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Fer de Lance

Rex Stout ï 8 Free ead

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glad I t start with it since it was at least 13 too long The other stories I ve listened to didn t seem nearly as bloated Still it was a good mystery I eally liked the way Stout made it feel as if it was in the middle of the series Archie has worked for Wolfe for 7 years many other details added to the feelOne downside to this was that although I downloaded it from the library as electronic files I was continually instructed to flip the cassette continue on the other side or go to the next one Seriously They couldn t spend a few minutes editing that the duplicated lines out That s just cheap I consider this series to be a US answer to British famous detectives Sherlock Holmes and Hercule Poirot When it comes to detective fiction the personality of the character doing the detection can make or break a book or a series I am happy to say the personalities of the series two main characters made them stand as euals among the greatest fictional detectives including the ones I mentioned For the people unfamiliar with the series the two main characters are Nero Wolfe a Yugoslavian immigrant and his secretarybodyguardsidekick Archie Goodwin who is as American as they come Nero Wolfe is fat one of the book mentions he weights one seventh of a ton and lazy who often has to be forced into taking a job by Archie Goodwin using different persuasion methods He almost never leaves his home certainly not for business and loves growing orchids "He also happened to be a genius at solving crimes Archie Goodwin does almost all the legwork and initial interrogation of "also happened to be a genius at solving crimes Archie Goodwin does almost all the legwork and initial interrogation of witnesses He is also charged with bringing the witnesses to Wolfe s home to be interrogated by the great detective himself Archie is all about action and he is just the ight guy to counterbalance Wolfe s laziness He is never afraid of a fight and his wisecracking Wolfgang really makes the series shine This book takes place during Great Depression An operative Wolfe uses sometimes brought a woman of an Italian origin who wants Wolfe s help in locating her missing brother The detective had to take the case as a personal favor but as it turns out the case is much bigger then it was seen initially soon Wolfe and Goodwin had to fight off dangers to their own lives I wholeheartedlyecommend the series to anybody who wants to Publishing Women: Salons, the Presses, and the Counter-Reformation in Sixteenth-Century Italy read a mystery with uirky characters Usually the first book of a big mystery series is a little slow because it needs to establish characters theirelationships etc in this case you jump straight into the action This Wurr 3 (Wurr review is a copypaste of my BookLikes one 375 We have to start with the indisputable fact this book was written in 1934 Depression era United States If you like me are a fan of that era s black and white mystery movies andadio serials you know exactly what you are in for This is a very typical example of the times Think Holmes and Dr Watson but in New York Also our Holmes Nero Wolf is a very heavy mostly homebound eccentric gentleman who has a passion for Lilies and our Watson Archie is not a doctor at all gentleman who has a passion for Lilies and our Watson Archie is not a doctor at all a scrappy young man who is the uintessential American of his time brash brassy and despite his humble circumstances able to feel like a conseuential person with good self esteem and always up for a challenge Archie is the eyes and legs for Wolf doing all of the field work and gathering evidence while Nero is the brains of the operation They seem to have figured out how to work in perfect harmony and we are introduced to them when a lady from Italian descent comes to them and ask for help to locate her brother Nero takes the case and soon discovers it is complicated than it looks I Кракатит read the book with some friends and I was not surprised that some of the socially acceptable jargon of the time and some of the s were off putting to some of them I totally understand and agree that this casual bigotry toward Italians or those of Latin origins is not acceptable now nor was it ever OK But I didn t feel like the author promoted the attitude and also I think it is easy for us to judge from our position in 2020 while for him it was not an affectation but the time he lived in No matter how much we wish things in history could have been the way we wish them to have been they were what they were Overall I didn t find it offensive personally but just a heads up I had funeading it and some of the choices the author took were totally different from what I thought would happen in my head so this made me excited to ead even of the series Looking forward to it I m givin this sucka three stars seeee Ya wanna make somethin of it tough guyYeah that. E Goodwin knows he's getting dreadfully close to solving the devilishly clever murders of an immigrant and a college president As for Wolfe he's playing. ,
Okay Yes So I should have loved this book I eally should have Only I Didn T I didn t my ating might or might not indicate I should have loved this book because I m a slightly very huge fan of books and movies from the 1930s and 1940s And I should have loved this book because I m a slightly very huge fan of classic mysteries But I didn t and I didn t so I didn tFer de Lance wasn t too bad at first Somewhat sleep inducing and with a pace that would please a lethargic barnacle but well you know not too bad and stuff Then the mystery kicked in the story picked up speed and stuff started getting moderately interesting And that s when the acist crap kicked in view spoiler Pretty much yeah hide spoiler The mystery itself is solid but this lumbers along at a slow pace and has pages than are probably needed to tell this story so that took some of the enjoyment out of it for me This is my first Nero Wolfe novel and Nero s character is not fully understandable to me based on just eading this novel I understand he is a obese genius but I am not sure if he is just lazy Ivy Vines Visions refusing to ever leave his home and making Archie do all the legwork or if he has a mental disorder that leaves him incapable of leaving his house Nero had aelapse and stays in his Mein Plan zur Rettung der unsichtbaren Freundin von nebenan room eating for a weekend but what theelapse is from is never explained Everyone says the series gets better and Stout s timing and pace improves as the series progresses so later I will try another one I was a bit let down given the popularity of the Nero Wolfe series Well written well crafted mystery I don t want to spend one minute with Archie the narrator If the story was told in the third person I d probably Home: The Story of Everyone Who Ever Lived in Our House read a few over the years As it is the 1930 s slang of a less educated sidekick was not an appealing place to live for the week or so it took me toead this Back with a couple of old friends I may not Chicken Licken remember which of the Nero Wolfe mysteries Iead mumble around thirty five years ago but I emember Archie s cheeky insouciance and Nero s eccentricities There is eal affection in their Mindfulness for Black Dogs Blue Days: Finding a Path Through Depression relationship He always thought he had a handkerchief in the breast pocket of his coat butarely did so I went to the drawer where I Entertaining but Slightly Unbelievable MysteryCrime NovelMaybe it has to do with the year the book takes place 1933But let s just say that certain things that happened in the book I won t Koshka's Tales: Stories from Russia reveal them because they are spoilers would not have been possible todayMaybe they were in 1933After all Prohibition had just beenepealed so the atmosphere was kind of The Deadly Art of Love and Murder rough andeady I also found it slightly mind blowing that the author flat out tells us who the murderer is half way through the book I m not sure why he did that It took a little bit of the wind out of the sails Not much but a littleStill the cast of characters is fascinating and the novel is full of action and humorThe two main characters of course are Nero Wolfe and Archie Goodwin the narratorWolfe is an obese alcoholic He is moody lazy and self indulgent His cook Fritz and his assistant Archie take care of all of his needs He efuses to diverge from his iron clad outines The London Marathon rise at 8 take care of his orchids from 4 to 6 every day etc for anyeason He is so fat and lazy that he RSPB Pocket Garden Birdwatch rarely leaves his house He is arrogant Archie describes him as being elegant with women nevertheless He is also a genius at solving crimes He has great instincts He lives in a brownstone on Thirty Fifth Street in New York City Archie Goodwin is Wolfe s assistant and his opposite in everyespect He is a man of action He is tough He is elatively uneducated He enjoys going here and there and being out in the world He goes out and interviews suspects and collects facts for Nero Archie is much younger than Wolfe and he is a ladies man He drinks milk and wisecracks a mile a minutePeter Barstow a well to do college President dies of an apparent heart attack on the golf course in Westchester County where he has a country homeCarlo Maffei an Italian metal artisan disappears Maria his sister contacts Nero Wolfe as she is concerned about the fate of her brotherview spoilerAre the two deaths connected in any way Wolfe thinks so He asks the Westchester District Attorney to bet him 10000 about exactly what he will find when Barstow s body is exhumed and autopsied This is an indirect way of asking the DA to pay Wolfe for his assistance on the case In today s climate of intense scrutiny of public officials Wolfe never would have gotten away with this But in 1933 perhaps it was ok hide spoiler Generally I bump up the first book in a good series by 1 star but I As any herpetologist will tell you the fer de lance is among the most dreaded snakes known to man When someone makes a present of one