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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. Here, in Stout’s third and fourth complete Wolfe mysteries, the arrogant, gourmandizing, sedentary sleuth and his trusty man-about-town, Archie Goodwin, solve two of their most baffling cases.

The Rubber Band

What do a Wild West lynching and a respected English nobleman have in common? On the surface, absolutely nothing. But when a young woman hires his services, it becomes Nero Wolfe’s job to look deeper and find the connection. A forty-year-old pact, a five-thousand-mile search, and a million-dollar murder are all linked to an international scandal that could rebound on the great detective and his partner, Archie, with fatal abruptness.

The Red Box
Murder by chocolate? That’s the premise Nero Wolfe must operate from when a beautiful woman is poisoned after indulging in a box of candy. It’s a case that the great detective—no stranger himself to overindulgence—is loath to take for a variety of reasons, including that it may require that he leave his comfortable brownstone. But he and Archie are compelled by a mystery that mixes high fashion and low motives…and a killer who may have made the deadliest mistake.

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“It is always a treat to read a Nero Wolfe mystery. The man has entered our folklore.” — New York Times Book Review

“Nero Wolfe towers over his rivals...he is an exceptional character creation." — New Yorker

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Rex Stout, born 1886 in Indiana/USA, worked at thirty different professions until he earned enough money to travel. In 1932, he began to write thrillers focusing on the famous detective Nero Wolfe. Nero is a gourmet weighing more than a hundred kilos, and moving as little as possible. Rex Stout finished more than fifty novels and received the "Grand Masters Award". He died 1975.

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D. Eckhart
4.0 out of 5 starsVerified Purchase
Two full Nero Wolfe novels, one great the other whiny
Reviewed in the United States on July 23, 2016
Since this is two full novels in one package it''s difficult to give it a single rating. They are both different but both have pluses and minuses and they both have a very satisfying ending. At least part of the mysteries seemed solvable, part of it seemed a bit obscure... See more
Since this is two full novels in one package it''s difficult to give it a single rating. They are both different but both have pluses and minuses and they both have a very satisfying ending. At least part of the mysteries seemed solvable, part of it seemed a bit obscure and unknowable until the very end. Both have multiple clients including one good looking female client for Archie to think about dating.

The Rubber Band was one of the best Nero Wolfe stories I have read. I really enjoyed it once it got going, though it takes a while to get set up. Maybe I liked it because I was able to solve it. The story gives more insight into Archie''s past and to Wolfe''s mentality, especially with the way he finally deals with the villain. It''s a bit of a slow setup, especially the part about the actual Rubber Band of criminals.

The Red Box is ... well, the resolution is worthwhile but the characters are very annoying. The first client and his family are almost enough to want to quit reading. They''re that unbearable. Once things get going, people start dying, and Wolfe gets second client things calm down and become mostly reasonable. This story again reveals more about Wolfe''s mentality and the somewhat fragile nature of his psyche when it comes to food.
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A Mystery Lover''s Treat from author Rex Stout
Reviewed in the United States on December 27, 2020
Rex Stout''s Nero Wolfe''s books are a great way to get lost in a world of detective fiction. To someone who loves the adventures of Nero Wolf and Archie Goodwin they find a world of fiction full of delightful characters who often are more fun to read about then the mystery... See more
Rex Stout''s Nero Wolfe''s books are a great way to get lost in a world of detective fiction. To someone who loves the adventures of Nero Wolf and Archie Goodwin they find a world of fiction full of delightful characters who often are more fun to read about then the mystery itself. Many years ago I first tried to read a Wolfe book and did not care for the way Wolfe spoke to Archie and put down the book without finishing it. Years later I tried another novel and was hooked. These are stories that I read over and over, just to read about old friends again in stories that hold up well today, long after they were first written. There are many books and stories with these two very different detectives, so if you like Nero and Archie you can meet their friends, enemies and others for years to come.
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Two Nero Wolfe mysteries
Reviewed in the United States on October 4, 2018
In my opinion these are not as good as the first two books Rex Stout wrote, especially The Red Box. It seems like Stout was still trying to establish characteristics for the main characters. There are several points that I''m glad he dropped or changed. The Rubber... See more
In my opinion these are not as good as the first two books Rex Stout wrote, especially The Red Box. It seems like Stout was still trying to establish characteristics for the main characters. There are several points that I''m glad he dropped or changed.

