Audiobook CD - 1994
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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 with more twists than an anaconda.
Publisher: Newport Beach, CA : Books on Tape, p1994, c1934.
ISBN: 9781572703889
Branch Call Number: AUDIOBK CD M STOUT R
Characteristics: 7 audio discs (8 hr., 40 min.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in.
Additional Contributors: Prichard, Michael (Michael J.)


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Feb 23, 2018

What a character Rex Stout has created. Our first encounter with Nero Wolfe - even more eccentric than Christie's Poirot. He drinks 5 quarts of beer a day, is an expert on orchids which he tends faithfully, has no patience for interruptions, charges outrageous fees, can barely move because of his obesity, and remembers all slights from years past. Most importantly, he's a detecting genius. We follow the story through the eyes of his competent but opinionated assistant Archie Goodwin. It all starts when a friend of a friend is referred to Wolfe to find her brother who has disappeared. Coincidently, a much respected university professor has died from an apparent heart attack while playing golf. Wolfe ties them together and challenges the arrogant District Attorney to a huge bet, remember this is 1934, that if the professor is disinterred, it will be found that he was murdered. The fer-de-lance, one of South America's most dangerous snakes, comes later but it does make quite a vivid entry. I don't believe Stout ever did a prequel to #1 but wouldn't you enjoy knowing how Wolfe became Wolfe?


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