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The Sound of Murder – July 1973

The Sound of Murder - A Nero Wolfe Mystery By Rex Stout - July 1973 - Front Cover

The Sound of Murder - July 1973 - Front Cover

The Sound of Murder - A Nero Wolfe Mystery By Rex Stout - July 1973 - Rear Cover

The Sound of Murder - July 1973 - Rear Cover

The Sound of Murder – Original Title: Alphabet Hicks

A Pyramid Book

Copyright 1941, 1969 By Rex Stout

Pyramid Edition Published January, 1965

Forth Printing July, 1973

I haven’t read this one yet. Still have several more of the non Wolfe books to read that I own. Taking my time with these last few, as he ain’t writing any more… 😦

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The Red Box – May 1972 – Sixth Printing

The Red Box - A Nero Wolfe Mystery By Rex Stout -May 1972 - Sixth Printing - Front Cover

The Red Box - May 1972 - Sixth Printing - Front Cover

The Red Box - A Nero Wolfe Mystery By Rex Stout - May 1972 - Sixth Printing - Rear Cover

The Red Box - May 1972 - Sixth Printing - Rear Cover

A Pyramid Book
Copyright 1936, 1937, 1965, By Rex Stout
Sixth Printing – May 1972

Contents
The Red Box

Rear Cover Intro:

ARCHIE GOODWIN’S THE NAME

I’m the hard-hitting, good-looking sidekick of a beer-drinking, orchid-fancying giant genius of a detective named Nero Wolfe. Wolfe and I have worked on some pretty weird cases. This one I call —

THE RED BOX MURDERS

A beautiful model who should have been watching her figure never dreamed that one little piece of candy could kill her. But it did. And her untimely death put Nero Wolfe in line for the supreme insult of his career — another murder, right in his own home. He had to solve the case to save his pride. But the only clue was an odd red box — and, oddly enough, that had disappeared!

Inside Cover Text:

Orchids are his pride and passion; detection is his forte. He rarely moves his enormous person from his luxurious brownstone. He’s Rex Stout’s peerless solver of crimes

Nero Wolfe

Ably abetted by his quick-thinking, rugged cosleuth, Archie Goodwin, the noble detector of murderous motives and games of foul play takes on the case of a high-fashion corpse to

Save his reputation

in

The Red Box

A mind-boggling gem of mystery and detection!

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The League of Frightened Men – January 1972

The League of Frightened Men - A Nero Wolfe Mystery By Rex Stout - January 1972 - Front Cover

The League of Frightened Men - January 1972 - Front Cover

The League of Frightened Men - A Nero Wolfe Mystery By Rex Stout - January 1972 - Back Cover

The League of Frightened Men - January 1972 - Back Cover

The League of Frightened Men

A Pyramid Book
Copyright 1935, 1963 By Rex Stout
Fifth Printing…January 1972
Contents
The League of Frightened Men

Rear Cover Intro:

ARCHIE GOODWIN HERE…

My job is to see that Nero Wolfe has every opportunity to exercise his brain. That means dealing with crackpots and clients so fatso has time to drink beer, tend his orchids — and think. But when thirty frightened men called on Wolfe to solve their special problem, somebody had to do something more than just sit there. Because these guys were dying off too fast…

THE LEAGUE OF FRIGHTENED MEN

Thirty men live in terror while a hate twisted genius celebrates his murders in verse — and promises more to come. Nero Wolfe tackles his strangest case… for Wolfe knew who the killer was, and knew that his crimes could never be proved!

Inside Cover Text:

There was no mystery

Yet thirty people – bankers, doctors, taxi drivers, lawyers, professors, salesmen – had gathered in Nero Wolfe’s house to offer him a fantastic fee.

No proof of murder

Yet two men had died, another disappeared, and thirty more lived in terror of a man they had thought was their friend.

No doubt of guilt

Yet the man who bragged of killing and wrote verses promising death to all his enemies walked free – and Nero Wolfe could not stop him!

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Bad For Business – April 1968

A Tecumseh Fox mystery.

