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Book Note: Rex Stout, Death Times Three

I read this book about 19-Jan-2017. I've read this book before. The book is copyright 1985. This note was last modified Saturday, 21-Jan-2017 20:18:02 PST.

This is book 47 of the "Nero Wolfe" series.

This note contains spoilers for the book.


Late publication, some alternate versions of stories and such, but remarkably readable.

Bitter End

Perhaps one of the weirdest transformations; this was originally a Tecumseh Fox novel.

Wolfe is eating tinned (jarred, actually) liver paté because Fritz is sick. And somebody has adulterated the product with quinine. Wolfe sprays it all over the dining room, and then sets out to find the perpetrator of this hideous crime.

Turns out people are also getting murdered with regard to the sale of this canning company.

Frame-Up For Murder

This story is apparently an alternate version of "Murder is no Joke".

Murder with a clever alibi—having Archie and Wolfe on the phone allegedly hearing the attack. Really, the attack was a while ago, and an actress was playing the part for the phone call. She "committed suicide" the next day, which got Wolfe's attention (she was quite famous but in a downturn).

Bad shit from the Balkans (partisan groups) during WWII comes to rest in New York, and a successful designer is going to be ruined, hurting everybody around him.

Assault on a Brownstone

This is a version of the story of Hatty Annis, who runs a rooming house for actors and actresses, and a counterfeiter, and a female treasury agent. (The other version is "Counterfeit for Murder" and it's in Homicide Trinity).


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