The Second Confession – May 1995 – 5th Printing

The Second Confession - May 1995 - 5th Printing - Front Cover

The Second Confession - May 1995 - 5th Printing - Front Cover

The Second Confession - May 1995 - 5th Printing - Rear Cover

The Second Confession - May 1995 - 5th Printing - Rear Cover

The Second Confession
A Bantam Crime Line Book / published by arrangement with Viking Penguin

Publishing History

Viking edition published September 1949
Dollar Mystery Guild edition / December 1949
Bantam edition / September 1952
New Bantam edition / May 1961
2nd new Bantam edition / January 1975
Bantam reissue edition / May 1995

Condensations appeared in the Montreal Standard, Newark Evening News, and Chicago Sun-Times 1950

Copyright 1949 by Rex Stout

Scans are from a 5th printing

Contents:

The Second Confession

Rear Cover Introduction:

The Second Confession

When a millionaire businessman hires Nero Wolfe to probe the background of his daughter’s boyfriend, it seems like just another case of an overprotective father. But when a powerful gangland boss “counsels” the detective to drop the matter, Wolfe realizes it’s much more than that.  Unwilling to take a hint, Wolfe receives a warning: a burst of machine-gun fire through the windows of his orchid room. Then the lawyer boyfriend turns up dead, leaving Archie the number one suspect. Throw in drugged drinks, two man-killing debutantes, and officials of a highly un-American party and Wolfe finds himself involved in a case where he must quickly solve one murder to prevent another: his own.

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Frame-Up for Murder Illustration

Frame-Up for Murder Illustration from The Saturday Evening Post (June 21, 1958)

Frame-Up for Murder Illustration from The Saturday Evening Post (June 21, 1958)

Archie Goodwin meets Flora Gallant in part one of Rex Stout’s “Frame-Up for Murder,” illustrated by Austin Briggs for The Saturday Evening Post (June 21, 1958)
Source Archie Goodwin (fictional detective)From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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Bitter End Illustration

Bitter End Illustration for The American Magazine - November 1940

Bitter End Illustration for The American Magazine - November 1940

“Bitter End” — Carl Mueller illustrated Rex Stout’s first Nero Wolfe novella for The American Magazine (November 1940)
Source Nero Wolfe From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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Nero Wolfe Wikipedia Entry

Extremely comprehensive article at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nero_Wolfe. Prepare to spend a while reading it all… 😉

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Updated Rex Stout Books Index Page

Just finished (I think) updating the links on and correcting the Rex Stout Book Index page. Still got more cover links in the posts to get changed over but that’s a long slow process that I’ll get done as I have the energy and time.  Any corrections or problems, please let me know in the comments.

Thanks!
Dave
AKA Albert Freyer

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The Silent Speaker – February 1994 – Bantam Reissue 13th Printing

The Silent Speaker - Bantam Reissue - February 1994 - 13th Printing - Front Cover

The Silent Speaker - Bantam Reissue - February 1994 - 13th Printing - Front Cover

The Silent Speaker - Bantam Reissue - February 1994 - 13th Printing - Rear Cover

The Silent Speaker - Bantam Reissue - February 1994 - 13th Printing - Rear Cover

A Bantam Crime Line Edition
Copyright 1946 By Rex Stout
Bantam Reissue – February 1994 – 13th Printing

Contents

The Silent Speaker

Rear Cover Intro:

THE SILENT SPEAKER

When a powerful government official, scheduled to speak to a group of millionaires, turns up dead, it is an event worthy of the notice of the great Nero Wolfe. Balancing on the edge of financial ruin, the orchard-loving detective grudgingly accepts the case. Soon a second victim is found bludgeoned to death, a missing stenographer’s tape causes an uproar, and the dead man speaks, after a fashion. While the business world clamors for a solution, Nero Wolfe patiently lays a trap that will net him a killer worth his weight in gold.

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Corrupted Nero Wolfe Cookbook Cover Picture

No idea what caused it but the front cover pix of the Nero Wolfe Cookbook quit working and I just found it. Couldn’t find the original scan so rescanned both it and the back cover and have uploaded and corrected the problem.

Link to the post is The Nero Wolfe Cookbook

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Champagne For One – January 1996 – Bantam Reissue – 8th Printing

Champagne For One –Bantam Reissue - January 1996 - 8th Printing - Front Cover

Champagne For One –Bantam Reissue - January 1996 - 8th Printing - Front Cover

Champagne For One –Bantam Reissue - January 1996 - 8th Printing - Rear Cover

Champagne For One –Bantam Reissue - January 1996 - 8th Printing - Rear Cover

A Bantam Book
Copyright 1958 By Rex Stout
Bantam Reissue Edition – January 1996
8th Printing

Contents:

Champagne For One

Rear Cover Intro:

CHAMPAGNE FOR ONE

Faith Usher had a decidedly morbid personality. She talked about taking her life, and kept cyanide in her purse. So when she collapses and dies from a lethal champagne cocktail in the middle of a high society dinner party, everyone calls it suicide – including the police. But Archie was watching it all, and suspects it was murder.  So does Nero Wolfe, especially after he’s warned by four men against taking the case.  For the world’s most formidable detective it is a tantalizing puzzle involving an unlikely combination of philanthropy, deception, blackmail, and an unrepentant killer who just may have committed the perfect crime.

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Inspired By Wolfe Blog

Inspired By Wolfe is a cooking blog (mostly) inspired by dishes from the Nero Wolfe series of books and the Nero Wolfe Cook Book.  There are some very good recipes and info on the site as well as a short and humorous story told in cookies:  Murder by the cook: A murder mystery told in cookies.

I’ve spent quite a bit of time browsing around and have read all the Wolfe related recipes and must say I’ve learned a lot! I tried the scrambled eggs in a double boiler last night and they were good. However as the only double boiler I have is glass and the stove (electric) doesn’t regulate well, they cooked too hot/fast so am going to have to try again. The sauisse minuit recipe sounds (and looks!) quite good! Going to see if I can find a source for Pheasant and Goose here in East Central Alabama and give it a try.

Very Satisfactory!!!

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Quote from Over My Dead Body

Over My Dead Body – While talking to Mr. Donald Barrett of Barrett & De Russy in his office, Wolfe remarks “You’re suffering from an occupational disease. When an international financier is confronted by a holdup man with a gun, he automatically hands over not only his money and jewelry but also his shirt and pants, because it doesn’t occur to him that a robber might draw the line somewhere.”

Ain’t that the truth!

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