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Nds of phrases as you find you ll just as many classical "allusions and rudite uote ables This is due to the ccentric genius Nero rudite uote ables This is due to the ccentric genius Nero who owns and operates the detective agency He s Sherlock smart and never shies away from letting others know itHowever Nero is too corpulent and immobile to be the true hero of the story That mantle rests upon the able shoulders of regular all around good guy Archie Goodwin the man on the street the guy who gets the job done Archie narrates the story and his witty one liners and occasional snark are a great joy to read One of the arly ones in the detective genre Fer de Lance leaves the reader guessing who killed who and why Very solid red herrings and perplexing twists abound This book will satiate the mystery loverSo then why only three stars Well as one of the longer books in the Wolfe series Fer de Lance lumbers along at a slower pace than necessary adding pages than are probably needed to tell this tale But hey this was back when Stout was just starting out and it s common for new writers to go on too long Plus this being one of the arly detective stories he was busy inventing the bebop beat and double time swinging pace that hardboiled detective fiction would ventually be known for Definitely worth giving it a shot The mystery itself is solid but this lumbers along at a slow pace and has pages than are probably needed to tell this story so that took some of the njoyment out of it for me This is my first Nero Wolfe novel and Nero s character is not fully understandable to me based on just reading this novel I understand he is a obese genius but I am not sure if he is just lazy refusing to ver leave his home and making Archie do all the legwork or if he has a mental disorder that leaves him incapable of leaving his house Nero had a relapse and stays in his room A Certain Justice (Adam Dalgliesh, eating for a weekend but what the relapse is from is neverxplained Everyone says the series gets better and Stout s timing and pace improves as the series progresses so later I will try another one Entertaining but Slightly Unbelievable MysteryCrime NovelMaybe it has to do with the year the book takes place 1933But let s just say that certain things that happened in the book I won t reveal them because they are spoilers would not have been possible todayMaybe they were in 1933After all Prohibition had just been repealed so the atmosphere was kind of rough and ready I also found it slightly mind blowing that the author flat out tells us who the murderer is half way through the book I m not sure why he did that It took a little bit of the wind out of the sails Not much but a littleStill the cast of characters is fascinating and the novel is full of action and humorThe two main characters of course are Nero Wolfe and Archie Goodwin the narratorWolfe is an obese alcoholic He is moody lazy and self indulgent His cook Fritz and his assistant Archie take care of all of his needs He refuses to diverge from his iron clad routines rise at 8 take care of his orchids from 4 to 6 The Shadow Reader every daytc for any reason He is so fat and lazy that he rarely leaves his house He is arrogant Archie describes him as being Cinderella Unmasked (Fairytale Fantasies elegant with women nevertheless He is also a genius at solving crimes He has great instincts He lives in a brownstone on Thirty Fifth Street in New York City Archie Goodwin is Wolfe s assistant and his opposite invery respect He is a man of action He is tough He is relatively uneducated He njoys going here and there and being out in the world He goes out and interviews suspects and collects facts for Nero Archie is much younger than Wolfe and he is a ladies man He drinks milk and wisecracks a mile a minutePeter Barstow a well to do college President dies of an apparent heart attack on the golf course in Westchester County where he has a country homeCarlo Maffei an Italian metal artisan disappears Maria his sister contacts Nero Wolfe as "She Is Concerned About "is concerned about fate of her brotherview spoilerAre the two deaths connected in any way Wolfe thinks so He asks the Westchester District Attorney to bet him 10000 about xactly what he will find when Barstow s body is The Power Of A Choice exhumed and autopsied This is an indirect way of asking the DA to pay Wolfe for his assistance on the case In today s climate of intense scrutiny of public officials Wolfe never would have gotten away with this But in 1933 perhaps it was ok hide spoiler 375 We have to start with the indisputable fact this book was written in 1934 Depressionra E Goodwin knows he's getting dreadfully close to solving the devilishly clever murders of an immigrant and a college president As for Wolfe he's playing. .
