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A case of multiple murder sends super sleuth Nero Wolfe and his quick-witted legman Archie Goodwin on a desperate hunt for clues, but they soon discover that they may be getting too close to a killer when someone sends them a fer-de-lance, one of the world's most poisonous snakes, as a deadly "gift."
Publisher: New York : Bantam Books, c1992
Edition: Bantam Crime Line ed
ISBN: 9780307755926
Characteristics: 1 online resource (219 p.)
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc


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Sep 13, 2020

If Rex Stout hadn’t invented Archie Goodwin as the narrator of his Nero Wolfe mysteries, the literary world would be a poorer place. What fun!

Sep 21, 2018

This is the book that started it all, the first in the Nero Wolfe/Archie Goodwin team-ups. The characters are not quite so fully formed and the relationship between Nero and Archie is a bit more tentative than it will be in, say, three years. This beginning is the right place to start. Highly recommended.

Jan 25, 2016

I'm on the hunt for a good replacement after finishing all the Agatha Christie books and was trying this one based on a recommendation.
The style isn't for me though, I'm not a fan of the characters at all and that seems to be important in this type of book.

Vincent T Lombardo Feb 15, 2015

In the Introduction to this edition, Loren D. Estleman writes that popular crime literature is divided between the manorial "English School" of puzzle mysteries and the two-fisted American urban variety, and that Stout weds these two forms. I do not like the English School, and this book leans too heavily in that direction. I also cannot suspend my disbelief enough to believe in an obese armchair detective. I gave up after ten pages.


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