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Plot It Yourself (1959)

by Rex Stout

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Series: Nero Wolfe (32)

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It's bad enough to steal someone's idea; but it takes real guts to claim it is your own, then sue the originator. That's just what a gang of hack writers do, ingeniously planting evidence to back up their claims. The frustrated authors call on Nero Wolfe for help. But when someone dies, Wolfe realizes it's no simple extortion scheme. He'll have to draw on his critical skills to close the book on a killer well-versed in the ABCs of murder.… (more)
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1959; plagiarism and a committee as client
  18cran | Aug 23, 2021 |
Now *that's* a Nero Wolfe novel. Plagiarism and murder! He really lays into the publishing industry, too, and it's great fun. Probably in my top 5 Wolfe stories.
  JohnNienart | Jul 11, 2021 |
A group of authors and publishers band together to employ Wolfe to stop a plagiarism scam that has plagued them in the past few years, but was not really understood until just recently. A fun read, if only for the constant, eternaly balance between emenity and need that exists between those who write and those who publish. Fun but not very deep. ( )
  Colleen5096 | Oct 29, 2020 |
A fun episode in the Nero Wolfe series. I loved the tension between publisher and author and who has to take responsibility for plagiarism. I also loved when Wolfe went on a food strike because he made a mistake in the case. Of course, he redeemed himself in the end with a usual Stout plot twist. ( )
  jguidry | Apr 16, 2020 |
A multiple case of plagiarism involves Wolfe and Archie, but soon it turns to murder. As usual, Wolfe does his reveal in an office full of suspects. ( )
  LindaLeeJacobs | Feb 15, 2020 |
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It's bad enough to steal someone's idea; but it takes real guts to claim it is your own, then sue the originator. That's just what a gang of hack writers do, ingeniously planting evidence to back up their claims. The frustrated authors call on Nero Wolfe for help. But when someone dies, Wolfe realizes it's no simple extortion scheme. He'll have to draw on his critical skills to close the book on a killer well-versed in the ABCs of murder.

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Nero Wolfe is hired by a committee of writers and publishers to find a plagiarizer who has sued successful writers. Then three of the four writers are found dead, and Nero gets mad. Archie brings the last surviving writer to the office, together with all the committee, to get some answers!
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