When a loudmouthed author gets silenced, Wolfe looks for the triggerman
The gun was fired close to Charles Childress’s head, and his were the only fingerprints on it, forcing the police to conclude that the author committed suicide. But his friends know this is impossible, because Childress loved himself far too much. He had just begun attracting fame, writing new mysteries starring the iconic Sergeant Barnstable, and he had bright hopes for the future. His publisher hires corpulent genius Nero Wolfe to determine who cut Childress’s career short, and the detective finds no dearth of suspects. Among the many who may have wanted the wordsmith whacked are his agent, his editor, a corrupt book reviewer, and an enraged legion of Barnstable devotees. With the help of his indefatigable assistant, Archie Goodwin, Wolfe takes a look at those closest to the arrogant, argumentative author, hoping to decide which of Childress’s associates merely hated him, and which would have been willing to kill.
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Both the book and narrator are severely lacking, but the narration especially irked me. The narrator's choices for voices/accents for the characters are irritating. One example: the narrator apparently thinks that Fritz, a Swiss, should be read with a bad Spanish accent. So painful to listen to.
Goldsborough has the characters completely. Not enough Cramer.
Less antagonistic interaction with Cramer
Not a follow-up but more in the series
Goldsborough is growing and becoming more Stout like.
- Ronald B. Ballard