Paperback - 1992
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As any herpetologist will tell you, the fer-de-lance is among the most dreaded snakes known to man.nbsp;nbsp;When someone makes a present of one to Nero Wolfe, Archie Goodwin knows he's getting dreadully close to solving the devilishly clever murders of an immigrant and a college president.nbsp;nbsp;As for Wolfe, he's playing snake charmer in a case with more twists than an anaconda -- whistling a seductive tune he hopes will catch a killer who's still got poison in his heart.
Publisher: New York ; Toronto : Bantam Books, 1992.
Edition: Bantam Crime Line edition
ISBN: 9780553278194
Characteristics: 285 pages ;,18 cm.


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Sep 21, 2018

This is the book that started it all, the first in the Nero Wolfe/Archie Goodwin team-ups. The characters are not quite so fully formed and the relationship between Nero and Archie is a bit more tentative than it will be in, say, three years. This beginning is the right place to start. Highly recommended.

Jan 25, 2016

I'm on the hunt for a good replacement after finishing all the Agatha Christie books and was trying this one based on a recommendation.
The style isn't for me though, I'm not a fan of the characters at all and that seems to be important in this type of book.

Vincent T Lombardo Feb 15, 2015

In the Introduction to this edition, Loren D. Estleman writes that popular crime literature is divided between the manorial "English School" of puzzle mysteries and the two-fisted American urban variety, and that Stout weds these two forms. I do not like the English School, and this book leans too heavily in that direction. I also cannot suspend my disbelief enough to believe in an obese armchair detective. I gave up after ten pages.

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