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Trio for blunt instruments; a Nero Wolfe…
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Trio for blunt instruments; a Nero Wolfe Threesome (origineel 1964; editie 1964)

door Rex Stout

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The clues to these three killer conundrums are a shoeshine, an ear of corn & a blood-stained necktie
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Titel:Trio for blunt instruments; a Nero Wolfe Threesome
Auteurs:Rex Stout
Info:New York, Viking Press [1964]
Verzamelingen:REGULAR-PRINT BOOKS, Jouw bibliotheek
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Trio for Blunt Instruments door Rex Stout (1964)

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Good diversion. ( )
  tgraettinger | Aug 14, 2021 |
This trio of novellas all feature murder by blunt instruments (obviously): "Kill Now -- Pay Later", "Murder is Corny" and "Blood Will Tell".

I enjoyed all 3 but my favorite was the second one, perhaps because of the way Wolfe is forced to indicate how much he esteems Archie. ( )
  leslie.98 | Apr 19, 2020 |
Trio for Blunt Instruments by Rex Stout draws us back into the world of Nero Wolfe and his loyal assistant, Archie Goodwin. The last time I visited with these distinguished detectives was back in 2015 (it's been too long!) so I was very happy to get a 3-in-1 with this book. This volume contains the following mysteries: Kill Now -- Pay Later, Murder Is Corny, and Blood Will Tell. As this is a collection, the stories aren't overly lengthy (Murder Is Corny was previously unpublished and was the last novella written by Stout.) but as with all of Stout's writings they pack a powerful punch no matter the length. I continue to maintain that Archie Goodwin is one of my favorite literary characters. His veracity, loyalty, bravery, and overwhelming likability mark him as a singular character that it's nearly impossible not to like. There is something so real about him and his narrative voice as the reporter of Wolfe's cases lends reality and humor. Of course, Wolfe is a singular character in his own right as a true 'armchair detective' in every way.

Kill Now -- Pay Later covers the story of Wolfe's shoe shiner who witnesses something (it's not too much of a shock for me to tell you it's related to a murder I don't think) and comes to Wolfe immediately afterward. Once Wolfe is on the case, it turns out that it's not as straightforward as the police think especially since a subsequent crime is marked as a suicide and the case is considered closed. It's up to Wolfe and Archie to continue the case to its bitter end no matter how winding their path becomes.

Murder Is Corny is an extremely corny title for one of Stout's mysteries as the victim works at a farm that produces corn. Archie is pegged as the main suspect after one of his prior flames indicates that he was at the scene of the crime. Wolfe at first demurs as it's 'Archie's private affair' but when he realizes that he stands a good chance of losing someone he relies on he steps in. This one has a lot of moving parts and quite a few memorable characters but what marks it as unique is that Goodwin isn't interested in the main female character. ;-)

And that brings us to Blood Will Tell which opens up with Archie receiving a rather strange package in the mail and snowballs into a dramatic story about spurned love, boorishness, and snappy dressers. I think this one was my favorite of the three because it provided a lot of sidestories to sink your teeth into and it kept me guessing up until the last.

Whatever your taste in mysteries, you can't go wrong with this 3-in-1 because it has a little something for everybody. If you haven't ever tried a Nero Wolfe mystery then this is an excellent place to start. ( )
  AliceaP | May 3, 2017 |
Short stories
  bookswamp | Jul 30, 2012 |
This is a group of three longish short stories or novellas or whatever you want to call them, all involving sleuths Nero Wolfe and his associate Archie Goodwin. The titles are Kill Now - Pay Later, Murder is Corny, and Blood Will Tell. Kind of different, in that the Wolfe has no paying client for the first two stories. All written in the 60s. Not his best, but fun if you are a fan. If you haven't tried this series, I would say save this one for later. 3.5 stars ( )
  cmbohn | Oct 3, 2011 |
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AuteursnaamRolType auteurWerk?Status
Rex Stoutprimaire auteuralle editiesberekend
Prichard, MichaelVertellerSecundaire auteursommige editiesbevestigd

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That Monday morning Pete didn't give me his usual polite grin, contrasting the white gleam of his teeth with the maple-syrup shade of the skin of his square leathery face. ("Kill Now - Pay Later")
When the doorbell rang that Tuesday morning in September and I stepped to the hall for a look and through the one-way glass saw Inspector Cramer on the stoop, bearing a fair-sized carton, I proceeded to the door, intending to open it a couple of inches and say through the crack, "Deliveries in the rear." ("Murder Is Corny")
Naturally most of the items in the mail that is delivered to the old brownstone on West 35th Street are addressed to Nero Wolfe, but since I both work and live there eight or ten out of a hundred are addressed to me. ("Blood Will Tell")
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