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Archie Meets Nero Wolfe: A Prequel to Rex Stout's Nero Wolfe Mysteries (Nero Wolfe Novels by Robert Goldsborough #8)

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To become part of the Nero Wolfe legend, Archie Goodwin must prove his worth

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 a...more
Paperback, 234 pages
Published November 13th 2012 by MysteriousPress.com/Open Road (first published January 1st 2012)
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Otto Penzler
All mystery aficionados know Rex Stout and his marvelous Nero Wolfe novels. They are intelligent, witty and well-written whodunits with one of the most lasting heroes of the genre: the eccentric gourmet, orchid-growing private detective and his tough sidekick, Archie Goodwin. Since the 1980s, beginning with Murder in E Minor, Robert Goldsborough has brought the series back to life and has intimately captured Stout’s style. Goldsborough’s newest novel, Archie Meets Nero Wolfe, the prequel to the...more
Lizabeth Tucker
Throughout the Nero Wolfe books, we've been given snippets of information about how Archie Goodwin and Nero Wolfe first met, enough to make most fans of Rex Stout's mystery series want more. Now at long last the story is told of Archie long before he became the suave and knowledgeable man we all came to love and admire. To think it all started with a dockside shooting, Black Mask magazine, and a kidnapping.

Robert Goldsborough was originally chosen by Rex Stout's estate to continue writing the ad...more
Carolyn
Loved it! I am a young adult librarian and it has been ages since I read a Nero Wolfe mystery(I only have time for ya books), but when I saw this title on NetGalley I just had to take the time. In adult books, murder mysteries are my first love. It felt like getting reacquainted with an old friend. It was great to find out how those characters got together. I have always loved the interplay between the 2 characters & wondered how two such different personalities became colleagues. Thanks for...more
John Patrick
I have a special place on my shelf for Archie Goodwin and Nero Wolfe. I read The Silent Speaker by Rex Stout when I was in the 6th grade and I have been hooked ever since. It was one of the first adult fiction series that I ever read. It had been a long time since I had thought about the series but I happened to be at a convention and found this book. I was excited, not just because it was a new Nero Wolfe book, but because it went back and told the story of how Archie Goodwin came to work for t...more
Rinnerl
In „Archie meets Nero Wolfe“ written by Robert Goldsborough the to-be „Partners in Crime“ meet and work together for the very first time.

Archie Goodwin, 19 (NINETEEN!!!! :D years old and fresh from Ohio meets Nero Wolfe, orchid lover, gourmet and New Yorks best and most famous private investigator.

An occasion to behold!

Spoiler! Spoiler! A little. Maybe.



The abduction of an 8 year old boy brings Archie and with him some well known (and loved) characters of other books (Saul, Fred, Orrie) to the...more
Bill
This is an extraordinary book. As a long time Rex Stout/Nero Wolfe fan and having read Rex Stout's Nero Wolfe series several times, I wondered if another could take Stout's place.

I shouldn't have worried. Robert Goldsborough writes like the master - in a sense, Archie Meets Nero Wolfe is even more of a compelling read than the Rex Stout novels and novellas; you should be prepared to stay up all night, call in sick at work, or make excuses to your mate - you will want to finish this as soon as yo...more
Vicki
In the Super Clever Detectives genre, Sherlock Holmes stands out as the man who can observe the scene and pick up all kinds of information that no one else has seen. But we also have Nero Wolfe, who is a recluse, staying home and sending out a team of detectives to pick up bits and pieces of the facts. Nero analyzes all the info others have collected, then, at the appropriate time, he gathers the interested parties, including police, suspects and detectives, and resolves the mystery.

Another simi...more
Ed
#8 in the Robert Goldsborough continuation of the Nero Wolfe series (after the 47 volumes by Rex Stout). This series entry is a prequel telling of how Archie Goodwin met and came to work for Nero Wolfe. A very interesting period piece that follows the contemporary The Missing Chapter (1994), Archie Meets Nero Wolfe (2012) takes place during the Depression and is set before Rex Stout's initial Nero Wolfe adventure Fer-de-Lance (1934) which takes place in Spring 1933. Many of the recurring private...more
Wayland Smith
This is a nicely done prequel to the Nero Wolfe mysteries. Rex Stout originally never wrote a start point for the series, and, when Robert Goldsborough took over, he followed the same pattern. The series is, by and large, episodic, and one of the few that can largely be read as you find them. Order isn't hugely important. There are a few minor exceptions, but overall the series isn't as sequential as, say, JD Robb's In Death or Jim Butcher's The Dresden Files.

