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  • Mass Market Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Crimeline; Reissue edition (Aug. 1 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0553248138
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553248135
  • Product Dimensions: 10.7 x 1.3 x 17.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 159 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #333,998 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.

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"Three for the Chair" is another trio of Nero Wolfe novellas by Rex Stout, including "A Window for Death," about a uranium miner who attempts to reconcile with his family but is murdered during his attempt; "Immune to Murder," one of the rare tales where Nero Wolfe leaves his home, in this case to travel to the Adirondacks in order to prepare a special meal for a visiting ambassador, only to find himself detained and inconvenienced when one of the party is killed; and "Too Many Detectives," wherein Wolfe is actually arrested briefly during the course of an investigation by the district attorney into possible illegal wiretapping activities amongst a group of private detectives. As always with these collections, the stories are short, concise and minor, but also as always, Wolfe and Archie Goodwin are remarkable characters to follow, and it's a great deal of fun to try to beat the great detective to a solution. Recommended!
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The cases herein occurred in late summer and autumn of 1955, and early 1956.
"A Window for Death" - a.k.a. "Nero Wolfe and the Vanishing Clue". No relation to "Door to Death". Two members of the Fyfe family, father and son Bertram, 20 years apart, died of pneumonia - but it seems to have been murder in both cases, since a window was deliberately left open each time to sabotage the patient's recovery. But Bertram Fyfe died with a half-share in a big uranium strike - which now reverts to his young partner Johnny Arrow rather than his family. Arrow, his executor as well as his friend, says that Fyfe had returned to New York because something was eating him from his past, andnot just a desire to reconcile with the relatives who nearly pinned his father's murder on him. The family wants Fyfe's death investigated, some with an eye on the lion's share that went to Arrow, but Arrow has an ironclad alibi. The 'vanishing clue' mentioned in the alternate title is the key to discovering what really happened, if the reader can deduce its existence. Wolfe handles the final confrontation by dictating a letter to Cramer in front of the suspects - Cramer himself doesn't appear.
"Immune to Murder" - Adapted for A&E's 2nd Nero Wolfe season. Ambassador Kelefy, whose country is being courted for favors by the U.S., has eaten Wolfe's recipes at restaurants all over the world, and Asst. Secretary of State David Leeson has persuaded Wolfe (against Archie's counter-efforts, who has to put up with Wolfe grousing about imaginary lumbago after the long drive) to visit O.V. Bragan's fishing lodge in River Bend and cook brook trout for his country. When Archie joins in the trout-fishing efforts, he hooks not only a granddaddy fish, but the body of David Leeson.
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36 of 40 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa4943978) out of 5 stars Wolfe gets out of the house a little May 5 2002
By Michele L. Worley - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
The cases herein occurred in late summer and autumn of 1955, and early 1956.
"A Window for Death" - a.k.a. "Nero Wolfe and the Vanishing Clue". No relation to "Door to Death". Two members of the Fyfe family, father and son Bertram, 20 years apart, died of pneumonia - but it seems to have been murder in both cases, since a window was deliberately left open each time to sabotage the patient's recovery. But Bertram Fyfe died with a half-share in a big uranium strike - which now reverts to his young partner Johnny Arrow rather than his family. Arrow, his executor as well as his friend, says that Fyfe had returned to New York because something was eating him from his past, andnot just a desire to reconcile with the relatives who nearly pinned his father's murder on him. The family wants Fyfe's death investigated, some with an eye on the lion's share that went to Arrow, but Arrow has an ironclad alibi. The 'vanishing clue' mentioned in the alternate title is the key to discovering what really happened, if the reader can deduce its existence. Wolfe handles the final confrontation by dictating a letter to Cramer in front of the suspects - Cramer himself doesn't appear.
