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The Father Hunt (original 1968; edition 1995)

by Rex Stout

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Title:The Father Hunt
Authors:Rex Stout
Info:Bantam (1995), Paperback, 208 pages
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This Nero Wolfe mystery begins with Lily Rowan's assistant, Amy Denovo, asking for Archie's help in finding her father. Her mother has passed away from a hit-and-run incident without ever breathing a hint to Amy of her real father, so, with money collected from checks supposedly sent by the father, Amy hires Wolfe - only the case is complicated when it looks like the hit-and-run might have been more sinister.

Although enjoyable, there are some minor quibbles with the plot in this one (it feels as if the motive for the hit-and-run was not sufficiently explored), but Wolfe novels, I maintain, are to be read for the characters, not the mysteries.

That said, I am frustrated with the Rex Stout Library edition, which offers brief pages toward the end with extra things (advertisements for Nero Wolfe movies, comic strips, letters from Stout's editors). In this case, the afterword promises a letter from Stout's editor and "the master's reply"... except there is no reply. Simply the original letter from the editor to Stout (wherein he asks the same questions I had about the plot). It would be annoying enough, except something similar happened in a previous one I read.

All in all, though, another great Wolfe book! ( )
  kittyjay | Apr 23, 2015 |
Some days you just need Archie Goodwin to cheer you up. This did the trick. ( )
  jen.e.moore | Mar 30, 2013 |
I love all the Nero Wolf books, so am a biased judge; listened to this and really enjoy Michael Pritchard ( )
  MaryWJ | Dec 20, 2010 |
Nero Wolfe books are great to read when I need something to read. I've read enough reviews to know that I'm not alone in forgetting the plots and other details, and only enjoying the company of the main characters. Especially Archie.

In this book, his charm is on full display, as the client falls for him instantly, and decides he's the only one who can solve her problem. Of course, he does. With help from Nero and the rest of the gang, he tracks down her father, and proves that said father murdered her mother. ( )
  teckelvik | Sep 26, 2009 |
An exceptionally strong story handled very well by Mr Stout. ( )
  wormread | Jun 6, 2007 |
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Prichard, MichaelNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Hired to locate Amy Denovo's long-lost father, Nero Wolfe and his assistant, Archie Goodwin, discover that the missing man has a deadly and dangerous secret to hide. Reissue. NYT.

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Hired to locate Amy Denovo's long-lost father, Nero Wolfe and his assistant, Archie Goodwin, discover that the missing man has a deadly and dangerous secret to hide.

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