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Nero Wolfe was almost as famous for his wealthy clients and extravagant fees as for his genius at detection. So why has he accepted a case for $4.30? And why have the last two people to hire him been ruthlessly murdered? Wolfe suspects the answers may lie in the story of a twelve-year-old boy who turns up at the door of his West Thirty-fifth Street Brownstone. In short ordNero Wolfe was almost as famous for his wealthy clients and extravagant fees as for his genius at detection. So why has he accepted a case for $4.30? And why have the last two people to hire him been ruthlessly murdered? Wolfe suspects the answers may lie in the story of a twelve-year-old boy who turns up at the door of his West Thirty-fifth Street Brownstone. In short order, Wolfe finds himself confronted by one of his most perplexing and pressing cases, involving a curious set of earrings shaped like spiders dipped in gold. The case is all boiling down to a strange taste of greed—and a grumpy gourmand's unappeasable appetite for truth....

Title : The Golden Spiders
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The Golden Spiders Reviews

  • Evgeny
    2019-02-25 02:43

    It is not good for a business of a PI to have his clients murdered shortly after they leave his office. Not only does it bring bad reputation, but it is also very damaging to self-esteem, something Nero Wolfe values highly. Thus this time it is personal. The detective who charges such high fees that only millionaires can afford his services most of the time now only has $4.30 to show for his troubles with not a single penny more on the horizon. It still does not matter as the reputation is at stake. It was one of the first Nero Wolfe books I read and as such I might rate it a little higher than the usual, but not by much. It is a rare treat to see Nero Wolfe working for no fee and on a personal case. This time it really happens and this is the time the villain was repulsive for me I really wished he/she would get exactly what he/she deserved, and because the greatest New York detective was on the case there was no doubt about the outcome.Archie Goodwin got to play quite a big part in the investigation acting on his own. His parts of the book feel like thriller unlike cozy mystery always associated with his boss Nero Wolfe. The final rating would be closer to 4.5 stars, but as I already mentioned I round it up for sentimental reasons.

  • BillKerwin
    2019-03-11 06:00

    This novel begins promisingly. A street kid who works the corner as a windshield-cleaner sees something suspicious, comes to Wolfe for help, and is found dead the next day. The resolution, however. is rather conventional, and the suspects not particularly interesting. As always, though, Wolfe and Archie are wonderful.

  • Luís C.
    2019-03-24 08:01

    Trying to determine why his last two clients were ruthlessly murdered, Nero Wolfe wonders if the answer is linked to a young boy who turns up at his brownstone apartment and finds clues in a gray Cadillac, a mysterious woman, and spider-shaped earrings.

  • Nan Silvernail
    2019-03-16 03:56

    Twelve year old Pete Drossos, who lives in Nero Wolfe's neighborhood, saw something strange as he was trying to earn money by washing car windshields at a corner. He brought the information to the great detective. Just a couple days later the boy is run down in the street. While dying in the ambulance the boy tells his mother to take his savings to Wolfe and to ask him to solve the crime. It's only $4.30, but perhaps because the kid ate at Wolfe's table and it is thus a matter of honor, he's willing to look into it. What he and Archie Goodwin uncover is a very dirty business with prey much more vulnerable and juicer than flies, but just as stuck in one spider's web and a spider quite willing to murder to keep it all going.~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~SPOILERS WRAPPED UP IN THE WEBCover Art - Excellent! The earrings are just as described.This story was my first exposure to Nero Wolfe. It was in the Nero Wolfe Mysteries pilot episode: the great Maury Chaykin as Wolfe (RIP). It was a wonderful way to start. I had to go buy the book right away.I'd like to think of this story happening in the depression. Making Pete a "newsy" kind of kid. Cap, suspenders, a hole in the knee of his short pants, argyle socks. But the date it was published was 1953, so he probably has on long jeans with the cuffs rolled up 2 times so he can grow into them. Horizontal striped tee-shirt. Hi-top sneakers. The wipe racked then as now is the same. They rush over to cars stopped at a light and start to clean the windshield. If they aren't chased off right away they usually get a little bit of money.Saul Panzer gets to play a big part in breaking the case wide open by posing as a vulnerable new immigrant to America. We also get to see that Archie, Orrie and Fred know some very dirty tricks to get information out of wise guys. But I can't go on and spoil too much, here.Added Note: At least twice after this, when Wolfe is called on to work under an alias, he chooses the first name of "Peter." I theorize this is a nod to the memory of Pete Drossos. If it is, then it is sweet and justifies Wolfe calling himself a romantic.

