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Archie Meets Nero Wolfe: A Prequel to Rex Stout's Nero Wolfe Mysteries (Rex Stout's Nero Wolfe Mysteries #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
Paperback, 234 pages
Published November 13th 2012 by Road (first published January 1st 2012)
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Sep 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
The origin tale of the Archie Goodwin/Nero Wolfe pairing. Archie's a young man trying to become a private eye in the depths of the depression, While Nero Wolfe is already established in the brownstone.

Archie is a detective's assistant, who just happens to be one of those Wolfe calls when needed, along with Saul, Orrie, and Fred. There's a kidnapping, and Wolfe has to handle the ransom payment, and find out who is the kidnapper.

The story was okay, but lacked the elegance of the best of Stout.
Otto Penzler
Sep 18, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
Nov 14, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've only read a few of the Nero Wolfe stories by Rex Stout so far, so really it was a bit early to go on to a prequel by another author. However, I was intrigued by the premise of this one, as I've found myself wondering how Archie and Wolfe ever got together. (Archie promises in the first book that he'll let the readers know all about it some time, but apparently he never did.) I was also tempted because this book was available on Kindle Unlimited in the UK, and I've got a free trial at the mo ...more
Oct 03, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
Aug 17, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
Apr 07, 2014 rated it it was ok
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
Lizabeth Tucker
Feb 25, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
Kathy Via
Mar 14, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I will stick to Rex Stout's Nero Wolfe and Archie. Something was missing in both Wolfe's and Archie's characterizations. These weren't the guys I know and love.
Charles  van Buren
Mar 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
Of course Robert Godsborough isn't Rex Stout

By Charles van Buren on March 8, 2018

Format: Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase

I had previously read Mr. Goldsborough's Murder in E Minor which I enjoyed. I then read Stop the Presses which was not very good. I therefore paid particular attention to the negative reviews before I decided to purchase Archie Meets Nero Wolfe. My opinion of those reviews was that the complaints mostly concerned small details. After reading the book, I think that most of the
Michael Cunningham
Jan 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
He's no Stout, but it was an enjoyable story that gets the characters right.
Delia Binder
Mar 23, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mysteries
::3-1/2 stars::

Rex Stout Rex Stout's death in the late 1970s left us with a long-running series of murder mysteries featuring The Great Detective Nero Wolfe and his snarky-but-loyal sidekick (and narrator of all the books in the series), Archie Goodwin. Balancing the divide between the Eccentric Genius popularized in the 19th Century by Sherlock Holmes with the then-growing audience for hardboiled man-of-action detectives who spoke and wrote in a stylized vernacular, the series navigated the Twentieth C
Oct 18, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
Bill Hall
Dec 05, 2014 rated it really liked it
Goldsborough compiles a very interesting and plausible prequel to Rex Stout's Nero Wolfe/Archie Goodwin mystery series. The author employs nearly all of the familiar Stout characters from Fretz Brenner to Purlie Stebbins as ways to introduce Archie to them. Goldsborough also weaves little details of Archie's life from Stout's books into this narrative.

