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Title:
Fade to black
Author:
Goldsborough, Robert.
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Publication Information:
New York : Bantam Books, [1990]

©1990
General Note:
"A Nero Wolfe mystery."
Language:
English
ISBN:
9780553070606
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Book

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Booklist Review

In the age of high fiber and power walking, it's a relief to spend time with Nero Wolfe: no leaving the beloved brownstone; beer pretty much round the clock; Archie to order around; orchids to dote over; meals that would lay a lesser man low. Of course, the odd case has to be taken on to pay for the meals, the beer, the orchids, and, since this is the 1990s, the computer that records the plants' germination records. In Goldsborough's last reconditioned Wolfe affair, date rape was prominent. Another modern disease appears here: industrial espionage. When two ads for rival soft drinks appear remarkably similar, the cranky beverage magnate from one of the companies isn't amused. And when a key player representing one of the ad agencies involved turns up dead, Wolfe takes the case. Goldsborough continues to drag the famous portly detective kicking and screaming into the present day, with new-fangled crimes elegantly applied to the trusty Rex Stout formula--set pieces full of furious wit leading to the classic confrontation in Wolfe's office, all delivered with verve and unerring respect for the form. In this case, the extremely rotund form. --Peter Robertson


Publisher's Weekly Review

Rex Stout's Nero Wolfe is arguably one of the two or three most beloved detectives in fiction, and this fifth volume of Goldsborough's authorized re-creations of the series hero provides yet another opportunity for purists to argue whether he has captured the spirit or merely the form of the originals. This flat and not very mysterious tale will probably support the latter argument. Wolfe and wisecracking Archie Goodwin are hired to find out who is leaking a small advertising agency's secrets to a large and powerful competitor. As is often the case, Wolfe is not terribly interested in the proceedings, not even when the investigation widens to include the murder of a young executive who apparently knew the truth--and he must be constantly cajoled by Archie to keep things moving. All the set pieces involving Wolfe's many idiosyncrasies, the various meals served at his West 35th Street brownstone and irate visits by the irascible Inspector Cramer seem forced, rather than familiar and comfortable, and the classic final gathering of all involved lacks drama and suspense. This one is strictly for fans who can't get enough of the fat man. (Oct.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved