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Some Buried Caesar (Nero Wolfe) Mass Market Paperback – February 1, 1990
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It has been years since the orchid-growing eccentric Nero Wolfe has been outside his beloved home. This novel finds him in upstate New York with Archie Goodwin where he must endure poor food, uncomfortable chairs, warm beer, and three dead bodies. A family feud over the fate of a prize bull (send him to a stud farm or a steak house) plus tacky publicity stunts and blackmail all fit into the situation, told from Archie's point of view. Michael Prichard's reading is clear and adds to the atmosphere and overall enjoyment of the story. Recommended.?Denise A. Garofalo, Mid-Hudson Lib. System, Poughkeepsie, NY
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
"It is always a treat to [hear] a Nero Wolfe mystery. The man has entered our folklore." -- The New York Times Book Review
"Nero Wolfe, the fat detective of Rex Stout's novels, towers over his rivals...he is an exceptional character creation." -- The New Yorker
"Rex Stout...raised detective fiction to the level of art. He gave us genius of at least two kinds, and a strong realist voice that was shot through with hope." -- Walter Mosley --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Nero Wolfe, who hates to leave the comforts of home, has ventured into upstate New York, to exhibit his orchids at the state fair. As they are on their way to the town where they will be staying, a tire blows on the car and it ends up in a ditch. When they start across a field to get to a house where they can phone for a tow truck, they encounter a bull, who basically chases Archie to the fence and over it in a very sloppy manner, all while being observed by Lily Rowan.
The bull is one of the main characters in the story, because he's a champion bull who's going to be barbecued in a few days as a publicity stunt. As the plot unfolds, you are given lifelong feuds between two men and their families, a Romeo and Juliet style romance, the mystery behind two deaths and a cast of characters that make it fun to read. I'm not the type of person who likes to try and guess "whodunit". I prefer to let the story reveal the killer and the motivations. The sign of a good detective book for me is one that provides surprises along the way, and a not-too-obvious solution to the mystery. Some Buried Caesar does all of this.
Pratt himself offers Wolfe a room for the night, and explains his reason for the security around Caesar - he plans to barbecue and serve him to a collection of food critics and gourmets, and because of the bull's championship status the local ranchers are horrified and attempting to stop it. Wolfe offers Archie up to help guard Caesar - while out doing so, Lily surprises him and makes it clear she's like to play...or would she?!?!? Archie's already heard many awful things about Lily from both Pratt and Caroline, so he's on his guard - but at the same time he's bored and not silly enough to fall for an obviously spoiled rich girl playing at being a vamp, so he decides to have some fun messing with her like she's trying to mess with him.