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These are three awesome stories of Nero Wolf by the masterful writer Rex Stout. I recomment all of Rex Stout's work to all. Nero Wolf is the second best detective in the world; the best being Sherlock Holmes. Enjoy and Be Blessed. Jun 15, Diane K.

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It's rather hard to rate the short-story collections. In this case, I liked two, and the last was rather iffy. I also found it interesting that this story, published after Stout's own run-in with McCarthyism, includes Wolfe's view that, while he hates Communism, he also dislikes the trend for fast-and-loose accusations being thrown about.

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I liked watching Wolfe cope with his client's domineering wife. I like how Stout can take situations as ordinary and mundane as haircuts and shoeshines and develop mysteries around them. Although it is somewhat surprising that Wolfe has never arranged for a barber who makes house calls! The perilous situation of Carl and Tina is a nice reminder of how good it is to be in a country where you don't have to fear cops merely because they are cops.

This is another situation where it really might have helped if Stout had laid it aside for a while and then come back, re-read it, and done some judicious editing. There's a number of points: 1.

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Why the heck did they take the case in the first place? Wolfe rarely takes any case unless there's a good sum of money involved, and Archie points out that they're going to get very little from this. In addition, once having accepted a case, Wolfe hates being told what to do, and for this one, Koven was definitely running things. Essentially, he merely wanted a warm body and a gun--which he could have gotten from any agency in New York at far less cost.

Stout does give us a slight, possible hint, but there's no follow-up--when Archie calls home, to furiously report the theft of his gun and the re-appearance of the previously stolen one, Wolfe brushes it off as a prank, chuckles, and says, tellingly, "I wish I could see your face. Was Cramer taken over by the pod people, or what? His actions are completely inexplicable. He knows Archie. He knows that Archie is not going to get into an altercation with a stranger over something as ridiculous as the accidental and ignorant abuse of a monkey, and even if he did, a gun would not come into play.

He would pick up the squirt and use him to dust the furniture.

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Archie, an expert with firearms, could not possibly shoot someone accidently for the few moments that they thought that it might have been an accident--yeah, shooting him accidently through a pillow, uh huh, sure. As for him deliberately killing a stranger for the above reason--oh, puh-leeze! And yet Cramer refuses to entertain the slightest possibility that Koven, not Archie, is the one who is lying.

Cramer has been known to pull a fast one on our duo--after all, he gets zinged so often, and gets so few opportunities to hit back--but he doesn't do so in such a way as to cause any real harm. Come on, he's known Archie some ten years, and Wolfe twenty, and he prefers to believe a stranger over them? This situation could have been avoided simply by taking it out of Cramer's jurisdiction. Anywhere would have done, but for choice I would take Westchester County, with Archie's second-favorite nemesis, Lt.

Con Noonan.

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Noonan would have pounced joyfully on the notion of Archie as killer, and he would have been willfully blind and deaf to any logic. Archie wouldn't even have bothered to argue; he would just stand mute and wait for someone with brains to show up. I can't believe that in all the times I've read this story, I never caught this one before: why was Wolfe's license in jeopardy? He wasn't there. He didn't own the gun. He didn't tell Archie to shoot anyone.

He may possibly have blown up and ripped Cramer to shreds, but in that case, how could he sue Koven? He makes it clear that Koven is at fault for his loss, therefore it has to come down to the fact that Koven said one thing and Wolfe said another. But surely it would have to wait until the case was closed? The real reason, of course, was so that Wolfe would have a reason to hit Koven with a lawsuit to force him to come to the office.

There was a simpler way he could have done it: send Saul Panzer with the threat, "Get over to my office, or all the newspapers are going to hear the real truth about Dazzle Dan! Why did Koven lie? And more to the point, why didn't anyone focus on the fact that Koven lied?

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Archie, of all of them, should have focused on the why, as it affected him so badly. The obvious should have leaped out, as it would have to the reader: that Koven lied because he himself had killed Getz and had set Archie up to take the fall. Archie should have brought this up to the police, and he should have discussed it with Wolfe, or tried to, when he got home. Wolfe makes nothing of the lie; he just accepts that the lie was made, and goes on. One has to guess--and it's only a guess--that Koven himself figured out who must have killed Getz, and quickly changed his story in order to protect the killer.

The fact that there's no real sense of shock from him when the killer is revealed makes this likely, but it still would be nice it Stout had made it clear. There's no acknowledgement from the killer of Koven's attempt at protection. The killer's motivation? This isn't any too clear, either. When the killer speaks up, it sounds like it's just a matter of simple greed. Yet Wolfe brings up the matter of deep repulsion and malevolence involved, including the vicious and wholly unnecessary killing of the monkey.

What had Getz done to inspire such utter hatred? This is just skimmed over. The comic strip allegory. Cute, but I'm sure there would have been a lot of readers writing in to ask why "Koven" had re-run a strip from the previous year, and even more letters when it was re-run again! It would have been simple enough to show the allegory in different stories--different characters with the same initials, selling a different product and dividing it the same way.

Wolfe of course would have immediately seen the similarities. Ah, well. As has been pointed out elsewhere, poor Stout is still better than most.

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Three prime Nero Wolfe shorts including the murder at the barbershop and the interview where to the remark, "Is this a democracy or isn't it? It's not a democracy, it's a republic.

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It was first published in Unfortunately, I'm not all that happy with this book. The first two stories "Roost" and "Cop Killer" are mostly his usual fare for short stories. But, in each one, there's a central character whose behavior is so stupid that it just knocks the legs out from unde Rex Stout's "Triple Jeopardy A Nero Wolfe Mystery Book 20 " is another collection of three of his short stories "Home to Roost" , "The Cop Killer" , and "The Squirt and the Monkey" But, in each one, there's a central character whose behavior is so stupid that it just knocks the legs out from under the thing.

So, in those two cases, I'm rating them at merely an OK 3 stars out of 5. In that story, the writing and pacing are actually much better than that in the previous two stories. But, the very premise of the thing is utterly ridiculous. No villain capable of coming up with that plan would ever be so stupid in the choice of patsies. Plus, Stout's portrayal of Inspector Cramer is an abomination. But, his behavior here is insupportable. The very best I can rate this last story is a pretty bad 2 stars out of 5. Arithmetically, that still leaves me at an overall, integer rating of an OK 3 stars out of 5 for the book.

But, that last story left such a bad taste in my mouth that I'd like to rate it a whole lot worse. May 08, Virginia Tican rated it it was amazing. Carl is a barber and his wife Tina is a manicurist It turns out that after they hurriedly left, that same cop got killed so they ar 3 stories. It turns out that after they hurriedly left, that same cop got killed so they are now suspected of killing a cop on top of everything else.