This is one Rex wrote or at least was published in 1940. He also used the same basic story line in a Nero Wolfe mystery named The Bitter End which was first published in the November 1940 issue of The American Magazine, later in a limited edition volume by the name of Corsage: A Bouquet of Rex Stout and Nero Wolfe, and then after he had died, in Death Times Three in 1985.

This cover is a second printing Pyramid edition printed in April of 1968.

Bad For Business - Front Cover - April 1968 Bad For Business - Rear Cover - April 1968

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Prisoner’s Base – March 1969 – Second Printing

Prisoner's Base - March 1969 - Second Printing - Front Cover

Prisoner's Base - March 1969 - Second Printing - Front Cover

Prisoner's Base - March 1969 - Second Printing - Rear Cover

Prisoner's Base - March 1969 - Second Printing - Rear Cover

A Bantam Book
Copyright 1952 By Rex Stout
2nd Printing – March 1969

Rear Cover Intro:

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, BABY

It promised to be a wild celebration.
Nero Wolfe and the inimitable Archie Goodwin were invited to throw a surprise party.
The party girl, Priscilla Eads, was expecting a big present – An eight million dollar inheritance.
The only catch was that the way things were going, there was a fifty-fifty chance she would be murdered first!
But Wolfe knew the odds – And he was determined to get his fee!

Prisoner’s Base

A masterpiece of murder, mayhem and mystery with the unflappable Nero Wolfe and the ever-cool Archie Goodwin

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And Be A Villain – 1968 6th printing

And Be A Villain - Front Cover - 1968 And Be A Villain - Rear Cover - 1968

A Bantam Book
Copyright 1948 By Rex Stout

Last date was 2nd printing May 1968 – this is a 6th Printing in the same run. Only difference I can find is the book ID number is different and the cover price is $0.60 verses $0.50 for the 2nd printing.

Rear Cover Intro:

An Audience-Participation Murder

Madeline Fraser was an extremely beautiful, world-renowned entertainer. Her show was so popular that when a guest on her program got publicly poisoned with the sponsor’s own product, there were at least twenty million eyewitnesses. All Nero Wolfe had to do was to find out which witness was doubling as an assassin The case was as "Show Biz" as a chorus call, with enough gorgeous dolls on the scene to keep even Archie Goodwin occupied.

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Murder By The Book – 1981 12th Printing

Note the minor differences in the rear cover text between the 5th or 6th printings and this 12th printing. The front cover has the same picture in all of them. Different front cover type in the 1981 printing. Looks like they just spruced it up a bit and changed the rear cover to the picture, added a couple of lines of text and sent it out the door. The flyleaf text is the same.

Murder By The Book - 1981 12th Printing - Front Cover

Murder By The Book - 1981 12th Printing - Front Cover

Murder By The Book - 1981 12th Printing - Rear Cover

Murder By The Book - 1981 12th Printing - Rear Cover

A Bantam Book
Copyright 1951 By Rex Stout
Sixth Printing – February 1981

Flyleaf:

Two murders, not a trace of the killers, and no clues. Nero Wolfe was angry. He had me mercilessly running down every lead we had.

And now here I stood in the small empty room. I went over to the open window and looked down. It was a moment before I caught sight of the woman who lay crumpled on the sidewalk, her head twisted queerly.

The realization hit me like a blow: I had to go back and face Nero Wolfe, tell him that I was two minutes too late . . .

MURDER BY THE BOOK

Rear Cover Intro:

Clasping one of his precious orchids, the incredibly brilliant gourmet Nero Wolfe has a question to tax his daring deductive genius.

Could a book be responsible for murder? Impossible. And yet those who made the mistake of knowing its contents were goners.

The total so far: Four victims.

The only clues: A cryptic quotation from the Bible, and a list of names in a dead man’s pocket.

