My Gallery First Edition
My Gallery First Edition

Twenty-five years ago, in one of Rex Stout's most famous mystery novels, Too Many Cooks, Nero Wolfe was aided in the solution of a murder by a twenty-year-old Negro.

Now, in A Right to Die, Stout's latest full-length novel, this same Negro is a man of forty-five and a professor of anthropology. He comes to Nero and to Archie Goodwin with a pressing problem concerning his son and a young, beautiful, and wealthy white girl. Both the son and the girl are active in a civil-rights group. Their entanglements with each other and with the group lead to two murders, and Nero and Archie, in their search for the murderer, become fascinatingly involved in America's most immediate domestic problem. They unearth a murder motive unique in mystery fiction, and encounter some of the most interesting people ever invented by the master of the modern mystery, Rex Stout.

"Lawyers can be pests and often are." (p. 112)

Reappearance of Paul Whipple, now aging, and with a problem child. Dated racial politics make A Right to Die a bit of a weird read (recurring, defensive references to the lack of prejudice entertained by Wolfe and Archie towards 'Negroes', etc.) but an interesting mystery. Opens with Whipple's arrival, without an appointment, at Wolfe's door.