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About Robert Goldsborough
Robert Goldsborough (b. 1937) is an American author best known for continuing Rex Stout’s famous Nero Wolfe series. Born in Chicago, he attended Northwestern University, and upon graduation went to work for the Associated Press, beginning a lifelong career in journalism that would include long periods at the Chicago Tribune and Advertising Age. Goldsborough’s first novel starring Wolfe, Murder in E Minor (1986), was met with acclaim from both critics and devoted fans, winning a Nero Award from the Wolfe Pack. Six more Nero Wolfe novels followed, including most recently, Archie Goodwin Meets Nero Wolfe: A Prequel to Rex Stout's Nero Wolfe Mysteries (2012).
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Archie Goodwin is chipper as he strolls home from his weekly poker game, money in his pocket and a smile on his lips. He has just reached Nero Wolfe’s stately brownstone on West Thirty-Fifth Street when a sedan whips around the corner and two gunshots ring out, nearly hitting Goodwin. It is a warning, and the message is clear: The next bullet will not miss.
Rotund investigator Nero Wolfe has made more than his fair share of enemies over the years, and it seems one of them has decided to strike, targeting Wolfe’s indefatigable assistant. Some might run for cover, but Archie Goodwin is not the type. With the help of Wolfe’s brainpower, Goodwin will find the man who wants him dead—unless the killer gets to Goodwin first.
Nero Award–winning author Robert Goldsborough continues the brilliant work of Rex Stout in this classic mystery series. According to Publishers Weekly, “Goldsborough cleverly captures the tone and language of the originals. Rex Stout fans can only hope he has no plans to wind up the series soon.”
In 1930, young Archie Goodwin comes to New York City hoping for a bit of excitement. In his third week working as a night watchman, he stops two burglars in their tracks—with a pair of hot lead slugs.
Dismissed from his job for being “trigger-happy,” he parlays his newfound notoriety into a job as a detective’s assistant, helping honest sleuth Del Bascom solve cases like the Morningside Piano Heist, the Rive Gauche Art Gallery Swindle, and the Sumner-Hayes Burglary. But it’s the kidnapping of Tommie Williamson, the son of a New York hotel magnate, that introduces Goodwin to the man who will change his life.
Goodwin knows there’s only one detective who can help find Tommie: Nero Wolfe, the stout genius of West Thirty-Fifth Street. Together, they’ll form one of the most unlikely crime fighting duos in history—but first Goodwin must locate Tommie and prove that he deserves a place by Wolfe’s side.
In this witty story about the origin of a legendary partnership, Robert Goldsborough gloriously evokes the spirit of Nero Wolfe’s creator, bestselling author Rex Stout, and breathes new life into his beloved characters.
Ever since disgraced associate Orrie Cather’s suicide, armchair detective Nero Wolfe has relished retirement in his Manhattan brownstone on West Thirty-Fifth Street. Two years after Cather’s death, only a visit from Maria Radovich—and the urging of Wolfe’s prize assistant, Archie Goodwin—could draw the eccentric and reclusive genius back into business. Maria’s uncle, New York Symphony Orchestra conductor Milan Stevens, formerly known as Milos Stefanovic, spent his youth alongside Wolfe as a fellow freedom fighter in the mountains of Montenegro. And now that the maestro has been receiving death threats, Wolfe can’t turn his back on the compatriot who once saved his life.
Though her uncle has dismissed the menacing letters, Maria fears they’re more than the work of a harmless crank. But before Wolfe can attack the case, Stevens is murdered. The accused is the orchestra’s lead violinist, whose intimate relationship with Maria hit more than a few sour notes in her uncle’s professional circle. But Wolfe knows that when it comes to murder, nothing is so simple—especially when there are so many suspects, from newspaper critics and ex-lovers to an assortment of shady musicians.
Now, in this award-winning novel that carries on the great tradition of Rex Stout, the irascible and immovable Nero Wolfe is back in the game, listening for clues and ready to go to war to find a killer.
