Fer-De-Lance

Fer-De-Lance By Rex Stout Michael Prichard, Fer De Lance This is Rex Stout s first mystery novel featuring the first appearance of Nero Wolfe one of the greatest fictional detectives of all time As any herpetologist knows the fer de lance is among the mo
  • Title: Fer-De-Lance
  • Author: Rex Stout Michael Prichard
  • ISBN: 9781415938249
  • Page: 212
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  • Fer-De-Lance By Rex Stout Michael Prichard, This is Rex Stout s first mystery novel, featuring the first appearance of Nero Wolfe, one of the greatest fictional detectives of all time As any herpetologist knows, the fer de lance is among the most dreaded snakes on Earth When someone makes a present of one to Wolfe, his assistant Archie Goodwin knows the large detective must be getting dangerously close to solvingThis is Rex Stout s first mystery novel, featuring the first appearance of Nero Wolfe, one of the greatest fictional detectives of all time As any herpetologist knows, the fer de lance is among the most dreaded snakes on Earth When someone makes a present of one to Wolfe, his assistant Archie Goodwin knows the large detective must be getting dangerously close to solving the murders of an immigrant and a college president As for Wolfe, he s busy playing snake charmer in a case with twists than an anaconda.
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    1. Rex Stout Michael Prichard

      Rex Todhunter Stout December 1, 1886 October 27, 1975 was an American crime writer, best known as the creator of the larger than life fictional detective Nero Wolfe, described by reviewer Will Cuppy as that Falstaff of detectives Wolfe s assistant Archie Goodwin recorded the cases of the detective genius from 1934 Fer de Lance to 1975 A Family Affair.The Nero Wolfe corpus was nominated Best Mystery Series of the Century at Bouchercon 2000, the world s largest mystery convention, and Rex Stout was nominated Best Mystery Writer of the Century.

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    1. I consider this series to be a US answer to British famous detectives Sherlock Holmes and Hercule Poirot When it comes to detective fiction, the personality of the character doing the detection can make or break a book, or a series I am happy to say the personalities of the series two main characters made them stand as equals among the greatest fictional detectives, including the ones I mentioned For the people unfamiliar with the series, the two main characters are Nero Wolfe, a Yugoslavian imm [...]


    2. Back with a couple of old friends I may not remember which of the Nero Wolfe mysteries I read mumble around thirty five years ago, but I remember Archie s cheeky insouciance and Nero s eccentricities There is real affection in their relationship He always thought he had a handkerchief in the breast pocket of his coat, but rarely did, so I went to the drawer where I kept a stack for him and got one and handed it to him But there is never any doubt who is boss Archie may give a bit of lip, but he [...]


    3. Entertaining, but Slightly Unbelievable, Mystery Crime NovelMaybe it has to do with the year the book takes place, 1933.But let s just say that certain things that happened in the book I won t reveal them because they are spoilers would not have been possible today.Maybe they were in 1933.After all, Prohibition had just been repealed, so the atmosphere was kind of rough and ready I also found it slightly mind blowing that the author flat out tells us who the murderer is half way through the book [...]


    4. I m givin this sucka three stars, seeee Ya wanna make somethin of it, tough guy Yeah, that s what I thought.Actually, Fre de Lance by Rex Stout is cerebral than tough guy as far as detective fiction goes Oh sure, there s some strong arm scenes and a line like Don t try no funny stuff, ya got me pal y wouldn t be out of place here However, as many of those you find, you ll discover just as many classical allusions and erudite quotables This is in great part due to the eccentric genius Nero Wolfe [...]


    5. 3.5 StarsThis is the first novel in the Nero Wolfe series and was originally published in 1934 For those who are not familiar with the series a brief introduction Nero Wolfe is an eccentric genius who lives in a brownstone on 35th Street in New York He rarely leaves his home where he eats gourmet meals prepared by his personal chef and tends his orchids Archie Goodwin is Wolfe s assistant and legman Where Wolfe is urbane and cultured Goodwin is witty and the hard boiled detective you expect fro [...]


    6. Generally I bump up the first book in a good series by 1 star, but I won t in this case I m glad I didn t start with it since it was at least 1 3 too long The other stories I ve listened to didn t seem nearly as bloated Still, it was a good mystery I really liked the way Stout made it feel as if it was in the middle of the series Archie has worked for Wolfe for 7 years many other details added to the feel.One downside to this was that although I downloaded it from the library as electronic file [...]


    7. I am not a fan of mysteries or detective novels Garrison Keilor admires Rex Stout, so I thought I d give one a try Fer de Lance is the first in a series of about 50 novels and novellas, and I am now into my tenth book These novels are not so plot driven as your typical who dunnit, although that obviously is part of the appeal I enjoy them enormously because of the quirky characters, sarcastic humor, and clever word play There are two heroes Nero Wolfe is a morbidly obese genius who never leaves [...]


