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Sedentary sleuth Nero Wolfe and his sidekick, Archie Goodwin, leave West Thirty-fifth Street for a Montana dude ranch to clear an innocent man of a murder charge....

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Death of a Dude Reviews

  • BillKerwin
    2019-03-22 04:30

    Archie, while visiting gal-pal Lily Rowan's Montana estate, takes a leave of absence from his job with Wolfe in order to clear Lily's foreman from a charge of murder. Wolfe, rather than be deprived of his invaluable assistant, endures the perils of plane flight and canned tomato soup in order to get his trusty Dr. Watson back home. The plot's not much, but it is serviceable, and Nero roughing it in the Wild West is something no Rex Stout fan will want to miss.

  • Evgeny
    2019-03-13 00:36

    I would like to ask a quick question before I begin speaking about plot: what is dude? Please do not use a dictionary. I will explain this in terms of popular movies and this would probably be the first time I tried to describe a book using unrelated movies. So the first idea of dude is probably this one:The second idea coming to mind when somebody mentions the word is usually the following: The definition the book uses however is this: In other word, city slickers. For another bit of trivia - very amusing but having almost nothing to do with the novel - have the following question: how do you call a female dude? The modern English slang uses either the same dude, or much better sounding dudette. Archie Goodwin's girlfriend Lily Rowan calls herself dudina here. Back to the novel: Archie Goodwin (one of the dudes) came to a Montana ranch owned by Lily Rowan for a quiet vacation. By no fault of his, murders follow him no matter where he goes. This time one of the dudes on a nearby ranch was killed by seemingly inept shooter and Lily's foreman was accused of the murder. He does not have an alibi, but he does have an excellent motive. Archie is one of the few people who did not believe his guilt, but his doubts are based on his knowledge of the accused and the fact that the former is an excellent shot. Archie sets up to do what he does best: investigating. Unfortunately he is a dude and no locals bother to talk to him much. Even the other dudes follow locals' example. Archie is stuck, but he refuses to budge. His boss, having received a letter with explanation why his trusted sidekick will not show up in Manhattan any time soon, does the unthinkable, something he did only twice before: he leaves his steady comfortable daily routine and comes to speed up the process of investigation. And so Nero Wolfe comes to Montana. Knowing about Archie very limited (to put it mildly) success with asking questions about practically anything, he is ready and loaded for a bear. When Nero Wolfe is ready high-ranking politicians get bothered, a lot. When high-ranking politicians get bothered, things get done, quick.What was really surprising for me while I read the novel was the level of corruption in the quiet countryside which put the one in a huge megalopolis that is New York City to shame. At least in Manhattan people had to pretend they are corruption-free while Montana politicians had no need for such pretension. This is probably the first time Archie got beaten up by the police with the good old excuse of "resisting arrest". The plot has enough twists to put any labyrinth to shame. Rex Stout was well into seventieth when he wrote it; his age had not affect his writing abilities any.

  • Sandra
    2019-03-03 03:42

    Il mio esordio con Nero Wolfe non è stato dei più felici. Conosco il personaggio dai telefilm, ricordo che Tino Buazzelli lo interpretò tanti anni fa (ne ho visto qualche scena su youtube, non ricordo lo sceneggiato), e recentemente la Rai ha mandato in onda un’altra serie di Nero Wolfe, qualche volta mi è capitato di dargli un’occhiata e mi sono fatta un’idea su che tipo è: mastodontico, misogino, casalingo, ombroso, antipatico. Ho ritrovato queste caratteristiche nel “Nero Wolfe e il caso dei mirtilli” , che presenta una particolarità: il nostro detective, che non si sposta mai dal suo appartamento a New York dove trascorre il tempo a cucinare e coltivare orchidee, si reca nel Montana, in un paesino microscopico con poche centinaia di abitanti, dove si trova Archie Goodwin, il suo aiutante storico, ospite in un ranch dell’amica Lily. Lo fa perché Archie gli ha comunicato che non tornerà a casa fino a quando non avrà risolto un caso di omicidio, di cui è stato accusato uno degli aiutanti di Lily nel ranch. La narrazione è in prima persona, è Archie che racconta (ho letto che tutti i volumi di nero Wolfe sono strutturati in questo modo): già questo mi piace poco. In più la storia è piatta, le indagini languono perché Archie non riesce a cavare un ragno dal buco in un paesino in cui gli “stranieri” sono malvisti, poi arriva Nero Wolfe ma non succede nulla, anzi sì, c’è un altro omicidio, viene ucciso nella macchina di Archie l’uomo che aveva scoperto il primo cadavere. Il povero Archie ci va di mezzo, ma Wolfe ha già risolto il caso, senza che noi lettori potessimo in qualche modo partecipare ai suoi ragionamenti (peraltro molto limitati) Troppo prevedibile, troppo piatto. Mi ha deluso questo primo giallo di Rex Stout, magari ci riproverò.

