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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Crimeline (Jan. 1 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0553234978
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553234978
  • Product Dimensions: 10.7 x 1.5 x 17.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 181 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 7 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #339,690 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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.

Walter Mosley is the "New York Times" bestselling author of five Easy Rawlins mysteries: "Devil in A Blue Dress", "A Red Death", "White Butterfly", "Black Betty, " and "A Little Yellow Dog"; three non-mystery novels, "Blue Light", "Gone Fishin'", and "R. L.'s Dream"; two collections of stories featuring Socrates Fortlow, "Always Outnumbered, Always Outgunned", for which he received the Anisfield Wolf Award, and which was an HBO movie; and a nonfiction book, "Workin' On The Chain Gang". Mosley is also the author of the Leonid McGill, and Fearless Jones mystery series, "The Tempest Tales" and "Six Easy Pieces". He is a former president of the Mystery Writers of America, a founder of the PEN American Center Open Book Committee, and is on the board of directors of the National Book Awards. A native of Los Angeles, he now lives in New York City.

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Format: Mass Market Paperback
Stories of conflict between big business and public interest are common enough. What makes this book unforgettable is the series of murders which have been woven so smoothly into the plot as to make the behind the scenes looks this book provides into the world of big business and its murky politics register almost unnoticed. And old followers of Nero Wolfe who might be forgiven for occasionally getting satiated with the irrepressible Archie Goodwin will be delighted to meet Phoebe Gunther the one female who manages to bring Goodwin under complete control (In past stories he always manages to hold his own where the ladies in the plot are concerned.); he does escape of course finally but the way that happens will probably linger in the reader's memory. I think that in Phoebe Gunther, Rex Stout has created an image not easily forgotten and one whom today's career girls might well wish to emulate. Even if you are not a Nero/Archie fan this is one book you will probably enjoy and wish to keep.
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By Gail Cooke TOP 50 REVIEWER on April 24 2002
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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Format: Mass Market Paperback
All the elements of a great Nero Wolfe novel are to be found in The Silent Speaker. Great verbal sparring between Archie and Wolfe:
"I dislike commotion," Wolfe said peevishly. "I didn't tell you to hit him."
"He tried to kick me. He did kick me. Next time, you do it."
Wolfe shuddered.
A solid mystery, more challenging than the average Wolfe novel, and Wolfe pulling off one of his greatest stunts (it involves a lot of time in his yellow silk pajamas) add up to one of the best books in the series.
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By Richard Schwindt TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 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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