Murder in E Minor is the 48th book in the Nero Wolfe Mysteries, but you may enjoy reading the series in any order.
The gun was fired close to Charles Childress’s head, and his were the only fingerprints on it, forcing the police to conclude that the author committed suicide. But his friends know this is impossible, because Childress loved himself far too much. He had just begun attracting fame, writing new mysteries starring the iconic Sergeant Barnstable, and he had bright hopes for the future. His publisher hires corpulent genius Nero Wolfe to determine who cut Childress’s career short, and the detective finds no dearth of suspects. Among the many who may have wanted the wordsmith whacked are his agent, his editor, a corrupt book reviewer, and an enraged legion of Barnstable devotees. With the help of his indefatigable assistant, Archie Goodwin, Wolfe takes a look at those closest to the arrogant, argumentative author, hoping to decide which of Childress’s associates merely hated him, and which would have been willing to kill.
Se c'è una cosa di cui Nero Wolfe farebbe volentieri a meno è lavorare. Tuttavia, quando un collezionista rivale gli offre un raro esemplare di Grammangis spectabilis perché si occupi di un caso, la sua riluttanza deve cedere il passo. E dunque entri in scena Roy Breckenridge, produttore teatrale di successo preoccupato dall'atmosfera velenosa che si respira dietro le quinte della sua commedia. Nulla di concreto e dimostrabile, beninteso; si tratta di sensazioni impalpabili, ma talmente forti da convincerlo che qualcosa di brutto debba accadere. Certo quello rutilante e spietato di Broadway è un mondo lontanissimo dagli interessi e anche dalle simpatie di Wolfe, arroccato nella sua vecchia casa di arenaria sulla Trentacinquesima Strada Ovest, a Manhattan, tra le amate orchidee e prelibati manicaretti. Interviene però il delitto a trasformare invidie e capricci, le patetiche schermaglie che agitano ogni backstage popolato di primedonne vere o presunte, nelle mosse di una partita a scacchi da ricostruire e decifrare. Allora Nero Wolfe vorrà abbassare lo sguardo sulle sventure umane e fornire il responso che tutti si aspettano da lui.
Nero Award winner Robert Goldsborough continues Rex Stout’s classic mystery series in these three acclaimed novels:
Murder in E Minor
Nero Wolfe is tempted out of a peaceful retirement in his Manhattan brownstone by his desire to find out who murdered a New York Symphony Orchestra conductor who once saved his life in the mountains of Montenegro . . .
Death on Deadline
Newspaperman Lon Cohen used to pass Nero Wolfe information in return for the odd exclusive scoop, but now the New York Gazette is ailing and a Scottish magnate is circling like a vulture. When the Gazette’s chief shareholder turns up dead, Wolfe will step into the crossfire of a tabloid war.
The Bloodied Ivy
An academic so conservative he thought Ronald Reagan was a pinko, Hale Markham rules Prescott University like an intellectual tyrant—until the morning he’s found dead at the bottom of one of Prescott’s famously beautiful ravines. It’s time for Wolfe to go back to school . . .
Praise for Robert Goldsborough’s Nero Wolfe novels:
“Devotees of the late Rex Stout’s bestsellers will be pleasantly surprised.” —Publishers Weekly
“It is fun once again to enter the brownstone on West 35th Street.” —The New York Times
“A loving, knowledgeable, mightily pleasing recreation.” —Kirkus Reviews
Die Reize eines notorischen Playboys haben die schöne Noreen offenbar kaltgelassen. Die »Verführungskünste«, die er dann anwendet, sind so heiß, daß selbst Noreen ins Schwitzen gerät.
Indessen jagt Nero Wolfe, der »unbewegliche Dicke«, den Täter so erbarmungslos, daß er keine Chance hat …
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Der große Nero Wolfe setzt die von seinem Helfer fürs Grobe, Archie, gelieferten Puzzleteile gewohnt faul und gewohnt genial zusammen – zu einem Bild, das der Täter nie hatte sehen wollen …
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