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The Golden Spiders (Nero Wolfe) Mass Market Paperback – June 1, 1995
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"It is always a treat to [hear] a Nero Wolfe mystery. The man has entered our folklore." -- The New York Times Book Review
"Prichard's hefty voice and condescending tone are perfect for Nero Wolfe, the neurotic orchid-growing gourmand and detective who weigh nearly 300 pounds and never leaves the house...The '50s-era mystery...is worth the six-hour commitment...The listener has the pleasure of trying to sort the red herrings from the real clues. Wolfe's eccentricities and Goodwin's ironic observations lend humor to the otherwise dark and serious tale." -- The San Diego Union-Tribune, October 19, 1997 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
About the Author
Rex Stout (1886–1975) wrote dozens of short stories, novellas, and full-length mystery novels, most featuring his two indelible characters, the peerless detective Nero Wolfe and his handy sidekick, Archie Goodwin.
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Any lovers of Ellery Queen reading this...all I can say is...where the hell is your head?
I purchased this book to see how close Timothy Hutton's A&E television version of the story was to Rex Stout's original. I have never been a big Rex Stout reader, but I loved the A&E series, and so a renewed interest in the original novels was awakened.
For the most part, the series is very faithful to the text of the novel, and the atmosphere of the two versions is exactly the same. I don't see how any other electronic media version of Nero Wolfe could have captured his personality any better, nor of the unique interaction between him and the other characters, especially Archie Goodwin. The book is foreboding in some parts and light hearted in others, just like the TV series.
There are a couple of differences worth mentioning, however.
In the book, the initial dialogue between Wolfe and the boy Pete is much longer than in the TV version. I have the feeling that the complete dialogue was originally produced, and then had to be edited to make the overall product fit into the time constraints imposed by TV. That is unfortunate, because a viewer unaware of Wolfe's advice to young Pete cannot appreciate the irony of Archie's later words, 'it's not so much that you earn the money, but that you feel like you've earned the money.'
The ending is also different. Timothy Hutton's is much less hard-boiled than Rex Stout's original. I guess I am a softie at heart, but I like Hutton's better.
I don't have to recommend this book to Rex Stout faithfuls - they know it already. But if you are a new Stout reader like me, I'd recommend it as a good book to start to experience the world of Nero Wolfe.