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Publisher's Summary

It's 1978. Nero Wolfe, New York's 300-pound epicurean genius detective, has been dead for two years, leaving Archie holding the brownstone. In a post-Wolfe dystopia with a sense of humor, Archie, Saul, Fritz, and Cramer find themselves in the crosshairs of a worldwide criminal cartel. 

In America, it's a time of change: Vietnam, Watergate, free love, smallpox, the reserve clause, and cheap oil are all history. People are changing names, changing jobs, and changing sides. Aided and abetted by Roy Cohn, Richard Wragg, Dorothy Bruce, the Army, FBI, CIA, and the Dutch police, will Saul and Archie live up to Wolfe's legacy? 

Archie Goodwin's Office, Nero Wolfe Speaking is rife with answers and, sometimes, more questions. Did Wolfe really die of natural causes? How will Archie function in a world of hippies, goths, disco, the women's movement, and word processors?

©2021 Ayrshire House Publishing (P)2021 Ayrshire House Publishing

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Good enough for me...

I have listened to all the Rex Stout audible books and read most of the rest, and he is one of my favorite authors. I had seen a few Nero Wolfe books by other authors and decided to give a few of them a try. This one is the only one I liked. It caught the spirit of Rex Stouts writing and the characters. This novel is set in 1978 after Nero Wolfe has died, and is narrated by Archie as he teams with Saul to start their own agency. This is certainly is not as good as even an average Rex Stout Nero Wolfe, but it was MUCH better than the other knock offs and I enjoyed the whole thing. I would certainly give this author another try if another Nero Wolfe book appears.

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Where’s the mystery?

Although I enjoyed hearing about the lives of the characters in the post-Nero world, the author focused on my least favorite books in the original series, and the actual detective work described was pretty ho-hum. And they lived happily ever after…

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Warning!! Spoilers!! Let me just say from the beginning, I really enjoyed this story. It kind of drew me in without my even realizing I was 1/4 through the story. The narration reminded me of Jack Webb narrating Dragnet stories. I was a little sad about the changes in relationships, but everyone grows and changes, even Archie & Lily. I’m glad Fritz was able to find someone and Saul was able to move on and start a new life with a new love.

The storyline was easy to follow and get lost in. So many times I found myself thinking about how this new telling would fit into the real world events of the 1970’s.

I’ll be on the lookout for more of Sandy Lerner’s Archie Goodwin adventures.

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Wordy Wordy Wordy Wordy Wordy Wordy Wordy Wordy Wordy Wordy Wordy Wordy Wordy Nero liked to show off his vocabulary, not Archie.

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Enjoyable, but ...

An interesting story, but, when it comes to Nero Wolfe books, there was only one Red Stout.

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I wish I would’ve purchased a paper copy of this book ….. so I could throw it in the nearest river.

It’s a mess … a sloppy attempt to name drop every character mentioned in every Nero Wolfe story or novel. Terrible pacing. No mystery. No real payoff. The last fifteen minutes (literally) is a ham handed attempt to introduce gender roles and dynamics as motivation.

It feels like an unedited rough draft.

I regret wasting a credit on it.

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Excellent - start to finish!

I, like many, have secretly loved Archie for decades. Thank you for wrapping up his life post-Nero Wolfe. I was sad to see that Lily wasn't one of the family anymore but his choice for marriage was satisfactory.