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Fade to Black (Nero Wolfe Novels by Robert Goldsborough #5)

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Wolfe investigates a sticky matter of Cola Wars espionage

For the men of Madison Avenue, the battle between soft drink giants Cherr-o-key and AmeriCherry seems heaven-sent. For years now, the firm of Mills/Lake/Ryman has fought to help Cherr-o-key become the nation’s favorite fizzy cherry soda, but each time they come up with a new slogan, mascot, or jingle, AmeriCherry has
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ebook, 256 pages
Published November 13th 2012 by MysteriousPress.com/Open Road (first published October 1st 1990)
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Ed
Nero Wolfe series - #5 by Robert Goldsborough in his continuation of Rex Stout's 47 volume series. A formulaic mystery. Nero Wolfe reads, dines (surely, "eats" is too plebian), and tends his orchids. Archie Goodwin nags him into taking a case. Wolfe meets the clients. Archie conducts interviews and discovers a body. Archie reports to Wolfe. Inspector Cramer visits, threatens and blusters. Wolfe thinks. Wolfe calls a mass meeting at his office. Wolfe uncovers the villain.
Wolfe seldom leaves his b
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Philip
Good Read which I enjoyed and I find Robert Goldsborough's continuation of the Nero Wolfe series acceptable and I actually like some of the updates like Archie's computor for instance but I didn't think the story in this book was quite up to the first couple of Goldsborough's let alone the original Rex Stout's. The whole mystery was too predictable and it took no effort to identify the murderer on his first appearance long before Wolfe figured it out. Then I can never remember in any other Nero ...more
Bill
Take two competing ad agencies advertising similar products – cherry soda of all things – toss in a little theft – one ad agency’s finding out cherry soda ad campaigns the other is doing – then let that thieving ad agency run their more or less copied cherry soda campaign before their victim can – throw in a murder – and you have all the makings of a case that leads Nero Wolfe’s wise cracking Archie Goodwin through the crazy world of advertising agencies to give all the info to that genius, Nero ...more
John Yeoman
An engaging tale with a bad, limp-wristed finale. Every aficionado of crime fiction knows that you do not present an obvious Villain at the start then reveal - lo!- the Villain to be the culprit at the end. It's an anti-climax. That is, unless you do it very cleverly, as Agatha Christie sometimes did. (This is not a Spoiler, I hope. The story presents a lot of Villains.)

I was looking for a cute twist at the denouement where the Least Likely Suspect - or, more cleverly, some disregarded figure i
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Linda Smatzny
This is the fifth book featuring Nero Wolfe written by Robert Goldsborough. This story is about the theft of ideas used in a ad campaign for a cherry soft drink. Archie investigates the people at the ad agency but while doing that a murder happens. The book is set in more modern times than the original series written by Rex Stout. The book was a quick easy read.
Monica Willyard
Not as good as the original Rex Stout novels, but not too bad. Seeing Archie using a computer was pretty jarring though. I don't want that old brownstone to change.
Charles Gory
Pretty good not great. I solved the mystery very early.
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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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