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Stop the Presses!: A Nero Wolfe Mystery (The Nero Wolfe Mysteries) (The Nero Wolfe Mysteries, 11) Audio CD – CD, June 22, 2021
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Nero Wolfe and Archie Goodwin have a lot of boldfaced names on their suspect list when New York's most hated gossip columnist is murdered.
There are few people Nero Wolfe respects, and Lon Cohen of the New York Gazette is one of them. So when Cohen asks for a favor, the famously brilliant--and notoriously lazy--detective is inclined to listen. According to Cohen, someone wants to kill the Gazette's gossip columnist, Cameron Clay. Death threats are a regular hazard for Clay, who's hurled insults and accusations at every bold-faced name in the five boroughs. But the latest threats have carried a more sinister tone.
The columnist has narrowed his potential killers down to five people: an egomaniacal developer, a disgraced cop, a corrupt councilman, a sleazy lawyer, and his own ex-wife. But when Clay turns up dead, the cops deem it a suicide. The bigwigs at the Gazette don't agree, so they retain Wolfe and his indefatigable assistant, Archie Goodwin, to figure out which of the suspects had the mettle to pull the trigger.
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Outstanding...Goldsborough again demonstrates an impressive ability to emulate Rex Stout's narrative voice.-- "Publishers Weekly (starred review)"
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- Publisher : Blackstone Publishing; Unabridged edition (June 22, 2021)
- Language : English
- Audio CD : 1 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1799908844
- ISBN-13 : 978-1799908845
- Item Weight : 5.6 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.67 x 0.63 x 5.59 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #4,672,552 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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I **REALLY** wanted love this book as, excepting Murder in the Ballpark, thought they were all very good to almost as good as Stouts.
But the dialogue is 'off' and repetitive. I felt like every suspect interview was basically the same and far too short to boot - did they even take 10 minutes each?
AND the ending was a huge letdown.
I felt kind of like I did when the TV show Dallas said one whole year was a dream or like when Spiderman had a clone.
Just think about it for a minute - a murder mystery WITHOUT a murder?
You are probably asking that with all of the reservations of above why did I give this a 4 star rating? This was tough for me as there was enough of Archie/Wolfe present for me to give it a decent rating. And if this had NOT been a Wolfe story I would rated this higher. But it was a Wolfe story and that was the problem. I found it interesting that the angle of the bullet was never discussed as that might have indicated wither it was a murder or not. And there were no mention of powder burns or tests for gunpowder, etc on the victims hand. I do hope that the author gives it another go (there are some indications on his website that he has another book planned in the not too distant future) as a decent Archie/Wolfe is better than none at all. He has written better Archie/Wolfe stories so I know he is capable of it.
I did think the epilogue was the best part of the book.
I would rate this a 7.50 to 8.00 out of 10 - slightly disappointing but still worth reading.
Mr. Goldsborough has once again given us continuation of the stories of Archie and Wolfe. It's a good book and well worth your time. Chances are your a fan of the series and would have read it irregardless of my review.
The story revolves around the death of newspaperman, Cameron Clay, who was found dead in his home from a gunshot wound to his temple. Earlier, Clay had related to Wolfe that he was receiving threatening phone calls from someone in a disguised, muffled man’s voice. Mr. Clay told Wolfe that five people hated him enough to kill him, yet he wanted no police protection. After Clay’s murder, the owner of the newspaper hires Nero Wolfe to find the killer. Archie convinces each suspect to come to the brownstone for an interview with the famous Nero Wolfe, attends Clay’s funeral, enjoys Lily’s company, and awaits Wolfe’s brilliant deductive powers to discover the murderer. Wolfe does not disappoint, and when Archie summons all the suspects, his clients from the newspaper, and Inspector Cramer; this reader had no idea who killed Clay. I admit I was both surprised and pleased with Wolfe’s reasoning.
On the plus side Goldsborough does have Wolfe, Goodwin, and the remaining cast down pat. It is a pleasure to read the interactions between the characters, which was such a major factor when Stout was writing them as well. Goldsborough also is not afraid to push the characters beyond what Stout did. A good example is when Cramer mentions that maybe Wolfe would hire him as an investigator if he ever got kicked off the police force. All this is a good thing because character interaction and development really have to carry this book.
The book can be recommended despite its rather minimalist plot and slow pace but this shouldn't be one's first Wolfe book or even one's first Goldsborough Wolfe book.