Gambit (Nero Wolfe, #37)



Miss Sarah Blount, Better Known As Sally, Has Come To Wolfe To Plead For His Help With Her Father S Case Matthew Blount Is Charged With Poisoning A Man To Death At The Gambit Club, And All Evidence Points To His Guilt Sally Knows That Her Father Is Innocent, But Doesn T Trust His Lawyer, Who Seems Too Interested In Her Mother Despite The Lack Of Cooperation By Matthew Blount Or The Lawyer, Wolfe Takes The Case, Trumping The Police With A List Of Four Suspects But When One Of Those Suspects Turns Up Dead, Wolfe Is Forced To Retrench, So Unnerved That He Forgoes A Fabulous Lunch And Ignores His Treasured Orchids Sally S Increasing Interest In Wolfe Is Only One Of Many Trials He Faces In This Witty, Cleverly Plotted Tale Rex Stout S Literary Creation, Nero Wolfe, Is One Of The Greatest Fictional Detectives Of All Time And, As Always, Archie S Assistance As The Perennial Wise Guy And Legman Complements Wolfe S Devotion To Orchids, Gourmet Meals, And His Specially Constructed Brown Leather Chair Together, Archie And Wolfe Make An Entertaining Odd CoupleGambit (Nero Wolfe, #37)

Rex Todhunter Stout December 1, 1886 October 27, 1975 was an American crime writer, best known as the creator of the larger than life fictional detective Nero Wolfe, described by reviewer Will Cuppy as that Falstaff of detectives Wolfe s assistant Archie Goodwin recorded the cases of the detective genius from 1934 Fer de Lance to 1975 A Family Affair.The Nero Wolfe corpus was nominated Rex Todhunter Stout December 1, 1886 October 27, 1975 was an American crime writer, best known as the creator of the larger than life fictional detective Nero Wolfe, described by reviewer Will Cuppy as that Falstaff of detectives Wolfe s assistant Archie Goodwin recorded the cases of the detective genius from 1934 Fer de Lance to 1975 A Family Affair.The Nero Wolfe corpus was nominated Best Mystery Series of the Century at Bouchercon 2000, the world s largest mystery convention, and Rex Stout was nominated Best Mystery Writer of the Century

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10 thoughts on “Gambit (Nero Wolfe, #37)

  1. says:

    Review updated on 4 13 2015.The book is not about this Gambit It is about this type of gambit Just for fun do an image search for the term and see which one would come up first hint the X Men character.A murder happened right in the plain view of a lot of people a chess master is killed in the middle of his simultaneous play with twelve members of an exclusive club A man is arrested, he is the only person who was able to commit the crime it was physically impossible for everybody else Review updated on 4 13 2015.The book is not about this Gambit It is about this type of gambit Just for fun do an image search for the term and see which one would come up first hint the X Men character.A murder happened right in the plain view of a lot of people a chess master is killed in the middle of his simultaneous play with twelve members of an exclusive club A man is arrested, he is the only person who was able to commit the crime it was physically impossible for everybody else Everything is against him, but his daughter is convinced in her father s innocence and she hires the only person who might be able to help him Nero Wolfe and Archie Goodwin, obviously.Usually a typical Nero Wolfe novel or a short story is not so much about the mystery, but muchabout character interactions and Archie Goodwin s witticism, and this is what makes the series really shine This book is all that, but it also happen to be a good mystery novel which will puzzle you as much as it did Nero Wolfe and his nemesis and friend Inspector Cramer and which is worthy the best of the undisputed Queen of Mystery Agatha Christie When the identity of the villain is finally revealed, it turns out there is no proof of the murderer s guilt which leads to highly unconventional tactics from the great detective and his sidekick bodyguard secretary.As usual expect to be entertained and a lot of chuckles while reading the book Oneitem of note this is probably the first time Archie Goodwin solved the mystery before his genius boss To be fair, he obtained one vital piece of info which Wolfe did not possess until the latter made his report

  2. says:

    Chess master Paul Jerin is fatally poisoned during a blindfold match at the Gambit Chess Club, and Matthew Blount, the club member who brought him the pot of hot chocolate, is arrested and charged with murder His daughter hires Wolfe to clear her father, and soon we are absorbed in one is Wolfe s best mysteries Fans of the series take note this is the novel that opens with the not to be missed scene of Wolfe burning Webster s Third International Dictionary a page at a time Two reasons amon Chess master Paul Jerin is fatally poisoned during a blindfold match at the Gambit Chess Club, and Matthew Blount, the club member who brought him the pot of hot chocolate, is arrested and charged with murder His daughter hires Wolfe to clear her father, and soon we are absorbed in one is Wolfe s best mysteries Fans of the series take note this is the novel that opens with the not to be missed scene of Wolfe burning Webster s Third International Dictionary a page at a time Two reasons among many for Wolfe s rage W3I includes contact as a verb and lists imply as one of the meanings of infer

  3. says:

    I took a quick break from a disturbing read about the Holocaust to visit an old friend, Nero Wolfe Those of you who know me realize that I am a total fanatic for this series written by Rex Stout I have not read the new books by Robert Goldsborough and this one does not disappoint As are most of the Wolfe books, the story is short and full of surprises In this number 37 of the series, a man who is a chess master dies mysteriously by arsenic poisoning at an exclusive chess club where he is p I took a quick break from a disturbing read about the Holocaust to visit an old friend, Nero Wolfe Those of you who know me realize that I am a total fanatic for this series written by Rex Stout I have not read the new books by Robert Goldsborough and this one does not disappoint As are most of the Wolfe books, the story is short and full of surprises In this number 37 of the series, a man who is a chess master dies mysteriously by arsenic poisoning at an exclusive chess club where he is playing against six other participants The culprit seems to be identified almost immediately but, as usual, Wolfe is not convinced and uncovers some shady dealings to prove the man innocent Another winner from Stout whose eccentric detective, Nero Wolfe and his able assistant Archie Goodwin who narrates the tale, have become icons in the field of crime novels

  4. says:

    I ve never read this volume of the Nero Wolfe series or even got to see a film or TV adaptation of it, though there is at least one out there I certainly am glad I finally got to it, particularly given my disappointment with the last few Stouts I listened to of late Wolfe, Archie and even Fritz are on top form, even though shards of Wolfe s hardest and fastest house rules fly every which way in less than a week Poor Kramer never knew what hit him until long after it had.A New York upper crust I ve never read this volume of the Nero Wolfe series or even got to see a film or TV adaptation of it, though there is at least one out there I certainly am glad I finally got to it, particularly given my disappointment with the last few Stouts I listened to of late Wolfe, Archie and even Fritz are on top form, even though shards of Wolfe s hardest and fastest house rules fly every which way in less than a week Poor Kramer never knew what hit him until long after it had.A New York upper crust chess club sets up a challenge in which a man plays several opponents simultaneously in a blind game meaning he is told their moves as he sits in another room He never sees the boards, but sends messengers to make his moves for him He drinks hot chocolate mid game and dies of poisoning, shouting accusations of one man I was horribly afraid it would be a repeat experience of reading Cards on the Table an entire murder mystery centred around a game I no longer play and had not much interest in the finer points of though to be honest, I never did learn to play bridge Fortunately it was muchinteresting and entertaining than that was There are a few variations, not just from Wolfe s rules but from the canon as we know it For example, many books tell us that when Wolfe starts working his lips, you can shout or throw furniture and he ll remain oblivious because his brain is engaged Here we are told that his lip exercises mustn t be interrupted, because he will be angry Archie has quit his job several times, but this is the first time in my experience that Wolfe fires him.An excellent, engaging and entertaining read in the best Stout tradition I m relieved I was afraid I had somehow managed to outgrow Wolfe and Co and that really would not do

  5. says:

    Archie is getting smarter with every book, lately.

  6. says:

    GAMBIT 1962 Rex StoutA murder occurs at a prestigious chess club in the city Only well to do men are allowed to participate in membership When it is arranged for a chess maven to visit as a guest and to challenge twelve members simultaneously an unexpected event occurs the visiting chess master suddenly falls over during play, clutching his throat, and dies It is later determined that he died of arsenic poisoning The police determine that the arsenic was somehow introduced into hi GAMBIT 1962 Rex StoutA murder occurs at a prestigious chess club in the city Only well to do men are allowed to participate in membership When it is arranged for a chess maven to visit as a guest and to challenge twelve members simultaneously an unexpected event occurs the visiting chess master suddenly falls over during play, clutching his throat, and dies It is later determined that he died of arsenic poisoning The police determine that the arsenic was somehow introduced into his hot chocolate a drink he always had when playing chess Suspicion immediately falls on the man who brought his cocoa to him from the kitchen Compounding his likely guilt was the fact that he took the cocoa cup and pitcher back down to the kitchen and rinsed them out What were his possible motives Was he so vain as to kill of this master because he could not beat him in any chess match thus far Were there deeper potential reasons Nero Wolfe and Archie Goodwin get involved early on when the daughter of the accused comes to them for their help This adventure has an early tell that gives it away but only if you are paying attention Like all of Stout s books, this is easy reading and well written