Together with his confidential assistant, Archie Goodwin, even Nero Wolfe was stumped until a somewhat wilted blond passionflower stumbled onto the scene…

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Murder By The Book – 1969 6th Printing

Murder By The Book - 1969 6th Printing - Front Cover

Murder By The Book - 1969 6th Printing - Front Cover

Murder By The Book - 1969 6th Printing - Rear Cover

Murder By The Book - 1969 6th Printing - Rear Cover

A Bantam Book
Copyright 1951 By Rex Stout
Sixth Printing – November 1969

Flyleaf:

Two murders, not a trace of the killers, and no clues. Nero Wolfe was angry. He had me mercilessly running down every lead we had.

And now here I stood in the small empty room. I went over to the open window and looked down. It was a moment before I caught sight of the woman who lay crumpled on the sidewalk, her head twisted queerly.

The realization hit me like a blow: I had to go back and face Nero Wolfe, tell him that I was two minutes too late . . .

MURDER BY THE BOOK

Rear Cover Intro:

Could a book be responsible for murder? Impossible. And yet those who made the mistake of knowing its contents were goners.

The total so far: Four victims.

The only clues: A cryptic quotation from the Bible, and a list of names in a dead man’s pocket.

The suspect: One mysterious book.

Even Nero Wolfe was stumped until a somewhat wilted blond passionflower stumbled onto the scene – in all innocence…

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Murder By The Book – 1969 5th Printing

Murder By The Book - 1969 5th Printing - Front Cover

Murder By The Book - 1969 5th Printing - Front Cover

Murder By The Book - 1969 5th Printing - Rear Cover

Murder By The Book - 1969 5th Printing - Rear Cover

A Bantam Book
Copyright 1951 By Rex Stout
Fifth Printing – August 1969

Flyleaf:

Two murders, not a trace of the killers, and no clues. Nero Wolfe was angry. He had me mercilessly running down every lead we had.

And now here I stood in the small empty room. I went over to the open window and looked down. It was a moment before I caught sight of the woman who lay crumpled on the sidewalk, her head twisted queerly.

The realization hit me like a blow: I had to go back and face Nero Wolfe, tell him that I was two minutes too late . . .

MURDER BY THE BOOK

Rear Cover Intro:

Could a book be responsible for murder? Impossible. And yet those who made the mistake of knowing its contents were goners.

The total so far: Four victims.

The only clues: A cryptic quotation from the Bible, and a list of names in a dead man’s pocket.

The suspect: One mysterious book.

Even Nero Wolfe was stumped until a somewhat wilted blond passionflower stumbled onto the scene – in all innocence…

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Three Doors To Death – 1980 Sixth Printing

Three Doors To Death - A Nero Wolfe Mystery By Rex Stout - 1980 Sixth Printing - Front Cover

Three Doors To Death - 1980 Sixth Printing - Front Cover

Three Doors To Death - A Nero Wolfe Mystery By Rex Stout - 1980 Sixth Printing - Rear Cover

Three Doors To Death - 1980 Sixth Printing - Rear Cover

6th printing — September 1980

These three novels originally appeared in The American Magazine

Man Alive – December 1947
Omit Flowers – November 1948
Doors to Death – June 1949

These novels have also appeared in the Viking edition of Five of a Kind, The Third Nero Wolfe Omnibus Published 1961

Flyleaf:

The first door lead into a greenhouse teaming with exotic flowers.
The second door opened into the chic world of models and high fashion.
The third door lead into the plush, gilt recesses of a staid New York mansion
But all three doors lead to death!

Contents:

Forward – By Archie Goodwin
Man Alive
Omit Flowers
Door to Death

Rear Cover:

The orchid-growing gourmet in the king-size chair is none other than the incredibly brilliant Nero Wolfe – one sixth of a ton of deductive genious.

Together with his confidential assistant, Archie Goodwin, he must rub noses with the financial elete to help three people who have found themselves in a rather precarious positions.

One is a chef whose proficiency with cutlery seems to have extended beyond the kitchen.

Another is a very talented botanist whose sprays have apparently killed more than insects.

And the third is a beautiful model who stands to inherit a fortune after her uncle’s suicide – only he isn’t dead.

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