Re: RARA-AVIS: Nero Wolfe

From: Doug Bassett (
Date: 24 Apr 2001

I think the Nero Wolfe series was an attempt to blend the classic detective with the American pi. Not quite hardboiled -- maybe medium boiled? -- but I love this series. Most of the books are quite good -- actually I'd place FER DER LANCE as one of the weaker in the series. I especially like TOO MANY COOKS, SOME BURIED CAESAR, THE DOORBELL RANG, and THE BLACK MOUNTAIN.

--- Mark Sullivan <> wrote:
> I watched the new Nero Wolfe movie on TV last night.
> It was pretty
> amusing, but it made me wonder about the books.

> While I wouldn't go so far as to claim the movie was
> hardboiled, Archie
> certainly drew on the tough guy image of hardboiled,
> in his actions and
> his slangy language and delivery. The movie was a
> bit campy. Are the
> books? Any particular titles recommended?

===== Doug Bassett

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