I've liked all of them so far, but my favorite to date is the last I read,
"Over My Dead Body," which features good international intrigue and adds a personal dimension for Wolfe. "Too Many Cooks" is noteworthy for its anti-racism. "Some Buried Caesar" is interesting for taking place entirely outside Wolfe's famous brownstone, which actually made me feel a little homesick!
It is unquestionably a great series of books, and Archie's narrating voice
is a triumph of fictional style.
On Mon, Nov 8, 2010 at 11:03 PM, noblegasesuk <email@example.com>wrote:
> As I was reading the torture scene I was wondering how they handled it in
> the TV adaptation, too.
> My favorite book so far has been "Some Buried Caesar," which introduces
> Lilly Rowan, who is mentioned more than she actually appears (so far,
> -- Tony
> --- In firstname.lastname@example.org <rara-avis-l%40yahoogroups.com>, "Mark
> R. Harris" <brokerharris@...> wrote:
> > I'm reading the Wolfe canon in order, too, as it happens, but I am
> > back; I've finished the first seven novels up through "Over My Dead
> > 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
> > least dress the part. I'm more of a French cuffs enthusiast than Archie,
> > we're both pocket square and fedora guys. (The emphasis on Archie's
> > in the television series is true to the novels, where Archie often talks
> > his and other men's clothing. Hutton's Archie is a bit more eye-popping
> > his bright summer colors and spectator shoes.)
> > Best regards,
> > Patrick Murtha
> > On Mon, Nov 8, 2010 at 3:50 PM, noblegasesuk <noblegasesuk@...> wrote:
> > >
> > >
> > > I'm working my way through the Nero Wolfe canon and I've just finished
> > > Golden Spiders" and I'm pretty horrified that Archie resorts to torture
> > > 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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