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Fer-De-Lance - Rex Stout
1935 UK hardback first edition, first impression published in London by Cassell
A VG+ sadly lacking dustwrapper
Book shows no names, inscription or stamps etc
Tightly bound and square
Just light rubs to edges and slight age tan - a solid copy

The US edition is relatively common but the the UK first is very scarce indeed
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Curtains for Three - Rex Stout
1951 UK hardback first edition, first impression, Collins Crime Club London
A VG+ book in VG price clipped dustwrapper
Book shows no names, inscription etc
Tightly bound and square
The dust jacket has some minor general wear, nice clean and bright
A Nero Wolfe mystery
A nice looking copy of a rare book
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Might as Well be dead - Rex Stout
1958 UK hardback Mystery Book Guild edition
A VG++ book in VG++ dustwrapper
Book shows no names, inscription etc
Tightly bound and square
The dust cover has light rubs to edges
A nice clean period reading copy
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Some Buried Caesar - Review Copy - Rex Stout
1939 UK hardback first edition, first impression, Collins Crime Club London
A VG+ to near fine book sadly lacking dustwrapper
The book has the Collins review emboss to last page - very rare
Book has no names, inscriptions or other stamps etc
Tightly bound and square, clean and bright
A superb copy and a very rare item of interest for collectors
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Three Doors to Death - Rex Stout
1950 UK hardcover first edition, 1st impression, Collins Crime Club London
A VG+ book in VG+ unclipped dustwrapper
Book shows no names, inscription etc
Tightly bound and square
The dust wrapper shows rub to spine rest lovely and bright
A lovely clean copy of a scarce title, nice jacket art
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The Black Mountain
1955 UK hardback first edition, first impression, Collins Crime Club London
A VG indeed book in unclipped dustwrapper
Book shows no names, inscription etc, tan to endpapers
Tightly bound and square
The dust wrapper has had some shallow edge chips backed and tipped in with black. Still looks nice and doesn't stick out
A Nero Wolfe mystery
A solid copy offered well below market value
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The Hand in the Glove (or reissue of Crime on Her Hands) - Rex Stout
1984 UK later paperback edition, Hogarth Crime, London
A near fine book in softcover wraps as issued
Book shows no names or inscriptions etc
Tightly bound and square, clean and bright
A new introduction by Mary Cadogan and Patricia Craig
A nice clean example
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More Deaths Than One - Rex Stout
1949 UK hardback first edition, first impression, Collins Crime Club London
A VG+ book in unclipped dustwrapper
Book shows neat owner name but no inscriptions or stamps etc
Tightly bound and square, light occasional spotting
The dust jacket shows chip to front panel and spine ends, still very clean and bright
Another Nero Wolfe and Archie Goodwin novel and a rare book
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Three Men Out
1955 UK hardback first edition, first impression, Collins Crime Club London
A near fine book in VG++ unclipped dust jacket
Book shows no names, inscriptions etc
Tightly bound and square
The dustwrapper show no loss just minor wear to edges
An attractive copy of a scarce title
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Three for the Chair
1958 UK hardback first edition, first impression, Collins Crime Club London
A VG++ book in VG+ price clipped dustwrapper
Book shows no names, inscription etc
Tightly bound and square
The dust wrapper show very small chip to corner (tiny)
A Nero Wolfe book
A lovely copy with a great Randell jacket
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Even in the Best Families
1957 UK hardback first edition, first impression, Collins Crime Club London
A VG+ book sadly lacking dust wrapper
Book shows no names, inscription etc
Tightly bound and square, light fade to spine
A nice copy of a Nero Wolfe novel
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Three Witnesses - Rex Stout
1956 UK hardback first edition, first impression, Collins Crime Club London
A near fine book in VG++ unclipped dustwrapper
Book shows no names, inscription etc
Tightly bound and square
The dust wrapper show no loss just minor wear to extremities
A really nice bright copy and rare thus
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Murder By the Book - Rex Stout
1952 UK hardback first edition, first impression, Collins Crime Club London
A VG+ book in VG+ price clipped dustwrapper
Book shows no names, inscription etc
Tightly bound and square
The dust jacket has dent to front but no real loss etc, particularly clean, nice white rear panel etc
A Nero Wolfe bibliomystery
A particularly attractive example of an already scarce book
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Bad for Business - Rex Stout
1945 UK hardcover first edition, 1st impression, Collins Crime Club London
A VG+ book in VG+ price clipped dustwrapper
Book shows no names, inscription etc
Tightly bound and square
The dust wrapper shows just minor wear to spine ends and edges
A lovely clean copy of a scarce title, nice jacket art by KR
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If Death Ever Slept - Rex Stout
1958 UK hardback first edition, first impression, Collins Crime Club London
A VG+ book in VG+ unclipped dustwrapper
Book shows no names, inscription
Tightly bound and square
The dust jacket shows no loss or tears, occasional light spotting to rear panel
Another Nero Wolfe and Archie Goodwin novel and scarce in jacket
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A Right to Die By Rex Stout
1974 UK Fontana paperback later edition
A solid tidy copy
A nicer copy than normally seen
Tight with a solid binding and clean

