Death of a Dude (A Nero Wolfe Mystery Book 44)

Death of a Dude (A Nero Wolfe Mystery Book 44)

Posted by jack_miller | Published 7 months ago

With 84 ratings

By: Rex Stout

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The mountain couldn’t come to Wolfe, so the great detective came to the mountain—to Lame Horse, Montana, to be exact. Here a city slicker got a country girl pregnant and then took a bullet in the back. Wolfe’s job was to get an innocent man exonerated of the crime and catch a killer in the process. But when he packed his silk pajamas and headed west, he found himself embroiled in a case rife with local cynicism, slipshod police work, and unpleasant political ramifications. In fact, Nero Wolfe was buffaloed until the real killer struck again, underestimating the dandified dude with an unerring instinct for detection.

Introduction by Don Coldsmith
“It is always a treat to read a Nero Wolfe mystery. The man has entered our folklore.”—The New York Times Book Review
A grand master of the form, Rex Stout is one of America’s greatest mystery writers, and his literary creation Nero Wolfe is one of the greatest fictional detectives of all time. Together, Stout and Wolfe have entertained—and puzzled—millions of mystery fans around the world. Now, with his perambulatory man-about-town, Archie Goodwin, the arrogant, gourmandizing, sedentary sleuth is back in the original seventy-three cases of crime and detection written by the inimitable master himself, Rex Stout.
While Archie is on vacation at Lily's ranch in Montana a man is murdered. Nearly everyone, except Archie, Lilly and a couple of others, assume it was done by the foreman of Lily's ranch. Since the murdered man, a guest at the dude ranch bordering Lily's ranch, had gotten Harvey's daughter pregnant the previous summer everyone supposed Harvey would be acquitted. Archie, knowing the laws of the old West no longer applied, knew he was likely to be convicted. He notified Wolfe of his intent to take a leave of absence until he could find the evidence to free Harvey. Since Wolfe couldn't conceive trying to operate indefinitely without Archie, he arrived on a flight as soon as he could make arrangements. Unbelievable! So many of his "rules" were broken during the prolonged investigation. The inept sheriff, who had a grudge against Harvey, didn't even look for evidence, and Wolfe and Archie had to struggle to find evidence to give them other possible suspects. This was a very enjoyable book because of the changed circumstances between Wolfe, Archie and Lily. Of course they were able to find the murderer. I highly recommend this book.

- kennedi_green

It grieves me to give 3 stars to a Nero Wolfe book. I'm a HUGE Rex Stout fan, but just didn't enjoy this one. Normally, I breeze through one of his novels in 2-3 days of before-bed reading. This one took me a month. The story was slow starting ... the journey once underway wasn't that interesting—despite the fact that Wolfe was away from his home and "in the wild" .... very little ripe banter between Wolfe and Goodwin.... and by the time I found out whodunit I just didn't care anymore.

Looking forward to moving on to another Nero Wolfe book now. Almost always, they are great pleasure-reading.

- bailee_chavez

One of the few Italian words I know and I think is more wonderful to say than marvelous. I am joyfully reading through the Nero Wolfe series on Kindle Fire. And if other are also , as well as those who skip introduction, I plead with you not to skip them. They are by many different authors and give you a greater appreciation of Rex Stout and literature in general. I have downloaded one novel of each of introduction authors and have those to look forward to when I finish the Nero Wolfe series. I cannot help but think they must be fairly good writers too if they extoll Rex Stout. If any of you who read this have a good recommendation as to whom I should begin reading, please let me know.

- vincent_davis

I usually enjoy the novels where Nero Wolfe is out of his comfort zone -- this time in Montana, but it takes a long time for him to arrive. In the meantime, Archie is surrounded by boring and annoying characters. Except for Lily Rowan. The mystery is fair, and Nero Wolfe manages to solve it in his usual bombastic manner. Until then, the story creaks along. Not Stout's best.

- raylee_watson

Always can count on Rex Stout to write a tail with our familiar characters that pleases and delights the reader with superb reading. It is always fun to have Nero travel, as his agoraphobia adds to the entertaining dialog between Nero, Archie and the rest of the folks in the story. This time he goes to Montana to Lily's cabin and proceeds to help Archie investigate the murder of a "Dude" from a neighboring ranch. Much fun with this twist away from the old brownstone.

- abdullah_perez

I have read all the Nerro Wolfe and Archie Goodwin books several times over. They never get dull. He was the best and people who are not familiar with him should try one!! They’ll get hooked.!!

- charles_carter

This one is a reread for me, I had been reading later Nero Wolf mysteries and I have not realized that this one was in fact one of the latest ones when I have read it for the first time in Russian translation. Watching Nero Wolf being forced (or deciding) to go somewhere outside of his "natural habitat" is always a joy and when he does some investigating not from home it is even better. Archie is as hilarious as ever and I always adored Lily. I wonder if Russian translator conveniently omitted the fact that one of the books that Wolf is reading in this book was by Solzhenitsyn? I was very amused when I noticed it.

A gem.

- ana_hernandez

As the readers of the Nero Wolfe stories know, Nero Wolfe hates to leave his house. In this story, Wolfe goes all the way to Montana. Archie, his assistant, is vacationing with his wealthy girlfriend when one of her farm hands is arrested for murder. Archie stays to help. Wolfe can't tolerate being without Archie for any length of time, so he joins Archie to help. The story shows what lengths Wolfe will go to keep Archie close. It also gives an idea of one of Wolfe's strange ideas about manners. It's a good yarn.

- judah_miller

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