Rex Stout Ralf Toming
- Title: Teine ülestunnistus
- Author: Rex Stout Ralf Toming
- ISBN: 9789949491155
- Page: 252
- Format: Paperback
Teises lestunnistuses j uab k lm s da Nero Wolfei majja ning muutub seal ige kuumaks J ukas ja nimekas t stur palkab Wolfei kahtlustatavat kommunisti paljastama ning k igest paar p eva hiljem tulistatakse Wolfeile hoiatuseks puruks tema orhideekasvuhoone Wolfe ei v ta m istagi hoiatust kuulda, ehkki see tuleb ainsalt inimeselt maailmas, keda ta ldse kardab Kui uhkusTeises lestunnistuses j uab k lm s da Nero Wolfe i majja ning muutub seal ige kuumaks J ukas ja nimekas t stur palkab Wolfei kahtlustatavat kommunisti paljastama ning k igest paar p eva hiljem tulistatakse Wolfeile hoiatuseks puruks tema orhideekasvuhoone Wolfe ei v ta m istagi hoiatust kuulda, ehkki see tuleb ainsalt inimeselt maailmas, keda ta ldse kardab Kui uhkus ei luba toimida arukalt, tulebki v tta arutu lesanne ning n idata koht korraga k tte nii kapitalistidele, kommunistidele, m rvarile kui ka kuritegelikule geeniusele Ja kui ollakse Nero Wolfe, saab see m istagi ka tehtud.
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It started innocently enough. A millionaire asked Nero Wolfe to get a proof his daughter's boyfriend is a member of US Communist Party (we are talking about McCarthyism era here when people were afraid of Communists - replaced by terrorists these days - and were sure they eat babies for breakfast). This is a typical conflict between the fathers and sons (daughters) where the father does not approve his potential son-in-law and the daughter dates the guy just in spite. Nero Wolfe - or Archie Good [...]
This first-class Nero Wolfe entertainment is the second of his three encounters with his own personal Professor Moriarty, Arnold Zeck.Wolfe finds himself opposing Zeck once again when he is hired by business tycoon Sperling to investigate his prospective son-in-law Rony (a Zeck associate) whom Sperling believes may be a member of the Communist Party. Zeck is of course displeased, and soon nobody or no thing--not even Wolfe's precious orchids--is safe. Mercifully, the two masterminds soon come to [...]
I’ve been reading the Archie Goodwin mysteries (as I call them because it's the quality of Archie’s narration, not Wolfe’s deductive skills or idiosyncrasies that make the series great) at a rate of about two per year for some time, and I'm up to the 15th book. Apparently Rex Stout wrote his first Nero Wolfe book at 47 (a hopeful thought) and then dashed off a couple a year until he died in his 90s. So I figure I’m reading them at about the same rate as he produced them, and am hopeful I [...]
By 1949, Rex Stout had written fifteen crime novels featuring the homebody gardener/detective Nero Wolfe, and the no-nonsense series was a reliable source of entertaining puzzles.The Wolfe books make good use of the body-mind split concept, with Wolfe—-an obese man who uses an elevator to go from floor to floor in his home—-pondering cases mentally at home while his younger assistant Archie Goodwin performs the legwork and all necessary seductions. The Second Confession, however, breaks from [...]
James U. Sperling, chairman of the board of the Continental Mines Corporation and a man who 'didn't bite ears off because he took whole heads and ate them bones and all', suspects that his youngest daughter is dating a communist, so he hires Nero Wolfe to produce the evidence.Louis Rony may or may not be a communist, but as Wolfe soon discovers, if he is then that would be the least of his crimes. Much worse than that suspected affiliation is his connection with the only criminal Wolfe fears, h [...]
The Second Confession might just be my new favorite, favorite Nero Wolfe novel. I didn't think it was possible to love Wolfe and Goodwin more than I already did, but spending two days with this book proved that I had more love to give. I loved, loved, loved every minute of this mystery.Mr. Sperling hires Wolfe as a private detective "to prove" that his daughter's boyfriend is a communist. Wolfe is reluctant to take on a case with those terms. He argues that what Sperling desires is not proof tha [...]
He kept me guessing right until the end. So many suspects, so many red herrings, and it really could have been anybody! I like how that frustrates the detectives as much as it frustrated me as reader. Lots of great Archie Goodwin moments in this one!Though it doesn't usually matter in what order you read these books, I got the feeling that it would have helped if I'd read And Be A Villain first, as it refers heavily to events that took place in that book. Even without the background, I was still [...]
I found it difficult to become involved in this one. Perhaps had the story had more velocity. Things didn't feel like a good old Nero Wolfe mystery until the second half, and it seemed that even Archie's part was a bit subdued. Stout wrote enough winners to justify one that I felt only so-so about for me to remain a fan that will continue reading these delightful old mysteries.
Anti-Communism is not good literatureStout is too much the servant of mindless cold war ideology. Very disappointing read. Poor plotting and weak character development.
Continuing my read through the Nero Wolfe series. This is the second book in which the mysterious Mr. Zeck appears. Wolfe's is hired to expose a communist and suffers a major blow at the hands of Z. Lots of reverses and interesting moments in this one.
