Re: RARA-AVIS: archie goodwin: torturer?

From: Mark R. Harris (
Date: 08 Nov 2010

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    I'm reading the Wolfe canon in order, too, as it happens, but I am farther back; I've finished the first seven novels up through "Over My Dead Body," so I'm nine novels and seven novella collections behind you.

    The Wikipedia entry on "The Golden Spiders" mentions that the scene you describe represents "a spate of violence that is very rare in the Wolfe series." Peaceable soul though I am, I suppose I can handle it if Archie goes all Mike Hammer once or twice in the corpus.

    I don't recall how this scene figured in the Timothy Hutton/Maury Chaykin version of "The Golden Spiders," a two-hour adaptation that was the pilot for the excellent A&E Wolfe series. All things considered, Hutton's and Stout's Archie is kind of who I would like to be, and I certainly try to at least dress the part. I'm more of a French cuffs enthusiast than Archie, but we're both pocket square and fedora guys. (The emphasis on Archie's wardrobe in the television series is true to the novels, where Archie often talks of his and other men's clothing. Hutton's Archie is a bit more eye-popping with his bright summer colors and spectator shoes.)

    Best regards, Patrick Murtha

    On Mon, Nov 8, 2010 at 3:50 PM, noblegasesuk <> wrote:

    > I'm working my way through the Nero Wolfe canon and I've just finished "The
    > Golden Spiders" and I'm pretty horrified that Archie resorts to torture of
    > an informant.
    > I'm trying to read the canon in chronological order but I have read a
    > couple of books that follow "The Golden Spiders" and the Archie they
    > presented wasn't nearly as hard-boiled as this one.
    > The question: does Archie torture anyone else in the canon?
    > -- Tony

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