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The Golden Spiders (Nero Wolfe #22)

4.04 of 5 stars 4.04  ·  rating details  ·  2,240 ratings  ·  79 reviews
Meet Nero Wolfe, an orchid-growing, gourmandizing, eccentric genius, and his assistant Archie. Eavesdrop on Nero and Archie as they unravel murder after murder in this popular series of detective novels. All of our Rex Stout mysteries are the only unabridged recordings that are available to the retail market. Even 23 years after Rex Stout's death, his following continues t ...more
Audio Cassette, 6 pages
Published August 28th 1997 by Audio Partners (first published January 1st 1953)
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Evgeny
It is not good for a business of a PI to have his clients murdered shortly after they leave his office. Not only does it bring bad reputation, but it is also very damaging to self-esteem, something Nero Wolfe values highly. Thus this time it is personal. The detective who charges such high fees that only millionaires can afford his services most of the time now only has $4.30 to show for his troubles with not a single penny more on the horizon. It still does not matter as the reputation is at st ...more
Ellen
"The Golden Spiders" by Rex Stout.

Listened to on CD performed by Michael Pritchard. Nero & Archie at their best.

A young man arrives at Nero's door with a case. The case, he explains, began when he was attempting to wash the windshields of cars as they stopped for a red light. This particular case had a woman driving with a man in the passenger seat. Just as the young man glances towards the woman she moves her lips to mouth to say HELP and to call the police.

Then the light turns green and t
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Shireen
What can I say? I love Rex Stout books. They're my go-to when I need something light, easy to read, but with engaging characters, a realistic plot, and a good mystery. The Golden Spiders fills the bill just as well as other Stout books that I've read. Nero Wolfe is in all his massive glory; the food is as important as ever; Archie Goodwin is his usual irreverent self. But there is one difference from previous books I've read in this series: a scene of violence.

Like with Robert B. Parker, Stout d
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Nan Silvernail
Twelve year old Pete Drossos, who lives in Nero Wolfe's neighborhood, saw something strange as he was trying to earn money by washing car windshields at a corner. He brought the information to the great detective. Just a couple days later the boy is run down in the street. While dying in the ambulance the boy tells his mother to take his savings to Wolfe and to ask him to solve the crime. It's only $4.30, but perhaps because the kid ate at Wolfe's table and it is thus a matter of honor, he's wil ...more
Karen
One of the best Nero Wolfe/Archie Goodwin mysteries, but it shouldn't be the first one you read -- too much of the enjoyment of this story depends on being well-acquainted with Wolfe's personality and peculiarities. The supporting cast (Panzer, Durkin, Cather, etc.) is in full force and great form.

(It was developed as an A&E movie before the series. While both seasons of the series are pitch-perfect, the movie has few off notes in casting and tone -- it's merely good, not great. Watch it aft
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Harker US Library
The Golden Spiders started out with an intriguing hook but it didn't really follow through. The plot also dragged on and did not feel resolved at the end. Detective Wolfe accepts a case for a cheap price (one of the main factors that actually convinced me to read the book), but really he only does it because he is paid his usual high price by someone else who is also involved in the case. Thus, unlike other popular classic detective stories (e.g. Sherlock Holmes, Hercule Poirot, Miss Marple), th ...more
João  Cardeira Jorge
A very entertaining read, up to Stout's usual high standard. The plot is intriguing and interesting, with a nice investigation, a good sense of pace and development and some truly tense moments. Archie is funny as always, with his smart-mouth antics and Wolfe... well he's Nero Wolfe. The dry, sometimes childish, fiendishly clever and ruthless Wolf. I suppose your enjoyment of this series comes from your opinion on Nero Wolfe. To be honest he is not very likable but he has so much personality and ...more
Ed
#22 in the Nero Wolfe series. An unusual case for Wolfe with a 12 year old client and a $4.30 retainer. This story was filmed as the pilot for A&E's Nero Wolfe series in 2000. The series starred Maury Chaykin as Wolfe and Timothy Hutton as Archie. Both the book and the film were worth the time spent.

Nero Wolfe is hired by a neighborhood kid, for $4.30, to look into a woman with golden spider earrings who asked him to call a cop while she was stopped at a light. The boy was run down two days
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Jeff Miller
I’m not sure why I don’t read more mysteries than I do since when I do pick up one I generally enjoy them. Unlike my normal book reading experience I encounter mystery authors more via television and movies causing me to go back to the source. Mrs. Marple, Lord Peter Wimsey, etc were long my favorites before picking up and enjoying the books even more. Another case in point was the A&E series Nero Wolfe based on Rex Stout’s fictional detective. I just loved everything about that series from ...more
Adam Graham
The Golden Spiders finds Wolfe and Archie in ill-temper. Archie decides to admit a neighborhood boy who comes to Wolfe because of Wolfe’s antipathy to police and the fact that he saw a woman in a car apparently in trouble. Wolfe handles the boy well and agrees to help by tracing the plate of the car.

However, the boy is murdered the next day and the case goes to another level. The boy’s mother asks Wolfe to find out why he was killed and offers her son’s savings which amounts to $4.30 to find the
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Cathy DuPont
Mar 24, 2012 Cathy DuPont rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: My favorite bookseller, Vanessa with thanks again!
Seventy-four books! That's 74 books written by Rex Stout and I had never heard of him until recently. Where have I been?

Just to make an easy intro, here's a quote from Wikipedia. Yes, I know you can't believe everything on Wiki but this is probably correct: "The Nero Wolfe corpus was nominated Best Mystery Series of the Century at Bouchercon 2000, the world's largest mystery convention, and Rex Stout was nominated Best Mystery Writer of the Century." And I had never heard of him!