Nero Wolfe and Archie Goodwin

I do struggle to find books by this author in bookshops nowadays
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Too Many Women - Rex Stout
1967 UK Fontana paperback later edition
A reading copy, still solid
Light crease to cover and minor rubs

Nero Wolfe - 'Reason for Leaving our Employ' . . . MURDERED !

Solid and decent
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Trio for Blunt Instruments Written By Rex Stout
1974 USA Bantam paperback later edition
A solid tidy copy
A better copy than normally seen
Solid, tight and clean

Nero Wolfe and Damsels in distress, Kill Now Pay Later, Murder is Corny and Blood Will Tell

Scarce in bookshops nowadays
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And Four to Go - Rex Stout
1974 USA Bantam paperback later edition
A readers copy
Owner name inside, bit of general ageing etc

Nero Wolfe - bodies, beautiful women and blood - all the usual classic ingredients

Solid and clean but a reading copy
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Three Doors to Death - Rex Stout
1970 USA Bantam softcover later edition
A nice readers copy
Bit of minor rubbing and creasing, previous owner name etc inside

AN UNSCRUPULOUS BEAUTY MURDERED IN A GREENHOUSE FULL OF ORCHIDS ... A HIGH FASHION SHOW WHERE MURDER CALLS THE TURN A YOUNG MILLIONAIRE WHO COULDN'T KEEP HIS HANDS OFF A PRETTY NECK... A TRIPLE COURSE OF MURDER AND MYSTERY STARRING THE GREAT NERO WOLFE.

A decent general reading copy
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The Father Hunt - Rex Stout
1978 UK Fontana paperback later edition
Tight binding with lean to spine
Bit of general wear and ageing

Nero Wolfe, as usual , is different. He is interested in the size of Amy's bank balance. Wolfe figures that the best way to Amy's dad is via her mother But Elinor Denovo can't be found to talk to anyone. And to her millionaire lovers, silence is gilt-edged. What is a woman like Amy to do next ? Her heart may be her father's but daddy's gone missing.

A reasonable copy
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Trouble in Triplicate - Rex Stout
1974 American Bantam softcover later edition
A readers copy
Slight lean to spine and previous owner name inside

Three mysterious strangers, a tough guy, a wise guy and a nobody all had something in common - they all thought they were marked for murder - Nero Wolfe and Archie Goodwin investigate.

Classic American mystery fiction
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Three at Wolfe's Door - Rex Stout
1995 USA Bantam paperback special edition edition
Tight binding with lean to spine
Bit of general wear and ageing

Death makes a visit not only once but 3 times over in this mysterious anthology of cases from the files of the great detective. First there is the up market supper party where the guests are all food lovers and experts, arsenic is the appetizer, and suspicion falls on five of the most beautiful women in New York. Next, a taxi pulls up to Wolfe's door, inside is a lady driver who doesn't really fit the job...and a rather attractive corpse with a knife between her ribs.