to Nero Wolfe Archi. S what I thoughtActually Fre de Lance by Rex Stout is cerebral than tough guy as far as detective fiction goes Oh sure there s some strong arm scenes and a line like Don t try no funny stuff ya got me pal y wouldn t be out of place here However as many of those kinds of phrases as you find you ll discover just as many classical allusions and erudite uote ables This is due to the eccentric genius Nero Wolfe who owns and operates the detective agency the eccentric genius Nero Wolfe who owns and operates the detective agency s Sherlock smart and never shies away from letting others know itHowever Nero is too corpulent and immobile to be the true hero of the story That mantle ests upon the able shoulders of egular all around good guy Archie Goodwin the man on the street the guy who gets the job done Archie narrates the story and his witty one liners and occasional snark are a great joy to ead One of the early ones in the detective genre Fer de Lance leaves the eader guessing who killed who and why Very solid ed herrings and perplexing twists abound This book will satiate the mystery loverSo then why only three stars Well as one of the longer books in the Wolfe series Fer de Lance lumbers along at a slower pace than necessary adding pages than are probably needed to tell this tale But hey this was back when Stout was just starting out and it s common for new writers to go on too long Plus this being one of the early detective stories he was busy inventing the bebop beat and double time swinging pace that hardboiled detective fiction would eventually be known for Definitely worth giving it a shot American answer to Golden Age British mysteries Fer de Lance shows why I think American crime fiction is inherently better than their British counterparts They have got a certain flamboyance and style that the English lack Their prose and characters are usually interesting though the Brits probably do plots better Stout combines the tropes of golden age detective stories genius crime solver idiculous methods of murder with the hard boiled archetypes smart Alec narrator that had started to Confessions of a Freelance Penmonkey redefine the crime fiction landscape while he wrote thisNero Wolfe is a morbidly obese lazy elouent moody genius and can drink up to six uarts of beer 1 uart 950 ml a day He has bouts with depression and is a bit misanthropic who can be charming if it gets him what he wants I am fat lazy eccentric intelligent can drink up to four uarts of beer a day feel the blues every now and then don teally care a lot about social niceties but can be interesting company if I feel like it So I can be Nero Wolfe if I continue developing at my present ate I know that if I was born in a country where writing crime fiction in English could be a viable career I would have taken a stab at that But this is the first book that made me feel I could have also tried my luck at playing detective Putting self depreciating humor myriad frustrations at not making it either as a detective or detective fiction writer aside Wolfe is good He is uirky and uotable Stout actually captures the voice of a slightly loony genius you can T Be Sure If He Is Mocking You Or Deadly be sure if he is mocking you or deadly when he pronounces gems such as The destruction of money is the only authentic sacrilege left us to abhorIf Wolfe was the narrator I would ecommend the series a lot wholeheartedly Though in Stout s defense Wolfe would not be as entertaining if he had to be carry the whole book But the narration and legwork is being done by his man Friday Archie Goodwin Goodwin is working class less suave and unfortunately a bit corny when Buying the Night Flight: The Autobiography of a Woman Foreign Correspondent (Updated Edition) read hundred years later after he was created He is theegurgitation of every hard boiled cliche bad ass fast talking womanizer and the est Stout makes the two voices feel completely distinct but Goodwin drags I developed a tendency to ush through his parts ominous signs when I just started the seriesThe mystery is mediocre A metal worker is missing and it is soon evident that he made a murderous contraption used to kill a seemingly universally loved educator The murderer is Adam und Eva im Paradies. Für die fröhlichen Nachkommen aufgezeichnet revealed too soon with too little effort expended The title spoils too much and the book is way too long 13d of the book can probably be dropped it would have worked better as a novella I loved Wolfe so I might be back however the overall esult is pretty mixed so it won t be a priority Rating 35More Wolfe uotes Remember that those of us who are both civilized and prudent commit our murders only under the complicated ules which permit us to avoid personal esponsibility The advantage of being a pessimist a pessimist gets nothing but pleasant surprises an optimist nothing but unpleasant. Snake charmer in a case with twists than an anaconda whistling a seductive tune he hopes will catch a killer who's still got poison in his heart back cov. ,

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