The Golden Spiders (Nero Wolfe Series)

The Golden Spiders (Nero Wolfe Series)

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Nero Wolfe was almost as famous for his wealthy clients and extravagant fees as for his genius at detection. So why has he accepted a case for $4.30? And why have the last two people to hire him been ruthlessly murdered? Wolfe suspects the answers may lie in the story of a twelve-year-old boy who turns up at the door of his West Thirty-fifth Street brownstone. In short order, Wolfe finds himself confronted by one of his most perplexing and pressing cases, involving a curious set of clues: a gray Cadillac, a mysterious woman, and a pair of earrings shaped like spiders dipped in gold. The case is all boiling down to a strange taste of greed—and a grumpy gourmand’s unappeasable appetite for truth.
Introduction by Linda Barnes
“It is always a treat to read a Nero Wolfe mystery. The man has entered our folklore.”—The New York Times Book Review
A grand master of the form, Rex Stout is one of America’s greatest mystery writers, and his literary creation Nero Wolfe is one of the greatest fictional detectives of all time. Together, Stout and Wolfe have entertained—and puzzled—millions of mystery fans around the world. Now, with his perambulatory man-about-town, Archie Goodwin, the arrogant, gourmandizing, sedentary sleuth is back in the original seventy-three cases of crime and detection written by the inimitable master himself, Rex Stout.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780553277807
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 06/28/1995
Series: Nero Wolfe Series , #22
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 196,367
Product dimensions: 4.18(w) x 6.86(h) x 0.52(d)

About the Author

Rex Stout (1886–1975) wrote dozens of short stories, novellas, and full-length mystery novels, most featuring his two indelible characters, the peerless detective Nero Wolfe and his handy sidekick, Archie Goodwin.

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The Golden Spiders (Nero Wolfe Series) 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 19 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The entire Wolfe/Goodwin canon is good. Some of it is exceptionally good; including, this one.
TomSt More than 1 year ago
I love all the Nero Wolfe novels by Rex Stout, but I re-read this one with a little sadness. A young boy dies and no one but his mother seems to care, and she will spend the rest of her life without him. And when she's gone, no one will remember he existed. But the book itself is one of Stout's best, which I would say about all of his works. I re-read these novels or listen to the audiobooks about once a year, and reading the new introductions by many other authors makes them even better. I recommend not only buying this novel, but all of Rex Stout's Nero Wolfe novels.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A kid gets killed by a hit-and-run driver. He had talked to Nero Wolfe a couple of days before. This opens up an investigation that leads to something huge. Also we get to see Archie, Fred, Saul and Orrie as the men of action that we know they are, but rarely see. One of my top Wolfe novels.
ostrom on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
One of my favorites by Stout. It has more pathos than many of the others.
MrsLee on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Another one of my favorites, I like the idea of hunting down a lady with golden spider earrings and avenging a young boy.
christiguc on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Rex Stout's Nero Wolfe books are told in the distinctive voice of Archie Goodwin, Nero Wolfe's leg-man. Nero Wolfe is a rotund genius private investigator who doesn't leave his house unless absolutely necessary. He insists on good meals (with no discussion of work), uninterrupted time with his orchids (four hours a day), and a good night's rest. In contrast, Archie is a good sport with a wonderfully sarcastic sense of humor and is game for most anything.In this story, a young boy comes to Wolfe's home with a business proposition. The boy works a street corner, earning money by cleaning windshields of cars stopped at a traffic light. That evening, the boy had started working on a car when the woman driving the car turns to him and expressly mouths "help, call the police." The man sitting beside the woman notices the boy's expression, and the car quickly drives off. The boy remembers the license plate number and a description of the woman driver who wore gold spider earrings. The next day, before Wolfe can identify the car, the boy is intentionally run over by the same car. Because Wolfe feels an obligation to the boy, he makes a quick stab at identifying the mystery woman. The woman he locates hints at a problem she has, pays Wolfe a retainer, and promises to come back the next day to go into details. The next morning, she is found dead--run over by a car. For Wolfe, the situation is insufferable: he has a reputation to maintain and can't have people hiring him and then getting killed. Plus he has the money the woman paid him for a retainer that he has to feel he has earned. He is committed to investigate.Stout's books are a joy to read. Archie's playful, positive tone keeps the whole narrative at a jovial ramble. Also, each book is short enough to be swallowed in one gulp. The mysteries aren't very complex, and the format is very formulaic, with the case being resolved in Wolfe's recitation in his study in front of all the suspects and the police. The joy is in the characters, and the mystery is just enough to keep the plot going. When I'm finished reading, I don't feel as if I've engaged my mind in solving a mystery like in some mystery books, but I do feel like I've just finished a light-hearted banter with a friend.
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1st in the seris I bought
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Guest More than 1 year ago
One of Rex Stout's more clever stories, skillfully narrated by Michael Pritchard. The real humor and character of Archie Goodwin appears through this edition.
Guest More than 1 year ago
One of the classic Nero Wolfe books. The murder of a 12 year old boy that Archie asks to dinner prompts Wolfe to accept a $10,000 fee to investigate for a woman that ends up dead. A crowd of suspects, and you'll never guess which one!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My bros name is rex LOL XD !!!!!!