I love Rex Stout.
Actually, he’s a misogynist, narrow-minded prick. Much like his creation Nero Wolfe.
Who I really love is Archie Goodwin. OMFG, do I love Archie Goodwin.
Archie is… suave, smooth–sexist, of course, but in that sweet way that’s probably the reason we’ve let the patriarchy endure as long as we have. He can dance, he can quip, he can wrestle, he can shoot, he can kiss, boy, can he kiss…
Where was I?
I have all the Nero Wolfe paperbacks on my shelf in shattered, tattered form on my shelf, and I re-read them when I feel achy. And when I need to go to bed and I can’t sleep, I often grab a Rex Stout audiobook from the library. My latest has been Some Buried Caesar. It’s not one of Wolfe’s bests, but it’s the one in which Archie meets his match, Lily Rowan.
OMG, do I ever love Lily Rowan.
Also, I realize I write the worst book reviews. Whatever. I write really, really good love letters . 😉
An automobile breakdown strands Nero Wolfe and Archie in the middle of a private pasture–and a family feud over a prize bull. A restauranteur’s plan to buy the stud and barbecue it as a publicity stunt may be in poor taste, but it isn’t a crime . . . until Hickory Caesar Grindon, the soon-to-be-beefsteak bull, is found pawing the remains of a family scion. Wolfe is sure the idea that Caesar is the murderer is, well, pure bull. Now the great detective is on the horns of a dilemma as a veritable stampede of suspects–including a young lady Archie has his eye on–conceals a special breed of killer who wins a blue ribbon for sheer audacity.
A grand master of the form, Rex Stout is one of America’s greatest mystery writers, and his literary creation Nero Wolfe is one of the greatest fictional detectives of all time. Together, Stout and Wolfe have entertained–and puzzled–millions of mystery fans around the world. Now, with his perambulatory man-about-town, Archie Goodwin, the arrogant, gourmandizing, sedentary sleuth is back in the original seventy-three cases of crime and detection written by the inimitable master himself, Rex Stout.
AUDIOBOOK: ©1939 Rex Stout (P)1994 Books on Tape Inc.
In conclusion… I just want to say that Michael Pritchard’s voice is just perfect and I love it when he reads me to sleep. It’s like I’m in bed with Archie Goodwin.