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“Nero Wolfe towers over his rivals...he is an exceptional character creation.” —New Yorker
A grand master of the form, Rex Stout is one of America’s greatest mystery writers, and his literary creation Nero Wolfe is one of fiction’s greatest detectives. Here, in this special double edition, the arrogant, gourmandizing, sedentary sleuth and his trusty man-about-town, Archie Goodwin, solve two of their most bizarre cases.
Some Buried Caesar
A prize bull destined for the barbecue is found pawing the corpse of a late restaurateur. Wolfe is certain that Hickory Caesar Grindon, the soon-to-be-beefsteak bull, isn’t the murderer. But who among a veritable stampede of suspects—including a young woman who’s caught Archie’s eye—turned the tables on Hickory’s would-be butcher? It’s a crime that wins a blue ribbon for sheer audacity—and Nero Wolfe is the one detective audacious enough to solve it.
The Golden Spiders
A twelve-year-old boy shows up at Wolfe’s brownstone with an incredible story. Soon the great detective finds himself hired for the grand sum of $4.30 and faced with the question of why the last two people to hire him were murdered. To keep it from becoming three, Wolfe must discover the unlikely connection between a gray Cadillac, a mysterious woman, and a pair of earrings shaped like spiders dipped in gold.
|Publisher:||Random House Publishing Group|
|Series:||Nero Wolfe Series|
|Product dimensions:||8.24(w) x 10.88(h) x 1.10(d)|
About the Author
Rex Stout, born 1886 in Indiana/USA, worked at thirty different professions until he earned enough money to travel. In 1932, he began to write thrillers focusing on the famous detective Nero Wolfe. Nero is a gourmet weighing more than a hundred kilos, and moving as little as possible. Rex Stout finished more than fifty novels and received the "Grand Masters Award". He died 1975.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I've been reading several novels in the "Nero Wolfe" series, and "Some Buried Caesar" has come as a wonderful surprise and is now definitely one of my favorites. The perfectly balanced deployment of the plot, the careful construction of the characters (this is the story introducing Lily Rowan into the series) makes it one of the most accomplished works by Stout. Though a little less striking, "The golden spiders" also comes with an uncommon point of view in the Wolfe novels, the presence of a young boy, seeking to learn ... of the detective work from the great Nero. The plot is brilliantly developed, and holds the reader gripped until the final twist. A further pro in this edition is the large print.