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Black Orchids/The Silent Speaker: Nero Wolfe Mysteries
Black Orchids/The Silent Speaker: Nero Wolfe Mysteries
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Black Orchids/The Silent Speaker: Nero Wolfe Mysteries

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Author: Stout, Rex

Brand: Bantam

Color: Silver

Edition: Original

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Number Of Pages: 496

Release Date: 25-08-2009

Details: Product Description A NERO WOLFE SPECIAL EDITION—TWO COMPLETE MYSTERIES IN ONE VOLUME “Nero Wolfe towers over his rivals...he 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 that no connoisseur of the whodunit could possibly resist. BLACK 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 quickly. Because a second case awaits his urgent attention: a society widow on a mailing list of poison-pen letters leading to a plot as dark as any orchid Wolfe has ever encountered. THE 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. Review "It is always a treat to read a Nero Wolfe mystery. The man has entered our folklore.” — New York Times Book Review About the Author Rex Stout (1886-1975) wrote hundreds of short stories, novelas, and full-length mystery novels, most featuring his two indelible characters, the peerless detective Nero Wolfe and his handy sidekick, Archie Goodwin. Excerpt. © Reprinted by permission. All rights reserved. Chapter OneWhat Are the Odds in Times like These? The self-owned and -operated business is the freest life in the world.— Paul Hawken  When I answered the phone, I was startled to hear a man whispering, “Hi, this is Scott. I’m calling from work, but I had to talk to you.”  “Sure,” I said.  “I want to be JJ,” he whispered back.  “Jay Jay?” I thought. “Who’s Jay Jay? Why’s he telling me this?” Before I could ask, he went on to explain that he loathed his job and longed to be “joyfully jobless.” We made an appointment for him to call back when he could talk out loud.  Scott’s not the only one, of course. One memorable message arrived in my email box with the title “Cowering in my cubicle.”  Every day I hear from people who have come to the same conclusion. Some have no idea what they want to do instead of having a conventional job. Others have an idea but don’t know how to get started. And recently, more people who find themselves without a job are looking at alternatives and options they may not have considered before.  My own journey began when I was in the midst of a second career and found myself as miserable as I had been in my first job. Ironically, I had landed a position as a job counselor, working for the Minnesota Department of Employment Services. Shortly after arriving there (and already realizing I was not cut out to be a bureaucrat), I discovered a gigantic book called The Dictionary of Occupational Titles. This book contains tens of thousands of job descriptions. “Surely,” I thought, “if I read this book, I’ll find my lost career.” In any free moment, I’d grab the dictionary and begin reading. The more I read, the more discouraged I became.  “There’s nothing here I want to do,” I lamented. I feared I was doomed to a life of drudgery.  That’s not how my story ends, of course. I discovered that I could create my own work, be my own boss, and eventually get paid generously to do the things I loved. Along the way, I made wonderful new friends and

EAN: 9780553386554

Languages: English

Binding: Paperback

Item Condition: UsedLikeNew