A nice copy
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Double for Death - Rex Stout
1964 USA Pyramid paperback later edition
A solid reading copy
Bit of general wear etc, few marks and a little ageing
Still a solid copy

Fox could handle a murder case, all right—that was his Job. But the Ridley Thorpe killing looked like too much for one private detective—there were two of everything: TWO Ridley Thorpes—and one not even dead! TWO beautiful suspects TWO very good motives TWO hot-headed suitors TWO murder weapons ... and finally TWO murders!
It's double trouble for Tecumseh Fox — and double enjoyment for readers, in one of Rex Stout's most ingenious and thrilling mysteries!

Not easy to find in bookshops nowadays
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Too Many Cooks - Rex Stout
1966 UK Panther paperback edition
A tight and tidy book
Crease to front cover - a solid readers copy

Nero Wolfe really didn't care. The fabulous fat man had braved the horrors of a moving train for one reason—to eat food prepared by the world's greatest chefs. Murder was not on his menu. But when a hard-boiled killer tried to serve Nero Wolfe a helping of hot lead, the next course could only be just desserts!

A nice clean period reading copy
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Fer De Lance - Rex Stout
1955 UK 1st Penguin paperback edition published in London
A little age tanning
Still nice and solid, tight and square
A nice readers copy

A very important book in the Detective Fiction genre, a Haycraft Queen Cornerstone
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The League of Frightened Men written by Rex Stout
1961 UK Penguin paperback 1st edition
A better than normal book
Solid and well looked after, light tan to spine edge

The 2nd Nero Wolfe novel and a a Haycraft Queen Cornerstone

A great read
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Some Buried Caesar - Rex Stout
1971 UK Fontana paperback edition, London
One of the author's best titles and a very highly regarded book in the mystery genre
A nice copy, better than normally seen
Tightly bound and square
Light tan

Review: "Ingenious plot, Nero's eccentricities, Archie Goodwin's wise-cracks keep story on Stout's best level. Verdict: Unbeatable"
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Champagne for One By Rex Stout
1978 UK Penguin paperback 1st edition
A nice clean book
Solid and well looked after

A woman who carries her own bottle of cyanide around with her ?! but did she put it in ger own champagne ? Archie and Nero try to resolve this baffling case

A great read
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The Red Box - Rex Stout
1992 UK Sphere paperback later edition, London
Publishers file copy !
A solid reading copy
Tightly bound and square
Light rubs

A Nero Wolfe investigates the poisoning of a very beautiful model
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Murder by the Book By Rex Stout
1974 UK Penguin paperback 1st edition
A solid tidy copy
A better book than normally seen
Tight, straight spine etc

Nero Wolfe takes a job for he needs the money, it costs $10,000 a month to maintain his brown-stone and the best chef in town

A great read
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Too Many Clients written by Rex Stout
1994 USA Bantam paperback later edition
A readers copy, still solid
Light rubs and minor creases

Nero Wolfe - the man who died simply had one too many lovers !

A good copy suitable for a reader
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Three men Out By Rex Stout
1994 American Bantam paperback later edition
An attractive book in nice condition
Still in good order
Tight with a solid binding and clean

Nero Wolfe and Archie Goodwin are in deep and murky waters, poisoning then death by blunt instrument

Difficult books to locate on the UK high street
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Over My Dead Body - Rex Stout
1972 Pyramid paperback later edition published in America
A decent reading copy that's survived well
Light and minor rubs , slight lean

"The unsurpassed master of great detective fiction"

