Fer-de-Lance (Nero Wolfe Series)

Fer-de-Lance (Nero Wolfe Series)

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by Rex Stout, Michael Prichard
     
 

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This is Rex Stout's first mystery novel, featuring the first appearance of Nero Wolfe, one of the greatest fictional detectives of all time. As any herpetologist knows, the fer-de-lance is among the most dreaded snakes on Earth. When someone makes a present of one to Wolfe, his assistant Archie Goodwin knows the large detective must be getting dangerously close to…  See more details below

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This is Rex Stout's first mystery novel, featuring the first appearance of Nero Wolfe, one of the greatest fictional detectives of all time. As any herpetologist knows, the fer-de-lance is among the most dreaded snakes on Earth. When someone makes a present of one to Wolfe, his assistant Archie Goodwin knows the large detective must be getting dangerously close to solving the murders of an immigrant and a college president. As for Wolfe, he's busy playing snake charmer in a case with more twists than an anaconda.

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Library Journal
Thoughtful and entertaining, Fer-de-Lance is the first Stout mystery, and it introduces the Nero Wolfe/Archie Goodwin duo. Archie is asked to investigate the murder of a young Italian immigrant, and the inquiry leads to Westchester County, NY. There Archie finds a dead philanthropist, his crazy wife, jealous son, and beautiful daughter. An attempt on Nero's life through the gift of a deadly fer-de-lance snake leads Archie to believe he's close to a solution. The death of advertising executive Louis Dahlmann during his perfume contest final starts the sleuthing in Before Midnight. It seems the advertising firm is concerned more with the contestant's missing answers than with the murderer, and Nero is needed once again. The juxtaposition of woman-hating Nero involved with perfume and the hysterical advertising firm is an interesting combination. The characterizations of the contestants also add to the aroma of this satisfying story, all leading up to a climactic confrontation in Nero's office and an unexpected ending. Both titles, well read by Michael Prichard, are recommended.-Denise A. Garofalo, Astor Home for Children, Rhinebeck, NY Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781572703889
Publisher:
Blackstone Audio, Inc.
Publication date:
04/18/2004
Series:
Nero Wolfe Series
Edition description:
Unabridged Edition
Product dimensions:
5.06(w) x 5.82(h) x 0.92(d)

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Rex Stout (1886-1975) was the creator of Nero Wolfe, one of the most popular detectives of all time.

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