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The Mother Hunt, a Nero Wolfe Novel (original: 1963; edição: 1963)

de Rex Stout

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When an abandoned baby is left on her doorstep, the young socialite widow knows only too well the identity of the father: her deceased philanderer of a husband. But who is the mother? The case seems like child's play to Nero Wolfe, until the first dead body. While the police nurse their grudges against him, and the widow nurses Archie, the genius sleuth and his sidekick look for the hand that rocked the cradle. But nothing can pacify the killer, who's found the formula for murder--and is determined to milk it for all it's worth. Introduction by Marilyn Wallace "It is always a treat to read a Nero Wolfe mystery. The man has entered our folklore."--The New York Times Book Review   A grand master of the form, Rex Stout is one of America's greatest mystery writers, and his literary creation Nero Wolfe is one of the greatest fictional detectives of all time. Together, Stout and Wolfe have entertained--and puzzled--millions of mystery fans around the world. Now, with his perambulatory man-about-town, Archie Goodwin, the arrogant, gourmandizing, sedentary sleuth is back in the original seventy-three cases of crime and detection written by the inimitable master himself, Rex Stout.… (mais)
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Título:The Mother Hunt, a Nero Wolfe Novel
Autores:Rex Stout
Informação:Viking Press (1963), Edition: Book Club Edition., Hardcover
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I liked this story, but can someone explain to me why Stout's female characters feel so off. I think it's because the author writes more men than women so all his women really sound like men. The plot of this one centers on a baby. Recent widow Lucy Valdon come to Wolfe with a pickle of a problem. One night a few weeks earlier she recieved a call late at night telling her she had something outside her vestibule. Turns out to be a baby, with a note attached telling her the father was her late husband. Now she needs to find the mother, and of course that leads to nothing but trouble. ( )
  Colleen5096 | Oct 29, 2020 |
This book is one of the few entries in the Nero Wolfe series in which it truly seems like Wolfe will be stymied. Of course, as any fan knows, that isn't going to happen but it takes quite long for him to figure out how to crack the case. On one hand, it was somewhat interesting to see all the dead ends Archie, with the assistance of Saul, Fred & Orrie, have to comb through but, on the other hand, it did make this book a bit less exciting. Still, it was an easy book to complete in an evening and Archie & Wolfe are always enjoyable to read about. ( )
  leslie.98 | Apr 8, 2020 |
I've read plenty of Nero and Archie short story homages, and I love them, but it's such an absolute pleasure to go back to the originals. So damn good. ( )
  Craftini | Jun 20, 2019 |
What can I see Nero Wolfe leaves the brownstone. . . of course it's good. In this outing Nero's client is a widow of 9 months who has a baby dropped on her doorstep and she wants to know who the mother is and by identifying the mother if it's possible that her former husband could be the father.

Good mystery but what keeps me reading these stories is all about Wolfe and Archie, how they interact and how others play out in their lives. ( )
  mmoj | Mar 2, 2017 |
Continuing with my Archie Goodwin flirtation, I would have to rank Mother Hunt below Silent Speaker, even though I love Archie's romance with the client, Lucy Valdon. I'm not sure if Stout's books hit a peak around the 1950s - this novel was published in the 60s - but I think I prefer the earlier stories, or Archie just fits better in less liberal decades.

Anyway! Wolfe and Archie are employed to find the mother of a baby left on a widowed woman's doorstep, with a note claiming that her late husband was the father. All well and good, but the solution requires a little too much waffle from the suspects (and Wolfe naturally) to explain, and I didn't buy into the whole 'women like babies' set-up that Wolfe devises to find the mother. Stick a puppy or a kitten in the pram, and I'd be right over, but a baby? And what would have happened if the mother just really didn't want anything more to do with the child she gave away? But this is Wolfe, and women are predictable, so she falls into the trap.

Lucy and Archie are cute together, and Archie more or less states openly that they are seeing each other - he spends the night with her on at least two occasions - which is enough to worry Wolfe, also cute. A good mystery for the team, but the revelation is a let-down. ( )
  AdonisGuilfoyle | Apr 13, 2016 |
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When the doorbell rang a little after eleven that Tuesday morning in early June and I went to the hall and took a look throught the one-way glass panel in the front doo, I saw what, or whom, I expected to se: a face a little too narrow, gray eyes a little too big, and a figure a little too thin for the best curves.
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"Do you like eggs?"
She laughed. She looked at me, so I laughed too.
Wolfe scowled. "Confound it, are eggs comical? Do you know how to scramble eggs, Mrs. Valdon?"
"Yes, of course."
"To use Mr. Goodwin's favorite locution, one will get you ten that you don't. I'll scramble eggs for your breakfast and we'll see. Tell me forty minutes before you're ready."
Her eyes widened. "Forty minutes?"
"Yes. I knew you didn't know."
No man with any sense assumes that a woman's words mean to her exactly what they mean to him.
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When an abandoned baby is left on her doorstep, the young socialite widow knows only too well the identity of the father: her deceased philanderer of a husband. But who is the mother? The case seems like child's play to Nero Wolfe, until the first dead body. While the police nurse their grudges against him, and the widow nurses Archie, the genius sleuth and his sidekick look for the hand that rocked the cradle. But nothing can pacify the killer, who's found the formula for murder--and is determined to milk it for all it's worth. Introduction by Marilyn Wallace "It is always a treat to read a Nero Wolfe mystery. The man has entered our folklore."--The New York Times Book Review   A grand master of the form, Rex Stout is one of America's greatest mystery writers, and his literary creation Nero Wolfe is one of the greatest fictional detectives of all time. Together, Stout and Wolfe have entertained--and puzzled--millions of mystery fans around the world. Now, with his perambulatory man-about-town, Archie Goodwin, the arrogant, gourmandizing, sedentary sleuth is back in the original seventy-three cases of crime and detection written by the inimitable master himself, Rex Stout.

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