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Publisher's Summary

When Archie Goodwin's life is threatened, Wolfe must find the gunman or lose his right-hand man.

Archie Goodwin is chipper as he strolls home from his weekly poker game, money in his pocket and a smile on his lips. He has just reached Nero Wolfe's stately brownstone on West 35th Street when a sedan whips around the corner and two gunshots ring out, nearly hitting Goodwin. It is a warning, and the message is clear: The next bullet will not miss.

Rotund investigator Nero Wolfe has made more than his fair share of enemies over the years, and it seems one of them has decided to strike, targeting Wolfe's indefatigable assistant. Some might run for cover, but Archie Goodwin is not the type.

With the help of Wolfe's brainpower, Goodwin will find the man who wants him dead - unless the killer gets to Goodwin first.

©2015 Robert Goldsborough; Published in 2015 by MysteriousPress.com/Open Road Integrated Media, Inc. (P)2015 Audible, Inc.

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  • JB
  • 06-07-15

Enjoyable

Enjoyed the story line....a little long winded. However I Hated the fowl language that keeps creeping into Nero's stories. The publishers need to remember that when Nero was created people used clean words to express themselves because their vocabulary was not limited like mankind's vocabulary is limited today. This is one reason I enjoyed Nero Wolfe but probably will have to drop this one too at the rate that these changes in vocabulary are becoming more frequent.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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Sometimes it's better to go without...

I've recently had to stop eating gluten and so I've started exploring gluten free breads and pastries. Sometimes they're almost as good as the original but other times they're so disappointing that I'd rather go without.
I discovered Robert Goldsborough's continuation of Rex Stout's most enduring characters when I'd exhausted Audible's extensive collection of Rex Stout's original stories. And the first few of Mr Goldsborough's books were quite satisfying. Almost as good to my ears as the original series. But then this winter I listened again to most of my Rex Stout stories. And afterwards, this latest book just came up short for me. The fact that reader isn't Michael Pritchard doesn't help at all, though that didn't bother me with Goldsborough's earlier books. I really don't like how Fritz, Saul and Fred are portrayed and I don't know who's more to blame, the reader or the author. There are also pretty glaring flaws with the plot of this book. Archie and Wolfe have to overlook some very obvious clues for the action to move forward. And don't get me started about the implications Goldsborough makes about Archie and Lilly's relationship. Though it does happen at the very end of the book, so you don't have to suffer that indignity, at least, til the bitter end.
Overall, while I would generally recommend Goldsborough to Wolfe starved readers out there, I have to advise that you give this particular episode a miss. I do hope the series continues, but I also hope that it get closer to the stronger first few volumes.

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  • Michael
  • sweetwater, TN, United States
  • 02-21-16

Poor attempt at a great writers series of books.

The characters are wrong. The reader has no idea how the characters are supposed to sound. The language is bad it does not stay within the time period of the style of the book. It's definitely not Rex Stout book. I not recommend this book to anyone who is a Rex Stout fan. And where is the red leather chair.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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I REALLY miss Michael Prichard

What did you like best about Archie in the Crosshairs? What did you like least?

I liked that it was a new Nero Wolfe book. I've read all the Rex Stout books and keep hoping that Goldsborough will hit his stride, but all the characterizations are just a BIT off. It doesn't help that this reader is very poor with accents and different voices. Half the time Fritz (who is supposed to be Swiss and speak with a French accent) speaks with a German accent... and sometimes he sounds almost Chinese.

Would you be willing to try another book from Robert Goldsborough? Why or why not?

Probably not. I've already tried two of them and have been less than thrilled with the narrator.

Would you be willing to try another one of L. J. Ganser’s performances?

No. He's especially poor at women's voices.

Could you see Archie in the Crosshairs being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

No. The original Stout books are still better than Goldsborough's extension of the series. Plus, at least one or two of the others are better than this one.

Any additional comments?

I think if Michael Prichard (who did the original Rex Stout Nero Wolfe books) were to read the sequels, they wouldn't grate quite so much.

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Isn't Goldsborough reading his own stuff?

Either that or this takes place before Stout quit -- Orrie is evidently still alive and many references are more dated than in previous Goldsborough books (for example, the PC Archie has transferred the germination records to has reverted again to file cards). I'm only a few chapters in and already I feel disconnected from narrative flow. Pity, because it was potentially an interesting notion.

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Archy Beware!

Someone is out to kill Archy. Now he and Nero must find out why, before they succeed. This story was a bit more convoluted then most. Usually I have some idea what has happened but the ending here ? I love the readers ability to do every voice different and without sounding false or cheesy. Listening to a good quickly flowing story is also something I appreciate. In saying this, how Nero solved the case I just don't follow. This one definitely needed his ability to cogitate, follow clues and get this crime solved. I just don't follow how he did it!

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Enjoyable entry

Goldsborough does pretty good with an impossible task, namely attempting to emulate a genius who wrote about a genius. Yeah, it would be easy to nit-pick, and there are a few times I think the author tries a bit too hard, but overall these continuations of the saga work. This one I figured out part way (Archie even notes that readers probably would). The narration of the audiobook is okay. Good Archie, fair Nero, rotten Fritz.

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Not the best I've seen since Stout himself wrote

I was sad to have come to the end of the available Rex Stout Nero Wolfe books but then I was excited to find that Goldsborough would be taking over the series. I approved heartily of the upgrades to the office, like from a typewriter to a PC. I'm not so comfortable with the upgrade to the relationship between Archie and Lilly. It was rather deliciously non-transparent when Stout wrote it and I think it should have stayed that way. While every author has the right to do as he wishes with his characters, these are not Goldsborough's characters. They are Rex Stout's characters, and they should be respected as such. They were not themselves in this book. It is not Goldsborough's best by any means. Obvious clues went right past the great Nero Wolfe, and Archie was a playboy and lady's man without much of a brain to be found. Fritz doesn't know what language he speaks anymore, or maybe the narrator just doesn't know. Vivid, fascinating characters of Rex Stout's books have become foul-mouthed, not very smart, and much in search of a "skirt." Stout's books were not considered pulp fiction with a hard mouth detective and a secretary who could have beaten up the detective. Stout booted his characters up with class and panache. They lost all that in this book. They're just common stupid people who drink too much, swear with every sentence, and miss the most fundamental clues. Goldsborough was off his feed on this one. I am optimist. I hope more will come and they will be a measure better.

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Wrong viices

Listen to older recordings. The voices and personalities are all wrong. Stories are good though.

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15 wasted minutes

HORRIBLE, NOT EVEN CLOSE TO REX STOUTS STUFF. TERRIBLE PERFORMANCE.NARRATOR SOUNDS LIKE A CARTOON CHARACTER.

2 of 4 people found this review helpful