Her Forbidden Knight

Her Forbidden Knight

Rex Stout

Mystery & Thrillers

The loyal legions of Nero Wolfe fans (as well as the fans of his many erudite sidekicks and companions) will find continued enthusiasm for this exciting title in the long-running detective series. It also features a bonus story, "Out of the Line," never before published. New York's swanky Lamartine Hotel is the setting for this spunky tale of an attractive telegrapher and the precarious situation she finds herself placed at the center of by overeager suitors -- possibly corruptors. Luckily, the innocent Lila Williams, coveted by a member of an unlikely group of "knights" finds herself swept off her feet and into protection and rescue, or is that destruction?From Library JournalThis is the first hardcover edition of an early Stout mystery that was brought back as a mass-market paperback in 1997. An early work in Stout's career, this pre-Nero Wolfe mystery was first serialized in All Story during the 1920s. The plot follows innocent Lila Williams who accidentally gets involved with counterfeiters. Severn House books can be ordered at a discount at 800-830-3044.Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc. From BooklistWhat a pleasant surprise for Stout fans. A hitherto-unpublished work has been uncovered, and the book is a prime example of why Stout's popularity has endured. A motley gang of gentlemanly ne'er-do-wells hangs about in the lobby of Manhattan's Lamartine Hotel, casting ardor-filled glances at beauteous Miss Lila Williams and regaling each other with tales of their impressive--and mostly fictional--exploits. The gentlemen know Miss Lila would never return their admiration, but at least they can protect her from less well intentioned swains. Imagine their chagrin when handsome John Knowlton arrives on the scene and immediately gains Lila's doe-eyed admiration. When the gang finds a shady secret in his past, they try to force him to vamoose. What happens next is touching, sweet, funny, and thoroughly delightful. Stout transports readers back to a time when the world seemed more innocent, a man's good name was a valuable asset, and happily-ever-after was a reasonable goal. An unexpected treasure from one of the grand masters of mystery, this vintage Stout is a fine acquisition for all collections. Emily Melton
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Too Many Cooks/Champagne for One

Too Many Cooks/Champagne for One

Rex Stout

Mystery & Thrillers

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 pair of classic Nero Wolfe mysteries, Stout is at his unparalleled best as the arrogant, gourmandizing, sedentary sleuth and his trusty man-about-town, Archie Goodwin, are served two lethally appetizing cases. Too Many CooksEveryone knows that too many cooks spoil the broth, but you’d hardly expect it to lead to murder. But that’s exactly what’s on the menu at a five-star gathering of the world’s greatest chefs. As guest of honor, Wolfe was lured from his brownstone to a posh southern spa to deliver the keynote address. He never expected that between courses of haute cuisine he and Archie would be compelled to detect a killer with a poison touch—a killer preparing to serve the great detective his last supper.Champgne for OneFaith Usher talked about taking her own life and even kept cyanide in her purse. So when she died from a lethal champagne cocktail in the middle of a high society dinner party, everyone called it suicide—including the police. But Nero Wolfe isn’t convinced—and neither is Archie. Especially when Wolfe is warned by four men against taking the case. Deception, blackmail, and a killer who may have pulled off the perfect crime…it’s a challenge Nero Wolfe can’t resist.Review"It is always a treat to read a Nero Wolfe mystery. The man has entered our folklore...Like Sherlock Holmes...he looms larger than life and, in some ways, is much more satisfactory." — *New York Times Book Review"Nero Wolfe is an exceptional character creation." — New Yorker*About the AuthorRex 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.
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The Final Deduction

The Final Deduction

Rex Stout

Mystery & Thrillers

When the seemingly safe return of an abducted millionaire ends in his murder in his own home, Nero Wolfe sends Archie Goodwin to do his usual legwork, while Wolfe uncovers corruption and greed among Manhattan's elite.
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An Officer and a Lady

An Officer and a Lady

Rex Stout

Mystery & Thrillers

A collection of early stories from the man who created Nero WolfeBill Farden is an experienced burglar. He gains entry to the house without effort, and his ears tell him the inhabitants are asleep. He pockets the silver and moves to the kitchen, to fill his stomach with strawberry shortcake. When the cook tiptoes downstairs, Bill disables her with chloroform. Upstairs, he ties the man of the house to his bedframe. In the next room he finds a little girl, and is touched by her helplessness until she pulls a gun on him. The nine-year-old is Major Wentworth, of the Girls' Military Auxiliary, and the revolver is as long as her arm.In these early stories, a young Rex Stout showed the talent for comic action that would make the Nero Wolfe novels enduring classics. In Stout's world, there is no thug more dangerous than a determined little girl.
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