My Review of The Doorbell Rang

The Doorbell Rang (Nero Wolfe, #41)

The Doorbell Rang by Rex Stout

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


Rex Stout created two of the great characters in the genre of mystery, Nero Wolfe and Archie Goodwin. Nero Wolfe is fat (one-seventh of a ton!), mostly immovable, a gourmet, and an orchidist. Archie is the man of action, Wolfe’s eyes, ears, and leg man who can be relied on to bring back anyone Wolfe needs to talk to. The Wolfe novels frequently are inspired by events contemporaneous to their writing, and in this case it is about FBI.

Rachel Bruner has a problem with the FBI. She has been sending out copies of a very critical book, The FBI Nobody Knows. She is a wealthy widow and has sent out 10,000 copies to various influential people around the country. Now she believes she is being tailed, wire-tapped, and otherwise harassed by that same FBI. She hires Wolfe to take on the job of making them leave her alone. He agrees to take on the job, but then things get increasingly complicated.

This is one of the best Wolfe novels, so if you like mysteries you should pick this up. If you get hooked on Wolfe as a result, well, join the club. I’ve read all of them.



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