Champagne for one
by Rex Stout









Champagne for one
by Rex Stout

Summary
Invited to a high society party by a former client, Archie Goodwin is shocked to witness the death of another guest by cyanide poisoning.

Characters
NameNero Wolfe
GenderMale
Age
OccupationPrivate investigator
AttributesGourmet
Agoraphobic
Obese
Genius
Cynic
Eccentric
Amateur orchid grower; rarely leaves his New York City brownstone; detests work; drinks gallons of beer; determined to prove a socialite's apparent suicide was really a murder

NameArchie Goodwin
GenderMale
Age
OccupationAssistant
AttributesSarcastic; quick-witted; has a photographic memory; Nero's assistant


Genre
Mystery
    --Hard boiled
    --Detective, Private
    --Humorous
    --Eccentric
Book tie-in
    --TV show
Fiction
    --
Suspense
    --

Topics
Suspicious deaths
Poisoning
Murder investigations
Socialites
Single mothers
Unwed mothers
Matchmaking
Dating services

Setting
New York -- Mid-Atlantic States (U.S.)

Time Period
1958 -- 20th century





Invited to a high society party by a former client, Archie Goodwin is shocked to witness the death of another guest by cyanide poisoning.





Author Rex Stout was born on December 1, 1886. A child prodigy with a gift for mathematics, Stout drifted as he became an adult, holding odd jobs in many places---cook, cabinetmaker, bellhop, hotel manager, salesman, bookkeeper, and even a guide in a pueblo. But his true talent lay in storytelling; he sold his first story, about William Howard Taft, in 1912. His most famous creation is Nero Wolfe, a 286-pound detective genius who, with sidekick Archie Goodwin, can often solve a case without leaving his room. It is the way in which the puzzle is solved that intrigues Nero Wolfe, who is much like Sherlock Holmes in his ability to use deductive reasoning. More than 60 million copies (in 24 languages) of Stout's books have been sold. Stout writes quickly, drawing upon a lifetime of impressions. He neither uses an outline nor revises; he lets his characters take over as the story develops. The classy, erudite Nero Wolfe presents for readers an alternative to the hard-boiled branch of the genre. He died on October 27, 1975 (Bowker Author Biography)





In this 1958 Nero Wolfe mystery, the rotund, beer-guzzling supersleuth and his sidekick, Archie Goodwin, endeavor to prove that a socialite's apparent suicide was actually a murder. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.






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