Stout really hit his stride by this time. I gave this one an extra star just because I saw the ending coming (at just the right point--not because it was totally predictable!), and so I felt clever, too.
The second book in the Zeck Trilogy. Arnold Zeck is Nero Wolfe's counterpart to Sherlock Holmes' Moriarty. This story is notable for the fact that homebody Wolfe actually leaves his house to investigate a case, something he hardly ever does.
Great story, although there's a very marked focus on Communism which is such a mainstay of the late 40s and 50s that dates the story.
Ba Da Bing!! Another great Nero Wolfe novel. All I can say is read/listen to them.
Better than average Nero Wolfe. Less convoluted and obsessive than some.
By Nero Wolfe standards: average.
Involves organized crime and OC gives me the willies.
Another outstanding Nero Wolfe book! Poor Archie gets dragged around a bit, and the ending really got me. They just get better and better!
Archie and Nero Wolfe in the McCarthy era - hey good story
A rare one where Nero Wolfe leaves the comfort of his NY brownstone.
Secret Communists! Destroyed plant rooms! Another run-in with X!This is quite a dramatic Wolfe story. Archie is kept out of the loop a lot for his own good, but he still manages to get around and keep busy. :)
Mystery writers who create a genius detective/protagonist face the problem of how to keep things interesting as their series extend over time. The first few mysteries are not a problem since the writer still has a full chest of ideas to work with and the reader is still learning about the detective. As the series continue, however, the writer is not only faced with the problem of devising new mysteries to be solve she/he is also faced with a larger problem. Given that most (real life) crimes are [...]
James Sperling's younger daughter has expressed an interest in a young man named Louis Rony and Sperling doesn't like him. He is convinced that Rony is a communist and to a dedicated wealthy capitalist like Sperling, being a communist is about the worst sin a man is capable of committing. He wants Wolfe to find sufficient proof so that he can get his daughter to drop Rony. Wolfe is reluctant to take the case but in the end he does.An acquaintance of Wolfe objects to his taking the case and uses [...]
Mining magnate James Sperling hates communists. He feels if he can prove his daughter's slick lawyer boyfriend is one, she will drop him like something red-hot (sorry, couldn't resist). But someone doesn't want Wolfe on the case and warns him off in a horrifying way - by raking Wolfe's precious rooftop orchids with Tommy Guns! But when someone kills the boyfriend, suddenly the mysterious someone wants Wolfe to solve it. Of course, Wolfe already wants to find out who had the audacity to use his p [...]
Stout, Rex. THE SECOND CONFESSION. (1949). ****. You have to realize that this novel featuring Nero Wolfe and Archie Goodwin was written in 1949, at the height of the Communist scare and the onset of Russian Cold War tactics. The millionaire owner of a mining consortium meets with Wolfe in his office and has a job for him. He wants Wolfe to prove that a young man who is currently seeing his daughter is a Communist. That proven, he can then expect his daughter to break off the relationship that h [...]
Though all Wolfe stories are different to some degree, this was clearly the most distinct in the canon thus far: Wolfe not only leaves his house (which he has done in other stories, to be sure), but his house is attacked by the mysterious person quickly becoming an arch-nemesis to Wolfe. The pacing is much more rapid than most Wolfe books: we have a sense of urgency from the beginning that drives through the first half of the novel. Even when the pace slows down around the 3/4 mark, we still fee [...]
For a mystery book, excellent!For a Nero Wolfe book, did not quite meet expectations.Not that there wasn't plenty of lovely banter between Wolfe and Goodwin, some pretty girls, some murder, etc, etcBut there were a couple factors that were just a bit off.For one thing, I hate it when the murders take place out of the district. Not because I'm in love with the brownstone but because I'm in love with Cramer and his customary yelling match with Wolfe over whether Wolfe is obstructing the investigat [...]
One of the greatest pleasures I find in reading Rex Stout's Nero Wolfe mysteries is the total immersion into Mid-Century Manhattan:. . . Archie taking his dates dancing at The Flamingo Club;. . . the "downtown" culture of walking to most appointments and only taking the car for out-of-town excursions;. . . the dapper wardrobe details of Nero Wolfe and Archie Goodwin;And it goes on and on. But, that fidelity to time and place also can date the books and The Second Confession might be perceived to [...]
For as much as I love Nero Wolfe books for their comfortable formula, the entries that shake things up a bit usually end up being my favorites. Maybe it's a stakes thing, since when the corpulent Nero Wolfe leaves his home, you know things are serious. This time around, a wealthy mining CEO wants Archie and Nero to investigate his daughter's fiance, who he believes is a Communist. The investigation eventually ties into the one man Wolfe truly fears--one of the few bits of continuity throughout t [...]
Two and a half stars. I'm sure this book played a lot better in 1949, in the heat of the McCarthy witch hunts when otherwise rational people saw Communists under every bed and behind every movie or book they didn't personally like. However, I've read it once and a half, and listened to it once, and it just isn't his best work. I know Stout and Wolfe both became more political over the years (see also A Right to Die and a couple of others in the series) but something just seemed to be missing thi [...]
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