  • Pupottina
    2019-03-12 02:39

    Connecticut, Y, Y, nove, quattro, tre, dueI classici del giallo hanno sempre un qualcosa in più che li rende irresistibili. Ai vertici della classifica dei più bravi c'è sicuramente REX STOUT che con il suo Nero Wolfe ha saputo far centro, inventando storie noir di altissimo livello. In I RAGNI D'ORO c'è una caterva di delitti. Sono per lo più omicidi stradali, ma si susseguono con una frequenza che il geniale Nero Wolfe non può non cercare di fermarli. All'origine di questa terribile catena c'è la donna con gli orecchini a forma di ragno. Ecco da dove arriva questo titolo di giallo tanto intrigante. Un dodicenne che si guadagna da vivere facendo il lavavetri all’angolo fra la 35a e la Nona Avenue di nome Pete Drossos si reca precipitosamente e di buon mattino a casa di Nero Wolfe per raccontargli di aver assistito a qualcosa di insolito e sconvolgente. Forse è un rapimento. Al semaforo dove è solito appostarsi, si è fermata una Cadillac targata Connecticut, Y, Y, nove, quattro, tre, due, con a bordo un uomo con la faccia da farabutto e una donna con degli eleganti orecchini d’oro a forma di ragno. Poco prima che la macchina ripartisse, la donna gli ha sussurrato, tacitamente e a fior di labbra, qualcosa che aveva l'aria di essere una disperata richiesta d’aiuto. Poi Pete, il ragazzino, ha visto che l’uomo le premeva addosso una pistola. Wolfe non dà credito al racconto fantasioso del dodicenne, ma, nel giro di pochi giorni, gli eventi precipitano: il ragazzo muore investito da un’automobile. La targa è sempre la stessa misteriosa sigla: Connecticut, Y, Y, nove, quattro, tre, due. Gli indizi continuano a ricorrersi come le pedine fatte cadere dalla morte che, probabilmente, è opera di un'unica mano. Una catena di omicidi, che sembra non avere fine, è pane per i denti del corpulento genio annidato fra le mura della casa in arenaria della 35° Strada Ovest.Come sempre, tocca a Wolfe consegnare il colpevole all’ispettore Cramer, ma REX STOUT, nel raccontarcelo, non manca di stupirci con tecniche narrative ricche di suspense e colpi di scena, ma soprattutto memorabili idee geniali.

  • Ellen
    2019-03-09 23:38

    "The Golden Spiders" by Rex Stout.Listened to on CD performed by Michael Pritchard. Nero & Archie at their best.A young man arrives at Nero's door with a case. The case, he explains, began when he was attempting to wash the windshields of cars as they stopped for a red light. This particular case had a woman driving with a man in the passenger seat. Just as the young man glances towards the woman she moves her lips to mouth to say HELP and to call the police. Then the light turns green and they are gone. The 2 facts the lad remembers are that the car has a Connecticut license and that the woman wore golden spider earrings.Archie is on the hunt for a jewelry store that sold those very earrings and a trace on the license plate. Shortly thereafter, Nero & Archie are startled to learn that the lad that gave them this information has been a hit and run victim. This was one of Nero's best and had me from the start. Highly recommended.

  • K
    2019-03-25 07:49

    Nero Wolfe mysteries are among my favorites for light hearted yet relatively complex plots. This was a weaker entry, but well written even so. I found the characters difficult to connect with and there seemed to be less interplay between Archie and Nero than usual. The entire story seemed to have been written more formulaically than previous entries in this much loved series. Good, but well short of great.

