Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Homicide Trinity by Rex Stout

Anthology consists of three novellas

Eeny Meeny Murder Mo.
There were several times before when a dead body was found in or around Wolfe's home: one time on the front steps, and another was right in his office. Both times the detective took it as a great personal insult. Imagine his reaction when a dead body not only made a surprise appearance in his office, but his own necktie was used to strangle the victim.
Usually Wolfe is fairly impersonal in his investigations, but in this case he gloated at the murderer when he finally nailed him or her. 

Death of a Demon.
A woman became obsessed with shooting her husband. 
Her solution? She went to Nero Wolfe and paid him for just listening to her about this with the promise that in case her husband is really shot he would disclose the conversation to the police. His reasoning was she would not want to do it as in this case she would not be able to avoid being caught. There is a really big hole in this logic which Wolfe spotted right away. Later events confirmed his arguments. Wolfe uses interesting psychological play to uncover the culprit. 

Counterfeit for Murder
An old unattractive lady came to Wolfe for consultation. Usually this is not the type of people who need his services considering the fees for said services, but Archie Goodwin decided to teach his boss a lesson and let her in.
Before both detectives knew it they had a dead body, a bunch of counterfeit money, pissed off police, and equally pissed off Secret Service (Department of Treasury) on their hands.  

Printing History
Rex Todhunter Stout (1886-1975)

Viking Press, Inc: April 1962
Bantam Books: February 1966
Reissue: August 1993

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