The Silent Speaker (Paperback)
|Author: Rex/ Mosley Stout|
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|When a powerful government official turns up dead, the great Nero Wolfe takes notice. On the edge of financial ruin, the orchid-loving detective grudgingly accepts the case. Soon another victim is found, a stenographer's tape disappears, and the dead man speaks -- after a fashion. As the business world clamors for a solution, Wolfe patiently lays a trap.|
From the Publisher:
When a powerful government official scheduled to speak to a group of millionaires turns up dead, the business world clamors for a solution, and Nero Wolfe takes the case. Reissue. NYT.
The son of a Southern black father and a Jewish New Yorker mother, Walter Mosley was born and grew up in Los Angeles, a city which figured prominently in his fiction. He worked as a computer programmer before dedicating himself to writing. His series of successful mysteries starring detective Easy Rawlins began with DEVIL IN A BLUE DRESS, which was made into a film starring Denzel Washington. In addition to mysteries, Mosley's diverse body of work includes literary fiction (FORTUNATE SON, RL'S DREAM, etc.), short fiction (published in USA Today, the New Yorker, Esquire, and other publications), and some science fiction (FUTURELAND, THE WAVE, etc.). Mosley has also served on the executive board of the PEN American Center, the board of directors of the National Book Awards, and as president of the Mystery Writers of America. Winning critical acclaim, Mosley has received numerous accolades, including the O. Henry Award, a Grammy, the Anisfield Wolf Award, and an honorary degree from the City College.Rex Stout was born in Noblesville, Indiana but moved shorty afterwards with his Quaker parents to Topeka, Kansas. The state spelling champion at the age of 13, Stout went to high school and college in Kansas but abandoned his studies at the University of Kansas to join the U. S. Navy, serving from 1906 to 1908 on President Theodore Roosevelt's yacht. Having worked a variety of odd jobs after leaving the Navy--including bookkeeper, sales clerk, hotel manager, and store clerk--Stout began churning out short stories for pulp magazines. He dabbled in romance, science fiction, adventure, and mystery until finally devoting his energies exclusively towards the latter in 1938. His famed detective, Nero Wolfe, first appeared in 1934 in "Fer-de-Lance", and soon became a staple figure in Stout's fiction. A rotund and eccentric man, Wolfe has been featured in two radio series, numerous feature films, and a television series that began in 1981 starring William Conrad. While continuing to write Wolfe novels, Stout became politically active in his later years, championing liberal and patriotic causes during World War II and afterwards.