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Black Orchids/The Silent Speaker: Nero Wolfe Mysteries Read & Download Ç 100 Free read ´ PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook · Rex Stout To a plot as dark as any orchid Wolfe has ever encounteredTHE SILENT SPEAKERWhen a government power broker scheduled to speak before an influential group of millionaires turns up dead Nero Wolfe grudgingly takes the case even as his own financial affairs teeter toward ruin Soon a second victim is discovered a missing stenographer's tape causes a panic and a dead man speaks after a fashion As the business world demands answers the great detective baits a trap to net a killer worth his weight in gold. Bantam has been reissuing Rex Stout s Nero Wolfe novels in groups of two novels in one volume for some time now and I ve been picking them up as I find them Black Orchids 1942 is paired with 1946 s The Silent Speaker which will be my next Wolfe mystery this review concerns only the former Black Orchids is I believe unusual in the Wolfe canon in that it s actually two novellas rather than one mystery the stories are vaguely linked by the rare flower which provides the title In Black Orchids Wolfe is lured out of his West 35th Street den to a flower show at which a rare display of black orchids is a highlight Another highlight especially for Archie Goodwin is a young woman who is part of a picnic tableau used to enliven another floral display when her male partner in the tableau turns up dead it s up to Wolfe to solve the crime In Cordially Invited to Meet Death a society lady known for her professional party organizing skills comes to Nero Wolfe to ask him to find out who is sending poison pen letters hinting at gossipy misdeeds on her part that could ruin her socially Wolfe is not interested but when the woman suffers a particularly nasty death as a result of tetanus infection he is drawn to find the solution despite himself Both novellas feature Archie s wit and Wolfe s acerbic bite and both are fairly plotted and clued as always with Mr Stout s magnificent creation recommendedI decided to read two Nero Wolfe novels back to back to see if any of it gets stale from repetition I m happy to report that no it doesn t In The Silent Speaker from 1946 Wolfe is engaged by the rather appalling NIA the National Industrial Association a collection of wealthy industrialists who of course have no scruples or ethics to speak of to solve the murder of the head of the Bureau of Price Regulation the government body attempting to regulate the business activities of those same wealthy men with attention naturally to proving the NIA innocent and making them look good too When a second person is murdered practically at Wolfe s doorstep he must pull out all the stops to sort out the nefarious from the nefarious amongst this collection of roguesLovely as always I m very pleased that Bantam is reissuing this series and can t wait for the next ones to show up Recommended

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Black Orchids/The Silent Speaker: Nero Wolfe Mysteries Read & Download Ç 100 Free read ´ PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook · Rex Stout A NERO WOLFE SPECIAL EDITION TWO COMPLETE MYSTERIES IN ONE VOLUME Nero Wolfe towers over his rivalshe is an exceptional character creation New Yorker 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 fiction's greatest detectives In this double helping of classic Nero Wolfe mysteries Stout presents the arrogant gourmandizing sedentary sleuth and his trusty man about town Archie Goodwin with a pair of delectable murders th. Outstanding I enjoy these earlier mysteries better than the later ones because Archie Goodwin s language which tends to deteriorate in the newer versions should remain consistent and Nero Wolfe s pomposity and misogyny and frailties are wonderful and need not be watered down These two shorties are from 1941 and 1946

