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Death on Deadline (original 1987; edition 1991)

by ROBERT GOLDSBOROUGH

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Title:Death on Deadline
Authors:ROBERT GOLDSBOROUGH
Info:COLLINS CRIME (1991), Paperback, 192 pages
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Death on Deadline by Robert Goldsborough (1987)

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This is the first Nero Wolfe novel I've read that wasn't written by the series creator Rex Stout, while I've never been more than a casual reader of the original novels (hardly an expert on the subject) this addition to the series does seem to touch on all the Wolfe standards. The brownstone, the gourmet food, the orchids, the enigmatic, eccentric genius that is Nero Wolfe and the wisecracking that is a signature of Archie Goodwin.

It's been sometime since I've read any of Stout's original novels so it could well be nothing more than a sort of literary nostalgia on my part but this book seemed a little less compelling than the originals... as though it were somehow lacking a certain spark - some indefinable something. Not bad at all just less riveting than I recall the old Nero Wolfe books. It's good as a standalone but probably not quite as much when compared to the originals.

I would recommend it to anyone who likes classic style mysteries with the caveat that those who are devout Nero Wolfe fans may find it disappointing. ( )
  Mike-L | Apr 8, 2013 |
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