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Not Quite Dead Enough (Nero Wolfe) (edition 1992)

by Rex Stout (Author)

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The army wants Nero Wolfe urgently, but he refuses their clarion call to duty. It takes Archie Goodwin to titillate Wolfe's taste for crime with two malevolent morsels: a corpse that refuses to rest in peace and a sinister "accident" involving national security. It's up to the Grandiose Master himself, Nero Wolfe, to set the traps to catch a pair of wily killers- as Archie lays the bait on the wrong side of the law.… (more)
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Title:Not Quite Dead Enough (Nero Wolfe)
Authors:Rex Stout (Author)
Info:Crimeline (1992), 208 pages
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I wasn't particular taken with either of the stories in this collection. In "Not Quite Dead Enough," Archie's longtime friend Lily is suspected of the murder of an old woman. In "Booby Trap," Archie's superior officer (Archie is in the army in both of these WW II-era stories) is killed in a grenade blast. The stories seem rushed, and I wasn't happy with how Wolfe came to the ultimate conclusion in each of the stories. In the latter story, it's more of a case of theatrics and trickery rather than logic (something that Wolfe admits). In the former, it wasn't really clear from the writing how the fatal bit of evidence happened. There's much to enjoy in this series, so give this collection a pass. ( )
  EricCostello | Aug 4, 2019 |
Kind of a bare bones Nero Wolfe mystery. If this had been the first one I read, I'd never read another one. Very disappointed. It was missing any detail about the usual trappings that Nero Wolfe is concerned with -- food, orchids, etc. The mystery wasn't all that mysterious although I thought the way Stout got the the murderer to to take care of the problem was interesting but also revolting. Not recommended. ( )
  phyllis2779 | Nov 8, 2018 |
Another entry in the Nero Wolfe series which is actually two novellas rather than a single novel.

In both, Archie is now in the military (WW2). In "Not Quite Dead Enough", Archie is taken from his normal duties and assigned to the task of getting Wolfe to agree to take a case for the army. Lily Rowan is chasing Archie and inadvertently provides Archie with the lever he needs to complete his assignment.

In "Boobytrap", Archie is now permanently assigned to Wolfe and Wolfe is regularly consulted by the military. ( )
  leslie.98 | Feb 18, 2018 |
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 |
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 |
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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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