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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When a fer–de–lance, one of the most dreaded snakes known to man, is given to Nero Wolfe, Archie knows he's getting very close to solving the clever murders of an immigrant and a college president. The investigation proceeds from the brownstone on West 35th Street as the listener is entertained by the symbiotic relationship of Wolfe and Goodwin.

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When a fer–de–lance, one of the most dreaded snakes known to man, is given to Nero Wolfe, Archie knows he's getting very close to solving the clever murders of an immigrant and a college president. The investigation proceeds from the brownstone on West 35th Street as the listener is entertained by the symbiotic relationship of Wolfe and Goodwin.

Editorial Reviews

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:
9781609986049
Publisher:
Blackstone Audio, Inc.
Publication date:
11/15/2011
Series:
Nero Wolfe Series
Edition description:
Unabridged
Product dimensions:
5.10(w) x 5.90(h) x 1.10(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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Fer-de-Lance 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 49 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is just one of many great books by Rex Stout in his Nero Wolfe series. He is an author everyone can enjoy, from a seventh grader to Ph.D.s. Have a dictionary at hand because your vocabulary will improve! Suspenseful, entertaining, clean, with compelling characters and brilliant prose. Try it! Tou'll like it!
LovesReadingCB More than 1 year ago
I read all the Nero Wolfe books 35 years ago. They are easy reading and very entertaining (Archie, the side kick, has a great wit). I read all kinds of books and sometimes I like to pick up one that will read quickly. I am going to read all in the series again. I recommend them to anyone who likes detective mysteries that are not graphic or full of 4-letter words and have some humor to them.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a book you can't put down. It is the first book to feature the lazy sleuth, and his straight-out-of-the-movies Watson, Archie Goodwin. It starts with the disapearance of an imagrint welder but ends with the death of a college president. Really good!
PM55 More than 1 year ago
This is a very enjoyable, cozy mystery. Nero Wolfe is an eccentric and a genius. Archie Goodwin is his quintessential right hand man - he acts as Wolfe's eyes and legs. The story has twists and turns and only Nero can put the puzzle together.
mndoc More than 1 year ago
This is Rex Stouts first Nero Wolfe mystery. These books harken back to a simpler time when writers in the genre were expected to deliver an entertaining yarn and a pretty good puzzle. I've read all of the Wolfe mysteries and I think this is the best of them. It's worth a read for anyone who values good writing.
lobowolf More than 1 year ago
I just recently got back to some of the older authors and this first novel of Nero Wolfe was a good restart for me.
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Sweetie6452 More than 1 year ago
Read the entire set and in a few years you'll want to pick one of the favorites up again. you'll keep going back over and over again. I even went as far as to find the cookbook. Nero Wolfe is a true excentric, but like Sherlock he's brilliant! Archie is an interesting sidekick. Enjoy it is good for most readers, not raunchy, yet interesting
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I read this book first. It was portrayed in the tv series on A&E. Really good! Kassandra Dixon
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