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The Last Coincidence (Nero Wolfe Novels by Robert Goldsborough #4)

3.55 of 5 stars 3.55  ·  rating details  ·  121 ratings  ·  16 reviews
After the heir to a frozen-food fortune gets iced, Wolfe’s right-hand man, Archie Goodwin, becomes a suspect

When Lily Rowan doesn’t laugh at his jokes, Archie Goodwin knows something is wrong. Her niece Noreen has been running around with Sparky Linville, a club-hopping bad boy who is the terror of Manhattan nightlife. And the last time she went out with him, Noreen wasn’t...more
ebook, 183 pages
Published November 13th 2012 by Road (first published 1989)
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#4 in the Robert Goldsborough continuation of the 47 entry Nero Wolfe series by Rex Stout. Original series fans will be pleased to see the series continued, if not as robustly as when written by Stout. I picked the murderer early on in the book, although I admit it was a guess with no evidence in sight. Archie Goodwin later picks the same person with no more evidence than I had, although he has spent a couple hundred pages eliminating everyone else. Enjoyable but not great, extra points if you'r...more
Mr. Goldsborough does an admirable job of rejuvenating the the rotund pedantic detective and his sly and quick witted right hand man. I enjoyed the updating of the scenery to the present day (that being the the late 1980's) it felt comfortable and not a manufactured period piece. The plot and characters held my interest, although I found the final solution to be somewhat simplistic. All in all... satisfactory.
A.G. Lindsay
I think this is the best of the Goldsborough Nero Wolfe books I've read so far. I probably would have rated it four and a half stars since it's not as good as the better Stout offerings, but, surprisingly, it *is* as good as some of the worse ones.

The characters seem consistent with their Stout originations, the interaction between Archie and Lily was fun and made the book. The mystery could have been a little better (I didn't like the fact that the murder was actually strong-armed to join the "...more
Hattie M
Sep 25, 2012 Hattie M rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people who like Nero Wolf
Shelves: detective, noir, mystery
It was weird. Archie in the late 80s, with a computer. He was incredibly anachronistic. (He still was a noir detective, but he helped develop the stereotype of the noir detective and well... the 80s wasn't all that noir.) But I think he's about to the point where the anachronism could be a character choice as much as that's how he's always been.

I tend to think of all books like this, written by someone who is not the original author without the original author's input, as really lucky fan fictio...more
Danielle Sheppard
Lily Rowan has a family situation it seems like her niece Noreen and Lily's favorite member of the family has been raped. Sparky is accused of the rape and Archie Goodwin is mad enough to approach his employer Nero Wolfe to undertake the case. Noreen James is the client, and as the suspects pile up the coincidence become many because every suspect does not have an alibi and every suspect wanted Sparky Linville dead.He is beaten by a tire iron in a parking garage and Lily's family is not only dys...more
Gabriel Dorian
Not bad

so far my favorite of the Wolfe books by Hillsborough. didn't seem as forced as the others I read previously
I recently read the new book by above author, about how Archie met Nero Wolfe and really enjoyed it, so I looked forward to starting this book. I was a bit disappointed. Set in modern times, (1989, when the book was written), it still tried to be a bit 1940's. It didn't work for me, I guess. I didn't find the characters very engaging or care who the killer was. I was not at all caught up in the story.
Archie and Nero Wolfe are very true to form. I do like that, however, I will not be looking fo...more
Jo Ellen
Goldsborough has done a good job of capturing Nero Wolfe's voice in this book. Lily Rowan's niece gets into trouble with a playboy who shows up dead. The finger points at her brother, who then confesses. She hires Nero to prove him innocent. It feels classic Stout with maybe not quite the Archie zing.
Charles Gory
An excellent read wonderful dialogue between Lily Rowan and Archie Goodwin. Good to meet more of her family and explore their relationship a little.
Not Stout by any means as Archie never quite seems himself. Still, not a terrible continuation and a fairly good mystery.
10/18/2013 pretty good but not the same as Rex Stout
I read the library hardcover.
Michael Moats
not rex stout but close.
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Feb 18, 2014 Katherine Jensen marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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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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