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Black Orchids/The Silent Speaker: Nero Wolfe Mysteries Read & Download Ç 100 Free read ´ PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook · Rex Stout At no connoisseur of the whodunit could possibly resistBLACK ORCHIDS Not much can get Wolfe to leave his comfortable brownstone but the showing of a rare black orchid lures him to a flower show Unfortunately the much anticipated event is soon overshadowed by a murder as daring as it is sudden It's a case of weeding out a cunning killer who can turn up anywhere and Wolfe must do it uickly Because a second case awaits his urgent attention a society widow on a mailing list of poison pen letters leading. Black Orchids is the ninth installment in the WolfeGoodwin series and the first to not be a novel Instead it s a collection of two novellas one that shares it s name with the book and Cordially Invited to Meet Death For whatever reason I kept putting this one off for years until 2 years ago I think What a stupid stupid move These are not Stout s best work in character complexity theme or whatever but they are just about the most entertaining entries in the corpus I literally LOL ed than once the first time I read them and a couple of times on this second read as wellIt s no mistake that the book shares the title with the first novella it s the superior entry a funny light romp until it stops and becomes one of the grimmer entries in the corpus Wolfe throughout is childish peevish calculating and eventually ruthless Archie is well ArchieLewis Hewitt a fellow orchid fanatic and sometimes ally of Wolfe s has produced a new hybrid that Wolfe is very jealous of some black orchids not the most subtle of titles and is showing them at New York s annual flower show Naturally disinclined to attend himself Wolfe sends Archie down to view them take notes on them etc Archie indulges him in this fully expecting Wolfe to try something to get themAnother exhibit at the show features a couple acting out a summer picnic the man is okay and the woman is so striking that Archie immediately starts calling her his fiance Judging by the crowd that assembles at the time each day where the man naps and she washes her feet Archie s not the only one smittenNow is the time where I mention that as this is a Wolfe story someone gets killed Hewitt is tangentially associated with killing enough to scare him into being open to some pressure from Wolfe regarding the hybridsThings remain lighter for a little while but then as I said they get dark and morally murky Even so a rollicking good read that ends too soonThe second story has it s moments too Bess Huddleston a party planner for the obscenely rich is being blackmailed and comes to Wolfe for help Years before Huddleston had insulted Wolfe s dignity by trying to hire him to play detective at a party she ended up settling for Inspector Cramer nevertheless Wolfe takes the case and sends Archie to her home to investigateHuddleston s home and the inhabitants thereof are some of the strangest a reader will encounter anywhere as is the method of murder and attempted murder that Archie stumbles intoUnlike Black Orchids this one was just short enough to remain entertaining Oh I should mention that both Fritz and Wolfe end up taking guidance in the kitchen from a female suspect that alone makes this worth the timeLines that struck me as insightfulfunnyrevealingwhatever from Black Orchids I do not deny that flowers are pretty but a million flowers are not a million times prettier than one flower Oysters are good to eat but who wants to eat a carload Archie speaking to Wolfe Will you kindly tell me I reuested why the females you see at a flower show are the kind of females who go to a flower show Ninety per cent of them Especially their legs Does it have to be like that Is it because never having any flowers sent to them they have to go there in order to see any Rose Lasher speaking of Archie That ten cent Clark Gable there that thinks he s so slick he can slide uphill And Archie s reaction her cheap crack about me being a ten cent Clark Gable which was ridiculous He simpers to begin with and to end with no once can say I resemble a movie actor and fi they did it would be apt to be Gary Cooper than Clark Gable from Cordially Invited to Meet Death Wolfe speaking There is nothing in the world as indestructible as human dignity For a cop to move persons from the house any person whatever with or without a charge or a warrant except at Wolfe s instigation was an intolerable insult to his pride his vanity and his sense of the fitness of things So as was to be expected he acted with a burst of energy amounting to violence he sat up straight in his chair I cannot read that last sentence wo chucklingWith The Silent Speaker we ve returned to novels in our tour through the Corpus the War is over and our heroes like the rest of the country are adjusting to that fact In the US part of that has to do with price regulation and battles between governmental agencies and private businesses In this case we have the Bureau of Price Regulation BPR and the National Industrial Association NIANow I ll be honest and I realize this makes me a horrid person this part of US History makes my eyes glaze over so I can t say for certain how much the relationships depicted between the two entities are accurate But this feels real names of agenciesgroupscompanies being changed naturally and a little bit of reading that I ve done about The Silent Speaker seems to support that In years to come Stout will not tweak details like that The Doorbell Rang but it s than understandable when he and other authors take that tackThe head of the BPR Cheney Boone was scheduled to speak before a gathering of the NIA a hostile audience to be sure And it does not appear that his address was going in anyway to endear him or the rest of his McCoys to the NIA Hatfields But a funny thing happened on the way to the podium well not funny at all really but that s the phrase Someone took a monkey wrench to his cranium while he was backstage rehearsing The BPR people and the Boones begin accusing someone anyone with ties to the NIA the NIA are certain that it s all a front designed to bring public sentiment against himThe police are soon stymied and have to deal with enough political pressure to prevent them from doing any real work Wolfe s patience is tried and then some by the bickering between and within the various camps In addition to the vitriol flying all over there are enough red herrings to keep things too confusing for the case to progress muchIn this book at last our cast of regulars is completed with the introduction of newspaperman extraordinaire Lon Cohen He doesn t get a lot of space in this appearance but that s remedied in the next couple of books and many future onesThis is really one of the gems in the series and one I return to often than many others I can t put my finger on exactly why but all cylinders are firing this time out and not a false or ill advised step is made by the author anyway This is a great novel to serve as an entry or re entry point to the series for someone not sure where to startAnd now for our regularly scheduled collection of witticisms and other notable uotes As usual he didn t life an eye when I entered Also as usual I paid no attention to whether he was paying attention Satisfactory Archie Wolfe muttered Frankly I wish I could make my heart uit doing an extra thump when Wolfe says satisfactory Archie It s childish Wolfe pushed the button savagely for beer He was as close to being in a panic as I remembered seeing him I looked at the wall clock It said two minutes to four I looked at my wrist watch It said one minute to four In spite of the discrepancy it seemed safe to conclude that it would soon be four o clock I had made a close and prolonged study of Wolfe s attitude toward women The basic fact about a woman that seemed to irritate him was that she was a woman the long record showed not a single exception but form there on the documentation was cockeyed If woman as woman grated on him you would suppose that the most womany details would be the worst for him but time and again I have known him to have a chair placed for a female so that his desk would not obstruct his view of her legs and the answer can t be that his interest is professional and he reads character from legs because the older and dumpier she is the less he cares where she sits It is a very complex uestion and some day I m going to take a whole chapter for it Another little detail he is much sensitive to women s noses than he is to men s I have never been able to detect that extremes or unorthodoxies in men s noses have any effect on him but in women s they do Above all he doesn t like a pug or in fact a pronounced incurve anywhere along the bridge Mrs Boone had a bug and it was much too small for the surroundings I saw him looking at it as he leaned back in his chair So he told her in a gruff and inhospitable tone barely not boorish


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  • Paperback
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  • Black Orchids/The Silent Speaker: Nero Wolfe Mysteries
  • Rex Stout
  • English
  • 24 November 2020
  • 9780553386554