Solid and decent
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Brief Biography
STOUT, Rex (Todhunter). American, Born in Noblesville, Indiana. I December 1886. Educated at Topeka High School, Kansas; University of Kansas, Lawrence. Served in the United States Navy as a Yeoman on President Theodore Roosevelt's yacht, 1906-08. Married 1) Fay Kennedy in 1916 (divorced, 1933); 2) Pola Hoffman in 1933; two daughters. Worked as an office boy, store clerk, bookkeeper, hotel manager, 1916-27; invented the banking system for school children; full-time writer from 1927. Founding Director, Vanguard Press, New York; Master of Ceremonies, "Speaking of Liberty," "Voice of Freedom," and "Our Secret Weapon" radio programs, 1941-43. Chairman of the Writers' War Board, (941-46, and the World Government Writers Board, 1949-75; President, Friends of Democracy, 1941-51, Authors Guild, 1943-45, and Society for the Prevention of World War III. 1943-46; President, 1951-55, 1962-69, and Vice-President, 1956-61, Authors League of America; Treasurer, Freedom House. 1957-75; President. Mystery Writers of America, 1958. Recipient: Mystery Writers of America Grand Master Award. 1959. Died27 October 1975.

Rex Stout - The Characters
Nero Wolfe
Possibly the world's foremost practicing detective, certainly the largest, Nero Wolfe has his office and home in a brownstone house on West 35th Street in New York City. He is elephantine, carrying one-seventh of a ton on his 5' 11" frame. "I carry this fat to insulate my feelings," he says. Many years ago, he decided he was too heavy and determined to take daily exercise, which consisted of throwing darts (he called them "javelins") for 15 minutes a day. He is a self-admitted genius but detests work. Wolfe keeps Archie Goodwin on the payroll primarily to prod him to undertake cases which generally guarantee a rich fee-enabling him to indulge his hobby, orchid growing; his necessity, gourmet food, as prepared by Fritz Brenner; and his luxurious residence. Wolfe never leaves his house, except under extreme provocation or "to meet personal contingencies," and cannot abide moving mechanical devices, such as automobiles - he will not ride in a taxi under threat of death, and Archie is the only driver he will consider for a trip, however short. A bomb in his study might occasion a change in his daily routine, but only briefly. His command of the English language is exemplary, almost legendary; he also speaks seven foreign tongues: French, Spanish, Italian, Hungarian, Bari, Albanian, and Serbo-Croatian, and he has a good knowledge of Latin. He curses occasionally, but his favourite expletive is "Pfui!" If Archie is unavailable for certain chores, Wolfe hires other operatives to work for him, usually Saul Panzer, Orrie Gather and Fred Durkin. The official police, with whom he maintains a love-hate, hot-cold relationship, are most usually represented by inspector Cramer, by Lieutenant Rowcliff and Sergeant Stebbins. Wolfe's brown hair is neatly trimmed and care-fully brushed; his teeth are so white they gleam. He dresses conservatively, except when in bed, where he wears bright yellow pyjamas. His shirts are almost always yellow (his favourite colour) and he changes them twice a day; he wears a tie and a vest year-round. He is generally master of his emotions, and only Archie can guess, with any accuracy, what Wolfe is thinking. He laughs about once a year; it sounds like a snort. When his eyes are wide open, he is either very sleepy or totally indifferent. When they are nearly closed, forming little slits, he is most alert - and most dangerous. When he is really thinking, his eyes close and his lips compress, pushing out and pulling in. More than one female client has called Wolfe handsome. He is ostensibly antagonistic towards women but will admit, in a moment of candour, that this is merely a defence mechanism. Wolfe is reticent about his early years; this has led many to believe he is the illegitimate son of Sherlock Holmes.

Theodolinda Bonner - Dol
One of the few female private eyes in literature is the attractive 24-year-old "Dol" Bonner. "Dol" is essentially independent, having been left on her own when her father suffered financial ruin and killed himself. She says she hates all men because she was jilted by her fiancé. The one exception appears to be her younger brother, whom she supports - and spoils — with the proceeds from her private detective agency. Almost twenty years after her first case, she becomes involved in one of Nero Wolfe's* adventures and appears to be one of the women he can tolerate.

Tecumseh Fox
Tecumseh Fox, a Westchester County-based private detective, denies he is part Indian. His full name is William Tecumseh Fox, and he has a brother named William McKinley Fox. His base of operations is a large farm where he keeps so many animals that his neighbours have dubbed it "The Zoo." He is not averse to breaking a few laws and defying the police when he feels his clients' interests are at stake. Tecumseh Fox is far more active physically than his brother in the human-animal-detective kingdom.

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