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Archie Goodwin goes undercover on the waterfront in a new mystery by the author who “does a masterly job with the Wolfe legacy” (Booklist).

Archie Goodwin is not overly fond of Theodore Horstmann, who takes care of the orchids on the rooftop of Nero Wolfe’s West 35th Street brownstone. But as loyal assistant to the legendary private detective, Archie will put his animosity aside when the surly orchid-keeper stumbles through the front door beaten within an inch of his life.

While the gardener lies in a coma, Nero sends Archie to poke around his apartment near the river. The place is neatly kept, if not quite as elegant as the brownstone, but across the street on 10th Avenue, Archie quickly discovers the longshoremen’s watering hole in whose back room Horstmann has been playing a lot of bridge lately. The smoky tavern is packed with tough dockworkers and recent European immigrants, and Archie does his best to blend in, filling the victim’s empty seat in his running card game, as he attempts to learn what sort of shady business might have led to attempted murder. But when one of his new bridge partners is killed, Archie finds himself caught up in something much bigger than a bar fight....

©2021 Robert Goldsborough (P)2021 Blackstone Publishing

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Poorly done Nero Wolfe!

Robert Goldsborough should have read more of Rex Stout. The mystery was good but the characters didn’t meet the standards. L. J. Gander could have improved the writing in his reading but he did not have a good understanding of Archie’s personality. He just read it rather than play the character. Mr. Ganser has a good voice so it was his performance that was lacking. As I said, it was poorly done!

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My first Audible Reading

Disappointed in the interpretation by the reader. The most egregious parts were the poorly read female parts, resembling an inexperienced drag queen miming a vaudeville actress.
Lily never ‘simpered’ in the Wolfe novels.

His most successful readings were of a male Irish voice, with a convincing, light brogue.

I have adored reading every single Wolfe story over many years. This will be the last time to agonize through one filtered through Audible.

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No Rex Stout!

I have listened to all the Rex Stout audible books and read many others, and he is one of my favorite authors. I had seen a few Nero Wolfe books by other authors and decided to give them a try. This one was pretty bad. This author does not get Rex Stouts style and does not understand the characters. He gets the names correctly, but the underlying spirit in the brownstone is significantly misses the mark. I have only given this author one chance, and maybe, someday, I will give him another chance but it will be a good long time. The narration was good, but far from saving this book. If you are a Nero Wolfe fan, give Archie Goodwin's Office a chance - not great, but solid.

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  • 02-07-22

ok story, very disappointing end

Terrible Sherlock-Poirot rip-off. Engaging story but the 'reveal' was so badly written. The reveal contained no evidence, just 'an outline' and it's 'up to the police to figure out' the proof - sorry Nero, you're no Sherlock or Poirot, they actually presented evidence that justified their arrogance.

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  • Blossominoz
  • 03-06-22

Not for Crime Buffs

Definitely do not recommend for lovers of crime. The story line is weak. More about orchids and food than murder and crime. Editing is poor when the narrator leaves a message for the proofreader at the end of a chapter. It was a pleasant enough listen, but very disappointing.