  • Una Tiers
    2019-03-22 04:50

    This was a nice chance of pace since Archie was in Lamehorse, Montana and the murder happened when a dude was picking huckleberries. Nero Wolfe leaves New York and faces a completely different lifestyle. He doesn't like not being in charge.

  • Cherie
    2019-03-08 00:55

    Interesting that this was published in 1958 but takes place in 1968? Nero and Archie in Montana, near Helena. Archie doesn't call him but Nero shows up and goes to work. Poor Archie in jail again. The smart remarks are toned down in this story and Nero is a much nicer person than normal. He even takes his shoes and socks off and gets his feet wet in the creek.

  • Jason
    2019-03-22 04:34

    Talk about a fish out of water! Nero Wolfe in Montana!!!!! When a man is killed near Lily Rowan's ranch, and Archie is ineffective getting the populace to talk, Nero leaves his creature comforts and arrives in Montana to help (well to get Archie to come home really, but if he has to solve the murder, so be it). Add in a couple of lawyers, a rude sheriff, a fascinating character named Woody and several trout and you've got yourself a Nero Wolfe mystery to savor!

  • Tony
    2019-02-24 07:39

    DEATH OF A DUDE. (1969). Rex Stout. ****. Allthough Stout drops you into the middle of a case, it eventually comes clear what is really happening. Archie, Wolfe’s assistant and full-time wise guy, is in Montana at the Bar JR ranch, working on the shooting death of Philip Brodell. Brodell seduced Alma Greve about a year ago and took off to the hills. Now he has returned, after Alma had the child. Soon after his return, he was found dead from a shot in the back on a huckleberry-picking expedition. Alma’s father Harvey is now in jail, charged with murder, but Lily and Archie are convinced that he’s an innocent – not based on any evidence they have, but on their having known him for years. Archie decides to take a leave of absence from his duties with Wolfe and work on the case, but Wolfe gets itchy without his assistant by his side and takes a trip to Montana to work on the case with Archie. When Wolfe arrives he is completely out of his environment, and much is made of the difficulties he faces in this alien territory: the furniture that he doesn’t fit in, the food that is foreign to him, etc. All in all, though, Wolfe manages to fit himself into the scene and begin to use his detecting skills. This is one of Stout’s later adventures, but, once you are past the first twenty pages or so, one of his better cases. Recommended.

  • Ed
    2019-03-13 01:49

    #44 in the Nero Wolfe series. Nearing the end of his career, Stout comes up with a show-stopper. Wolfe leaves his NYC, W. 35th St. brownstone for one of his very few acceptable reasons, in this case rescuing Archie Goodwin. This 1969 novel takes place entirely away from home and to the best of my recollection this is the first time that happens since Too Many Cooks (1938) and Some Buried Caesar (1939), #s 5 & 6 in the series.Nero Wolfe series - Archie Goodwin was on vacation at Lily Rowen's ranch when her foreman was arrested for murder. Archie phoned Wolfe that he couldn't return until the crime was solved. The mountain couldn't come to Wolfe, so the great detective came to the mountain--to Lame Horse, Montana, to be exact. Here a city slicker got a country girl pregnant and then took a bullet in the back. Wolfe's job was to get an innocent man exonerated of the crime and catch a killer in the process. But when he packed his silk pajamas and headed west, he found himself embroiled in a case rife with local cynicism, slipshod police work, and unpleasant political ramifications. In fact, Nero Wolfe was buffaloed until the real killer struck again, underestimating the dandified dude with an unerring instinct for detection.

