Fer-de-Lance (Nero Wolfe Series)

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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...
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Overview

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.

Nero Wolfe, the arrogant, gourmandizing, sedentary sleuth, returns--with his perambulatory man-about-town Archie Goodwin in tow--playing snake charmer in a case with more twists than an anaconda, and hoping to catch a killer who's still got poison in his heart.

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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.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781609986049
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
  • Publication date: 11/15/2011
  • Series: Nero Wolfe Series
  • Format: CD
  • Edition description: Unabridged
  • Product dimensions: 5.10 (w) x 5.90 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author


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

    Posted February 17, 2008

    Start Here and Keep Going!

    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!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 12, 2012

    Easy Entertainment

    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.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 10, 2002

    A GREAT BOOK!

    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!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 10, 2013

    Devon

    "shoot. I have to go. My shift at Target starts in fifteen minutes." He kissed her head. "I'll be back on as soon as I can."

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 25, 2013

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    The First Nero Wolfe

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 5, 2012

    Nero is great

    I read this book first. It was portrayed in the tv series on A&E. Really good!

    Kassandra Dixon

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted June 9, 2014

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    Pads in.

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    Posted August 2, 2013

    This book sucks! From Unkn֘wn Pers֘n

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 22, 2013

    Great read!

    Being my first Rex Stout read I was not sure what to expect .
    I found the plot and character development quite good.
    Would reccomend to my friends who read mystery fiction.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 18, 2013

    Read the entire set and in a few years you'll want to pick one o

    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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