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The Silent Speaker, by Rex Stout 1946


I just returned from a cruise holiday with my family, and 1 of the books I finished while on-ship was this Nero Wolfe murder mystery. I liked it, but I knew that I would.


The Nero Wolfe series is set in New York between the mid 1930’s and the 1970’s.  Nero Wolfe is eccentric and brilliant, and not very likeable.  The stories are voiced by Wolfe’s assistant Archie Goodwin who is secretary, investigator, driver, and muscle.  Archie has a way with the ladies and I think he gets punched at least once every case.

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I haven’t read a Nero Wolfe in many years, but I read them voraciously as a teen.  There are a lot of them.  I knew what I was getting in The Silent Speaker.  A relatively quick read, interesting characters, lively banter, and a surprise and abrupt ending.   Formulaic and great light reading during vacation.   Frankly, I don’t try to solve the murder in mysteries – I’m not even sure if all the clues are presented.

Now that I have taken up with Nero Wolfe again, I will start looking for him in the library again.  I have fond memories of a short-lived Nero Wolfe TV show from the early 80’s starring Lee Horsley.

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