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    January 31, 2011


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    I'm having problems with this posting thing tonight, Les. So if this comment posts twice, I apologize in advance.

    I love this book! And isn't this one of the best titles for a book EVER conceived? I am such an adoring fan of Rex Stout. I have to write an essay one of these days talking about special the Nero Wolfe books are to me. ANd why I don't mind reading them over and over.

    Les Blatt

    I agree completely, Yvette. I reread all the Nero Wolfe books every few years and enjoy them just as much or more than I did the first time. You ought to check out the Wolfe Pack's website - - where you'll find all kinds of information. And, if you're in the NY area sometime when the group is meeting, stop by - I've been to several events now and enjoyed them all thoroughly.


    This is a Stout book that's still on my TBR list. It does sound mighty interesting...I may have to rearrange my vintage reading list. Or just add it on!

    J F Norris

    This is the first Nero Wolfe novel I ever read. I chose it because the cover on the old 1970s Bantam paperback was incredible. (Hey, I was a teenager - this was a big selling point for me then.)

    I've only read three or four Wolfe books. Most of them I just can't finish. Even when I tried Some Buried Caesar a few years ago I lost interest. Can't explain it, but I am just not a Nero Wolfe fan. Ironically, I absolutely loved those TV adaptations with Maury Chaykin and Timothy Hutton. They were excellent!

    Les Blatt

    I agree about the Maury Chaykin/Timothy Hutton TV adaptations. I've only seen a couple, but the ones I saw stuck very closely to the originals, right down to using Archie's narrations, word-for-word. I'm sorry you don't enjoy the books more - but then that's a matter of individual preference. If we all enjoyed the same things, there would be no need for multiple authors, multiple publishers, etc.!


    You know John, SOME BURIED CAESAR is not one of the best of the Nero Wolfe's. Why don't you try THE DOORBELL RANG? Before you give up on Wolfe completely. ;)

    Les, I so rarely get into the city anymore due to various reasons. But maybe one of these days I might show up at a Wolfe Pack outing - hey, you never know. They sound, from your previous descriptions, like a helluva lot of fun.

    Bob Schneider

    TLoFM is certainly an interesting read. Since it comes early in the Wolfe saga it is much less formulaic than many of the works that would folllow. When first reading it I thought the story was going in a completely different direction than Stout eventually took it but I found the story satisfying anyway.

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