The Silent Speaker (Nero Wolfe Series)

The Silent Speaker (Nero Wolfe Series)

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When a powerful government official, scheduled to speak to a group of millionaires, turns up dead, it is an event worthy of the notice of the great Nero Wolfe. Balancing on the edge of financial ruin, the orchid-loving detective grudgingly accepts the case. Soon a second victim is found bludgeoned to death, a missing stenographer’s tape causes an uproar, and the dead man speaks, after a fashion. While the buisness world clamors for a solution, Nero Wolfe patiently lays a trap that will net him a killer worth his weight in gold.
Introduction by Walter Mosley
“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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780553234978
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 01/28/1994
Series: Nero Wolfe Series , #11
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 288,630
Product dimensions: 4.21(w) x 6.71(h) x 0.58(d)

About the Author

Rex Stout (1886–1975) wrote dozens of short stories, novellas, and full-length mystery novels, most featuring his two indelible characters, the peerless detective Nero Wolfe and his handy sidekick, Archie Goodwin.

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The Silent Speaker (Nero Wolfe Series) 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
Coltman More than 1 year ago
If you like mysteries you have got to like Archie Goodwin's tales of Nero Wolfe. Suspenseful, at times chaotic, always irreverent, well worth the read. I will eventually get them all simply because they're a good read.
annbury on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A top flight Nero Wolfe mystery, which is top flight indeed. Nero needs money, so he sends Archie forth to see if they can get hired in connection with the recent murder of a very important man with a lot of very rich connections. Nero and Archie are one of the classic star turns in detective fiction, the novels are drenched with the atmosphere of New York in the mid-20th century, while the plots, are more exciting and a lot less formulaic than several other classic detective series. Dated, maybe, but still very readable.
cmbohn on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The feud between the Bureau of Price Regulation and the National Industrial Association has been long and bitter, but few thought it would end in murder. At a large public dinner, however, that's just what happened. Nero Wolfe takes the NIA as a client and agrees to find out who murdered BPR president Cheney Boone. With Archie Goodwin providing the legwork and goading his boss into action, the case moves along until a second murder changes everything.I have enjoyed Nero Wolfe mysteries for a long time, but not as much as some other mystery series. Maybe it's because there are just so many of them that they do get to be a little too similar. This one, though, stands out as the case that actually caused Nero Wolfe to leave the house. If you enjoy mysteries and you haven't tried writer Rex Stout before, this is not a bad place to start.
teckelvik on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I suspect that I've mentioned elsewhere that I'm deeply, madly, truly in love with Archie Goodwin. The mystery, the story, the rest of the characters - all just excuses to spend time with my beloved.I don't find the stories or the writing particularly enthralling, and this is no exception. The mystery is nice enough, there are some interesting insights into life in post-WWII America, and that's about it.Except that it's starring Archie, man of my dreams.
benfulton on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A tricky little mystery, with Archie's accusatory epilogue being worth its weight in gold. The feud between the regulatory agency and the industry it regulated seemed odd to me - much different than today, where the agency would be securely in the industry's pocket! Still, perhaps it was typical of the time. Lots of interesting characters, although having seen the Maury Chaykin interpretation of Wolfe on screen in this novel, I already had ideas in my head of how the characters would act and react. Cramer's final scene is actually handled much more elegantly in the movie. I doubt the puzzle is really solvable from the hints, but it's always fun to ride along with Archie Goodwin, and never more so than in this book.
MrsLee on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A good story. Lots of good elements of plot.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is one of the best Wolfe/Goodwin books. The mystery is solid and well-filled with plausible red herrings. The characters are fantastic, and the Wolfe/Goodwin dynamic is at it's finest. One section, in particular, really gives the readers a perfect example of it at work: chapter 24. Especially, pages 139-144, when Wolfe is preparing to ask Archie about Nina Boone's phone number. If you don't chuckle, or at least grin, after reading chapter 24, this series may not be your cup of tea. Or, let me put it another way. If you don't like Chuck Jones' version of Bugs Bunny, you probably won't like these books, because the Archie Goodwin of, around, 1940 onwards and Bugs Bunny share a great many traits. Weird? Maybe. Read and decide for yourself.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
This is an excellent read and contains a lot of characterization. You will find a lot of memorable parts in the book and you will never forget the memorable parts in this Nero Wolfe book. The story begins with a goverment offical (Director of the BPR) name Cheney Boone who is killed before making his speech at a hotel ballroom. In the crowd are tons of people who belong to the NIA. Wolfe, who needs money solves this case. Read it and you will enjoy it. Once Inspector Ash replaces Inspector Cramer the memorable parts begin.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Nero Wolfe is surely one of the most beloved and fully imagined fictional detectives to be found. So, it is with great enthusiasm that I can now turn to a favorite story in audio book form. Michael Prichard, who was named one of Smart Money's Top Ten Golden Voices, gives an exuberant reading, adding another dimension to Archie Goodwin, Wolfe's aide. Fans will remember that with 'The Silent Speaker' Wolfe is, to say the least, in need of cash. Therefore, when a government honcho doesn't show up for a scheduled speech but instead shows up dead Wolfe is soon on the prowl. With the sometimes able assistance of the fey Archie the pair uncover a feud and a murderer. How they do it is a reminder of the narrative skills of Rex Stout.