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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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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 |
Nero and Archie take on the FBI. This book was written back when people were just beginning to realize the awfulness of J. Edgar Hoover. A wealthy woman has purchased and distributed a thousand copies of [book: The FBI Nobody Knows] (a real book) and now believes she and her associates are being tailed by FBI agents. Wolfe's investigation leads to some puzzling information about a murder that may or may not be connected to the Bureau. Wolfe and Archie also find themselves secretly allied with Inspector Cramer. One of the main clues to the identity of the murderer comes when Archie finds a photo with a misquotation from Keats's On a Grecian Urn written on the back -- this was a piece of synchronicity because my husband was taking a Keats course just at the time we were reading this book.
Some people consider this the best of the Wolfe canon; I'm not sure I agree, I really liked [book: Some Buried Caesar], [book: The Father Hunt] -- well, actually it's hard to pick a favorite or best one! However, this one would be right up there. Well worth a read or re-read. ( )
  auntieknickers | Apr 3, 2013 |
I simply do not care for Mr. Wolfe. Genius or no genius, he is a priss, and prisses do not exist in my literature.His assistant makes his adventures liveable and, frankly, i think archie sees his boss as a priss as well. ( )
  andyray | Aug 2, 2011 |
In 1965, Rex Stout was nearly 80 years old and at the top of his game. There's hope for me yet.

Great book.

This short review has also been published on a dabbler's journal. ( )
  joeldinda | Jul 23, 2011 |
Maybe the best of Nero Wolf and Archie Goodwin, the real mystery is who rings the door bell. ( )
  brone | Apr 6, 2011 |
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Rex Stoutprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Kaminsky, StuartIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Pennanen, EilaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Prichard, MichaelNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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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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