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Publisher's Summary

The mountain couldn't come to Wolfe, so the great detective went to the mountain - to Lame Horse, Montana, to be exact. Here a city slicker got a country girl pregnant and then took a bullet in the back. Wolfe's job is to get an innocent man exonerated of the crime and catch a killer in the process. But when he packs his silk pajamas and heads west, he finds himself embroiled in a case rife with local cynicism, slipshod police work, and unpleasant political ramifications.
Stout fellow: listen to all of our Nero Wolfe mysteries, including classic radio programs!
©1997 Rex Stout; (P)2000 Books on Tape Inc.
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"Nero Wolfe [is] part of our folklore." (The New York Times)
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5 out of 5 stars
By Nanalou West Sauder on 08-20-12

Wolf and Archie in the Wild West

Would you consider the audio edition of Death of a Dude to be better than the print version?

Both audio and print versions are excellent

What was one of the most memorable moments of Death of a Dude?

Wolf's arrival in Montana

What does Michael Prichard bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Prichard makes the characters' voices take on their personality.

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

I already knew the story pretty well, so I was not as compelled to keep listening to get to the end in a hurry. Instead, I savor the setting and the characters.

Any additional comments?

I love Archie, Nero, Fritz, Inspector Cramer, Saul, Fred, Orrie (sort of), Sgt. Stebbins, Lily, and all the regular characters in the Wolf stories. Most of them are absent in this one, but the local characters that were introduced were great fun.

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3 out of 5 stars
By Michael on 01-02-14

Unusual Just OK Nero Wolfe

This is a very OK Nero Wolfe, but far from one of my favorites. It is unusual in a number of ways. The mystery takes place in Montana not New York and the details of the event don’t come out until half way through; indeed Nero Wolfe has a much smaller role than usual. Although the story specific characters are nicely developed there is not a lot of interplay between the regular series characters. I rarely have a quibble with the characterizations of story specific characters in Nero Wolfe novels, but in this one there were a few cases where the regional vernacular seemed overly contrived. For example there was a comment of a local comparing people to a herd of cattle. This was colorful, but did not ring true. There are some interesting scenes, events, and twists, but overall I was left unsatisfied.

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2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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