The Doorbell Rang Social Concerns

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The Doorbell Rang begins with "a private citizen who thinks the FBI is getting too big for its britches." Rachel Bruner, a very wealthy widow, having read The FBI Nobody Knows by Fred Cook, responds with a spectacular gesture of public-spirited indignation: She buys ten thousand copies of the book and sends them, to important people all over the country. The Bureau reacts by subjecting her, and those close to her, to intensive surveillance and investigation. Her lawyers and her influential friends shrug helplessly when she asks them to do something about this persecution, so she hires Nero Wolfe.

Even Wolfe is not so arrogant as to take on the FBI lightly. Archie Goodwin, ever intrepid and willing to tweak the nose of institutions, assumes that they will refuse the job. But Wolfe perceives the real issue at stake; looking past the common sense of Archie's objections, he...

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Beacham's Encyclopedia of Popular Fiction and Beacham's Guide to Literature for Young Adults
The Doorbell Rang from Beacham's Encyclopedia of Popular Fiction and Beacham's Guide to Literature for Young Adults. ©2005-2006 Thomson Gale, a part of the Thomson Corporation. All rights reserved.
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