Silver Spire: A Nero Wolfe Mystery Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
Threats against a televangelist lead Nero Wolfe and Archie Goodwin into a murder case in this “brisk and beguiling page-turner” (Publishers Weekly).
Staten Island would be forgettable were it not for the gleaming Tabernacle of the Silver Spire, where thousands of congregants come every Sunday to hear the sermons of Barnabas Bay. Millions more tune in on television, giving the good Reverend international fame, and a chance to spread the gospel from New York City’s harbor all the way to South Korea. But threatening notes have been appearing in the collection bag, suggesting that one of the faithful has decided it’s time this good shepherd get the hook.
Believing organized religion is nothing more than a scam, rotund sleuth Nero Wolfe refuses to investigate the threats, instead recommending veteran investigator Fred Durkin for the case. But when Durkin is accused of murdering the Reverend’s assistant, Wolfe fights to clear his name. He may not be a Christian, but he will always help a brother in need.
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|Listening Length||5 hours and 53 minutes|
|Narrator||L. J. Ganser|
|Whispersync for Voice||Ready|
|Audible.com Release Date||January 26, 2021|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #87,692 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
#402 in Private Investigator Mysteries (Audible Books & Originals)
#764 in Traditional Detective Mysteries (Audible Books & Originals)
#1,048 in Historical Mysteries (Audible Books & Originals)
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Mega-churches (with unusually large congregations, often with slick marketing and a media component) are not a new phenomenon but have become a trend in recent years. Over the past several years numerous “television evangelists” have been embroiled in hypocrisy and scandal. And, sadly, many individual Christians and churches have done themselves no favors, essentially repelling any others who might be open to a positive faith message.
To his credit, Goldsborough avoided taking such cheap shots. While the characters are shown to have very human frailties, they are not reduced to caricatures. Even with the warts, they are shown as sincere and trying to live their faith. Often-cited real-life shortcomings – slick messaging, entertainment rather than worship, unseemly requests for money – are shown but also attempts to improve society. And even the hard-boiled Archie Goodwin, who apparently grew up in a Bible Belt type area – acknowledges a certain validity to his past.
One must keep in mind, of course, that Goldsborough is not writing a sociological treatise. He is writing a mystery in the style of the master, Rex Stout. In this he succeeds – perhaps not as brilliantly as Stout, but still provides enjoyment.
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If my review seems a bit mean it is because original Rex Stout versions were so good. Goldsborough is OK and I am not sorry with my purchase and have bought (and enjoyed) his others too.
I've read all of Rex Stout's Wolfe books several times. I love most, not all, of them. But I always love Archie and Wolfe.
When I started Robert Goldsborough's Wolfe books I hoped for the best and I have to admit the first few were not the greatest plots. I stuck to them because I could see how dedicatedly the author stuck to canon and I just couldn't stand the idea of Archie and Wolfe moving on with life and me not knowing what they were up to. And boy am. I glad I did. The last three books I've read are fabulous, with Robert finding Archie's true voice -- starting with Last Coincidence, building up in Fade to Black, and now reaching the pinnacle with Silver Spire. I'm almost scared to read the next books in case they don't keep up to this standard!