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The Last Coincidence (Rex Stout's Nero Wolfe) Hardcover – November 1, 1989


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 183 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam (November 1, 1989)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0553053833
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553053838
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.5 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #813,659 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Fans of that fat genius, Nero Wolfe, and his indomitable sidekick, Archie Goodwin, will be gratified by this stylish revival. The mystery begins with a plea for help from Archie's longtime pal, Lilly Rowan. Noreen James, Lilly's niece, has been attacked by a vicious roisterer named Sparky Linville. But before Archie can intervene, Sparky is murdered, and Noreen's brother Michael confesses to the deed. The cops think this closes the case. Noreen isn't satisfied, however, and she hires Wolfe to clear her brother. This mostly credible renaissance has a few glitches, notably those having to do with Goldsborough's attempts to bring the 35th Street duo into the 1980s. It's jarring to find Archie updating the orchid germination records on a PC instead of the old Remington. It would have been better to stick to period, as Ed McBain has done with his ageless 87th Precinct cops. Still, this rates a Wolfean "satisfactory,"--meaning, a job very well done.
Copyright 1989 Reed Business Information, Inc.

Customer Reviews

Robert Goldsborough's continuations of Rex Stout's books are great.
Gerelyn Hollingsworth
It falls in the bottom third of the canon... but it is certainly much better than no book and better than the average mystery..
D. Craven
This Archie is reduced to a niggling irritant, no longer clever, just a pop off.
Commenter77

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Commenter77 on August 8, 2012
Format: Mass Market Paperback
After being really put off by the second book's handling of Wolfe and Archie, I determined to soldier on, hoping for an upswing. I was happy to find that Wolfe got more on track, but not so with Archie. The plots and storylines are not a problem, some very good, but when you mess with a beloved character whose presence and input are central, nothing salvages it. Goldsborough's appreciable effort is ruined with his diminished Archie, and that's a huge deal. Archie is the narrator and action man and my favorite. He is really, really off in these books, losing depth, maturity, professionalism, personality and just plain class. The real Archie is a prince of a guy, energized, multi-talented, responsible, resilient, resourceful, very personable, good company and more. Goldsborough's version removes several dimensions from Archie, making him a small personality.

There are incidents Archie never would have been part of, things he never would have said. To mention a couple: In "Deadline," toward the beginning Archie gives Fritz a sharp reproof, causing him to blush red. Never. Wouldn't happen. In "Coincidence," Archie fails to think out his strategy, challenges a punk on the street, blusters around and gets run off by a security guard. Uh uh. No way - no how. Certainly not at this stage of his career. I experienced tenseness and distaste reading his interactions with Wolfe especially, bracing for what this author's stultified rendition is going to do or say next. Wolfe would not have tolerated Goldsborough's Archie.

The Wolfe-won't-work thing is played ad nauseum in these versions, and Archie's cheesy way of goading him becomes a thoroughly tiresome mainstay.
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13 of 17 people found the following review helpful By April A. Zalat on February 4, 2006
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Having read all of Rex Stout's Nero Wolfe books - many, many times over, I felt tempted to try a Robert Goldsborough Nero Wolfe mystery. I've never been happy with new authors who've tried to continue writing in the vein of the original author because of losing the original characters' personalities and realism, different writing and plot styles. This was not the case here! What a pleasant surprise! Goldsborough has obviously read Stout's Wolfe books and did a lot of research. He maintained Archie's and Nero Wolfe's personalities and styles of speech, as well as those of Lily Rowan, Fritz, Cramer, Stebbins, etc. Well-thought-out plot, and quite a tricky one. Probably the most difficult to deal with of all of Wolfe's clients. By the time I finished the book, I was more aware of the story and my favorite characters than the identity of the author. True, there can never be another Rex Stout, and there are naturally some very nebulous differences, but not enough to be bothersome or detract from the story. I look forward to the new source of Nero Wolfe reads from Goldborough - hats off to him! If you're a dyed-in-wool Wolfe fan, I think you'll be very pleasantly surprised!
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The story intrigues and leads in multiple directions, similar to ones by Stout himself. One disappointment is what I call the surprise factor in solving the crime, a character little dealt with who turns out to be guilty. But, then again, it is worth the read to enjoy Nero and Archie characters after having read all of Stout's work.
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Thank heavens for Robert Goldsborough! Just as I was contemplating yet another read through of all of Rex Stout's
Nero Wolfe series - for the fourth or fifth time over the years - I discovered this writer who is so close to Rex Stout's
style and characterization, I hardly noticed the difference - this one hinges on, well, too many coincidences -
I am not going to tell you the plot - that's for you to discover!
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By Amazon Customer on December 29, 2013
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I managed to overlook the fact that Wolfe and Archie are in a setting much more modern than Stout's New York with Archie using a PC and a passerby wearing headphones. Wolfe is even reading Hawkins which puts it in the late 80s at least. If the story had been good, it would have been interesting to are Archie in this modern environment. Wolfe of course remains exactly the same. The disappointment came with the solution to the mystery. I suppose it's possible, but it seemed fairly forced. All in all, not up to Goldsborough's standards much less Stout standards.
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... and Robert Goldsborough does a great job of writing in the style of, and with the same feel as Rex Stout. I hope that he writes many more. Nero Wolfe and Archie Goodwin are such terrific characters!
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9 of 14 people found the following review helpful By J. Carroll VINE VOICE on October 5, 2000
Format: Hardcover
A playboy is murdered after committing a heinous act. If an innocent man hadn't confessed there would be no reason to solve the case. This is the most flawed of the Goldsborough Wolfe series I have read. Archie approaches a situation with no real plan and becomes a temporary red herring. Along with murder, which is the usual fare in these mysteries, another crime which sets the chain of events in motion seems out of place in a Wolfe mystery. Finally there is a murderer whose motive better fits a cop show on television. This book just does not match up well to the Nero Wolfe legacy and it really stands out as something that only gets published because Nero Wolfe is on the cover.
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