  • Tor
    2019-03-02 23:31

    This is a complex book in which Archie Goodwin (That is the main character and the detective's assistant), is forced to stay in Montana instead of returning to his beloved New York to get a friend charged with murder out of jail. This so annoys Nero Wolfe (Archie's Detective), that he leaves his house for the first time in six years. This book is full of elements of intriuge, mystery, and local politics. It seems short, but it is fairly complecated, and is not your average detective story. It is nearly impossible to figure the murder out without him (Archie) telling you.

  • Shireen
    2019-03-11 02:43

    Boy, is this ever a different kind of Nero Wolfe book. There's no brownstone, barely any fine cooking, no orchids, and most amazing of all, Wolfe is out and about. The book is set in Montana, so Wolfe having to travel is a given. But it's fun to read how Wolfe conducts himself and copes with this unexpected turn of events.Archie Goodwin really comes into his own here, and we get a deeper glimpse into his private life than we normally would. A thoroughly enjoyable read for Goodwin fans like me.

  • Greg McClay
    2019-03-05 03:35

    Its all in the timing but if you've never read a Nero Wolfe book don't start with this one. If you've read 3-4 of them I'd still suggest waiting. There's something about having read most of the books in the series that makes this that much more enjoyable and Stout probably knew it when he wrote it. Where as The Black Mountain involved heavy travel by Wolfe it was much more serious and personal, this is strict whimsy and all the better for it.

  • JulieLaLa
    2019-03-17 00:34

    Sorry to give such a low rating to this Rex Stout mystery, but it didn't deliver like previous efforts. The language wasn't there, nor were Archie's great observations about women (fun), and the mystery was just flat.

  • Panu Mäkinen
    2019-03-11 01:37

    On aivan poikkeuksellista, että ylipainoinen etsivä Nero Wolfe poistuu kotoaan työasioissa. Nyt kuitenkin käy niin, että hän matkustaa New Yorkista Montanan Lame Horseen, jossa hänen apulaisensa Archie Goodwin viettää palkatonta lomaansa ystävättärensä Lily Rowanin karjatilalla. Karjatilan hoitaja on pantu tyrmään epäiltynä kesävieraansa murhasta – tämä kun oli ensin onnistunut saamaan tilanhoitajan tyttären raskaaksi.Kesävieraan kuolema irvailee maalaisšeriffien älynlahjoille ja heidän kyvyttömyydelleen selvitellä rikoksia. Paikalliset asukkaatkaan eivät aina suhtaudu kovin suopeasti siihen, että New Yorkista saakka tullaan penkomaan heidän yksityisasioitaan. Suurimman uhan Nero Wolfen tutkimusten onnistumiselle muodostaa kuitenkin paikallisviranomaisten toiminta. Viranomaiset pyrkivät joko ajattelemattomuuttaan tai tahallaan haittaamaan tutkimusten edistymistä – jopa siinä määrin, että Nero Wolfe päättää lopulta näpäyttää heitä.Kesävieraan kuoleman tapahtuvat sijoittuvat vuoteen 1968, ja teos on yksi viimeisiä Rex Stoutin Nero Wolfe -tarinoita. Se ei ole ihan kirjailijan parhaimmistoa mutta kelpo tarina silti.

  • Richard Schwindt
    2019-02-22 06:32

    Few literary characters were as ripe for a fish out of water story as Nero Wolfe. This in part because, outside of his New York brownstone he was out of water almost anywhere. A ranch in Montana more than fills the bill. Archie goes there every year with gal pal Lily Rowan but (of course) there is a murder. Ordinarily, that would not begin to interest Wolfe but pain (the prospect of Archie staying in Montana until the murder is solved) and gain (succulent trout from a nearby stream) combine to move him from his comfortable seat. As always Wolfe adapts well in the end but not before he experiences his idea of serious privation. One of the more entertaining books in the latter part of the series Death of a Dude gets good mileage from a new setting and a different set of characters. Well worth a look for Wolfe lovers and mystery fans in general.

  • Jdetrick
    2019-02-27 07:42

    Another excellent entry and now I'm sad that there are only three books left.

  • Jennifer Berg
    2019-03-09 00:34

    An excellent Nero Wolfe--and one of the few stories that doesn't happen in NY.

  • Ron
    2019-03-25 03:41

    No orchids this time, but a good story

  • Gary
    2019-03-15 00:53

    Set in Montana.

  • Beth E
    2019-02-27 03:31

    This one was really dull, with not even a hint at the identity of the murderer until the last page.

  • Doug
    2019-03-24 03:30

    solid entry, with Wolfe travelling 2000 miles to get Archie out of a fix. A little flat at the end.

  • Shirley Worley
    2019-03-12 05:50

    Archie is visiting Lily at her ranch when one of her employees is charged in a murder. Believing him to be innocent, Archie decides to investigate and refuses to return to Manhattan until the evidence proves otherwise. His decision does not sit well with Nero Wolfe, who travels to Montana to speed up the process. The investigation is slow going, as the locals do not take well to outside 'dudes' invading their territory.

  • Alexis Neal
    2019-03-13 23:40

    It's summertime, and Archie's out Montana way living the good life with the well-heeled and playful Lily Rowan, who just so happens to own a ranch and a couple thousand head of cattle. It was supposed to be a vacation, but we know better, and before long Archie's up to his eyeballs in murder. Everybody seems to think Lily's ranch foreman Harvey bumped off the no-account city slicker who got his daughter pregnant, but Archie's convinced that Harvey would never shoot a man in the back. Still, knowing it and proving it are two very different things, and it looks like Archie may be out West for the long haul. This is, of course, a completely unsatisfactory state of affairs for Nero Wolfe, so the corpulent genius trundles off to Big Sky Country to expedite matters. Will the dynamic duo be able to clear Harvey and catch the real bad guy? And will Wolfe ever get Archie back home to the comfort of his beloved brownstone?I know Wolfe's big schtick (or one of them, anyway) is that he never, ever leaves his house on business. He hates going anywhere. And yet, it seems like more often than not, these stories see him traipsing off to a flower show or a Christmas party or upstate New York or West Virginia or California or Montenegro, for crying out loud. It is a testament to Stout's writing that Wolfe's continued protestations in the face of travel (and Archie's unflinching insistence that Wolfe never leaves the house) never sound false or inflated. Instead of rolling my eyes and thinking 'Yeah, I'm so sure he never leaves the house ... except for always,' I find myself gleefully anticipating Wolfe's explosive denouncement of outdoor activities, or his longsuffering acceptance of travel as an unfortunate burden to be born. The stories are first and foremost character pieces, and a good bit of the fun is knowing those characters well enough to know how they will react to the events around them. So I find myself laughing before Inspector Cramer ever even gets a shot off, because I know he will blow his top over Wolfe's latest shenanigans. (Not that Cramer's in this one, but you get the idea.) These people aren't just characters in a book--they're our friends. We know them, and we know how they are likely to feel in various situations.So when a longtime Stout fan hears the description 'Wolfe stays on a ranch in Montana', well, you know it's gonna be a hoot. And it is. Not, perhaps, the hootiest of Stout's works, but still well worth the cost of admission. And the supporting characters do not disappoint. Chief among these is Lily Rowan, who shows more to advantage here than she does in any other Stout book in my recollection--largely because of her longstanding 'friendship' with Archie and her ability to know when to hold her tongue. But she's not alone--Stout gets to invent a whole town full of cowboy types (something he doesn't get to do much in his typical New York stories). And mixed in among all the slow-talkin', cattle wranglin' types is the rather unexpected Woodrow Stepanian, who runs the town 'dance hall' (of sorts) and is fully capable of engaging Wolfe in surprisingly complex philosophical discussions.The mystery here is kind of a non-starter, honestly, and the solution seems to be well within the capabilities of local law enforcement. But then, we don't read these stories for the mysteries, do we?Prichard narrates--and does a pretty good job with all the country accents, to boot.