That said, this is a very enjoyable...more
Bret
After 19 years, Robert Goldsborough returns to the Nero Wolfe universe with this prequel novel concerning Archie Goodwin's first meeting (and case) with Nero Wolfe. Although it read OK, much of the prose felt stilted, and the mystery, concerning a young boy's kidnapping and subsequent return, lacked the sparkle and urgency of Stout's best works. The plot starts off too quickly, burning through Archie's first job as a dock patrol and then easily (too easily) solving his first case as an assistant...more
Una Tiers
I like noir fiction and Bob Goldsborough does a fine job at it whether it's Nero or Snap Malek. Good pace, fun language.
Suzie
Archie works with Wolfe for the first time. The plot is a 'backstory' case mentioned in Stout's books. All of the operatives are Stout's. Written with the blessing of the Stouts. An entertaining mystery, but the dialogue/characterization lacks Stout's trademark snappy/funny/emotional moments. You should enjoy this if you enjoy the originals, but it isn't really the same. There isn't a Pfui in the whole book.
Carolyn
What a delightful surprise! After long having been a fan of Rex Stout and the series on A&E, I was unsure whether I'd enjoy this slim book. Did I ever! Mr. Goldsborough has the characters down to a "T". This was my first foray into this new series and I can't wait to read many more! Perfect summer reading material for anyone who enjoys mysteries, Rex Stout or a good old fashioned potboiler!
Sharla
Robert Goldsborough does a pretty fair job bringing Archie Goodwin and Nero Wolfe back to life. This one is not quite up to the standard. The wit doesn't have the same sharpness or edge that Rex Stout gave them. The plot isn't as inventive or interesting. In spite of the failings, it is a solid three star book and I would recommend it for those who are hungry for new Nero Wolfe adventures.
Mary Frances
Pretty good, but clearly misses the mark with dialogue, esp. Saul Panzer. Still, it's fun to read about my beloved Archie and Nero and I am willing to overlook the flaws for the experience. Rex Stout is gone, but Nero and Archie live on, and that's good enough for me.
Cathy
I love the Nero Wolfe series and read the entire collection years ago when I first discovered it. Although not quite as good as the original books by Rex Stout, the Robert Goldsborough books that continue the series are still worth reading. This was a prequel to the series, where we discover how Archie Goodwin first met Nero Wolfe and came to work for him. It was a decent mystery plot with classic Nero Wolfe behavior/deduction. My only complaint is that some of the characters seemed to be a bit...more
Tom Lewis
Pfui. A good story, but the words coming from the characters' mouths seemed off. Also a few continuity errors...
Melissa
I got interested in Nero Wolfe a few years ago when A&E created the books into a series with Timothy Hutton playing the role of Archie Goodwin. That led to reading the novels. Unfortunately, my local library only carries a few of the original Rex Stout books-but I've read them all and thoroughly enjoyed them. Always wary of "other authors" who try to imitate the original, I picked up this book which the titles touts as a prequel.

It did not disappoint. It tied any many of the "regulars" as we...more
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Eric_W
I love Rex Stout's Nero Wolfe stories. It must be difficult to recreate an author's style if not content, so it was with great trepidation that I began this galley written by Robert Goldsborough. It's supposed to be a sort of prequel, explaining how Archie came to be in the employee of Wolfe and in this tale of Wolfe involvement in a kidnapping we meet all the regulars including Orrie, Fred, Saul and a couple of others Goldsborough needed to make the story work. He notes in a note where all the...more
Gabi
Archie Goodwin is one of my top five favorite men of mystery, if you will. I don't actually remember how I stumbled upon the Nero Wolfe series, just that someone put the second of Rex Stout's novels in my hands (The League of Frightened Men) when I was a teenager and told me to read. So read I did, and I fell in love in with Fritz and Wolfe and Archie. But mostly Archie.

Archie Meets Nero Wolfe opens with Archie, fresh from Ohio, working a job as a night watchman on the docks. He's nineteen and...more
Trish
Archie Meets Nero Wolfe was perfect for this Nero Wolfe fan. Robert Goldsborough should be commended for his creativity as well as his faithfulness to these marvelous characters introduced by Rex Stout.

