Sally Blount needs help. Someone has stirred up an arsenic cocktail to murder a man at her fathers chess cluba cocktail her father served to him. She knows her father is innocent, but doesn't trust her lawyer, who seems too interested in her mother. Her only choice? Nero Wolfe, who checkmates the cops as well as the killer.
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Rex Stout (1886-1975), inimitable master of detective fiction, wrote 73 mysteries. His career also included writing three novels, chairing the War Writers’ Board, and mobilizing public opinion against the use of nuclear devices.
Michael Prichard is a Los Angeles–based actor who has narrated more than 400 audiobooks. Smart Money has named him one of the "Top Ten Golden Voices."
The great detective swallows his usual distaste for female clients by undertaking a case from Sally Blount, whose father is suspected of killing a chess opponent at the Gambit Club, by arsenic poisoning. Nero Wolfe, aided by his wisecracking legman, Archie Goodwin, turns up four other suspects, though one of them is eliminated by death. It's all enough to put Wolfe off his passion for food and orchids. Not for long. Wolfe solves the case with an ingenious gambit of his own. While this is second-tier Nero Wolfe overall, the masterful Michael Prichard gives his all, raising the audio to a tier-one selection. M.T.B. © AudioFile 2005, Portland, Maine-- Copyright © AudioFile, Portland, Maine
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