  • Nan Silvernail
    2019-03-02 02:40

    Archie Goodwin is out at Lily Rowan's ranch when her foreman is accused of murder. A dude at the ranch got the foreman's daughter pregnant. But would he shoot a man in the back while he was out picking huckleberries? Even in the wild west where the shooting of a two-legged varmit wouldn't be too frowned upon Archie can't believe it and can't pry a clue out of anyone. He sends a letter to Nero Wolfe that he won't come back until the case is solved. To get Goodwin back, Wolfe must travel to Montana and expose the murderer and part of his reward is that he learns all about a dish called The Real Montana Trout Deal.~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~FISHY SPOILERS IN MOUNTAIN STREAMSCover Art - It does not tell or show us much. Ah well. Too bad.Talk about a fish out of water story. Wolfe in Montana? But actually, he doesn't stand out too badly. He is among friends and the community is used to hosting dudes and dudenes (female dudes). The biggest clash is with a high-handed sheriff and his bully of a deputy. The biggest thing he asks for is an electric blanket and Lily, being the perfect hostess, has one for him.I think Wolfe is actually happy in this rugged mountain place. He must be reminded of his Montenegro. He is sitting in Lily's huge cabin when he raises his head, hearing a brook nearby. We later find him shoe and sockless in it, even though it is icy cold. What a sight that would be!He gets to try out not only the Real Montana Trout Deal, but also later, in another book (Three at Wolfe's Door), Lily ships him some young blue grouse who had been eating pretty much only berries before they were taken and shipped. It all pleases him greatly, although he rolls up his sleeves and makes up his own Real Nero Wolfe Trout Deal for them at the end of the book.

  • Katarzyna
    2019-02-28 06:48

    Tym razem akcja powieści przenosi się do małej miejscowości turystycznej, gdzie Archie lubi spędzać urlop. Niestety sielankowy nastrój przerywa wieść o morderstwie jednego z turystów. O zbrodnie tę zostaje oskarżony mąż gospodyni Archiego. Detektyw przekonany o jego niewinności postanawia zostać dłużej i rozejrzeć się. Wysyła list do swojego szefa Nero z informacją, że nie zamierza jeszcze wracać do pracy. Jest to widać informacja tak niezwykła, że Nero Wolfe postanawia zająć się tą sprawą. Niespodziewanie zjawia się na ranchu w Montanie, aby dopomóc w śledztwie.Niestety muszę przyznać, że jest to najsłabsza powieść Rexa Stouta, którą do tej pory czytałam. Nie trzyma w napięciu, jest też trochę przegadana. Do ostatniego rozdziału nie wiadomo kto zabił, ale rozwiązanie wcale mnie nie zadowala. W zasadzie, tłumacząc powód morderstwa, w taki sposób jak to przedstawił Wolfe, popełnić je mógł prawie każdy z podejrzanych. To typ rozwiązania Deus ex machina. Na zasadzie nie ciągnijmy dłużej tej powieści, załatwimy to raz, dwa. Nie powiem jest trochę dobrych dialogów, szczególnie ten o autocenzurze Archiego, ale to wszystko.

  • Nancy Butts
    2019-03-06 03:30

    #44 in the Nero Wolfe series, set in 1968 on Lily Rowan’s ranch in Montana: and this is not one of Stout’s best. It is mainly remarkable for the fact that once again, Nero Wolfe is moved to leave not only his brownstone, but the state of New York, when Archie tells him he’s taking a leave of absence to get a ranch hand off a murder charge. [The ranch hand is a character from an earlier novel about rodeo stars in New York.]But nothing much happens in the book: most of it is spent with Archie telling us how neither he nor Nero is getting anywhere with their investigations. There is very little detecting, and very few clues for readers to make any kind of deductions about who the murderer is. And then in the last two chapters, as if Stout suddenly remembered he had to solve the crime, Nero finds out who the murderer is and basically just announces it. This is the first time in a Stout novel that I’ve ever felt he didn’t play fair with readers, but he definitely did not in this one. He doesn’t even bother to flesh out the motivation behind the second victim’s actions: and then the book just ends. Very disappointing.

