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Not Quite Dead Enough (The Rex Stout Library: a Nero Wolfe Mystery) (edition 1992)

by Rex Stout

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Title:Not Quite Dead Enough (The Rex Stout Library: a Nero Wolfe Mystery)
Authors:Rex Stout
Info:Crimeline (1992), Mass Market Paperback, 208 pages
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Tags:Mystery, Mass Market, Alan

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This is two stories, both set shortly after the U.S. entered World War 2. In the first one,"Not Quite Dead Enough" Archie Goodwin has become a major in the U.S, Army,. but his mission is to persuade Wolfe to work for Army intelligence --Wolfe has reacted to the war by deciding he didn't personally kill enough Germans in World War I, so he is going into rigorous training to get into fighting trim. Goodwin snaps him out of it by neatly framing himself for the murder of a young woman who had come to him for help because she suspected her fiance of something terrible. As soon as Wolfe agrees to cooperate with the Army, Archie unframes himself, but Wolfe still has to solve the young woman's death, which involves a complex rivalry including pigeon-raising and hawk-hunting
. The second story, "Booby Trap" is the case the Army wanted Wolfe's brains for, An Army intelligence officer has been murdered while investigating a plot for unscrupulous manufacturers seeing to gain trade secrets (for post-war use) which have been entrusted to the military for war production. After Wolfe meets with the officers involved in the case, and a politician who seems to belong to a fictional equivalent of Truman's war committee in Congress, one of the officers is blown up by grenade. Eventually Wolfe persuades the murderer to blow himself up with another to preserve his reputation. ( )
  antiquary | May 31, 2016 |
Nero Wolfe is in training for the Army and Archie is already in the service when they are called upon to solve a murder. Before they can do that, though, Archie has to convince Nero that his brain would better suit the military effort than his physique. Essentially, the reader gets two murder mysteries in one short book! ( )
  addunn3 | Dec 10, 2015 |
Not one of Stout's best, but enjoyable. The Archie/Wolfe relationship is active and the dialogue amusing. Pretty good mystery, too. I also enjoyed "Booby Trap", the second novella in the book. Once again, Archie is enthralled with a beauty. Good denouement. ( )
  Crotchetymama | Jun 6, 2014 |
Two WWII mysteries. Includes BOOBY TRAP. Archie in Uniform and Nero on a diet. ( )
  Gloria2013Books | Mar 17, 2013 |
This is a Nero Wolfe book set during World War II. It has two stories in it the first one with the same title as the book.
The story begins with Lily Rowan of escamillo fame chasing down Archie who is now a Major in Army Intelligence. Ann Amory, a friend of Lily's has troubles and Lily wants Wolfe to look into the situation. Archie goes to find Wolfe and gets a big surprise. Wolfe and Fritz are training for the army. Not only does Wolfe leave the house he and Fritz are running all over New York.
Archie finds Amory murdered and then comes up with a pretty clever trick to get Wolfe involved in solving the murder. The story is going along fine and then it ends very quickly. It's as if the author was told he only had three pages left for the book and he just made up an ending. Minus one point.
The book gives a flavor of how serious everyone was about hating the Germans and winning the war. Having grown up in America the superpower it is hard to imagine how it must have been to really be afraid the enemy would destroy us.
Booby Trap
This is the second story and there is no double entendre involved. Many of the characters carry over from the Army Intelligence group from the first story. It begins with Wolfe insisting that Archie return a super hand grenade to the Army. He was given one for his intelligence work around it. The grenade later blows up in the office of Colonel Ryder killing the Colonel. At the time Ryder dies they are looking into the suspicious death of Captain Cross another member of the group. Before Ryder dies John Bell Shattuck, a highly placed civilian, had brought the group an anonymous letter he received about the death of Captain Cross.
Wolfe is working as a consultant with the Army and starts an investigation of Ryder's death. Ryder's secretary, Sergeant Dorothy Bruce, is the mystery lady of the story. She caught Archie's eye from the first time he met her. They get to know each other better during the story with perhaps more to come. The ending is a little better than the first story but not much. Fewer pages means less story.
This is my least favorite Nero Wolfe out of the eleven I have read so far. I don't like the novellas and the author's treatment of the war situation did not ring true. ( )
  wildbill | Dec 24, 2011 |
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NOT QUITE DEAD ENOUGH: We swooped down and hit the concrete alongside the Potomac at 1:20 p.m. on a raw Monday in early March.

BOOBY TRAP: On our way out of the house—his house, which was also his office, on West 35th Street over near the North River—Nero Wolfe, who was ahead of me, stopped so abruptly that I nearly bumped into him.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0553261096, Mass Market Paperback)

involving national security, Nero Wolfe must set the traps that will catch the pair of wily killers responsible. Reissue. NYT.

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Nero Wolfe's search for a mad bomber in the tale "Booby Trap" accompanies the story of the famous detective's efforts to clear his assistant, Archie Goodwin, of a murder charge.

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