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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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To save his favorite newspaper, Wolfe steps into the crossfire of a tabloid war Master sleuth Nero Wolfe’s small circle of friends is limited to his assistant Archie Goodwin, his chef Fritz, and Lon Cohen, the head man at the New York Gazette. Cohen knows more about the city’s power structure than any man in Manhattan, and for years he happily passed Wolfe information in return for the odd exclusive scoop. But now Cohen needs Wolfe’s help, for the Gazette is ailing and the vultures have begun to circle. Scottish newspaper magnate Ian MacLaren plans to gut the paper and turn it into a sex-filled conservative rag. Standing in his way is the company’s chief shareholder, Gazette heir Harriet Haverhill. But when the aged Ms. Haverhill dies in an apparent suicide, no one remains to resist the Scot’s advances except Wolfe. MacLaren may be fierce, but when the cause is just, Nero Wolfe knows how to play dirty, too.… (more)

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