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Homicide Trinity by Rex Stout

Homicide Trinity

by Rex Stout

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Series: Nero Wolfe (36)

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Thiscontains three stories, "Eeny, Meeny, Murder, MO" in which a legal secretary comes to Wolfe's office to report tat she has seen a member of the law firm for which she works meeting with an opposing client in an important divorce case. Wolfe normally will not touch divorce, and when Archie goes to talk him into taking the case --leaving the secretary behind --Wolfe still insists on refusing the case. But then they come down to find the secretary has been strangled with Wolfe's own tie 9which he had taken off for cleaning). So Wolfe is on the case after all. The second case involves a woman who wants to show Wolfe the gun she is not going to shoot her husband with. Unfortunately, her husband has already been shot. The third case "Counterfeit for Murder" involves a charmingly eccentric owner of a rooming house for struggling actors who has found a batch of counterfeit onery in her house. In this version, she survives an attempt at homicide by car, but in another version (posthumously printed in Death Times Three) she is killed. Oddly, the introduction to Death Times Three talks as if the version in that collection is the one in wcich she survives. ( )
  antiquary | Feb 26, 2016 |
It's official: Hattie Annis is the greatest character in the Wolfe canon. The other two stories were pretty good, too. ( )
  jen.e.moore | Dec 22, 2014 |
I enjoyed reading these "short" stories but there was little time for character or plot development before the mysteries were solved! ( )
  Becky221 | Dec 2, 2013 |
Several of Rex Stout's earlier novellas have been reissued as Kindle Singles. Excellent.

Archie and Nero are in rare form in this nice classic piece. The confidential secretary of a law firm shows up at the brownstone. Archie's interviews her, knowing that Nero won't be down from the orchids until later and her story, that someone in the firm is meeting with their client's adversary and that it relates to a divorce case, means that Archie has to frame her story in such a way that Nero, who refuses to have anything to do with divorce cases, will be interested. Wolfe is not, despite Archie's entreaties. Then the woman is discovered in his study, strangled with his necktie.

Well, now Wolfe is pissed. No one kills in his house with impunity. Classic Stout.
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  ecw0647 | Sep 30, 2013 |
Three stories featuring three women with wacky jobs for Wolfe. I enjoyed them all. ( )
  aulsmith | Mar 8, 2013 |
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Rex Stoutprimary authorall editionscalculated
Greenleaf, StephenIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Hallman, TomCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Prichard, MichaelNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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I was standing there in the office with my hands in my pockets, glaring down at the necktie on Nero Wolfe's desk, when the doorbell rang.
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Stout proves that one can indeed have too much money, when a healthy serving of greenbacks and ham actor lead Archie to an unpleasant discovery: a poor dead sould who may or may not have gotten his just desserts.

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