Death On Deadline: A Nero Wolfe Mystery (Thorndike Press Large Print Basic Series)
ISBN: 0553051938
EAN13: 9780553051933
Language: English
Pages: 185
Dimensions: 0.9" H x 8.3" L x 5.7" W
Weight: 0.65 lbs.
Format: Hardcover
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To save his favorite newspaper, Nero Wolfe steps into the crossfire of a tabloid war.
Master sleuth Nero Wolfe's small circle of friends is limited to his assistant, Archie Goodwin; his chef, Fritz; and Lon Cohen, the head man at the New York Gazette. Cohen knows more about the city's power structure than any man in Manhattan, and for years, he happily passed Wolfe information in return for the odd exclusive scoop. But now Cohen needs Wolfe's help, for the Gazette is ailing and the vultures have begun to circle. Scottish newspaper magnate Ian MacLaren plans to gut the paper and turn it into a sex-filled conservative rag. Standing in his way is the company's chief shareholder, Gazette heir Harriet Haverhill. But when the aged Ms. Haverhill dies in an apparent suicide, no one remains to resist the Scot's advances except Wolfe. MacLaren may be fierce, but when the cause is just, Nero Wolfe knows how to play dirty too.

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   An Embarrassment for Rex Stout and Nero Wolfe
Nero Wolfe became a mouthpiece for the Democrat Party. Robert Goldsborough has created a predictable plot, one- dimensional characters, and stereotyped dialogue by co- opting a dead man's icon as a platform for airing his own biases. The tired plot device of a disgruntled ex- wife and the inane content of Wolfe's Times ad were an embarrassment to the legacy of a great writer. I slogged through to the end because I couldn't believe a writer would make a villain so obvious. The book was not up to par.
 
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   Not his best
I' ve always been a fan of Goldsborough's writing but I think this isn't his best. The middle of the book dragged with too much time spent on scheduling the various interviews and none of which added to the narrative or suspense, I have two criticisms. I thought that he telegraphed the outcome too much, allowing me to guess the murderer fairly early, something I was almost never able to do with Stout's writings. It's unfair to criticize Mr Goldsborough for not being as talented as Rex Stout. It's still an enjoyable read.
 
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   Newspaper Takeover!
After two false starts, I am finally getting around to reading this book. After reading all the books in the Nero Wolfe series, I decided to move on to Robert Goldsborough's continuation. Nero is determined to stop the character who wants to take over Lon's Gazette. You don't get a lot of information about the newspaper business, but it's still a great read with great characters. As Nero would say, the ending was satisfactory.
 
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   A Lot to Magnify
It's fair. It is flat. It is fragrant. Archie says, " Wolfe sat at the table by the window, barefoot and looking even larger than he usually does in the office, probably because the yellow dressing gown and the yellow silk pajamas under it seem to amplify his size, and that's a lot to amplify." Robert Goldsborough's attempt to continue the Nero Wolfe stories is a daunting challenge, as Rex Stout's talent in creating such interesting, nuanced Nero Wolfe stories is also a lot to magnify. I found this entry satisfactory even though I didn't think it was as strong as the first one. The characters in the book are flatter. Sometimes they seem like bigots because of the lack of nuance. He doesn't like evangelists. The first two books are close enough to the originals that I will enjoy them.
 
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   Took a disappointing slant
I read the entire Nero Wolfe series. Wolfe's politics were not discussed. It was possible to guess what direction Wolfe was going, but it was not immediately clear. The book says it right away. The story did not need to go in a certain direction. When I discovered this series, I was hopeful but it has left me with a bad taste. The mystery set out has lost its flavor. I will finish this book, but it will be the last one I buy and read from this writter.
 
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   OK but not great
I was a huge fan of Nero Wolfe. I own most of his books, as well as a few on the e- book platform. I was happy to see someone continuing the series. The first few by Goldsborough were pretty good. This one is ok, but not great.
 
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   Not bad, but not his best
This didn't quite work as well as some of his other books, but Goldsborough is not bad in replicating the Nero Wolfe world. It was possible to strain on the characters a bit. If you can't see the acting, then it's not good acting. The acting can be seen in the book. If you suspend the critical reader's ear, it's a fun read.
 
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