Archie comes to New York and decides to plan for his future. That plan may include making a go of it in New York or returning to Ohio. He is hired to find the culprits stealing off the pier. He ends up finding and shooting the thieves (after being shot at first) and this results in his being fired...more
Ellen
The beginning of it all, December 12, 2012
By Ellen Rappaport (Florida)
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Archie Meets Nero Wolfe was perfect for this Nero Wolfe fan. Robert Goldsborough should be commended for his creativity as well as his faithfulness to these marvelous characters introduced by Rex Stout.

Archie comes to New York and decides to plan for his future. That plan may in...more
Keith
If you love Rex Stout's Nero Wolfe mysteries, I guarantee that you'll get much more enjoyment out of rereading the Stout series than you will from reading this prequel. That said Goldsborough's book is a pleasant read and goes down easy. It's the story of a newbie (Archie) in New York City finding his legs in the detective business during the Depression. As such, that story is interesting, showing Archie's good instincts and resourcefulness. The biggest problem of the novel is one of conception:...more
Tara
I'm wondering if I read the same book as some of the other reviewers here! I thought this book was monumentally poor, with no real flavor at all for the "real" Archie and Nero (yes, there were stabs at mimicking the two main characters' distinctive voices, but on the whole they were very unsuccessful -- and the more minor characters blended together into complete inseparability). Dialogue was painful at points -- in fact, I wonder if the author has ever tried to read his dialogue aloud, because...more
Ann Sloan
It had been years, no, decades since I read Rex Stout’s Nero Wolfe books. I may have read them all; but there are undoubtedly some I have missed.

I really enjoyed Timothy Hutton’s Nero Wolfe series that ran on cable from 2001-2002. Hutton played Archie Goodwin and the late Maury Chaykin was Wolfe. It was an excellent adaptation that really captured the 50’s feel of the novels. It was criminal (pun intended) that it only ran for such a short time.

So I was delighted to be able to get this book from...more
Timothy Ferguson
I was thrilled to hear this book was going to be published. I’m a huge Stout fan: I’ve read or listened to all of the Wolfe novels and short stories, and I own a copy of the cookbook. That is, I’ve read or listened to all of the stories by the original author. After Rex Stout’s death, his family allowed another author to continue the series. Before this I’d only read one of the Goldsborough novels, Silver Spire, and I believe it was the first Wolfe I ever read, so beyond a generally favourable i...more
Christine
Nineteen-year-old Archie Goodwin arrives in New York from Chillicothe, Ohio and becomes a night watchman on the piers for an import company. Less than three weeks on the job, Archie has to defend himself against two would-be thieves by shooting them. Even though it’s clearly self-defense, Archie is fired. He quickly talks private detective Del Bascam into hiring him as an assistant, and Del even agrees to help Archie get his PI license. When Del gets involved in a kidnapping case for the famous...more
Hobart
I liked Goldsborough's first couple of Nero Wolfe/Archie Goodwin books, but thought they dropped off in quality quickly and far. So why did I pick up Archie Meets Nero Wolfe? Well, it'd been eighteen years -- so for Goldsborough to come back, there had to be a good reason -- a story he cared about. He had time to get the voice right, the details "just so." I was more than a little curious, too, just how did he see this initial meeting?

Oh, and, fine -- I'll be honest. You put out anything with th...more
Droewyn
I've never actually read any of Rex Stout's Nero Wolfe books, but my husband got me into the A&E television series. I picked this book up as an Amazon daily deal, mostly for him (he has read the series). But after my recent defeat at the hands of Catch-22, I wanted something on the short and sweet side and this caught my eye while I was flipping through the Nook library.

Archie Goodwin is a wet-behind-the-ears nineteen-year-old newly arrived in New York City from the backwaters of Ohio. He qu...more
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Robert Goldsborough is an American author of mystery novels. He was born in 1937 and grew up in the Chicago area. Although he worked for 45 years for the Chicago Tribune and Advertising Age, he first came to prominence in the 1980s with the publication, with the approval of the estate of Rex Stout, of his Nero Wolfe mystery Murder in E Minor. Written privately for his mother back in 1978, shortly...more
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