  • Dave
    2019-03-21 01:59

    Suspects in Nero Wolfe books aren't particularly interesting. There, I said it. But that said, who cares? Archie, Wolfe, Kramer, Fritz, Saul, Stebbins, and so on are beautifully created, and their confrontations with business people, lawyers, and each other are always readable and fun. Nothing really needs to happen to make this work; but in this particular one, so much happens (even a scene of torture) it's almost distracting. Still, Wolfe gets to hold forth, Archie gets to wisecrack, and I will definitely forget who did it in a month.

  • Erin L
    2019-03-22 06:51

    I love the characters in these books but find the language is a little...odd to me and it can be distracting and take longer than it should to read. Interesting plot on this one.

  • Frederico
    2019-03-24 23:50


  • Shireen
    2019-03-03 04:01

    What can I say? I love Rex Stout books. They're my go-to when I need something light, easy to read, but with engaging characters, a realistic plot, and a good mystery. The Golden Spiders fills the bill just as well as other Stout books that I've read. Nero Wolfe is in all his massive glory; the food is as important as ever; Archie Goodwin is his usual irreverent self. But there is one difference from previous books I've read in this series: a scene of violence.Like with Robert B. Parker, Stout describes the scene in detail but not with graphics of squirting blood and mutilated flesh. Since Archie is the narrator, he can also allude to some of the goings on -- for Archie would know what it means and expects the reader to as well (not me!) -- which forces the reader to use their imagination. A good thing, I think. I'm not too in love with the current idea that all must be shown, none left to the imagination; that the writer/filmmaker must do all the imaginative work, and the reader just sits back and takes in the words.Since this was my first time reading The Golden Spiders, I did not read the introduction. I usually peruse those on my second or third reads. I did however check out the back piece, from the Rex Stout library. This one has reproductions of foreign language covers. They were so much of their time!

  • Fredrick Danysh
    2019-03-11 23:51

    Nero Wolfe finds himself working for a twelve year old boy for the princely sum of $4.30 after the lad shows up on his doorstep with an interesting case. The case centers around a mysterious woman, spider shaped golden earrings, and a mysterious car. This is a great vintage detective story.

  • Davidg
    2019-03-03 05:48

    In my slow reading through the Nero Wolfe books in order, I am up to 22. My first in over a year. Whilst I have read many before, this is the first time I had read this one. In terms of the plotting and action, it is one of the best of the series. It doesn't perhaps have the humour of some, but it does have Nero and Archie winding each other up for much of the time - which is always entertaining. A thoroughly good read.

  • Gfec
    2019-03-03 03:37

    starting convincing me this would be good "old crimi", lazy but smart Nero gets subsequent murders of clients/suspects/witnesses ( and get angry about it ), then narrating is subsided and submerged to medley of following suspects with less action, next to the end story moves to Nero´s triumphiant solo investigation before own employers-PI´s, policemates and accused people in between them is a killer. Very eligible and with "a few surprises " book .

  • Jessi
    2019-03-17 01:40

    Not the best of Rex Stout's books. It starts off with a twelve-year-old who raises money by washing car windows at stop lights coming in to hire Wolfe. Archie thinks it's a great lark so he lets the boy in. During dinner. But then the boy is run over and killed. And there are so many people and so much going on that it's hard to tell exactly what the story is.

  • Nan Li
    2019-03-19 23:51

    I enjoyed the book very much. Light-hearted, cozy detective story. Smooth reading. Action, mystery, humor, attitude, everything is well balanced. The writing is so easy. It reminds me of Jeeves & Wooster, even though they are in different catalogs.

  • Dakota McCoy
    2019-03-07 07:51

    This was great. The start was rough for me to read, but I’m sensitive. I thought the twists and turns were especially good. Top ten for sure, perhaps even top five, for Nero Wolfe books!! It is very nice sometimes to see Wolfe’s softer side.

  • Jefferson Searle
    2019-03-13 03:33

    I liked this one for all the rules Nero broke. His own rules. To avenge the murders of two good people, more accurately to earn the fees they paid him. I did have the killer pegged early on, but that didn't diminish anything.

