Two years after Wolfe’s retirement, his past returns with deadly intent
It wasn’t Nero Wolfe’s idea for Orrie Cather to kill himself, but the great detective gave his blessing to his longtime associate’s plan. Cather had killed three people, and it was only fair to pay the price. Though Wolfe reacted to Cather’s death with his characteristic calmness, prize assistant Archie Goodwin could see the rotund genius of West 35th Street was shaken to his well-fed core. Wolfe decided his sleuthing days were finished. The detective’s retirement lasts until the day Maria Radovich walks through his townhouse door.
She is the daughter of Milos Stefanovic, New York Symphony conductor and long-ago compatriot of Wolfe’s. Like Wolfe, Stefanovic spent his youth as a freedom fighter in the mountains of Montenegro. The conductor has been receiving death threats, and Wolfe agrees to come out of retirement to help his old friend. But before he can attack the case, Stefanovic is murdered, and for the first time in years, Wolfe and Goodwin must go to war.
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"OK, but nothing special"
No, not at all. Archie and Wolfe sound a certain way to me thanks to the narration of Michael Pritchard and the Nero Wolfe series on A&E. While L.J. Ganser does an adequate job of reading the story, I'm afraid I've been spoiled by Pritchard's Wolfe characterization.
Only that it is a new Wolfe story.
He could have studied Michael Pritchard's performance of Nero Wolfe.
This is a good first effort in bringing Wolfe back to print. In my opinion however, the narration leaves much to be desired.
"Not Rex Stout, but a close approximation"
Although this Nero Wolfe adventure was not written by Rex Stout, Robert Goldsborough did a good job of capturing the full flavor of Stout's hero. Our only complaint was that the narrator was not Michael Prichard, who had narrated all of the original Nero Wolfe stories so beautifully.
"Just love Nero"
I have read and watched Nero Wolf stories for years, can't get enough! Reader amazingly good, a little iffy on one female voice but still got it down on Nero and Archy. Could see the whole thing in my mind !
I was not sure that I would like someone else writing a Nero Wolfe story.
But, I was surprised and enjoyed the story and Mr Goldsborough style.
I think if you are a Nero Wolfe fan, you should enjoy this book.
"I like this book"
I do like this book,I just have to get use to a new reader.
Nero and Archie is back!
no, first time
some parts are funny with nero and archie
see if you can get Micheal Prichard to read them again
"Tried to Listen; Kept Falling Asleep"
If you ever hav trouble falling asleep, this book is a good soporific. I'm a huge fan of Rex Stout and even Robert G., but this book is extremely boring
"ANOTHER GREAT REX STOUT MYSTERY"
In the top 20%. It is equal to or better than any of the Rex Stout Nero Wolfe novels.
Yes. It's difficult to find a murderer when everyone hates the victim.
I don't believe so.
When Nero Wolfe allowed the ladies to examine his orchinds.
"Enjoyable but not Rex stout"
Golds borough writes a good story but he does not have the same rhythm as Rex Stout
"Great Mystery Bookl"
the reader used different voices
see above.... he is good
Loved it going on to the 2nd book
"Narration makes experience very enjoyable for me."
Yes, if I had not listened to for some time.
Archie, he tells the story with his dry humor.
I associate his voice with Nero Wolfe stories. I think he did the originals too. Very easy to understand and orally presents the story in its context.
Revenge at last.
"Nero Wolfe rides again!"
When I realised that this WASN'T by Rex Stout, the creator of Nero Wolfe, I nearly had a fit. However, this was excellent, and I really don't think I would have realised just by listening that it was by another author. So many of the familiar characters, descriptions of the Brownstone that were spot on - it was great, and anything that brings us more of Archie Goodwin and Nero Wolfe is only to be welcomed.
Most red-blooded women will fall for Archie, but in an odd way I reckon we all adore Nero Wolfe too. Can't say which is my favourite, they are a double-package.
No, I haven't, but this was super. Nearly as good as Timothy Hutton, honest!!
If I had 6 hours or so I would have happily listened to it all at once, but as it was, I looked forward to times when I could hear it.
If you love the Rex Stout books, do give this a go. I would say that the plot was not as clever as some of the 'originals', but it was a real treat. I will be buying more of Mr Goldsborough's books!
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