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The Doorbell Rang by Rex Stout
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The Doorbell Rang (1965)

by Rex Stout

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Series: Nero Wolfe (41)

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Re-reading Nero Wolfe, starting with a (surprisingly short) novel that I better remember as an episode from the TV adaptation. Another wealthy widow - reminding me that I had a kink about Archie and older women - pays Wolfe to trip up the FBI, and he succeeds, via a murder investigation. Or in Friends parlance, The one where Saul, Fred, Orrie and two body doubles for Wolfe and Archie are crated into the brownstone. Not a bad book, but not the best fuel to reignite my Nero Wolfe fire. ( )
  AdonisGuilfoyle | Mar 31, 2016 |
Nero Wolfe is hugely fat, loves orchids and hates to leave his house. And he seems to almost always solve everything just by sitting in an armchair and directing our trusty narrator (Archie Goodwin) to do most of the work. In this book he gets in trouble when he tangles with the FBI. Wolfe feeds himself, reads a lot, and lets Archie get himself knocked around. But, Archie always gets to poke fun at his mean boss - admiring him in the process. ( )
  dbsovereign | Jan 26, 2016 |
Nero Wolfe vs. J. Edgar Hoover is a delicious idea, and this novel features one of Wolfe's most sympathetic clients, but Wolfe's triumph over the FBI fails to convince. ( )
  middlemarchhare | Nov 25, 2015 |
Nero Wolfe tangles with the FBI while searching for a murderer. One of the best Rex Stout plots I have read! ( )
  addunn3 | Apr 25, 2015 |
Rex Stout recedes into history,not because his Nero Wolfe novels lack imagination but simply because time passes and new authors continue the genre. But those new writers owe Mr. Stout (and I say "Mr. Stout" because to call him by his forst name only would be a major gaffe in his time) a great deal. Clever construction, delightful repartee, including one learning at least one new word per book (how can you not love "rhodomontade" used in place of bull hockey).

In this novel Nero and Archie take on both the New York Police Department AND the FBI and perhaps not bringing them to their knees at least causing the head men to appear on the doorstep of that famous brownstone to apologize. Plenty of twists and turns to satisfy the most ardent of mystery devotees and all done with that touch of elegance as Archie moves about the city doing the spadework and Nero resting his "one seventh of a ton" body in the special chair.

A fine exampole of Nero Wolfe at work. ( )
  WhitmelB | Jan 7, 2015 |
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Rex Stoutprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Kaminsky, StuartIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Pennanen, EilaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Prichard, MichaelNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Since it was the deciding factor, I might as well begin by describing it.
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Hooray for the technicians. Modern science was fixing it so that anybody can do anything but nobody can know what the hell is going on.
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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0553237217, Mass Market Paperback)

Rex Stout's Nero Wolfe books are all great fun, full of wonderful food and the arcane details of hobbies as diverse as orchid growing and Balkan history. But in this outing, things suddenly become much more serious when Wolfe and his sidekick Archie Goodwin face the malevolent forces of J. Edgar Hoover and his FBI minions. Luckily, Stout's heart and his writing style are more than equal to the challenge.

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Things suddenly become serious when Wolfe and his sidekick Archie Goodwin face the malevolent forces of J. Edgar Hoover and his FBI minions.

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