Rex Stout's Nero Wolfe in Murder in E Minor
by Robert Goldsborough
Publisher: Bantam Books
Book Club Edition
Nero Wolfe, the brilliant, orchid-growing gourmet detective, and his inimitable confidential assistant, Archie Goodwin, are America's most beloved detection team. Now they are back in a splendid new murder mystery that takes up where Rex Stout left off. In the perfect Stout tradition, author Robert Goldsborough has ingeniously rendered every detail of character and place with such uncanny accuracy that fans will savor every page to its surprising and immensely satisfying conclusion.
Threatening notes have been sent to Milan Stevens, celebrated conductor of the New York Symphony. His neice, Maria, fears for her uncle's life and travels to the Thirty-fifth Street brownstone of Nero Wolfe. Archie can barely conceal his surprise when Wolfe agrees to investigate -- Archie has just spent two spectacularly unsuccessful years trying to pry his employer out of retirement. But Wolfe has his own reasons for taking the case, reasons that have nothing to do with helping a pretty young woman in distress. For while the world knows Milan Stevens as a brilliant conductor, Wolfe knows him as Milos Stefanovic, the brave freedom fighter who saved Wolfe's life many years ago. It is a debt that must be paid.
But Maria has come to the big detective too late. Milan Stevens is soon found dead, and Maria's musician boyfriend, Gerald, is in police custody. Despite Maria's cries that Gerald could not have possibly committed such a bloody act, there are plenty of witnesses who overheard Stevens screaming at Gerald that marrying his niece was out of the question. To make matters worse, Gerald also happened to be the only person seen entering Stevens's apartment on the night when the final curtain was pulled on his brilliant life.
The juicy public scandal of it all enthralls the city, which is anxious for the next development and the climax of the case. With precious little to go on, and not sold on Gerald's guilt, Wolfe and Archie begin compiling a list of suspects, discovering very soon that the problem isn't where to start -- it's where to stop. But when the scanty clues finally arrange themselves like notes on a score, Wolfe recognizes a dark melody that only a talented murderer could perform.
Condition: Used. Hardcover. Dust cover. Pages may be tanning and discolored from age. Previous owner's "Library Of" stamp is on the front endpaper. Dust cover and dust cover flaps are tanning, discoloration and darkening from age and show a bit of edge wear.
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