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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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.
Like coming home: back in the old brownstone with Archie and Nero once again. Having loved reading and re-reading the Rex Stout books, I was sad when I came to the end of them. The first Robert Goldsborough book I read didn't seem quite convincing to me, and I wasn't sure that Goldsborough was worthy to take up Stout's cloak. However, with Ganser's superb rendering, I am once again a happy participant in all the Nero Wolf adventures.
After being completely disgusted with the ponderous narration of the original Stout series by the lugubrious Michael Pritchard (I can't believe he got the contract to do the whole series, what a waste; two minutes of his droning, monotone Archie is enough to send me up a wall) I feel like kissing the ground L.J. walks upon. His Archie is zippy and wry, his Nero is precise and yet thunderous in just the right combination, and his Cramer is all the outraged old cop he should be. Thank you, Mr. Ganser!!
It is easy to be in the Nero Wolf mode as Ganser sets the tone perfectly. I find it is also easier to overlook the slight deviations that occur in Mr. Goldsborogh's writing from Stouts originals, as the voice and time of the delivery are so right-on.
There was too much fowl language I this version. I do not use fowl language and i was very offended by this version
Go to back to the original Wolfe he and Archie did not use fowl language, neither did Mr Cramer
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.
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