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The Silver Spire: A Nero Wolfe Mystery

The Silver Spire: A Nero Wolfe Mystery

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by Robert Goldsborough

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
The West 35th Street regulars return in Goldsborough's ( Fade to Black ) latest Nero Wolfe/Archie Goodwin escapade, the sixth in his continuation of the late Rex Stout's series. The duo are drawn into a murder in the cathedral when Lloyd Morgan, business manager for televangelist Rev. Barnabas Bay of the Tabernacle of the Silver Spire on Staten Island, asks for help in dealing with the Scripture-quoting hate notes found among the Sunday offerings. Considering Bay a ``clerical mountebank,'' Wolfe passes the case to freelance PI Fred Durkin, who is soon charged with the murder of the church's second-in-command, Royal Meade. Wolfe and Goodwin suspect the actual murderer is another member of the organization's inner Circle of Faith: Lloyd, Bay's loyal wife, the paranoid educational director, a bitter minister, even Bay himself. At a final confrontation, Wolfe unmasks the killer by interpreting additional Bible quotes. Wolfe's chef, Fritz Brenner, NYPD homicide detective Lionel Cramer and fully realized minor characters flesh out this brisk and beguiling page-turner. Mystery Guild alternate. (Oct.)
Wes Lukowsky
At the risk of being cleverly poisoned, shot, drowned, or bludgeoned (with a blunt object) by an irate gaggle of mystery traditionalists, it's time to state the blasphemous but no-less-obvious truth: Goldsborough does a better job with Archie Goodwin, Nero Wolfe, and company than did their creator, Rex Stout. It's Stout's legacy to have created some of the most enduring characters in all of crime literature and placed them in an extraordinary setting, but his prose was often as ponderous as his portly protagonist. Goldsborough captures the essence of Stout's style while eliminating all the awkward verbiage. Here a respected New York televangelist is threatened. Wolfe turns down the case and refers it to loyal associate Fred Durkin. When an underling of the reverend is shot, Durkin is charged with the killing. So it's Archie and Nero to the rescue. This is every bit as good as any of Goldsborough's five previous Wolfe revivals.

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Random House Publishing Group
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Nero Wolfe Series

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Robert Goldsborough (b. 1937) is an American author best known for continuing Rex Stout’s famous NeroWolfe series. Born in Chicago, he attended Northwestern University, and upon graduation went to work for the Associated Press, beginning a lifelong career in journalism that would include long periods at the Chicago Tribune and Advertising Age.

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