  • John Grazide
    2019-03-02 05:48

    How awesome is Rex Stout!?! This was one had a very good action scene that I certainly wasn't expecting. And the usual wrap up at the end was great, with a very last minute twist. I think the McNally series by Lawrence Sanders is a similar style and that is why I like them also.

  • Robert A Keene
    2019-03-11 00:47

    My first Nero WolfeI'll save my option of Rex Stouts writing style till after I have read several more. Nero Wolfe is not a very likeable character imho, but neither was Hercule Poirot at first. This book was an easy read, the story has lots of twists, a good whodunit.

  • Carolyn
    2019-03-23 01:01

    This book is a little frenetic, but there's an interesting plot, though he used the same twist in another book, so those who've read the canon will probably see it coming. A case that Wolfe gets into initially for a retainer of a little over $4.

  • Dahl
    2019-03-17 01:34

    An excellent fast-paced work amongst the Nero Wolfe mysteries. The whole plot hinges around the mysterious Golden Spider earrings which a dead child saw a woman wearing as she called out to the child for help before disappearing...

  • Paolo Nardi
    2019-03-24 02:38

  • Simona Moschini
    2019-03-09 05:49

    Godibilissimo, anche grazie a un'ottima traduzione in cui non va perso un grammo dell'autoironia della voce narrante, e con un bonus finale: un racconto breve, quasi ancora meglio del romanzo.

  • Gary
    2019-03-10 06:51

    Be careful when you buy two books in one, for when you like one and finish it, good reads may show that you have read both books. You can fix it, but it takes some effort.

  • Marie
    2019-02-28 05:59

    After finishing this book, I can see why The Golden Spiders is a favorite of Nero Wolfe fans. Enjoy.

  • Rayann
    2019-03-25 03:41

    Always nice to spend time with Archie Goodwin and Nero Wolf in their world. This book was particularly well-done.

  • Manuel Ruiz
    2019-03-18 07:01

    Entertaining. Not long but brisky!

  • Jdetrick
    2019-03-24 23:57

    Another strong entry in the series.

  • Adam Graham
    2019-03-20 23:43

    The Golden Spiders finds Wolfe and Archie in ill-temper. Archie decides to admit a neighborhood boy who comes to Wolfe because of Wolfe’s antipathy to police and the fact that he saw a woman in a car apparently in trouble. Wolfe handles the boy well and agrees to help by tracing the plate of the car.However, the boy is murdered the next day and the case goes to another level. The boy’s mother asks Wolfe to find out why he was killed and offers her son’s savings which amounts to $4.30 to find the killer. They begin the process by placing an ad, and get a response that’s followed by another murder.This sets Archie and the teers on an investigation that leads them to the high and low end of society and on to the trail of an extortion ring that’s the key to the whole plot.This is really a mixed bag in terms of quality. It has more action than any other Wolfe story, including a torture scene that’s somewhat uncomfortable. To be fair about that, the bad guys started it by torturing Orrie Cather before Archie and friends turned the tables on them.There’s also a very strong scene with Inspector Cramer that’s probably his best scene as a detective in any of the books he’s featured in. There are some good bits between Wolfe and Archie, and a pretty good final denouement.The book’s weak point comes with Wolfe proposing a ruse for Archie that’s so transparent, it doesn’t fool anyone. It’s really pathetic and beneath the standard of fun ruses that characterize the Wolfe books.The Golden Spiders was the basis of the pilot movie for A Nero Wolfe Mystery, and I have to say this is one case where the movie beat the book. And the biggest difference was emotional impact. The book deals with the death of a child, but it doesn't seem to impact the characters correctly. Stout could do this and often did with tragic adult deaths which Archie or Wolfe inadvertently played a role in books like Prisoner’s Base, but just doesn’t seem to deliver here. It’s worth noting that Pete Drossos is the only child to play a role in any of the Wolfe stories, so writing children may not have been Stout’s forte.There’s enough good stuff to keep this interesting, but overall I can only give the book a:Rating: Satisfactory