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Summary

World War II has arrived, and U.S. Army intelligence wants Nero Wolfe urgently. But the arrogant, gourmandizing, sedentary sleuth refuses the call to duty. It takes his perambulatory, confidential assistant, Archie Goodwin, to titillate Wolfe's taste for crime with two malevolent morsels: a corpse that won't rest in peace and a sinister "accident" involving national security. So as Goodwin lays the bait on the wrong side of the law, Wolfe sets the traps to catch a pair of wily killers.
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©1944 Rex Stout (P)1994 Books on Tape Inc.

Critic reviews

"It's always a treat to read a Nero Wolfe mystery. The man has entered our folklore." ( The New York Times)
"What's not to like about a Nero Wolfe mystery? The mysteries are short, cleverly plotted, well paced, and, if you're an audiobook listener, wonderfully read by Michael Prichard....Prichard has read nearly 20 books in Stout's series and has mastered Wolfe's deep, meditative voice and Archie's spry, chipper voice, as well as those of a host of other characters we recognize from one recording to the next." ( AudioFile)

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  • Michael
  • 10-07-14

Odd and Just OK, but a Must Read for Wolfe Buffs

This is really two novella, Not Quite Dead Enough and Booby Trap. Both are set during WWII and Archie is a Major in the US Army. These stories both have unique twists making them a must read for any follower of Archie and Nero. These are both quite unusual Nero Wolfe stories. The stories themselves are not the best, but the odd character situation and events make these stories very well worth reading. They should not be among the first read. The narration is excellent as usual.

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  • rollers
  • 14-07-18

great read.

Loved this book as much as the rest. Looking forward to the next one. Michael Pritchert reading is great.

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  • Alli
  • 08-05-18

Another Great Nero Wolfe Story

The first of the two stories has to be one of my favorite Nero Wolfe stories yet. The second was a bit different in structure, but still enjoyable.

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  • willow33
  • 18-04-18

Poor Sound Quality

This appears to be a straight copy from an old cassette version. The result is very poor sound quality. Wolfe deserves better.

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  • Chris T
  • 03-02-17

Two Stories in One Book Both Entertaining

Another interesting look at the Nero Wolfe household in trying circumstances and how they changed their lifestyles to adapt, this time to the war against Germany in WWII.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 25-08-15

War Time Nero!

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As I see Nero Wolfe in my mind's eye, I never picture him jogging on the piers of NY, readying himself to go "kill some Germans". This story is quirky, to say the least. But it is also vintage Nero Wolfe and a great snapshot of wartime America in WWII.

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  • Marily14
  • 28-07-15

Nero ends the Case!

Any Nero Wolf book is a joy to read or listen to. The reader M Prichard, who has read a multitude of these books has the tone and personality of the characters down pat. Archy and Nero especially. This story had an ending that is a shocker. Never in any other has Nero's action seemed not to follow the law through to the end.

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  • Ellie Z.
  • 28-02-15

not my favorite<br />

I'm a huge fan of Nero Wolfe and Michael Pritchard has great style but the story seemed a little weak.

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  • Peggy
  • 15-05-13

Satisfactory!

Would you consider the audio edition of Not Quite Dead Enough to be better than the print version?

Micheal Pritchard IS Nero Wolfe and Archie Goodwin. Nobody does Wolfe better.

What other book might you compare Not Quite Dead Enough to and why?

The Black Mountain where we see Wolfe step out of his comfort zone and tackle problems in a new yet totally Wolfe way.

Have you listened to any of Michael Prichard’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

All of them. Performance is spot on.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

certainly!

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  • G. Griggs
  • 18-03-13

Great Story bad technical quality

Would you try another book from Rex Stout and/or Michael Prichard?

yes

Did Michael Prichard do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

yes

If this book were a movie would you go see it?

yes

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The Technical quality is at best odd. To much Bass and the gain was way up, what was the engineer doing? No pop filter on the Mic it seems but that may just be a static pop.
Please watch the Dials. This is the only one that i noticed this way, so far. And the ability to review parts is also hampered.

But it is Nero Wolfe and Archie. Loved the Story and the performance.