My first book r
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meeners
i read rex stout books the way others watch late-night reruns of tv shows from one's childhood, for those times when you don't quite want to turn off your brain entirely but you're too tired or too run down to power it up to full capacity. there's something so inviting and warm about rex stout, despite the subject material. to make another analogy: i suppose it's something like the drowsy pleasure one gets from hearing old friends talking together while you lie half asleep on the couch, content ...more
Brendan
Once again, I read and enjoyed a Rex Stout Nero Wolfe mystery. I’m still unsure about whether I like these because of the fantastic job the A&E television series did adapting them OR if I like them because they’re smart and well-written. Either way, they’re a delight and I’m going to be reading more, certainly.

A few thoughts about this particular story:

* I thought one of the big clues was rather obvious, and had been revealed by a question Nero asked pretty early in the proceedings. Oh well
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Jamie Jonas
Nero Wolfe. Momentous words. I can hardly begin to sum up what Rex Stout's Wolfe novels have meant to me since I began reading them in my teens. Stout is one of the great masters of his craft, truly an artisan of words. Yes, Agatha Christie was great. Yes, I'm fascinated by the novels of Raymond Chandler. Yet all other mystery writers in my mind bow to the astonishing talent of Stout.

"Golden Spiders" is no exception to the other fine works by this author. It also has a few unique twists, such as
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Ian
Half the fun of reading a Stout -- and I don't think you can say this for many mystery writers -- is seeing the witty parley between the characters. Getting invited into Wolfe's brownstone is alone worth the price of admission, and then the plot's gravy. This one was OK in terms of the story, with a decent twist thrown in at the end.
Elizabeth
Read this book for my mystery book club. Set in 1952, the book showed its age, though it was well written and exceptionally well plotted. Sexism was rampant. Entertaining and I'm glad I read it.
Robert Zwilling
Excellent period piece about New York City, easy to read, great cast of unusual characters. Archie Goodwin's running dialog makes this detective series hard to put down without finishing.
Jen
One of the things I love about Rex Stout's books is how every one has a slightly different style of opening. This one was almost charming, although things quickly turned dark.
Vicki Cline
A 12-year old neighbor boy comes to Wolfe with a story of a women with golden spider earrings who whispered to him from the driver's seat of a car to get the police. He figures there must be money in the story somehow, and he'll split the loot with Wolfe. A few days later the boy is dead - run over by the same car. Then the car is found and there's evidence in it to link the car to the death of another person. Finally, a rich woman is found murdered not long after coming to see Wolfe wearing gol ...more
Bárbara
3/5
O livro já tem mais de 50 anos, portanto os métodos de investigação não incluíam impressões digitais nem adn. As comunicações eram feitas por telefone, a partir de cabines públicas. Parece que a história tem um ritmo lento por isso, mas é interessante. Dá-se mais valor à capacidade de raciocínio para se resolverem os crimes.
Gostei particularmente do Archie Goodwin, o assistente de Nero Wolfe e narrador neste livro. Ele desenrasca-se bem, seja para conseguir uma refeição quando já passa da hor
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Pam
If you are a true blue Nero Wolfe fan, you will like this book. If you have never read him, I would try another one for a first try.

Taken from the back of the book: "Step into the unassuming 35th Street brownstone, and join the the astounding exploits of Nero Wolfe. Marvel at his daily beer consumption, his unsurpassed appetite, the incredible expanse of his yellow pajamas." "He is also famous for his wealthy clients and extremely high fees. So why has Wolfe accepted a case for $4.30? And why h
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Rusty
This is a remarkable murder mystery. Three people are murdered in the same way - a young boy, a man and a wealthy, prominent woman. All are run over by a car. Nero Wolfe, a remarkable and unique private investigator solves murders without leaving his home. His group of operatives do the leg work for him and report the results. In this case, a pair of gold spider earrings, presumably the only pair in the city, is mentioned time and time again. Wolfe is able to determine the murderer from a group ...more
Linda
Sorry but I didn't find this all that interesting...
Another Thyme
One of my favourite Nero Wolfe novels.
Suzannah
This is a good quick mystery story. The writing was particularly strong, but I'm taking off a star for the torture used by the main character.
Jason
I read this one in paperback last year-it was great fun to revisit it again. Still on the edge of seat reading and a great story!
Steven Vaughan-Nichols
This is another more "serious" Nero Wolfe mystery where we care about the characters who meet a bad end and Wolfe's aids end up more trouble than they normally do. That said, it's also yet another outstanding mystery. As I said to a friend a few days ago, I don't how Rex Stout managed to write such wonderfully re-readable novels. We know exactly how it all comes out, but we're still always happy to revisit Wolfe's old brownstone and renew our friendship with Archie Goodwin.
Laura
I invested 4 hours into the audio book. Have no idea if I reached the end. Am guessing not-since it was only 4 hours and it ended in the middle of a chase scene.

Not really a conclusion-but maybe this is how the books end.
Kind of like Choose Your Own Adventure.

I am considering this book to be read.
~I want to know more about orchids and the kinds of people who grow them. Maybe I will grow an orchid. I wonder if I am the kind of person who grows orchids.
Sharon
Surprisingly good--I'm always impressed when older books have a funny, cynical, modern voice.

I think it's funny, though--how do you get to be a consulting detective unless you're already famous? I mean, to be such a great detective that people come to you in spite of your eccentric office hours and unwillingness to go out and investigate anything--how do you get enough clients to get to that point?

Nero Wolfe was made for Orson Welles.
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Rex Todhunter Stout (December 1, 1886 – October 27, 1975) was an American crime writer, best known as the creator of the larger-than-life fictional detective Nero Wolfe, described by reviewer Will Cuppy as "that Falstaff of detectives." Wolfe's assistant Archie Goodwin recorded the cases of the detective genius from 1934 (Fer-de-Lance) to 1975 (A Family Affair).

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