    8. Having been a lover of mysteries most of my life, there are some characters that crop up again and again Nero Wolfe is one of them and yet, for some reason, I had never tried any books featuring this classic fictional investigator and decided to give the series a try Fer De Lance, is the first book in the series although the characters seem quite settled, even at this stage, and there are references to past events which means that you feel you are already in a settled series.Published in 1934, A [...]


    9. Wolfe was talkative than I remember from the other books But the main thing I noticed was that this first book in the series reads as if it is from the middle of the series, in the sense that Wolfe all his cohorts are presented as having been together for a while and this is just one case I guess I was expecting something like A Study in Scarlet, explaining how the gang got together Glad I read listened to it but it isn t as good as some of the other books in the seriesThis audiobook is a reis [...]


    10. This was my first reading of a Nero Wolfe novel, and I enjoyed it quite a bit, though the characters are not really ones I would seek out I was impressed with the author s pithy language one of the things I hold against noir is its relentless fealty to clich , and Stout s writing feels like noir but uses a lot of surprising but apt imagery.For those unfamiliar with the Nero Wolfe detective series, Wolfe is a morbidly obese New York City recluse with a passion for beer, orchids, and mysteries He [...]


    11. I bought this book several years ago when I was trying to expand my mystery novel reading beyond Agatha Christie I remember reading the first few pages before becoming bored and tossing it aside in favor of a contemporary work I picked it up about a week ago, expecting a quick, fun read, but was sorely disappointed.I found myself disliking nearly every character in the book, including the corpulent, agoraphobic Nero Wolfe and his closest employee, the wise cracking, milk drinking Archie Goodwin [...]


    12. In this book I got acquainted with a pair of sleuths as memorable as Hercule Poroit or Lord Peter Wimsey Or rather Sherlock Holmes and Dr Watson, since in some ways Archie Godwin is to Nero Wolfe what Dr Watson is to Holmes Archie is our narrator, the one who gives us a look at Nero s genius but he s also less and than Watson He s not a friend to Wolfe, he s an employee but since Nero is an eccentric recluse who never leaves his West 35th Street brownstone in New York City, Archie is also his l [...]


    13. I put this on my wish list some 5 years ago when I thought I might be in the mood to read some mysteries At the time, I was remembering a TV series starring Timothy Hutton and Maury Chaykin and a cast of repertory players I loved the series not just the stories, which were terrific, but it was very cinematic and it was fun to see the supporting actors in differing roles where they were almost unrecognizable from the role they had last played.Today I am wondering what took me so long to read this [...]


    14. This is special and different Unexpected things happen.The author s mind is quirky like he comes from another place I m frequently chuckling and smiling over the dialogue or what somebody does So many authors sound alike when it comes to mysteries Rex Stout is different I would read mysteries if they were like this.The author began writing the Nero Wolfe series in 1934 Nero Wolfe is an extremely obese man who doesn t like to leave his home He is an eccentric genius Archie Goodwin works for him [...]


    15. Fer de Lance is the 1st Nero Wolfe mystery by Rex Stout, and the 2nd I have read These are classic American detective stories from the 30s, 40s, 50s Smart tough guys, smart writing just fun to read I usually recommend reading series in order, but you could probably pick up any of these Two things 1 The original Nero Wolfe series is by Rex Stout There are other Wolfe books by Robert Goldsborough written in the 80 90s I haven t read those.2 There are many, many books in Stout s series Check out st [...]


    16. I was a bit let down given the popularity of the Nero Wolfe series Well written, well crafted mystery I don t want to spend one minute with Archie, the narrator If the story was told in the third person, I d probably read a few over the years As it is, the 30 s speak of a medium educated guy was not an appealing place to live for the week or so it took me to read this.


    17. I d been thinking about revisiting this favorite sleuthing duo for a while, and decided to take the plunge after seeing a review of this first in the series here on GR Decades ago, I read many of the 33 books and short stories penned by Rex Stout starting in 1934 and loved them I ve lost sight of the tiny little paperbacks I read back in the day, so I decided to listen this time around Everything I enjoyed back then held true for me today and just confirmed why these books have held up so well o [...]


    18. Just adding a note in January 2017 to the start of my review from 2015 to say I clearly liked this book than I thought I did at the time, as I ve gone on to read several Rex Stout books since and now want to read them all I also now love his writing style The rest of this is my original review I d heard good things about Rex Stout, but must admit I was rather disappointed with this book, the first in his classic series about overweight detective Nero Wolfe and his sidekick Archie Goodwin My ra [...]


    19. First Sentence There was no reason why I shouldn t have been sent for the beer that day, for the last ends of the Fairmont National Bank case had been gathered in the week before and there was nothing for me to do but errands, and Wolfe never hesitated about running me down to Murray Street for a can of shoe polish if he happened to need one.Nero Wolfe and Archie Goodwin s first published case becomes one of two parts a young woman hires Wolfe to find her missing brother, and a college president [...]