"Immune to Murder" - Adapted for A&E's 2nd Nero Wolfe season. Ambassador Kelefy, whose country is being courted for favors by the U.S., has eaten Wolfe's recipes at restaurants all over the world, and Asst. Secretary of State David Leeson has persuaded Wolfe (against Archie's counter-efforts, who has to put up with Wolfe grousing about imaginary lumbago after the long drive) to visit O.V. Bragan's fishing lodge in River Bend and cook brook trout for his country. When Archie joins in the trout-fishing efforts, he hooks not only a granddaddy fish, but the body of David Leeson. The situation is interesting, but the local law enforcement types are portrayed as somewhat fumbling - although that could be attributed to the sheriff & the DA trying to run things directly instead of leaving it to the real experts. Good story, nice change from Wolfe's usual habitat.
"Too Many Detectives" - Thanks to a big wiretapping scandal, the state of New York has noticed the licensing process, such as it is, for private detectives, and all 590 licensed by the state of New York have been summoned to testify. Wolfe, Archie, Dol Bonner, and Sally Colt are among those on the day's lineup in Albany when a former client of Wolfe's - who provided a false name to dupe Wolfe into an illegal wiretap - is found murdered at the hearings. Several of the other detectives have had (or claim to have had) similar experiences. Wolfe and Archie, under arrest as material witnesses, don't trust the Albany cops to uncover the truth, and all the P.I.s want to keep their licenses, so a massive cooperative private investigation is undertaken.
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HASH(0xa49439cc) out of 5 stars As usual, brilliant Sept. 7 2005
By Bo Brown - Published on Amazon.com
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I just finished this book, but could have recommended it before opening it. As a long-time reader of Stout, I can tell you that his plotting is impeccable, his denouements unfailingly surprising and his command of the language masterful. The first story, "A Window for Death," has long been one of my favorites, featuring as it does Stout's usual suspects--class, money and sexual tension--in the story of a black sheep returning to the fold and mysteriously dying. The other two tales are tasty, too; in "Immune to Death," Stout's lazy and unwilling detective, Nero Wolfe, gets involved in an international fight over oil rights, and in "Too Many Detectives," he is caught in an investigation regarding illegal wire tapping. I will read a Stout--any Stout, even the occasional romance novel--again and again, whenever I get my hands on one, and I always pass them around to anyone who loves a mystery. They're fast, hilarious, arrogant, profoundly unrealistic and fun, with the air of an old comic thriller movie, like Hitchcock's "The Lady Vanishes" or one starring Edna Mae Oliver. Don't be put off by the undercurrent of misogyny, I'm a flaming, old-school feminist and if I can laugh at such sheer ridiculousness, so can you.
HASH(0xa4943ca8) out of 5 stars but they are just as good if not better the second or third time March 24 2016
By annie - Published on Amazon.com
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I haven't read these stories in a long time, so I won't go into detail, although I can say that Stout novels and novellas run the gamut between Hopeful, Dark, Nostalgic, Light-hearted, etc. I am reading them in order, and I haven't got to these yet. I've read them before, but they are just as good if not better the second or third time.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa4943ba0) out of 5 stars Deeper Into the 1950s Oct. 10 2006
By John P Bernat - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Three short stories in this collection.

"Immune to Murder" was scripted into the A&E series, and the adaptation was visually wondserful. U.S. diplomats are trying to wheedle the ambassador of a "third world" country to secure oil resources. To that end, the American diplomat talks Wolfe into traveling to a hunting lodge to cook this man a meal of fresh brook trout for his country.

The collection's common thread is that all three of these cases have Wolfe outside his home, breaking an inviolable rule.

"Too Many Detectives" has Wolfe, as a licensed private detective, testifying in Albany about licensing practices.

"A Window for Death" Never leave a window open if you're touchy about pneumonia, I guess.

These last two were good enough stories, but it can be deduced why A&E did not option them for broadcast. Despite being located away from the brownstone, they do not have a lot of visual appeal. And, interestingly enough, given limitations of time and space, Timothy Hutton was described as a very visual executive producer and director...

Boy, I sure wish they'd made more of those A&E episodes...
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa25271f8) out of 5 stars Good solid Nero Wolfe Jan. 19 2013
By Sr Chimes - Published on Amazon.com
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The mystery is always good but the real reason to read these books is the great interaction between Wolfe, Goodwin and the other characters.

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