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©1997 Rex Stout; (P)2000 Books on Tape Inc.
"Nero Wolfe [is] part of our folklore." (The New York Times)
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This is a very OK Nero Wolfe, but far from one of my favorites. It is unusual in a number of ways. The mystery takes place in Montana not New York and the details of the event don’t come out until half way through; indeed Nero Wolfe has a much smaller role than usual. Although the story specific characters are nicely developed there is not a lot of interplay between the regular series characters. I rarely have a quibble with the characterizations of story specific characters in Nero Wolfe novels, but in this one there were a few cases where the regional vernacular seemed overly contrived. For example there was a comment of a local comparing people to a herd of cattle. This was colorful, but did not ring true. There are some interesting scenes, events, and twists, but overall I was left unsatisfied.
Both audio and print versions are excellent
Wolf's arrival in Montana
Prichard makes the characters' voices take on their personality.
I already knew the story pretty well, so I was not as compelled to keep listening to get to the end in a hurry. Instead, I savor the setting and the characters.
I love Archie, Nero, Fritz, Inspector Cramer, Saul, Fred, Orrie (sort of), Sgt. Stebbins, Lily, and all the regular characters in the Wolf stories. Most of them are absent in this one, but the local characters that were introduced were great fun.
Nero Wolfe remains one of my all-time favorite characters; and Michael Prichard's interpretation of Rex Stout's immortal detective & his faithful (if uber-glib) side-kick, Archie Goodwin remains my all-time favorite!
However, this particular episode left me slightly disappointed overall; the ease with which Stout causes New York's streets to materialize in one's mind doesn't seem to transfer to less-familiar environs.
Good as a stand-alone read, tho-- seemed to be fewer-than-normal references to previous episodes...
If This Is The Only Wolfe Story Left For You, Might As Well Complete The Set...Right?
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