In this story nineteen year old Archie Goodwin travels to New York from his boyhood home of Chillicothe, Ohio in the early 1930s presumably someti
John Patrick
Jul 16, 2014 rated it really liked it
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
Nov 26, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction, detective
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.
Jan 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: e-books
I have read all of Rex Stout's Nero Wolfe books, many of them more them once. Robert Goldsboro has caught the essence of Nero and friends and brought them back for me. Archie is 19 years old and has arrived in New York looking for adventure. He decides he wants to be a detective and is hired by Del Bascome. Nero is working on the kidnapping of the Williamson son. The different stories are brought together skillfully. I recommend this book highly.
Aug 19, 2013 rated it liked it
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.
May 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fun-mysteries
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!
Mary Frances
Nov 28, 2012 rated it really liked it
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.
Tom Lewis
Nov 17, 2012 rated it liked it
Pfui. A good story, but the words coming from the characters' mouths seemed off. Also a few continuity errors...
Una Tiers
Jan 20, 2014 rated it really liked it
I like noir fiction and Bob Goldsborough does a fine job at it whether it's Nero or Snap Malek. Good pace, fun language.
Noah Goats
A not particularly interesting plot, stupid crime investigation methods, and wooden dialogue. Still, somehow good enough for me to read to the end without resorting to skimming.
Diane K.
May 02, 2015 rated it liked it
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Jimmy Lee
Oct 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I'm a huge fan of Rex Stout (even the science fiction), but I didn't like Goldsborough's "The Bloodied Ivy" - it just didn't ring true to me. But I thought this story really knocked it out of the park - Goldsborough didn't just tell another pale derivative; this time he gave us the the background story, built upon passing references in the Rex Stout stories, that we all wanted to hear about Nero Wolfe & Archie Goodwin.

We're introduced to Archie as he works nights during prohibition in New Yo
Oct 12, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery, kindle
Any fan of Rex Stout has, at the very least, mused on the circumstances that brought Archie Goodwin to his employment with Nero Wolfe on West 35th Street. Stout certainly never had any intention of fully satisfying his readers' curiosity, and while I respect that, I have always longed for more. Robert Goldsborough is the only writer to have received the support of Stout's estate in writing and publishing new Wolfe novels, and if he did not have that support I admit I wouldn't consider reading th ...more
Jan 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
Goldborough does a more than tolerable job of giving us young Archie's voice as narrator, and he compares and contrasts Wolfe's other legmen very well.

However, I have several problems with this book.
* The ruse that traps the murderers causes more collateral damage to innocent people's lives and misuses the city's emergency services more than I can approve, or than I believe Wolfe would have approved.
* The ratiocination in the parlor scene is flawed. Wolfe gives us no real reason how he settled
Moira Shepard
Sep 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
As long as Robert Goldsborough keeping writing Nero Wolfe books, we'll have new stories about the portly detective and his trusty assistance, Archie - which is great, because 87 (give or take) books about Wolfe from original author Rex Stout are not enough.

Goldsborough does a good job of replicating Archie Goodwin's singular voice, so I found "Archie Meets Nero Wolfe" pretty convincing, as well as a darned good story. It's fun to see Wolfe's other associates - Saul Panzer, Orrie, Fred, as well
Feb 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mystery
I must confess that although this is Mr Goldsborough's eighth book utilizing characters created by author Rex Stout, this is the first I've read. It wasn't that I didn't know about them, or had not had the opportunity to read them; I actively avoided them. I would gaze at the covers, think about how much pleasure I've derived over the many decades from the exploits of Nero Wolfe and Archie Goodwin, then move on. Why? It's a difficult question to answer, but I think it may trace back to the time ...more
Oct 04, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Archie Meets Nero Wolfe

In this book, Goldsborough gives us a prequel which explains how Archie Goodwin met and later came to work for Nero Wolfe. As someone who has enjoyed Rex Stout's books, I thought that this might not jive with what I remembered of Archie. I thought that he had been a soldier but if he went to work for Nero Wolfe at 19 that doesn't seem plausible. However, my memory may be at fault here.

I thought that this was a really well crafted story. I enjoyed it a lot.
Lindsay Boitnott
Feb 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
So, if you’ve read my blog in the past, you will know that I absolutely adore the Nero Wolfe mysteries by Rex Stout. I was first introduced to the characters through the A&E TV series, A Nero Wolfe Mystery, starring Maury Chaykin as Nero Wolfe and Timothy Hutton as Archie Goodwin. The series was unique in that the same ensemble of guest actors were utilized to play characters in each episode, in a similar style to the traditional theatre troupe. This tv series led to me picking up the novels ...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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Other Books in the Series

Rex Stout's Nero Wolfe Mysteries (1 - 10 of 12 books)
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