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THE WORLD-FAMOUS FIRST NERO WOLFE MYSTERY "THE BEST"
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A IS FOR ARCHIE...
Goodwin, that is. I'm the tough, quick-witted leg man for an extraordinary, irascible, immovable, obese, orchid-fancying genius detective named Nero Wolfe. Wolfe and I never look for trouble, but from the cases we get involved in, you'd never believe it. This one I call - VERY VENOMOUS.
It all began when a dark-eyed Italian miss tried to charm Wolfe into finding her missing brother, only to discover it took more than charm to trigger Wolfe's geniusat least a
thousand dollars more. But that was a pittance compared to what was to come. When the brother turned up dead the case took an another, much wealthier, corpse a present from
a monstrously ingenious murderer. Solution of the crime would fatten Wolfe's bank account, put his detective prowess to the ultimate test, and place the entirety of his enormous person in the most dangerous position of his career!
He likes his orchids rare, his beer cold, his food gourmet and plentiful. He's Rex Stout's brownstone - based, one - seventh - of - a - ton, super-sleuthing genius of detection NERO WOLFE
Aided by his rugged, fast-moving aide-de-crime Archie Goodwin in a curious case of multiple murder that he bets his bottom 10,000 to solve before he has to PAY WITH HIS LIFE in FER-DE-LANGE A Viper's Nest of Deadly Dilemmas! …