  7. says:

    This was a fun Nero Wolfe mystery As far as I am concerned they are all fun My favorite ones are the titles that were written in the 1930 s and 1940 s They give a good picture of the New York city of a bygone era, a time when men all wore hats, and you could get a spaghetti dinner at an Italian restaurant for 1.60.This one was published In 1962 The premise a man Paul Jerin alone in a room, playing 12 games of chess with the boards and players in another room Paul Jerin is drinking hot c This was a fun Nero Wolfe mystery As far as I am concerned they are all fun My favorite ones are the titles that were written in the 1930 s and 1940 s They give a good picture of the New York city of a bygone era, a time when men all wore hats, and you could get a spaghetti dinner at an Italian restaurant for 1.60.This one was published In 1962 The premise a man Paul Jerin alone in a room, playing 12 games of chess with the boards and players in another room Paul Jerin is drinking hot chocolate, four men are bringing messages to him about the moves the twelve chess players each make One of the players brings him his hot chocolate Paul Jerin is poisoned and dies The police determine that the poison was in the chocolate Can Wolfe prove that the man who brought him the chocolate did not poison him, and find the real killer All the classic Wolfe and Archie Goodwin quirks are on display Archie drinks milk, Wolfe drinks beer, Inspector Cramer chews a cigar and yells at Wolfe, Wolfe refuses to leave the house, Archie makes smart aleck remarks to people In short everything that one looks for in a Nero Wolfe book.Read reviewed 9 28 12

  8. says:

    Nero Wolfe, the grand master of detection will always solve the unsolvable But before he does his loyal legman Archie Goodwin will do all the hard work and take all the chances He also must convince Mr Wolfe to take the case and convince all the suspects that they have to go to Mr Wolfe s townhouse for questions from the great detective In between expect to find out about Mr Wolfe s Manhattan townhouse complete with five star cook, Gardenias that Mr Wolfe is obsessed with and the b Nero Wolfe, the grand master of detection will always solve the unsolvable But before he does his loyal legman Archie Goodwin will do all the hard work and take all the chances He also must convince Mr Wolfe to take the case and convince all the suspects that they have to go to Mr Wolfe s townhouse for questions from the great detective In between expect to find out about Mr Wolfe s Manhattan townhouse complete with five star cook, Gardenias that Mr Wolfe is obsessed with and the best cup of coffee in town I must confess I am a little envious of Mr Wolfe s lifestyle and do enjoy reading about the great detective living the good life I like my books to have a littleedge, but if you want to read a classic detective novel then any Nero Wolfe novel is worth reading

  9. says:

    Sally Blount asks Wolfe to find out who killed Paul, a chess player at the Gambit club Her father, Mr Blount has been accused of the poisoning murder He was the one who brought the chess player his chocolate drink just before Paul fell ill It appeared that no one else could have put something in the chocolate without being seen Wolfe and Goodwin finally realize that the person who killed Paul was trying to set up Mr Blount, whose wife was very attractive When the first suspect is found ki Sally Blount asks Wolfe to find out who killed Paul, a chess player at the Gambit club Her father, Mr Blount has been accused of the poisoning murder He was the one who brought the chess player his chocolate drink just before Paul fell ill It appeared that no one else could have put something in the chocolate without being seen Wolfe and Goodwin finally realize that the person who killed Paul was trying to set up Mr Blount, whose wife was very attractive When the first suspect is found killed, it took some thinking to figure out who else could have done it

  10. says:

    A fun read, mostly because of the witty repartee between Nero Wolfe and his assistant Archie Goodwin A young woman wants to hire Wolfe when her father is accused of killing a chess master during a match It looks hopeless, but of course Wolfe and Archie come through in the end I m reading as many Nero Wolfe books as I can find, just to see what they re like I can see why they ve lasted so many years This one is 54 years old.

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