The Rubber Band is about a woman who tries to collect on a forty year old obligation. A murder occurs involving one of the people from the original group to whom the debt is owed. The biggest problem is locating the man who incurred the debt all those years ago. Another murder is committed so the number of people who can potentially recognize someone from forty years ago is greatly reduced. It takes clever detective ability on Wolfe''s part to figure out who the murderer is and the circumstances surrounding the original aspect of the case.

The Red Box begins with a model dying after eating a poisoned chocolate. The question is whether she was the intended victim. There is shuffling around with first one person being Wolfe''s client then another. It seemed to me there were areas of repetitions and unclear action. Two more people die. I read most of the stories in the Wolfe saga before this one so I''m not sure how I would have felt if I had read this book in the order it was written. There were inconsistencies in character that detracted from the story for me. There was an unexpected twist with a surprise at the end. The mystery of the story made this a good book.

I have decided to read all the stories in the order they were written. I am an ardent Rex Stout fan and can enjoy these books all over again. I highly recommend all of Rex Stout''s books, especially the Nero Wolfe series.
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Jedidiah Petersen
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Always an enjoyment to read a Nero Wolfe Novel
Reviewed in the United States on September 30, 2016
I really love Rex Stout and his Nero Wolfe series. One has have a love for words and drown out scenarios to enjoy this book and others like it. The repartee between Archie’s childishness with a mix of stoicism and Nero’s genius, eccentricities, and plain pigheadedness is... See more
I really love Rex Stout and his Nero Wolfe series. One has have a love for words and drown out scenarios to enjoy this book and others like it. The repartee between Archie’s childishness with a mix of stoicism and Nero’s genius, eccentricities, and plain pigheadedness is one of a kind, something I believe only Rex Stout can pull off.
I give it five stars because I love how well they are written and draw you in to the story line. To me, the real challenge of this and other Rex Stout books is finding the clues and answers before Archie does or it is revealed; one never really knows when Nero actually figures it out.
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R. E. Spalinger
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Stoutly done
Reviewed in the United States on November 27, 2011
I (again) purchased this (dual) book as a gift - this time for Christmas. I own both mystery novels in another format. As I have reread them both a few times with pleasure I thought they would be appropriate as a present for a relative that is just discovering the... See more
I (again) purchased this (dual) book as a gift - this time for Christmas. I own both mystery novels in another format. As I have reread them both a few times with pleasure I thought they would be appropriate as a present for a relative that is just discovering the qualities and involvement in the best of the genre.

Both of these stories are from the early works of Stout, and one notices that both are indicative of a maturing writer. I have always found Stout''s early Nero Wolfe books rather difficult to warm up to, but these two show a much more skillful and smoother style, and a much better and more compact plot development. The main characters (Wolfe & Archie) are also more finely drawn, and their depictions are more realistic. I would venture to say that both are worthy precursors to Stouts golden era that began just after WW II.

Since mysteries are written to be puzzles I will not touch on the specific plots here. However, the stories are completely diverse from one another, and one of the two reflects I believe something in the past that the author probably had known about from his own life in the western USA.

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RHeath
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I love the Nero Wolfe stories by Rex Stout
Reviewed in the United States on December 23, 2014
I love the Nero Wolfe stories by Rex Stout. The characterization is excellent and consistent. The development of the story and the plot and the mystery is superbly done. He draws your attention and holds it. I find the mysteries to be plausible and not "tricky." I... See more
I love the Nero Wolfe stories by Rex Stout. The characterization is excellent and consistent. The development of the story and the plot and the mystery is superbly done. He draws your attention and holds it. I find the mysteries to be plausible and not "tricky." I find that often when we get to the solution presented by Wolfe, I''m not going to think, "No way! Where did that come from?" But "Of course." And sometimes I almost can see it coming, but not so much that I feel like there is no point in continuing to read. The story is so engaging that even if I''m pretty sure I know whodunit, I''d still want to keep reading just to enjoy the story and the characters. I''m very happy that these stories are available on Kindle.
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CHARMING, WELL WRITTEN, AND ENTERTAINING MYSTERIES SET IN NYC
Reviewed in the United States on February 11, 2017
I READ THE FIRST FOUR IN THE SERIES WITHOUT BREAKING TO READ SOMETHING ELSE, BUT WILL RETURN TO THIS SERIES IN A WEEK OR SO. I BELIEVE THAT MY FAVORITE OF THE FOUR IS THE RUBBER BAND. A WONDERFUL ESCAPE AND A GOOD MYSTERY SERIES. SET IN NEW YORK. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND. I... See more
I READ THE FIRST FOUR IN THE SERIES WITHOUT BREAKING TO READ SOMETHING ELSE, BUT WILL RETURN TO THIS SERIES IN A WEEK OR SO. I BELIEVE THAT MY FAVORITE OF THE FOUR IS THE RUBBER BAND. A WONDERFUL ESCAPE AND A GOOD MYSTERY SERIES. SET IN NEW YORK. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND. I AM A MYSTERY FAN AND HAVE LOVED AGATHA CHRISTIE, CHARLES TODD, SHERLOCK HOLMES, P.D. JAMES, PETER LOVESEY, A.P. GREENWOOD, JOSEPHINE TEY, ALBERT CAMPION, CHARLES FINCH, AMONG OTHERS.