    20. Holy Cow What a find The fore and after blurbs to this edition revealing info about the books and their author were almost as riveting as the incomparable mystery itself.Altho this was the first book of 73 in a series, it left the reader feeling thrown into the middle The only author whom I have been reading lately that does an equal job of establishing a sense of PLACE, of CIRCUMSTANCE, with description, with word choices, would be Nora Roberts When I m driving I don t see much of anything exce [...]


    21. The books in Rex Stout s Nero Wolfe series are one of my comfort food reads I can re read them endlessly Fortunately my memory is bad enough that, given a year or so, I forget most of the mystery endings and who a lot of the bad guys were.Fer de Lance is the first book in the Nero Wolfe series, and sets the reader down right in the middle of the Wolfe household, just as though this was the fifteenth book instead of the first No origin story here You d think Stout had been writing about these cha [...]


    22. This is the first Nero Wolfe mystery novel, published in 1934, and it was way fun than I was expecting It s set in a New York city in the grip of the Great Depression, at the end of prohibition.Wolfe is a sedentary, obese, eccentric genius who rarely leaves his house Be seated You must pardon me for engineering reasons I arise only for emergencies The story is narrated by his spry assistant Archie Goodwin, who does all of the leg work, driving around town in his Roadster and offering generous [...]


    23. I ve been told that with the Nero Wolfe series, some are better than others I read the 7th one first and it was good, better than this one I love Archie Goodwin and his sense of humor I enjoy the 1930 s New York setting and I ll be reading There is a prologue to this book that states that they don t have to be read in order, so I ll be cherry picking the highest rated on.


    24. It s 1933, and money is scarce So when private detective Fred Durkin shows up at the office with a woman in tow and a favor to ask, Wolfe is reluctant The woman is Maria Maffei, a friend of Mrs Durkin, and she wants to hire Wolfe to find her missing brother Carlo Before long, Wolfe has connected Carlo a metalworker with the death of a well respected university president, who dropped dead of a heart attack on the links of a Westchester County golf course But was it really a heart attack And what [...]


    25. The first in the series written in 1936, Fer De Lance was very entertaining and well written I actually liked the wise cracking, seemingly shallow, Archie He may have made rude observations about people based on their sex, nationality, occupation or weight, but he was an equal opportunity detractor, and seemed to be immature than cruel Although Nero Wolf solved mysteries through observation and critical thinking much like Agatha Christie s Poirot, instead of using his Little Grey Cells , Archie [...]


    26. The writing is witty I find many phrases I want to remember and use myself Sample, Wofle says to Goodwin, Some day Archie, when I decide you are no longer worth tolerating, you will have to marry a woman of very modest mental capacity to get an appropriate audience for your wretched sarcasms The relationship between Nero and Archie is interesting I think Archie tries to understand Nero by knows he won t ever and that he is okay being the footwork man for this eccentric genius He is portaryed as [...]


    27. I was introduced to the Nero Wolfe books quite recently by a fellow member thanks Colleen At the beginning I have to say I was rather unimpressed, but the I got familiar with Rex Stout s way of writing the I liked it.Although you wonder how the hell Wolfe leaps to the assumptions he makes always correct , you can t help forgive him for it and his other eccentricities Archie Goodwin, Wolfe s sidekick riaght hand man and all rounder puts up with that we as the reader would take This mixed with [...]


    28. This a guy s book by a male, not of my era no less I m pleasantly surprised at how well I was carried along I have no use for golf and am not endeared to the lazy employer, Nero Wolfe However I like Archie, Fritz , and found all interaction witty at the offset A double mystery appeared at once that was unusual I always love superb, correct language or whimsical, unique jargon In Rex Stout we have both I m told my Grandpa liked him and I would have loved discussing it.I thought Fer De Lance a gol [...]


    29. I enjoyed this book much than I expected the beginning felt a bit slow, and I had a hard time getting used to the characters idiosyncracies Archie doesn t like foreigners whether they have names like Manuel or he s leaving his nice car on a street with a bunch of Italian kids, they give him a bad feeling interesting for me, since I m Italian and the fam was pretty new to America at the time this book was published but, once I got to the end of the book, I had a lot of appreciation for the eccen [...]


    30. Le do para el Club de Lectura Otra vez le toc a Gloria elegir libro, y por recomendaci n eligi la primer novela del detective Nero Wolfe.Tengo especial gusto por las novelas de misterio y he le do a la mayor a de los detectives m s famosos, pero por alguna raz n nunca hab a o do nombrar a Nero Wolfe, as que esta fue una buena oportunidad de conocer esta saga.Me pareci un poco floja la novela, no s si ser porque es la primera pero no me enganch demasiado, creo que podr a haber tenido la mitad de [...]


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