot of content.
Wolfe leaves his home, which is always an interesting twist, given how much he hates it.
Wold almost gets arrested and taken to Police HQ. He dictates a letter before he is to be taken, and staves it off. The letter is vintage Rex Stout.
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By A Customer on Dec 23 1998
Format: Mass Market Paperback
A very fun read and worth it even if a little stiff. Stout had not quite arrived at the equality of relationship between Archie and Nero that made the books after the first three so much fun. The Red Box, Too Many Cooks, and Some Buried Caeser are the wonderful following books, but Where there's a will is still fun and good.
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