American answer to Golden Age British mysteries Fer de Lance shows why I think American crime fiction is inherently better than their British counterparts They have got a certain flamboyance and style that the English lack Their prose and characters are usually interesting though the Brits probably do plots better Stout combines the tropes of golden age detective stories genius crime solver ridiculous methods of murder with the hard boiled archetypes smart Alec narrator that had started to redefine the crime fiction landscape while he wrote thisNero Wolfe is a morbidly obese lazy louent moody genius and can drink up to six uarts of "beer 1 uart 950 ml a day He has bouts with depression "1 uart 950 ml a day He has bouts with depression is a bit misanthropic who can be charming if it gets him what he wants I am fat lazy ccentric intelligent can drink up to four uarts of beer a day feel the blues very now and then don t really care a lot about social niceties but can be interesting company if I feel like it So I can be Nero Wolfe if I continue developing at my present rate I know that if I was born in a country where writing crime fiction in English could be a viable career I would have taken a stab at that But this is the first book that made me feel I could have also tried my luck at playing detective Putting self depreciating humor myriad frustrations at not making it ither as a detective "or detective fiction writer aside Wolfe is good He is uirky and uotable Stout actually captures the voice of a slightly "detective fiction writer aside Wolfe is good He is uirky and uotable Stout actually captures the voice of a slightly genius you can t be sure if he is mocking you or deadly serious when he pronounces gems such as The destruction of money is the only authentic sacrilege left us to abhorIf Wolfe was the narrator I would recommend the series a lot wholeheartedly Though in Stout s defense Wolfe would not be as ntertaining if he had to be carry the whole book But the narration and legwork is being done by his man Friday Archie Goodwin Goodwin is working class less suave and unfortunately a bit corny when read hundred years later after he was created He is the regurgitation of very hard boiled cliche bad ass fast talking womanizer and the rest Stout makes the two voices feel completely distinct but Goodwin drags I developed a tendency to rush through his parts ominous signs when I just started the seriesThe mystery is mediocre A metal worker is missing and it is soon Oh My God, What a Complete Aisling evident that he made a murderous contraption used to kill a seemingly universally lovedducator The murderer is revealed too soon with too little Monsieur Pain effortxpended The title spoils too much and the book is way too long 13 rd of the book can probably be dropped it would have worked better as a novella I loved Wolfe so I might be back however the overall result is pretty mixed so it won t be a priority Rating 35More Wolfe uotes Remember that those of us who are both civilized and prudent commit our murders only under the complicated rules which permit us to avoid personal responsibility The advantage of being a pessimist a pessimist gets nothing but pleasant surprises an optimist nothing but unpleasant I was a bit let down given the popularity of the Nero Wolfe series Well written well crafted mystery I don t want to spend one minute with Archie the narrator If the story was told in the third person I d probably read a few over the years As it is the 1930 s slang of a less ducated sidekick was not an appealing place to live for the week or so it took me to read this Generally I bump up the first book in a good series by 1 star but I won t in this case I m glad I didn t start with it since it was at least 13 too long The other stories I ve listened to didn t seem nearly as bloated Still it was a good mystery I really liked the way Stout made it feel as if it was in the middle of the series Archie has worked for Wolfe for 7 years many other details added to the feelOne downside to this was that although I downloaded it from the library as lectronic files I was continually instructed to flip the cassette continue on the other side or go to the next one Seriously They couldn t spend a few minutes diting that the duplicated lines out That s just cheap I m givin this sucka three stars seeee Ya wanna make somethin of it tough guyYeah that s what I thoughtActually Fre de Lance by Rex Stout is cerebral than tough guy as far as detective fiction goes Oh sure there s some strong arm scenes and a line like Don t try no funny stuff ya got me pal y wouldn t be out of place here However as many of those ki. As any herpetologist will tell you the fer de lance is among the most dreaded snakes known to man When someone makes a present of one to Nero Wolfe Archi. ,
