The Rubber Band

The Rubber Band – June 1968 – Third Printing

The Rubber Band - A Nero Wolfe Mystery By Rex Stout - June 1968 - Third Printing - Front Cover

The Rubber Band - June 1968 - Third Printing - Front Cover

The Rubber Band - A Nero Wolfe Mystery By Rex Stout - June 1968 - Third Printing - Rear Cover

The Rubber Band - June 1968 - Third Printing - Rear Cover

A Pyramid Book

First Printing August 1964

Third Printing June 1968

Copyright 1936, 1964 Rex Stout

Rear Cover:

NERO WOLFE’S ADDRESS
WAS IN THE DEAD MAN’S POCKET-
AND MURDER CAME TO CALL

When it was all over, Wolfe had a bullet in the arm-and the killer had one in the heart.

But before the shoot-out in the fat detective’s office, Wolfe and Archie had to break the mystery of a “Rubber Band” that stretched across forty years and five thousand miles-a mystery made up of a lynching, multiple murder, blackmail, and one of Nero Wolfe’s most dangerous-and lovely-clients!

REX STOUT was born in Indiana in 1886 and raised by parents whose library consisted of some twelve hundred books. By the time he was ten he had read all twelve hundred, providing him with an inexhaustible background for his future writing career. Mr. Stout set up a school banking system which was installed in four hundred cities in the United States. In 1934 his first Nero Wolfe novel FER-DE-LANCE, marked the beginning of one of the great character creations of modern crime fiction. Mr. Stout is the author of fifty-four books published in thirty-six years.
COVER DESIGN: LEMBIT RAUK

COVER ILLUSTRATION: LEN GOLDBERG

Inside Cover Text:

Crazy Like A Fox

Clara Fox came to Nero Wolfe for help – she’d been accused of stealing from her bosses, and wanted him to prove she hadn’t done it.

Wolfe took on the case – and the quarter-ton private detective hound himself hip-deep in

  • murder
  • a devilish alibi
  • blackmail

and a warrant for his arrest!

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The Rubber Band – Baring-Gould Excerpt

The following is an excerpt from NERO WOLFE of West Thirty-Fifth Street by William S. Baring-Gould pertaining toTHE RUBBER BAND.


When it was all over, Wolfe had a bullet in the arm, and the killer of two men had one in his heart. But before the shoot-out in Wolfe’s office, he and Archie had to break a mystery that stretched across forty years and five thousand miles, a mystery in which lynching and blackmail, a devilish alibi and a warrant for Wolfe’s arrest all played a part. Anthony D. Perry came to Wolfe for help for the second time on Monday, October 7, 1935; Wolfe solved the complicated case only two days later, on Wednesday, October 9.


Information taken from NERO WOLFE of West Thirty-Fifth Street by William S. Baring-Gould, page 99 of Bantam paperback edition published February 1970

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The Rubber Band – 1943

Cover scan and text by Clara Fox, ex-adventuress aka Judy Andrews. Thanks Judy!!! This is a real gem!

The Rubber Band - A Nero Wolfe Mystery By Rex Stout - 1943

The Rubber Band - 1943

This is the cover of the 1943 Pocket Book edition of The Rubber Band.. I find it interesting because it asks everyone to “Help Win The War by not wasting anything. Save all old paper, rubber, metal and rags. Give them to a charitable organization…

Another of the back pages states: “Our Boys Want Books” they ask that: “When you are through reading this Pocket Book, or any other book, take it to your nearest Public Library to be forwarded wherever they are needed.”

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