  • Bev
    2019-03-19 23:41

    So, Death of a Dude finds Archie Goodwin in Montana doubting the guilt of Harvey Greve (foreman of Lily Rowan's Bar JR Ranch). Greve has been accused of the murder of a dude from St. Louis. Archie (who has been on vacation with Ms. Rowan) informs Nero Wolfe that he'll be staying on in Montana on an indefinite leave of absence to clear the matter up. Wolfe's distaste at the thought of being without his right-hand man outweighs his distaste for travel and he travels to Montana to take things in hand so Archie will be back where he belongs even sooner.This is a fairly decent Nero Wolfe outing. Although I must say I much prefer Wolfe and Archie Goodwin against the familiar background of New York City and the brownstone house with Fritz and the orchids. The stories I've read where Wolfe leaves his sedentary life to go into unfamiliar territory, just don't ring as true as the others. I usually give Nero Wolfe stories four out of five stars on Visual Bookshelf. This one rates three

  • A.G. Lindsay
    2019-03-01 03:46

    I usually enjoy when Stout takes Archie and Wolfe out of the brownstone, and this book is a good read, but while the writing is good, and the setting is well done, this book was a bit of a let-down for me.For one thing, you will not solve this mystery before Wolfe. In most of the Wolfe books I've read even when I don't lean towards a suspect before he's unmasked as the killer, there's usually a time, somewhere in the book, that, when I read it again, I can say, "ah, here's where he slipped." The villain in this book does not give himself away in any respect and barely seems to appear at all.What redeems the book for me is the cast of secondary characters (most soundly residing in cowboy stereotypes, but some peeking past that now and again) and Lily Rowan, who has grown a great deal since she was introduced at a "rich blonde woman uninterested in getting hitched" in Some Buried Caesar.

  • Perry Whitford
    2019-03-14 23:55

    This is far from being a classic Nero Wolfe mystery.The only reason to read it rests on the unique circumstance that in order to solve the mystery, Wolfe has to leave not only his home (almost unthinkable!) but the state of New York entirely (utterly unthinkable!) and bunk down in a ranch house in Montana. As you can imagine, sans his big boy chair, orchid house and the incomparable gastronomic creations of Fritz three times a day, the oversized detective becomes more than a little discomposed.Sadly, despite finally dragging the homebody Wolfe out of his comfort zone after all those years, Stout just doesn't make enough mileage out of the situation. I expected a transported Wolfe to go from tetchy to tyranical, but it never happened. Archie had a few good lines, but not too many, whilst the mystery itself was no great shakes either.Still better than Agatha Christie though.

  • Ali
    2019-02-26 07:43

    I have a feeling this was a case of picking up the wrong book in a long-running series. I read this Nero Wolfe story because the series was recommended to me, but it was so disappointing I doubt I'll read another. There's no "there" there. Perfunctory plot: since the main characters have decided the guy in jail isn't the murderer, someone else in town is. Time to line up some suspects, who are little more than names on a page. No characterization. No motives. Just figure out who doesn't have an airtight alibi and basically solve the crime "offstage," as it were. Seriously, there was more time spent detailing dinner menus than fleshing out characters. Maybe the first dozen or two of these novels are worth reading, but this being #44, it feels like an author going through the motions to pick up a paycheck.

  • Rena Sherwood
    2019-02-22 01:49

    I had high hopes for this one, but it was flatter than Frankenstein's head and about half as interesting. The big reveal of whodunnit was a major anti-climax. That's kinda a big deal in a Nero Wolfe mystery. I did appreciate that Wolfe is taken out of the brownhouse and put in a setting ripe for a few sniggers but not much else. Even Wolfe seems bored by this one. There's a lot of promises by no real payoff.I've only read a baker's dozen or so of the Nero Wolfe books (including a couple pastiches) but this one was not to my taste.Nah, I think I'll give the rest of the Nero Wolfe books I haven't read a pass for a while.