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Nited States If you like me are a fan of that ra s black and white mystery movies and radio serials you know xactly what you are in for This is a very typical xample of the times Think Holmes and Dr Watson but in New York Also our Holmes Nero Wolf is a very heavy mostly homebound ccentric gentleman who has a passion for Lilies and our Watson Archie is not a doctor at all but a scrappy young man who is the uintessential American of his time brash brassy and despite his humble circumstances able to
"feel like a conseuential person with good self steem and always up for "like a conseuential person with good self Patrick the Wolf Boy, Volume 1 esteem and always up for challenge Archie is theyes and legs for Wolf doing all of the field work and gathering vidence while Nero is the brains of the operation They seem to have figured out Okay Yes So I should have loved this book I really should have Only I didn t as my rating might or might not indicate I should have loved this book because I m a slightly very huge fan of books and movies from the 1930s and 1940s And I should have loved this book because I m a slightly very huge fan of classic mysteries But I didn t and I didn t so I didn tFer de Lance wasn t too bad at first Somewhat sleep inducing and with a pace that would please a lethargic barnacle but well you know not too bad and stuff Then the mystery kicked in the story picked up speed and stuff started getting moderately interesting And that s when the racist crap kicked in view spoiler Pretty much yeah hide spoiler Back with a couple of old friends I may not remember which of the Nero Wolfe mysteries I read mumble around thirty five years ago but I remember Archie s cheeky insouciance and Nero s ccentricities There is real affection in their relationship He always thought he had a handkerchief in the breast pocket of his coat but rarely did so I went to the drawer where I kept a stack for him and got one and handed it to him But there is never any doubt who is boss Archie may give a bit of lip but he does what he is told And his love of glasses of milk is there from the beginning as are Nero s weight problems He began the accustomed preparations for rising from his chair I love the way this series just dives into their lives no tedious back storyBright and breezy tale about two murders It does drag a little in the middle but I know there is better to come Dated slang my kindle dictionaries came in handy here including one racist term I have never heard beforeI didn t know what a roadster was If this isn t the car Archie drove around in please don t shatter my illusions I consider this series to be a US answer to British famous detectives Sherlock Holmes and Hercule Poirot When it comes to detective fiction the personality of the character doing the detection can make or break a book or a series I am happy to say the personalities of the series two main characters made them stand as uals among the greatest fictional detectives including the ones I mentioned For the people unfamiliar with the series the two main characters are Nero Wolfe a Yugoslavian immigrant and his secretarybodyguardsidekick Archie Goodwin who is as American as they come Nero Wolfe is fat one of the book mentions he weights one seventh of a ton and lazy who often has to be forced into taking a job by Archie Goodwin using different persuasion methods He almost never leaves his home certainly not for business and loves growing orchids He also happened to be a genius at solving crimes Archie Goodwin does almost all the legwork and initial interrogation of the witnesses He "Is Also Charged With Bringing The Witnesses To Wolfe S "also charged with bringing the witnesses to Wolfe s to be interrogated by the great detective himself Archie is all about action and he is just the right guy to counterbalance Wolfe s laziness He is never afraid of a fight and his wisecracking really makes the series "Shine This Book Takes Place "This book takes place Great Depression An operative Wolfe uses sometimes brought a woman of an Italian origin who wants Wolfe s help in locating her missing brother The detective had to take the case as a personal favor but as it turns out the case is much bigger then it was seen initially soon Wolfe and Goodwin had to fight off dangers to their own lives I wholeheartedly recommend the series to anybody who wants to read a mystery with uirky characters Usually the first book of a big mystery series is a little slow because it needs to stablish characters their relationships tc in this case you jump straight into the action This review is a copypaste of my BookLikes one. Snake charmer in a case with twists than an anaconda whistling a seductive tune he hopes will catch a killer who's still got poison in his heart back cov.