An update: I finished the 41st novel. The Rubber Band remains my favorite although it may be because I''m in love with Nero''s exercise regime--Nero had gained weight, so he began throwing darts for 15 minutes each day!! HAHAHA I liked some of them better than others, but love every one. I''d give higher than 5 stars if possible!
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Steve
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Great reads.
Reviewed in the United States on April 6, 2019
I read Nero Wolfe novels for the atmosphere of orchids, Archie''s glasses of milk, and murder. I look up the more obscure words from Wolfe''s dialogue and the instant dictionary access in the Kindle version is good for that. Very, very few typos in the Kindle version.
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5.0 out of 5 starsVerified Purchase
Still fresh after all these years
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on July 6, 2021
I started reading Nero Wolfe about 50 years ago, and had bought a few from second hand bookshops. I now find that all the missing ones are on kindle, so bought 5. Although this is a well written detective story (I haven''t read one yet that wasn''t) it''s the interplay between...See more
I started reading Nero Wolfe about 50 years ago, and had bought a few from second hand bookshops. I now find that all the missing ones are on kindle, so bought 5. Although this is a well written detective story (I haven''t read one yet that wasn''t) it''s the interplay between Wolfe and Archie that makes these stand above the run of the mill detective stories. Brilliant. Jonathan Peat
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Both the Macs
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Nero Wolfe triumphs again (and again)
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on May 24, 2017
The third and fourth novels about Nero Wolfe - the detective who never leaves home... well hardly ever - he leaves all the footwork to his more than able assistant Archie. Archie, who is as bright as a button, an admirer of women and a match for Nero Wolfe. I don''t think I...See more
The third and fourth novels about Nero Wolfe - the detective who never leaves home... well hardly ever - he leaves all the footwork to his more than able assistant Archie. Archie, who is as bright as a button, an admirer of women and a match for Nero Wolfe. I don''t think I will ever pick up a Nero Wolfe book and be disappointed; but they do have a certain style. Not dated, but of a time which is not now. They are wonderful to read, not too much hard work, and Nero always gets to the end and solves the crime - usually from his office armchair.
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Ron Nicholson
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A simple but enjoyable puzzle
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on July 29, 2016
Of the many Rex Stout featuring Nero Wolfe that I have read over the years, this is the first time that I have solved the crime early in the story. That did nothing to spoil my enjoyment however. Everything that I have come to love about these wonderful and entertaining...See more
Of the many Rex Stout featuring Nero Wolfe that I have read over the years, this is the first time that I have solved the crime early in the story. That did nothing to spoil my enjoyment however. Everything that I have come to love about these wonderful and entertaining books still remains. I especially love the face to face confrontations between Wolfe and Inspector Cramer. They never cease to make me smile. I cannot read these books now without picturing the cast of the wonderful Canadian TV series starring Tim Hutton as Archie and Maury Chaykin as Wolfe. Because they were written over such a long time span, I would look to see when the book was published in order to understand what was going on in the world at that time. If you''ve never read one of these great stories, I urge you to give one a try and this book is as good as any as a starting point.
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Michael David Picton
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I am never disappointed in the ouvre
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on May 14, 2015
I am, and have been for many years, A Nero Wolfe . I am never disappointed in the ouvre. Both books and DVD set are excellent.
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Reviewed in the United Kingdom on April 22, 2014
Brilliant thrillers and to be able to buy two novels within the one book was fabulous especially at such a great price. Thank you for delivering so quickly too, I am really pleased with this book.
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