- Mass Market Paperback: 208 pages
- Publisher: Crimeline (Jan. 1 1997)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0553241915
- ISBN-13: 978-0553241914
- Product Dimensions: 10.7 x 1.5 x 17.5 cm
- Shipping Weight: 181 g
- Average Customer Review: 4 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #266,168 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Trio for Blunt Instruments Mass Market Paperback – Jan 1 1997
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About the Author
Rex Stout (1886–1975) wrote dozens of short stories, novellas, and full-length mystery novels, most featuring his two indelible characters, the peerless detective Nero Wolfe and his handy sidekick, Archie Goodwin.
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Again, it's an amazing little collection of short stories staring my favorite detective pair as they move through a series of events related only by their focus on blunt instruments as weapons for murder. Rex Stout continues to entertain me far beyond what I expected and I'll continue to add this and anything else I can get my hands on to my growing Nero Wolfe collection XD
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The earliest mysteries are the best in my opinion. All are good, but when one of Archie's 1960s girlfriends conjugates the German verb 'ficken' in public, it made me long for the good old days back in the '30s and '40s when ladies wore hats and gloves, even on a quick trip down to the neighborhood drugstore to buy a bottle of cyanide.
Maybe I'm a chauvinist, too.
"Trio for Blunt Instruments" (1961) features three novelettes: "Kill Now--Pay Later;" "Murder is Corny;" and "Blood Will Tell." All of the stories begin, as you might have guessed, with a victim who was bludgeoned to death or shoved out of a window.
Wolfe's client in "Kill Now--Pay Later" is the daughter of his bootblack, Peter Vassos. Pete shows up three times a week at Wolfe's old brownstone on West 35th Street to polish Wolfe's and Archie's shoes, but on the Monday morning in question he isn't his usual cheerful self. One of his best clients jumped or was pushed out of the window of a tenth story office, and Pete arrived in the office shortly after his client hit the pavement . Is Wolfe's favorite bootblack going to be accused of murder?
"Murder is Corny" is one of my favorite Nero Wolfe novelettes because it involves Wolfe's educated sense of taste. Every Tuesday from July 20 to October 5, a farmer named Duncan McLeod was supposed to deliver 16 ears of just-picked corn to Wolfe's brownstone, and one Tuesday in September he didn't show up. The gargantuan detective is fit to be tied when Inspector Cramer knocks on the front door after dinner, carrying the missing carton of corn. The guy who was supposed to deliver it was found dead behind Rusterman's restaurant, hit on the head with an iron pipe. Not only didn't Wolfe get his corn, but he is a trustee of Rusterman's restaurant. Then Archie is practically accused of the murder by the farmer's lovely daughter, who is working as a model in Manhattan. Can the situation get any worse?
"Blood Will Tell" is actually the second Wolfe mystery which involves a stained necktie, but at least the tie in this case doesn't belong to Nero Wolfe. Archie Goodwin receives the tie in the mail along with a mysterious note that says "Keep this until you hear from me." Is the dull brown spot on the tie a bloodstain?
I always try to deduce who the murderer is before Nero Wolfe does. But I rarely do. I have however, discovered the murder before Archie does.
If you like mysteries, mysteries that are true who-dunits and not action novels or thrillers, this book will delight you.
As Archie may say, it's a cracker.
Note: the very high prices on most Nero Wolfe Kindle additions are way too high and has limited my selections considering that most resale shops have used copies for <$1.
If you aren't familiar with Stout's other books, the Flamingo is the name I of the place Archie goes, not he "Ramingo."